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Another major upgrade at VK3RWN Mt Dandenong was completed by Richard Hoskin VK3JFK and Peter Willmott VK3TQ. The new Centos OS was installed by Richard VK3JFK , followed by G3 Gateway software. This was done seamlessly and no database reset was required and all registered users saw no change to their usual day to day usage . The G3 Gateway software combined with the new updated and powerful version of Centos will host many new features of the gateway software.  A new upgrade that will be released soon will see the introduction of Icom’s new Terminal and Access Point mode, on the 4100 and ID 51 Plus two Hand Held   As news comes to hand we will notify users of more features that are to be released

Peter modified and installed a new UPS for VK3RWN the UPS will hold power for 30 minutes and then start of shutdown sequence for the repeater in the unlikely event of loss of power. The UPS is connected to the rack server by USB for communications. The existing modem was changed for a commercial ADSL 2 modem. Performance was slightly enhanced but still we await for the NBN.

 

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    petervk3tq@gmail.com or contact Graeme at Bendigo Amateur Radio & Electronics Club   vk3grk@wia.org.au or  www.barec.net.au

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 vk3.dstar.net.au      The Victorian D-Star Users Group are in the process of contacting his family in Norway