News last updated: Tue, January 5, 2010 at 12:22 PM ET
North Florida Digital Group
D-Star Introduction and Training Academy
February 6th, 2010
08:30 til 17:00 EDT
The training academy is designed to inform amateurs on everything they would need to know about D-Star from the concept
of this form of communications to operating equipment proficiently.
From the amateur who doesn’t know what D-Star is to one who wants to become proficient in its operation and the amateur
who wants to understand the system first before jumping into this part of the hobby; this is the Academy to attend. With hamfest
season starting up soon, this is a great chance to get informed about D-Star.
Ray Novak, N9JA, Division Manager – Icom Amateur and Receiver Products, the featured speaker along with other notable
speakers will be headlining the list of instructors for the Academy.
This is an information and training academy only. There will be no equipment sales available. The goal of these speakers
is to inform and teach this part of the hobby to everyone interested in understanding and using D-Star.
Attendees will be provided training sessions along with hands on instruction on how to use and operate the D-Star radio
of their choice.
Areas of instruction will include:
Describing the actual mode of operation, what it is, how it works, advantages & disadvantages
Learning how to program any D-Star radio using a computer program
Learning how to field program while on the go
Understanding how to use callsign routing and its programming
Understanding how to set up and do repeater linking
Learning about using reflectors, and their usage protocols
In-depth instruction on low speed data usage using the UHF & VHF radios
In-depth instruction using 1296Mc high speed data and internet access
Learning about the D-Rats data program and how to use it
Learning to use the DVDongle on a computer to get on the D-Star gateway
Introducing the new DVDongle with its own transceiver to provide short range handheld coverage around your shack, up to
about ½ mile
Setting up and configuring a D-Star repeater system for internet operation
This announcement is being sent out to help amateurs preplan their attendance to the academy. In the very near future,
all the details will be posted. There will be a social get together on Friday evening. Local hotels, restaurants, driving
instructions to the location of the academy, how to register before hand, cost, syllabus and full list of instructors will
Contact Donna, WQ4M@arrl.net for any updates, questions or additional information you may need.
The NFDG is pleased to present this academy and we look forward to seeing you there.
Paul L Eakin, KJ4G@arrl.org