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Welcome to D-Star!  If you are new to D-Star, we have some tips to help you get started.

If you are an old hand at D-Star, welcome!

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

    Need to register on a gateway?  Click here for our new Quick Registration!

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 2015 presentation is here and the HRN video 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 Yahoo Group (clt-dstar) or coming to our monthly dinner meetings.

What

       We operate six D-STAR repeaters at four sites, three DMR repeaters (one MotoTrbo and two Hytera) at three sites, one System Fusion repeater and one NexEdge repeater.  We also operate two FM analog repeaters.  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 clt-dstar Yahoo group, 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!

When

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

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.

DMR Repeaters:  

            442.4125 (+5 MHz) W4ZO (NCPRN) Charlotte

            443.3875 (+5 MHz) W4ZO (NCPRN) Wingate

 

            443.4375 (+5 MHz) KM4BRM (Hytera) Charlotte

                    Thursday 22:30 Hytera Network - DMR Amateur Radio net

                        Note: we are switching from DMR+ to BrandMeister - click here for details

 

            443.9125 (+ 5MHz) KA4YMZ (NCPRN) Crowders Mountain

            927.0125 (-25 MHz) KA4YMY (NCPRN) Charlotte

 

Fusion Repeaters:  

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

                    Note: KI4WXS B is now Fusion & D-Star (NW Digital UDRC added)

                        Mon, 8:30 PM  --   MNWIS-FUSION Room, #21493

 

            443.6125 (+5 MHz) KA4YMZ  (Crowders Mountain - Fusion Digital Only with Wires-X)

                        Mon, 8:30 PM -- MNWIS-FUSION Room, #21493

 

Nextedge Repeaters:  

            443.8875 +5 MHz NXDN (RAN1 TG65000 - worldwide access available) Spencer Mountain

 

Digital P25 with Quantar Site Connect: 

            444.025 +5mhz, NAC 293, TG 1 local, TG 10100 Worldwide - (Charlotte Hood Road)

 

D-Star Repeaters:  

         

            145.140 MHz (-600 kHz) KI4WXS C (Charlotte Hood Road) - Connected to Reflector 54C

                        Sunday 21:00 REF002 A SEWXNet

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

                        Tuesday 23:00 REF012 A Papa Sys Tech Net

                        Thursday 23:00 XRF002 A Papa System D-Star Round Table  (new reflector 6/16/16)

                        Saturday 19:30 REF061C Coastal Carolina Net                     

              

 

              1292.000 MHz (-20 MHz) KK4JDH A (Crowders Mountain) - connected to Reflector 54C  

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

 

                 

            443.8625 MHz (+5 MHz) KK4JDH B (Crowders Mountain) - connected to Reflector 54C

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

 

 

            443.9875 MHz (+5 MHz) KA4YMZ B (Spencer Mountain)
                        Sunday 20:00 XRF038 A for the Ohio Net
                        Monday 22:00 REF038 C Raspberry Pi Net
                        Tuesday 21:00 REF054 C North Carolina & Friends D-Star Net

                        Friday 21:00  XRF021-B Canada Net

 

            144.920 MHz (+2.5 MHz) KA4YMZ C (Spencer Mountain)

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

            

   
            444.8625 MHz (+5 MHz) W4FAN B (Wingate) - connected to Reflector 54C    

                        Sunday 20:00 XRF038 A for the Ohio Net
                        Monday 22:00 REF038 C Raspberry Pi Net
                        Tuesday 21:00 REF054 C North Carolina & Friends D-Star Net

                        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 here:

            Light Rail Family Restaurant

            8045 South Blvd.

            Charlotte, NC 28273                                                        

            Telephone:  704/643-2121

                www.lrrest.com                                                

                                                       

 


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