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Digital => D-Star => Topic started by: KC9ONY on May 31, 2014, 05:10:49 PM

Title: Helpful links for starting with D-STAR
Post by: KC9ONY on May 31, 2014, 05:10:49 PM
D-STAR can be very confusing, and there is a steep learning curve, at least for me.   I don't pretend
to totally understand it, but I can connect to repeaters and reflectors, and talk all over the world
if I so desire.

Here are a few links that have helped me to work or get started with D-STAR.   

http://www.m0lta.com/html/d-star_info.html (http://www.m0lta.com/html/d-star_info.html)
The pages are written by someone based in London, but who has traveled or lived all over Europe.
There are pages within his site that are good to read.   

One such page is:
http://www.m0lta.com/html/d-star_basics.html (http://www.m0lta.com/html/d-star_basics.html)
which also has a link to a pdf, (written in 2012),which has lots of good information.

http://www.m0lta.com/D-Star_Starter_Pack_-_Version_1.0_-_13_May_2012.pdf (http://www.m0lta.com/D-Star_Starter_Pack_-_Version_1.0_-_13_May_2012.pdf)

Read up about the registration process and why it's needed.   It also explains how to operate
on the D-STAR system pretty well.   It does not cover the newest D-STAR radios, but pretty much
all the basics you need to know to get started.   

http://cloud.ke5bms.com/query/ (http://cloud.ke5bms.com/query/)
This site is good for checking to see which gateway the system sees you as registered on.
You only need to be registered on one gateway to use the entire system.   Just enter
your callsign and you can see alot of information, including a link to the FCC ULS database.

http://www.dstarusers.org/ (http://www.dstarusers.org/)
The initial page shows the "Last Heard" on the D-STAR system.   Useful for seeing if you are
making it out to the system, and also to see other users on the whole system.    There are also
links on that page for various information.

http://www.dstarinfo.com/ (http://www.dstarinfo.com/)
Another good site for some various information, which is similar to some on Dstarusers.org.
One page on their site in particular is helpful for programming is the D-STAR Calculator page:

http://www.dstarinfo.com/dstar-web-calculator.aspx (http://www.dstarinfo.com/dstar-web-calculator.aspx)

http://www.niftyaccessories.com/E-Z%20D-STAR%20Guide.htm (http://www.niftyaccessories.com/E-Z%20D-STAR%20Guide.htm)
The Nifty guide is pretty nice for learning as well.   The latest edition was printed in 2012,
so it doesn't have the newer ID-5100A or IC-7100 as yet, but I'm sure they will update it.

Well, that is a start for now.   I'll add more in the future.

73,
Tom KC9ONY

Title: Re: Helpful links for starting with D-STAR
Post by: N9LOO on June 02, 2014, 10:46:21 AM
Excellent list of links Tom.

Here's another link I found regarding registration details (that seemed to be updated quickly):
http://dstar.info/query.html (http://dstar.info/query.html)

This page was also updated for the ID-5100 for creating repeater downloads:
http://www.dstarinfo.com/downloads-for-icom-software.aspx (http://www.dstarinfo.com/downloads-for-icom-software.aspx)

Thanks for all the help getting me started on D-STAR!