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Carolinas Reflector
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Carolinas Reflector:

We now have our own Carolinas D-Star Reflector!

July 7, 2012 - The Carolinas now has it's claim to fame with its own Dstar reflector!! Yep, we have ref054 courtesy of Mark, W4BOG who resides in Charlotte. He was kind enough to build up a computer in his data center and let us enjoy some of his bandwidth for the project. A big THANKS to Mark for hosting it for us!!!

Here is the plan for the reflector layout:

REF054A - Carolinas General Use

REF054B - EMCOMM/ARES/Skywarn etc

REF054C - Carolinas Repeaters / PermaLink

A note about linking and unlinking the repeaters to reflectors:

  • 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.

Click here to see Last Heard on Ref 54C

Click here t0 see a  list of all D-Star reflectors


      We now have a multi-mode Carolinas Link System

    On the BrandMeister DMR network, using your hotspot or your local repeater, please use Talk Group 31374.
    On D-Star, please join us on DCS054A.

    On Fusion (C4FM) please join us on YSF Reflector "Carolina Link", 

        via FCS003/33, or WIRES-X room 43008.



New - Feb 2017

 I have to give a huge thanks to Mark, W4BOG who has been really busy w/ work/"life" to giving me access to our XLX reflectoor 054.  Over the weekend, I was able to upgrade the OS and at the same time upgrade to the latest 2.2.2 of the XLXD software.  After doing this, we were finally able to make the move to our new Talk Group on the BrandMeister Network.  Why the change?  We needed to do this because 31254 was actually a designated MA Talk Group.  We needed to move to one that was designated for NC.  So, I worked w/ Corey, N3FE and we picked 31374.  Over the past few months we've had several bridges going between D-Star & DMR.  We needed to "consolidate" them.  So, things finally fell into place Sunday morning.  With the help of Mark, N2NUO we made all the changes needed.
So as Steve pointed out, we are now using the new TG 31374 on DMR, for D-Star we only have DCS054A no more A, B , & C modules running all the different bridges or DCS554 in the mix.  Our transcoding system which was setup on 554 is now working full-time on DCS054A.
I did update the YSF Reflector database entry yesterday as well.  I changed the name to "Carolina Link."  It should show up on the 2nd page in your "Wires-X" List when using Wires-X mode with your HotSpots/MMDVM Repeaters.  This should also make it much easier to find on your 991A, Roland. ;-)  FCS003/33 required no changes as it was already labeled the Carolina Link.
When the dust settles, in the future, I'd like to change the name of the Wires-X node as well.  It's still room K4SQI-ROOM, # 43008.   The AllStar Node # is 46626.  This provides the EchoLink connection K4SQI-L.
Please keep in mind the AllStar Node/EchoLink connection are primarily only provided for those who are traveling or not near a radio to be able to get in to the Link.  We are asking every one to keep Analog Repeaters off both the AllStar Node & EchoLink connection.  Personal nodes are fine.  
What's next?  In April when the new 6 Channel AMBE board arrives, we can start looking at adding some additional Talk Groups to the XLXD Reflector and adding an additional YSF Reflectors into the mix.  I think it's time to start looking @ what we'd like to do with those channels.  
In the near future, I'll be re-doing how I provide the bridge between Analog & Digital.  It should be transparent and I will be looking at adding a P25 Reflector & possibly a NXDN Reflector.  While looking @ adding these, I agree with Steve, KA4YMY and don't want to add those into the mix until the audio quality improves.
We started this project back in July and it's came a long way since then.  I really do appreciate all the support I've got from everyone with this project.  Thanks again & 73 de K4SQI!

Steve, K4SQI




Dec 2017

As of 12/23/2017, KK4JDH B (Crowders) and W4FAN  B (Wingate) have been added to the Carolina Link bridge reflector XRF054B.  KI4WXS C has been connected to the Carolina Link bridge for about a month.  This puts all three of the D-STAR repeaters back on the same reflector.  Each of the repeaters will reconnect for the various weekly nets that are shown on our web page at: www.charlottedstar.org at the times shown there.  

The Carolina Link is also accessible using DMR on Brandmeister TG 31254 and using C4FM at any of these rooms:

FCS003 module 33

YSF US BM TG 31254

WIRES-X room 43008


For More Information Contact:

Charlotte D-Star Group
PO Box 87, Richfield NC 28137
Internet: info@charlottedstar.org

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