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Welcome to Digital Voice Radio!  If you are new, we have some tips to help you get started.

If you are an old hand at Digital Voice (D-Star, DMR, Fusion, NXDN, or P25) welcome!

Either way, we are glad you are here. Hope to talk to you on the air soon!

Check out the new D-Star Tips! Thanks to KE3C for sharing!!

Roland's latest Digital Presentation on Digital Voice modes is here and the HRN video is here

            Note: the slides will open in a new window (tab). Click on the disk icon to save the file to your hard drive.

                        Links may work better from a saved file than when open in a browser.

 

Roland's 2017 presentation is here

 

 


Who

We are a group of amateur radio (ham radio) enthusiasts who encourage the development and popularization of VHF and UHF digital voice modes in the Charlotte metropolitan area.  No membership application required!  Join us on one of our repeaters, via a hotspot or dongle, by joining our Charlotte Digital Radio Group (CharlotteDigitalRadio) or coming to our monthly dinner meetings.

What

We operate multiple D-STAR repeaters, three DMR repeaters, two System Fusion repeaters with Wires-X one NexEdge repeater, as well as a new MMDVM Multi-Mode repeater which operates D-Star, DMR (Brandmeister), Fusion, and P25.  We also operate an FM analog repeater (220 band) and a GMRS repeater.  Internet connections at each of our sites allows us to inter-link repeaters to provide wider geographic coverage.  

Our repeaters are open.  We don't restrict use to "members" only.  We encourage all licensed hams to use our machines.  This is our gift to the ham community.  

We also try to educate and inform hams about the various digital voice modes.  This web site, our CharlotteDigitalRadioGroup, and on the air help are all parts of that effort.  We welcome newcomers to join us, get to know us and become involved in this great endeavor.  We think digital voice modes are fun.

Cost

Our repeaters are open and we want you to use them, but they are not free. It costs money, lots of money, to keep multiple repeaters at multiple sites on the air. We built and support these systems through equipment donations, volunteer labor and financial contributions from a large number of ham radio operators. A repeater installation can cost several thousand dollars. We try to carefully manage our expenditures, but when equipment breaks it must be repaired or replaced, sometimes at significant cost. For example, a failed antenna could cost several thousand dollars to replace if we must hire a tower climber. Our sites all have internet service and one site is rented. Just those ongoing bills exceed $2,000 annually. If you like using our repeaters please consider making an annual donation. We suggest $50 per year, but any amount you can donate will be greatly appreciated. Use the Donate button below. Whatever you can give, we THANK YOU!

 

Special News about the Hood Road Tower Site

When

    Jump on our repeaters anytime. In order to stimulate interest, we currently link our repeaters to the following nets:

A note about linking and unlinking the repeaters to reflectors (examples for are D-Star, but applies to others as well):

  • Feel free to unlink the repeater as needed (not during an active net or other conversation)
  • Identify yourself (verbally) and state your intent
  • Unlink the repeater (send the letter 'U" in the the 8th position of the call sign field)
  • Link the repeater to the desired reflector (send REF054CL in the call sign field, for example)
  • Conduct your business on the newly linked reflector
  • MOST IMPORTANT: When you are finished, please unlink the repeater. If it was previously linked, please restore the previous link
  • Remember - you are not the only person using the repeater, so leave things like they were and ID yourself as you begin and end.

 

Note:  Net Times in local time unless noted

 

DMR Repeaters:  

            442.4125 (+5 MHz) W4ZO (NCPRN) Charlotte

            444.3875 (+5 MHz) W4ZO (NCPRN) Wingate

 

            443.9125 (+ 5MHz) KA4YMZ   (NCPRN) Gastonia-Charlotte

 

            443.5875 (+5mhz)  KM4BRM  (WNC Network)  Crowders Mountain  TG 27600, Slot 2

                 Click here for available talk groups

       

            440.5625 (+5 MHz) K4DVA (BrandMeister) Albemarle

 

            927.0125 (-25 MHz) KA4YMY (BrandMeister) Charlotte

              

                         BrandMeister Nets

 

