John's Meanderings

Category: Amateur Radio

Discussion of my long time hobby, Amateur or Ham Radio.

NW7DR – The Homebrew D-STAR Compatible Repeater

have never had an interest in owning my own repeater, but I got a hankering to build up a repeater to support my experimentation.

QSO Radio Show Interview – D-STAR

Several weeks back, I did an interview about D-STAR with Ted Randall on his QSO Radio Show.  It first aired on shortwave station WBCQ on 10 December 2009. It is available as a…

Built A D-STAR Compatible Repeater

Intrigued by the efforts of Jonathan Naylor, G4KLX, I decided I would try building a little, experimental D-STAR compatible repeater. Jonathan has created a piece of software to act as a controller for…

Repeater Time

Well, I’ve provisioned a couple of D-STAR gateways, and have helped with some Icom repeater work, but I have never built a repeater from the ground up.  I have hit a milestone in…

So This Guy Contacts Me About an Article…

A couple of months back I was contacted about doing an interview for an article on Amateur (Ham) Radio.  Today it was published in Computerworld. I was honored to be asked to be interviewed…

ID Translation

While discussing the issues surrounding interconnection of non-DSTAR (analog – VOIP/ROIP) systems to D-STAR, I have had several people say “but the ID cannot be translated” between systems. This has been brought up…

D-STAR Fundamental Differences with Traditional VOIP Repeater Linking

A response to a question from K2AAU on DSTAR_DIGITAL at Yahoo! Groups There is a fundamental difference between D-STAR and the VOIP systems like Echolink, IRLP, WIRES, AllStar/Tiara, … On those other systems, the…

Fun Tonight

Tonight I went to a nearby location for the Puget Sound D-STAR Roundtable. Well nobody showed up, so I did what I have done before and looked for other D-STAR repeaters I knew…

More Thoughts on the Interconnection of D-STAR

A response to an email … A correspondent wrote: I … got caught in a circular argument with myself. hi hi e.g. it would be neat to couple this [interconnection of multiple VOIP…

My New D-STAR Hangout

I’m finally in reach of a DSTAR repeater again. W7HR put up a DSTAR repeater and I can get into it. Handheld from the parking lot of my office none the less.  Randy…