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D-Star 101
August 13, 2011
3:17 PM
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How do I program my radio to use the W0MAO Lincoln D-Star repeater?
The radio requires some information to be programmed before it will work.  This information is sent out when you first key up the radio.  The information sent includes your call sign as well as instructions to tell the system where you want your signal to go.

MY is for your own call sign
UR is set to either CQCQCQ or set to the call sign of the station you are trying to reach (for use with the Gateway) when you dont know what system the person is on.
RPT1 is the call sign and Port of the repeater you are using
RPT2 is for the command path (what you want your signal to do)

For direct communication over the repeater, meaning just talking to another local ham, you should use the following callsigns:

2m / 145.250 MHz

MY: N0CRL        (your own call sign)
UR: CQCQCQ     (who you are calling)

70cm / 442.150 MHz

MY: N0CRL        (your own call sign)
UR: CQCQCQ     (who you are calling)

You’ll want to make sure you use the ‘G’ on RPT2 so you will be able to make use of some of the linking features. Also, make sure the port designator is in the 8th position. So, you would put in, “W0MAO[space][space]B”.

How do I talk to another HAM over the gateway?
In order to talk to another HAM over the gateway, you must first be registered on the gateway. To register, visit our registration page here.


If Carl, N0CRL, in Lincoln wanted to call Art, K0AIZ, and didn’t know what D-Star repeater he was last on, Carl would use the following:

MY: N0CRL       (Carl’s call sign)
UR: K0AIZ        (Art’s call sign)

Remember that Art will not be able to immediately respond without having his radio programmed to do so. He will have to have either the following:

MY: K0AIZ        (Art’s call sign)
UR: N0CRL        (Carl’s call sign)

Or, as soon as he hears Carl calling him, he could depress his data capture button on his radio to temporarily, and automatically, program his radio. This button is different on each radio. On the ID800H, it is the ‘TONE/TSCAN’ button. Depress it until it beeps. Then, your radio should be able to talk back to the calling station. IMPORTANT: Remember to ‘reset’ your radio after making your QSO. If you do not, you will continue to talk to the repeater you were last talking through, thus possibly interrupting QSOs going on. To reset after using the data capture button, just change your channel selector to another channel and then back again.

Remember, wait until you hear one or two beeps before you key your radio. If you key while the repeater is ‘up’, your transmission may not go through.  If you hear someone trying to make a gateway call, and they only have one beep, let them know that they may not have the gateway programmed properly on their radio.

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