The MMDVM VHF repeater has been installed at the Knobby site today. The equipment is the same Tait TB8100 base station together with a new MMDVM modem. DSTAR is shared with other modes on this repeater. The default reflector is currently set to REF023_C.
Located at The Knobby west of Brisbane in Queensland VK4RBX is a VHF multimode repeater that supports DSTAR. This repeater has recently been removed from site to be upgraded with the latest MMDVM hardware. Shown in the pictures is the STM32 -DVM board from repeater builder in North America. This repeater is currently running under test and will be installed back at site over the next few days. The default reflector will be DCS014_B.
Reflector linking using DTMF tones is a quick and easy way to link up to reflectors. Use DTMF shortcuts to link to different reflectors. For example DTMF *23c to link to reflector REF023C. Or try DTMF D14B for DCS014B.
Regional Queensland leading the way for Digital Voice
Central Queensland now has the best digital voice coverage in Australia while the big cities seem to be lagging behind. From helicopter lifts to access on quad bikes nothing is stopping us from moving into the future of digital voice. The DSTAR experience on our multimode repeaters is fantastic since upgrading from the Arduino Due MMDVM to the STM32 Nucleo MMDVM. The Pi STAR image has also been the most popular choice for setting up your own hotspot. The momentum has not stopped up here in the north with more and more amateur radio operators coming on-board and giving the digital modes a go! We are encouraging other clubs to follow our lead and start converting under utilised analog repeaters to digital voice repeaters. It truly is a lot of fun to build your own digital repeater from scratch. Check out the multiprotocol reflector at www.xlx028.org