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W4PL D-STAR & DMR Repeater

Our next D-STAR Users Group Meeting is currently scheduled for Tuesday, December 17, 2019.  Ordinarily we have meetings each month; however, Hamfest Chattanooga required the services of most of our normal presenters and hospital training in November caused the cancelation of our November meeting.

If we can obtain another venue in November, we will consider have a November meeting.

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

Directions to the Meeting: 

  • Traveling HWY 153 North, turn right onto Hamill Road. Be careful making the turn on to Hamill Road from HWY 153  – very busy intersection.
  • Turn left on to Memorial Hixson Hospital drive and continue to the Professional Office Building at the north end of the drive.
  • Park and enter the building.
  • Continue down the hall until you come to the first set of elevators, on the left.
  • Take an elevator to the third floor.
  • Turn to the right as you exit the elevator.
  • Turn right at the tee.
  • Follow this hall to the end and enter the last door on your left.  “Third Floor Conference Room” 

146.520 MHz (National Calling Frequency; no tone; simplex) will be monitored…so if you get lost, just call out.  We will also be monitoring W4PL Module C.

Sign-up for our mailing list to get all the details as meeting dates approach.

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.