How to register your D-STAR radios & devices

These directions are intended only for Technician Class amateur radio operators living anywhere in South Carolina or Georgia, particularly in the Central Savannah River Area of Georgia and South Carolina.


NOTE: You do not have to be registered to use D-STAR, but, if you want to be able to use D-STAR commands such as, among others, linking to and unlinking from reflectors, you must register with a D-STAR gateway registrar.  This page will help you complete that registration.


 Gateway registration for D-STAR is a 3 step process.  Basically, this is how it works, but detailed directions w/pictures are farther below.

  1. Step #1
    Make sure you register on Kent Hufford’s D-STAR Gateway Registration Page (instructions start below).
    REMEMBER YOUR PASSWORD:  You will need it for step #3 and to be able to log in in the future and make changes to your registration.
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  2. Step #2
    Kent Hufford, KQ4KK, MUST APPROVE YOU.  Email him at to let him know that you registered on his D-STAR Gateway Registration page.  He will approve your registration as soon as possible so that you may complete step 3.
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  3. Step #3
    You are now ready to go back and fill out the actual gateway registration form.

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After you finish step #3, your registration info will need at least 24 hours and up to 48 hours to propagate throughout the entire network.

 


Call Kent Hufford, KQ4KK, if you have questions — 803-392-7339 — but definitely before you make any mistakes!
IMPORTANT:  If for any reason you are not 100% sure of what you’re doing, call Kent before you bung up your registration!  803-392-7339


Instructions to register with the KR4AIK
D-STAR Gateway Registration System


https://kr4aik.dstargateway.org/Dstar.do





 

Remember your password – you gave it, so make
sure that you
rememeber it
!!

At this point, you are now at a temporary hold.
Email the Repeater Admin at
to let him know that you just registered on the DSTAR system and are awaiting his approval. The repeater admin will approve you and then let you know by email that you are approved.  You may then proceed to the
“D-Star Equipment Registration Instructions” below.


 Registration is a multi-step process.

1.       You register on the gateway web site above with your call sign and a password that you need to remember.

2.       When you find out that you are approved, read on below . . .

When the Repeater Administrator emails you to let you know that your registration is approved to continue, log back in at https://kr4aik.dstargateway.org/Dstar.do using your callsign in caps and your password. Follow the “D-Star Equipment Registration Instructions” below.”

 

D-Star Equipment Registration Instructions
Please follow the directions below the
“D-STAR Gateway System” image.


  1. Log in and you’ll see what we’ll call “the grid area.” (See above)
  2. Click inside the checkbox next to the number “1”. 
  3. Then click inside the “Initial” box to the right of your callsign on the same line as the number “1”.  Type just a single “space bar” character.  This will not show up but is very important. 
  4. Do not click in the “RPT” check box (or any other RPT checkbox)
  5. In the “pcname” box (gray background), enter just your callsign in lower case letters – nothing else including a space(s). That completes the first line of the “the grid area.”
  6. For the second line in the grid area, which will be used to register your first piece of DSTAR equipment, click on the checkbox to the left of the #2.
  7. Click the box immediately to the right of the #2 and type just a D in that box – no space or anything else before or after the D.
  8. In the box under “pcname” on that second line, enter your callsign in lower case letters (plus a number of course) followed by a dash “-” (no space) followed by your type of radio in lower case letters and/or numbers with no spaces e.g. 2820, dvdongle, id-5100a, OpenSpot, etc. A dash or underline is also acceptable.  Again, all characters in the “pcname” box should be lower case, a number(s), a dash or an underline. Don’t forget – no spaces.  Your web page should look similar to the page pictured above except with your personal information show of course). 
  9. For your second piece of DSTAR equipment, repeat lines 5-7 above except put just a C in the “initial” column.
  10. For your third piece of DSTAR equipment, repeat lines 5-7 above except put just a P in the “initial” column.
  11. For a fourth piece of DSTAR equipment, repeat lines 5-7 again, but put a different letter in the “initial” column.
  12. When complete, click on “Update”.
  13. Log out, then wait about 24 hours and your DSTAR registration should propagate the world and you will be allowed to use reflectors with the equipment that you just registered!Problems? Email the Repeater Admin at

KENT HUFFORD, KQ4KK and John MacDonald, K4BR

Our new mixed mode DSTAR repeaters.

There are two D-STAR repeaters in Waynesboro! 
Waynesboro’s VHF DSTAR repeater: 145.23 MHz (-600 KHz transmit offset)
Coverage:  100% of the City of Waynesboro including Burke Medical Center & Burke Co. EMA
Repeater brand/model: Yaesu DR-1X repeater
Tx/Rx modes: DSTAR and/or FM depending on the signal received (mixed mode)
Antenna: 4-bay folded dipole approximately 400 ft.(above sea level)
Heliax/hardline: Commscope 1/2″ Heliax
Waynesboro’s UHF DSTAR repeater: 444.100 MHz (+5.000 MHz transmit offset)
Coverage:  approximately 80% of the CSRA
Repeater brand/models: Yaesu DR-1X repeater
Tx/Rx modes: DSTAR and/or FM depending on the signal received (mixed mode)
Antennas: 4-bay folded dipole approximately 470 ft.(above sea level)
Heliax/hardline: Commscope 7/8″ Heliax
 
For the present time, we are leaving the D-STAR part of the repeater connected to reflector 030B, the GA ARES® reflector.  Feel free to change to whatever reflector you like, but please change the reflector back to 030 B when you’re finished using the repeater.
 
How it works:
A small, fairly inexpensive device called a UDRC-II that is available from Northwest Digital Radio at http://nwdigitalradio.com is what makes the repeater work as an analog FM, C4FM Fusion or D-STAR repeater.  The UDRC-II’s 40-pin connector plugs directly into the pins on a $35 Raspberry Pi 3.

For $89, the UDRC-II  comes with a cable that is ready made for the DR-1X Yaesu repeater and the UDRC-II.  As soon as you plug it into the repeater and turn it on, the UDRC-II and Raspberry Pi “light up,” take over the controller duties from the DR-1X’s built-in controller, and set the mode of the Yaesu repeater to “AUTO.” 

When an analog FM signal comes in, it lets the repeater’s internal controller take over and the repeater operates just as it always has receiving and re-transmitting a standard FM signal. 

When a D-STAR signal comes into the repeater, the UDRC-II’s controller takes over and shifts the mode of the repeater from “AUTO” to “FIX” as shown on the repeater’s front panel.  You hear no audio through the repeater’s speaker and the repeater’s microphone doesn’t work.  About 2 or 3 seconds after a D-STAR transmission ends, the repeater shifts back to “AUTO” mode.  It’s actually pretty cool to watch repeater and its lights work!

Everything is working perfectly on this new system and local stations are able to connect to all D-STAR reflectors including world-wide reflectors.  A list of all reflectors are available by following this link.

FM stations cannot communicate with D-STAR stations, but the two modes (plus Fusion) coexist very nicely on this one repeater as long as a D-STAR op doesn’t try to communicate at the same time as an FM op. 

By the way, when a D-STAR conversation is going on on the 444.1 repeater, analog FM users hear nothing – and vice versa.  The only indication of a conversation in a different mode from your mode is that the signal strength meter on your transceiver will show transmit power from the repeater.  So, a person with an analog FM transceiver tuned to 444.1 wouldn’t even know that an entire 10 or 15 minute D-STAR conversation had happened on 444.1 unless he had looked down at his transceiver’s signal strength meter!