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2011 was the year that the International DSTAR HF Testing Net started among HAMs that had the ICOM 9100 that had the ability to operate DSTAR voice on all HF bands. Over the following years, the ICOM 7100 came out with the same ability built-in. With a software update to the FLEX 6xxx series SDR radio and the ThumbDV, that ability was added to the Flex radios. Also MoenComm came out with a GMSK modem that could be added to any HF radio that had a 9600 baud packet port and addition of a DVDongle.


Starting on Jan 1, 2017 you can receive a  “DSTAR HF SUPERTROOPER Dirty Dozen + Award


To receive this outstanding certificate, suitable for framing, you must, starting in 2017-


Make two way DSTAR HF VOICE simplex contacts with 12 other DSTAR HF voice station in 12 different 48 continental US states.

  1. Make at least one two way DSTAR HF VOICE simplex contact with a DSTAR HF VOICE station that is not in the continental 48 states of the USA.
  2. Make at least one two way DSTAR HF voice simplex contact on 5 different HF bands that the net normally meets on.
  3. Provide written proof (QSL CARD, Eqsl CARD), along with $3.00 US (check or cash) shipping costs for the certificate to Kent Hufford, KQ4KK, 807 Callaway Drive, Graniteville, SC 29829. Your cards will be returned with your certificate vis USPS.  


On many net days, when the bands are good, you almost can work the 12 states and a Canadian station on 5 different bands. When bands gets better, we should make the Pacific and Europe again.




International DSTAR HF Testing NetWINTER Schedule –  

Use your ICOM 7100/9100, or modified HF radio with GMSK & DVdongle, or the FLEX 6000 series radios with software 1.5 or better and the ThumbDV.

Here is some video of DSTAR HF Voice simplex on a 7100



We routinely have two way communications coast to coast and North to South, South to Canada, Europe and Australia. We have had two way contacts to Japan. And have been heard in South Africa and Bulgaria.

We are on each band only for 5 min. or so as to spend less time, if the band is dead we move on earlier. You can go back to a good freq after the net. MONITOR REF030C to coordinate. WE may need to move early or if the freq is busy. We do not want to step on any AM or SSB activity.

We also use a web page to keep track of who and where we are at -     http://hf.dstar-relay.net/

You also can check-in to this web site anytime 24/7 to find a DSTAR HF Ham to talk to.

We have a PRENET for 30 min. before the start of the scheduled time. This PRENET is for ‘FREE FORM” contacts. One should check the web site  http://hf.dstar-relay.net/  sign in and find a working freq to work on. When the net starts at the scheduled time, please join the net and follow the freqs.


Sat PM 7:00 E (2400Z)

Sunday AM 10:00 E (1
500Z Sunday)(Spend more time on each open band, and start on 80m)

Sunday PM 7:00 E (2400Z)

Check USB/LSB on freq to make sure the freq is clear.
SUNDAY AM, we start with 80m and work towards 6 meters.

6 mtrs 50.210 DV for 2 mins

10 mtrs 2
8.570 DV for 5 mins

12 mtrs 24.938 DV for 5 mins

15 mtrs 21.380 DV for 5 mins

17 mtrs 18.148 DV for 5 mins

20 mtrs 14.3
35 DV for 5 mins

40 mtrs 7.285(or another open freq) DV for 5 mins

75 mtrs 3.880 DV for 5 mins.

NCS will check the freq ahead of time to make sure we don’t step on anyone 3KC up and DOWN.

 "Digital voice is defined in the Commission’s rules based on content as voice (i.e. phone), not data, per Section 97.3(c)(5) of the Rules." Check out the most recent comments by the ARRL:  http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/document/view?id=7521063715


Retired US ARMY Signal Corp Aviator (30 years), then spent 15 years as a Information Technology contractor in the Washington DC area. Retired and moved to South Carolina in June 2008. Wife and two married daughters are also HAMs.

Spend most of my time golfing and doing HAM ARES radio support for Aiken County EOC and Aiken Regional Medical Centers. Currently trying to see how far you can talk on DSTAR HF. Coast to Coast and to Canada are easy. hf.dstar-relay.net is a good place to start.

Active in APRS, DSTAR, HF-DX and local VHF repeaters. Current home setup is FLEX 6500, ICOM 9100, PW-1, Big Step-IR Vertical, Off Center fed Dipole, ICOM-910H and a full COLLINS KWM-2A setup with 30L-1 Amp. Mobiles are Kenwood D-710, ICOM 5100 and an ICOM 7100. Go BOX is a Kenwood D-710, ICOM 2820 and an ICOM 7100.



01/01, NS55, 85

01/08, NP12, 156

01/09, NS55, 151

01/12, MP06, 112

01/12, BF03, 80

01/13, AA10, 179

01/19, NP12, 49

02/06, NS09, 56

02/06, MN35, 67

02/11, MN33, 55

03/04, MN56, 168

03/08, AA10, 100

03/08, NP12, 120

03/09, NS55, 161

03/11, BF03, 76

03/11, MP06, 171

04/02, NS55, 131

04/08, NS09, 33

04/08, MN35, 44

04/09, NP12, 47

04/25, BF07, 97

04/26, SS04, 126

04/26, MN29, 171 (KITTY HAWK)

​04/26, NS23, 95

​04/27, MP04, 49 (BAD BANDS)

05/07, BF03, 59

05/07, MP06, 65

​05/13, NS55, 58

05/18, NS07, 74

05/19, HP11, 75 (DAYTON HERITAGE)

​06/03, NS49, Vechicle broken into via SMASH and GRAB. Parking Lot guard house unattended, Extensive Video Camera system not working for a long time, Park Ranger Policeman said breakins happen all the time. For me, NPOTA QRT.








Photo from Feb 1967. 68th AHC, RVN

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