W4PL D-STAR & DMR Repeater
Our next D-STAR meeting will be:
Due to the COVID-19 situation, our meetings are temporarily suspended.
CHI Memorial Hospital Hixson
(a.k.a. North Park Hospital)
Professional Building (Behind Emergency Room)
3rd Floor Conference Room
2051 Hamill Road
Hixson, TN 37343
We will continue with our two part series on “Learn D-RATS Now” is the topic & workshop for this meeting. Bring your D-STAR radio (handhelds preferred), antenna, a compatible programming/data cable, a charged battery, your laptop computer (Windows capable) with D-RATS installed, and get your brain ready to get D-RATS connected and communicating with other similarly-equipped D-STAR users.
D-RATS is a great add-on feature-rich software that is compatible with the D-STAR global network. You can exchange files (documents/photos), send email, “text”, using radio signals and/or with the Internet. Many nets use D-RATS for check-in purposes (SE WX Net Sunday Nights, GA ARES Net, etc.), and to practice disaster scenarios.
D-RATS software may be downloaded HERE.
The D-RATS download is for a 32-bit Windows Operating System. If your Windows Operating System is 64 bits, you must install a 64-bit version of lzhuf_1.exe in your Program Files\D-RATS\libexec folder. The 64-bit version is 30K big while the 32-bit version is 29K.
The D-RATS Quick Start Guide (PDF format) may be download HERE.
Tom Morgan K4VCM, Owner/Administrator
W4PL D-STAR Repeater
Doug Forquer K6DHF, Co-Administrator
W4PL D-STAR Repeater
Gary Ownsby AK4ZX
W4PL D-STAR Repeater, Co-Administrator
D-STAR Reflector 077, Owner/Administrator
D-STAR Best Practices Reminders.
To ensure maximum availability of our repeater’s capabilities, do not link both modules (B & C) to the same repeater or reflector. This is unnecessary and creates confusion. Check the repeater status page before doing any linking or unlinking. Please note that Module B is normally linked to REF030C (Atlanta). This guidance applies to ALL D-STAR repeaters and reflectors.
Double-check your radio’s programming to make sure it does or will do what you want it to and that it conforms to standard D-STAR commands. If you need help in programming your radio, ask for it. The Chattanooga D-STARs are happy to help.
Do not “kerchunk” the repeater. If testing, give your call sign and state what you are doing so others listening may be able to offer help or confirmation to you.
Always remember that a repeater/reflector is a shared resource so be mindful that others are using it even if they are only listening. If you wish to link to another repeater or reflector, give your call sign and announce your intention so that others will know what you are proposing to do and will be aware of the change.
Remember that our repeater is equipped with Monlink which helps to manage linking. If you link to another repeater or reflector, Monlink will monitor traffic. If there is no traffic for a while, Monlink will automatically unlink the module and return it to its normal, default condition.