                             Thursday 22:30 Hytera NA Net - Hytera TG 31089

                Other Nets (available on demand)

                        Tuesday 20:00 Texas Tech Net - TG 31648

                        Wednesday 20:00 NA Tech net - NA TG 93

                        Saturday 14:00 UTC - Brandmeister World Wide Net - WW TG 91

 

Fusion Repeaters:  

            443.100 (+5 MHz) KI4WXS (Charlotte Hood Road - Fusion Digital Only with Wires-X)

                        connected to Carolina Link Room, #43008

 

            443.4375 (+5 MHz) KA4YMZ  (Crowders Mountain - Fusion Digital Only with Wires-X)

                        connected to Carolina Link Room, #43008

 

            443.525 (+5 MHz) K4DVA) Albemarle  (Morrow Mountain)

                        mixed mode 77 Hz tone with Fusion Digital Wires-X

               

 

Nexedge Repeater:  

            444.700 +5 MHz NXDN KA4YMY (RAN1 TG65000 - worldwide access available) Spencer Mountain

 

 MMDVM Repeaters:  
          
     444.025 (+5 MHz) KI4WXS    (Charlotte Hood Road)  * Note New Frequency! *

                Supporting Dstar (KI4WXS-B), DMR (Brandmeister), Fusion (YSFRelefector)

                        NXDN, & P25 (P25-Reflector)

 

            443.9875 (+5 MHz) NC1L    (Spencer Mountain - Experimental!)

                               This repeater may be removed from service at any time

 

                 Supporting Dstar (KI4WXS-B), DMR (Brandmeister), Fusion (YSFRelefector)

                        NXDN, & P25 (P25-Reflector)

 

                                             Click here for available talk groups

 

                444.800 (+5 MHz) NG8M-B  (Mocksville)

                    123 Hz tone - Mixed mode supporting DMR (Brandmeister) and D-Star

 


D-Star Repeaters:  

         

        1291.40 (-20MHz) KI4WXS A (Charlotte Hood Road)

          

        145.140 MHz (-600 kHz) KI4WXS C (Charlotte Hood Road)  - Connected to REF054C

                        Sunday 21:00 REF002 A SEWXNet

                        Tuesday 21:00 North Carolina & Friends D-Star Net 

                        Saturday 19:30 REF061C Coastal Carolina Net                     

              

                 

        443.8625 MHz (+5 MHz) KK4JDH B (Crowders Mountain) - connected to REF054C

                       Tuesday 21:00 REF054 C North Carolina & Friends D-Star Net

                       Saturday 19:30 REF061C Coastal Carolina Net                     

 

               
          444.8625 MHz (+5 MHz) W4FAN B (Wingate) - connected to REF054C

                        Tuesday 21:00 REF054 C North Carolina & Friends D-Star Net

                         Saturday 19:30 REF061C Coastal Carolina Net                     

 

 

            144.920 MHz (+2.5 MHz) K4DVA C (Albemarle) - on air - no gateway 

            

            440.6875 MHz (+5 MHz) K4DVA B (Albemarle) - on air - no gateway

 

 

Other D-Star Nets of Interest (you may manually link the repeater, or use your hotspot)

                  Sunday 20:00 XRF038 A for the Ohio Net

                  Monday 22:00 REF038 C Raspberry Pi Net

                  Tuesday 23:00 REF012 A Papa Sys Tech Net

                  Thursday 22:00 XRF002 A Papa System D-Star Round Table

                  Friday 21:00  XRF021-B Canada Net

 

 

FM Analog

            224.02  (-1.6 MHz) KA4YMZ    PL 82.5 (encode only) Charlotte

          

GMRS

            462.575 (+5 MHz)  CTCSS 141.3  Charlotte

 

APRS Digipeaters

           KI4WXS-5 (Charlotte)

             K4OGB-9 (Albemarle)

 

Where

    We have a monthly dinner meeting at 6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month (Directions to John's):

John's Family Restaurant

            Telephone:  (704) 588-6613

 

              John's Family Restaurant

 

                                                                          

                                              


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