All posts by Peter Willmott

map_of_tasmaniaThe north west coast of Tasmania is set to receive D-Star in the coming weeks. Aaron, VK7AGR has an Icom 70cm repeater and G2/3 gateway on test and is destined for Installation at Table Cape in the town of Wynyard. Final preparations are underway consisting of antennas and a 5.8GHz link to provide NBN internet to the gateway.

The repeaters callsign is VK7RAC and is licensed to operate on 438.700MHz, -7MHz split.   This repeater will be a welcome addition to Tasmania’s D-Star repeaters with VK7RCR in the Lenah Valley serving the south and VK7RAC serving the North, as well as connecting Tasmania to the mainland and the World Wide D-Star community.

img_0723News from Clayton Reading VK7ZCR.
Last month’s Miena Hamfest in the Central Highlands of Tasmania was a great success. Clayton setup a D-Star table and the interest was solid all day. 150 Keen Amateur Radio Operators attended the hamfest. Clayton was assisted by Ken Sulman VK7DY. They had D-Star on air via a DVAP system, They had equipment on show and played D-Star information Videos for eager customers. Well Done guys !
P.S. Clayton is the admin of VK7RCR, a D-Star repeater that runs near Hobart in the Lenah Valley

Richard VK3XE

Richard VK3XE

The next presentation by the Victorian D-Star Users group will be held on January 20th.     The event will be held at the new Bendigo Amateur Radio & Electronics Club  rooms at Longlea.

Longlea Primary School, 20 Longlea Lane Longlea


Richard Hoskin VK3XE /JFK and Peter Willmott VK3TQ. have been experimenting with D-Star since 2006, yes a decade !  Richard and Peter will go through D-Star 101, callsign routing, D-Star evolution and changes over the years in technology, sound quality and gateway systems.

They will have VK3RWW  70cm / 23cm Voice & Data repeater on show and working.  Peter’s portable 50w Kenwood  D-Star repeater working. A 2m Digital Voice Access Point working on a MacBook  and a “Throw in the Car” D-Star Repeater in a sandwich box.  Over the last ten years D-Star has come a long way. You can come along and check out the voice quality of the ID-5100 Mobile and have a chat around the world. Using any of the devices above.

For more information, you can email Peter or contact Graeme at Bendigo Amateur Radio & Electronics Club or

Watch out for the D-Star User Group tables at the EMDRC HamFest 2017



The primary Australian D-Star Reflector, REF003c is off air and is being rebuilt.  Please re-adjust your devices to connect to REF023C. Our secondary Australian D-Star reflector.  Please check with your local repeater or node administrator if  REF023C has been permalinked if necessary.

REF023 C is working very well by all reports

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of John Hackett LA2QAA. John was a regular from Frei Is  Norway, on reflector 3C and the Thursday D-Star net.  Johns fun and sharp wit will be missed by all who knew him.

More information will be posted on      The Victorian D-Star Users Group are in the process of contacting his family in Norway

After nine years of operation, the VK3RWN repeater has now been restored IN TEST MODE at Mt Dandenong.

The gateway and 70cm are operational. This was done on Good Friday

Major work has been done to the 70cm Repeater, and is now working on site

VK3RWN B 70cm Repeater is no longer permalinked to REF001C and REF030C

RWN B will however be linked to REF001C for the American D-Star Net, that normally is on,

our time Monday morning. This goes for around four hours with many users world wide joining in.

If you use VK3RWN B 70cm, don’t forget to disconnect when finished

VK3RWN C the VHF repeater, is permalinked to REF 003C The Australian Reflector

It is encouraging to see many users try to re register early

The gateway server has been rebuilt from the ground up, replacing mechanical hard drives to SSD drives

This has necessitated the total reset of the database held at VK3RWN and the US Trust server

This was needed to eliminate many database errors that had evolved over the nine years and

the committee chose to commence with a fresh database, and deleting all previous backups.

If you were were previously registered on VK3RWN, the link to re-register is now working



If you need assistance, please send an email to me Peter Willmott VK3TQ

email address and with myself or Terry Churcher VK3BMX will assist you.

Can I also explain to you that internet assisted repeaters are different to normal analog repeaters in there running costs.

VK3RWN is a major part of the Australian D-Star system with relationships to the VK3RMM repeater, relationships to the New Zealand D-Star System and Tasmanian system as it holds many registrations. There are many interstate users registered with VK3RWN

I would thank to thank wholeheartedly the recent donations from D-Star users, Ian, Grant and Gerard. I would also like to thank Richard Hoskin VK3JFK for the amount of time it has taken to rebuild VK3RWN, go to site (over 200km trip) and sort problems on site and generally repair it in a professional way. Many times !!! As with Richard, to Steve Reining VK3UJ, the site manager, who keeps our cavities, antennas, cables etc etc in super condition and to Bob Rogers, owner of JRD Communications for our berth at site. Sometimes we tend to forget these wonderful people , who really know what there doing.

I would also like to thank the Vic D-Star users committee going to keep VK3RWN going for you
We fund raise to pay the internet charges which are the most costly part of the system by about 90% Thanks to EMDRC they pay the power and the licence fee

Any donation we receive goes directly into keeping the gateway open and connected. Your assistance would be gratefully received and revered by the group of hard workers that keep this system alive

To do this you can go to site and join the group there

All the best

Peter Willmott

Victorian D-Star Users Group