D-Star Newbie woes/Minneapolis

Discussion in 'Working Different Modes' started by W0KDT, Nov 28, 2019.

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  1. W0KDT

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    Long story short, I have an Icom ID51a Plus2 and have been trying to figure out D-Star using the HT and a discone on my roof.

    I am at the point where I can hit three of the local repeaters and get an acknowledgement consisting of their call signs and frequency (B/C). But that's it. Other commands that I try produce only the same response, including selecting a reflector. Echo doesn't work.

    My call sign doesn't show up on dstarusers.org, but none of the three repeaters I hit show any significant number of other call signs either. Two of them show no call signs at all and IIRC the third shows two stations in the past 2 weeks.

    So, am I hitting three zombies? (W0ANA, KD0JOU, W0YC) It seems unlikely. Any suggestions? Anyone?
  2. WB2LBV

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    Have to ask, did you register with a D-Star gateway and get confirmation that your call is registered?
  3. W0KDT

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  4. K0RGR

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    Do you hear any of the repeaters announce that they are connected to REF 53A? That's the MN statewide network. I work lots of people there, but I don't know which repeaters in the Twin Cities are connected.
  5. W0KDT

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    Announce verbally? When I hit any of the three repeaters all I get is a beep plis the call letters plus the B or C frequency designator on the display. I hear nothing else. I also get the same thing when I ask for Repeater Status or ask to connect to REF0053A.
  6. W4NNF

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    For much else to happen, you have to be registered with the D-Star system and the repeaters must be connected to a Reflector.
  7. KC9ONY

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    D-STAR can be confusing and there is a learning curve to it, too!
    I'm not familiar with REGIST, which seems to be what those sites indicate is
    where you are registered? It's been years since I registered, but it used to be
    that you had to register through a repeater owner. There is no charge for that,
    but would then be able to use a small range of IP address that help to identify you
    on the D-STAR system.

    It appears that you also have a hotspot or accesspoint, as shown on that page, right?
    Are you able to get out over the system using that?

    How far away are these repeaters from you? My experience is that even if you
    are getting their call sign and beep coming back to you, you may not be hitting it
    strong enough. How long of a cable run is it for your discone, and what kind of
    SWR are you getting?

    Here's a pretty good site talking about D-STAR, and does focus on hotspots, too.

    However, I'd really suggest you find some local hams that use D-STAR who can help
    you through the process or see in person what you are doing that isn't working.
    Last time I checked into the Minnesota Net on REF053, there were quite a few hams
    up there, but it's been a while.
  8. W0KDT

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    Well, some progress. I am getting responses from three repeaters so I am at least getting out.

    Icom support (helpful and fast btw) has advised: "The three repeaters you list are not syncing with the US Root trust server so they are off the air or their gateways are down or they are ircDDB or MMDVM repeaters. If they are non ICOM repeaters you can get a ? response even when they are working properly and definitely if it is an ICOM repeater with the gateway not working."

    So i have the name and email for one of the repeater owners but have not heard from him yet.

    We'll see.

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