By now you know that D-STAR is different from the repeaters we are used
to. We need to program some information into our radios for them to
work properly. Since this can be somewhat confusing and intimidating to
do by hand, it is recommended that you use the programming software
avaialble for your radio.
MyCALL, UrCALL, RPT1 Call and RPT2 Call are the parameters we are going
to set up. It is a good idea to set up a memory channel for each
person, system and combination of cross band or gateway options you
plan to use. This let's you get on the air quickly by having the
necessary info already programmed in your radio... just turn to a
memory channel and go.
For details on programming your radio to use the various gateway
features, see our Features
This identifies your radio. We have more than one ham in our house, so
I would program each of our calls into a different memory. That way, if
my daughter gets her homework done, she can borrow my radio to talk to
This is the station you want to talk to. Most of the time we set this
to "CQCQCQ" as we will be calling "CQ" or doing
ragchew/roundtable work. When using the gateway, URCALL will designate
who you want to contact or the gateway feature you want to use. To use
the gateway to route your traffic, program URCALL for the station you
want to contact. The gateway will do a database check and send your
traffic to the last location the callsign was heard. Again, set up a
memory channel for each of your frequent gateway contacts.
This is the callsign of the local repeater you use to access the D-STAR
network. The 8th character in the callsign is the "switch",
and corresponds to the band you are transmitting on. Insert spaces as
necessary so that the switch is in the 8th position. The "_"
represents a space. D-STAR "switch" convention designates A
as 1.2 GHz, B as 70cm, and C as
2 meters. Below is the N7SNO DV repeater configuration:
DV 442.700 +5
DV -NOT USED TODAY
RPT1 Call is the local repeater we use to access the D-STAR system, and
RPT2 Call designates where we want our traffic to go
to. We can choose one of the other modules, or the gateway, N7SNO_ _G.
For your traffic to be heard by linked gateways or DV Dongle users,
please set RPT2 Call to the callsign of the gateway you are using.
Remember to add spaces as nessesary to put the "switch" in the 8th
position so the system knows where to send your traffic. We recommend
setting your RPT2 Call to N7SNO_ _G
at all times, so linked gateways and DV
Dongle users can hear you.
Gateway CQ D-STAR Calculator
Here is a handy tool for figuring out D-STAR Gateway CQ programming
D-STAR Calculator. Select a port to access N7SNO, your
destination gateway and band to see a customized list of programming
parameters. Click here
for more D-STAR Calculator info.
Below is a programming example of our recommended configuration for
single module use, in this case the 70cm module, N7SNO_B.
This setup allows DV
Dongle users and linked gateways & reflectors to hear your traffic.
Note that RPT2 Call is set to N7SNO_ _G.
Set RPT1 Call to the band you will be transmitting
70CM Port &
Below is a table summarizing what we have just talked about. The first
row shows the recomended default single port configuration. Note that RPT2
Call is set to N7SNO_G. This allows
connected gateways and DV
Dongle users to hear your traffic. The next two rows
demonstrate crosbanding to both the local 70 and 23cm ports and
simulcasting on all three local ports. The fourth demonstrates calling
a specific station, KXRON, using the gateway to find Ron, while the
last shows how to call "CQ" thru the gateway to a remote repeater system 70cm
port, in this case K7MHI_B. In each case you are transmitting on 70cm.
Click here here for a
couple other examples. For a good discussion and examples of manual
programming for the ID-800, see AE7Q's
ID-800 Usage page.
For single band operation we recommend programming RPT2 Call
with N7SNO_G. As mentioned above, this allows
connected gateways and DV
Dongle users to hear your traffic. Below is a table showing
programming parameters for single band operation.