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Hello D-STAR Users,

It’s been a long time coming but we’re restarting our monthly meetings tomorrow night.  We continue to meet at:

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

Meeting Start Time:  6 PM EDT

This meeting is ear-marked for those that have joined the ranks of D-STAR users since the first of 2020.  If you need help with programming your D-STAR gear, bring it along with whatever else you need to program or use it.  Learning on your own gear is best so you can replicate what you learn at home.

NOTICE:  This meeting room is in a medical facility therefore more stringent COVID-19 Protections are required.  Specifically, face masks must be worn at all times and temperature scans will be done to gain entry to the building/meeting room.

Looking forward to meeting with you in person!

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.