D-Star Linking Tips
D-STAR Linking Tips
Use the following example to program and store a memory for local operation:
2 meter VHF 70cm UHF 70cm UHF 1.2 GHz Voice
Frequency: 145.140- (0.6) 443.8625+ (5.0) 443.9875+ (5.0) 1292.000- (20.0)
UR: CQCQCQ CQCQCQ CQCQCQ CQCQCQ
RPT1: KI4WXS C KI4WXS B KA4YMZ B KA4YMZ A
RPT2: KI4WXS G KI4WXS G KA4YMZ G KA4YMZ G
(Note that module designations must be in the 8th position regardless of call sign length. If a call sign is shorter than 7 characters, add spaces to ensure the module letter is in the 8th position. Always use the repeater call sign with G in the 8th position of RPT2 so that DV Dongle and linked repeaters can hear you.)
Repeater Linking (To link a repeater module to another repeater)
Example: To link to WX4GPB C or W4DOC C, set a memory for the following and key for one second:
Frequency: 145.140 UR: WX4GPBCL RPT1: KI4WXS C RPT2: KI4WXS G
Frequency: 443.9875 UR: W4DOC CL RPT1: KA4YMZ B RPT2: KA4YMZ G
(Note additional spaces for call signs shorter than 7 characters. Exception: when appending L [for link] in the UR field the L goes in the 8th position and the module letter moves to the 7th position.)
After the repeater announces that it is linked, move back to the memory for normal operation:
Frequency: 145.140 UR: CQCQCQ RPT1: KI4WXS C RPT2: KI4WXS G
Linking to a Reflector
Reflectors are locations where multiple repeaters or DV Dongle users can connect simultaneously (like a conference bridge). Reflectors are designated as REF001C or REF004A. Each reflector has separate conference channels designated by A, B or C at the end. For example, you can connect to REF001A, REF001B or REF001C. Think of them as separate conference bridges. There are two additional channels: D is for data testing such as D-Rats and E is for echo testing. You should not normally link to D or E for a voice QSO, but you can link to them for their intended purpose.
To link to a reflector (ex. REF001C) from KI4WXS C, program as follows:
Frequency: 145.140 UR: REF001CL RPT1: KI4WXS C RPT2: KI4WXS G
Checking repeater link info
To see if a repeater is linked, program a memory for:
Frequency: 145.140 UR: KI4WXS I RPT1: KI4WXS C RPT2: KI4WXS G
If the repeater is not linked, it will announce its ID. If it is linked, it will announce “Repeater already linked”. The linking status will also be shown in the radio’s data line display.
To unlink a repeater or reflector, set a memory as follows and key for one second:
Frequency: 145.140 UR: *******U RPT1: KI4WXS C RPT2: KI4WXS G
(Note * in UR is a space; the U is in the 8th position. Spaces precede it.)
The repeater will announce “Remote system unlinked.” Be sure to return to your memory for normal operation with CQCQCQ in the UR field.
A note about D-Star Courtesy
Beyond the normal repeater courtesies of listening before transmit, and
pausing between transmissions, remember that you are using a reflector and all
the repeaters linked to it when you are transmitting on a linked repeater.
Limit the time you tie up a linked system so others may have an opportunity to
use it. If you wish to use the repeater for a longer period or locally, unlink
it, but remember to re-link it when you are done. If you link a repeater to a
reflector that it is not normally linked to, please unlink when you are done
rather than leaving it linked. Another courtesy when linking is to announce
your intention to link or unlink. That way others monitoring will know what you
Help and other resource links
To see who’s on our Charlotte area local repeaters, view the D-STAR Dashboard:
(Ignore the security warning and click through to the page.)
For help programming your D-STAR radio, use the D-STAR Calculator at:
To make it easier to program your radio’s memory channels, you can get a regional file at:
You can then import this file into the ICOM programming software and program your radio.
To see who has recently been on D-STAR worldwide: http://www.dstarusers.org
For a listing of D-STAR repeaters:
To see the entire list of worldwide reflectors: http://www.dstarinfo.com/reflectors.aspx
For info on the DV Dongle: http://www.dvdongle.com
For info on the DV Access Point Dongle (DVAP): http://dvapdongle.com/
For access to Charlotte related D-Star information go to our web page at: http://www.charlottedstar.org
You should register your callsign at a D-Star gateway near your home QTH, although you can register anywhere. You need to register only once. You should not register more than once, as that creates errors. Complete instructions for registering are located at: http://www.dstargateway.org. The link for registering at our gateway (KI4WXS) is: https://ki4wxs.metro-uhf.org/Dstar.do. Ignore the security certificate warning and click through to the page.
To check you registration, enter your call sign at this site: https://wb1gof.dstargateway.org/cgi-bin/dstar-regcheck
D-STAR Forums and Groups
There are numerous D-Star related yahoo groups that will permit you to follow the latest info about various aspects of D-Star. Go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/ and search for “dstar”. Peruse the groups and join any in which you are interested. Groups for regions, radios, repeaters, nets, software, etc. are available. A few of our favorites are:
Metro D-STAR Yahoo Group:
D-STAR Weather Net Yahoo Group:
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