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.

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