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Where are the K8LCD modules linked RIGHT NOW:

module "C" / VHF = Reflector30C

(VHF - Nowchanges reflectorsautomaticallynightly for various nets! VHF - Goes to Reflector 1C after 10PM or after net completion and returns to Reflector 10C at 8AM)

module "B" / UHF = Reflector 4B

module "A" / 1.2G = Reflector 14C

"Come and join us on the airwaves" Southeastern Michigan's FIRST and oldest friendly digital ICOM D-Star system. Talk with stations from all over our nation and the world directly from your handheld or mobile. K8LCD is usually linked on all three bands to popular reflectors.

SEVERALnets are currently offered on the VHF module. These are on:

Sunday at 7PM locally - The National Capital Region Net is featured.

Sunday at 9PM locally - The Ozark Mountain D-Star Net - also known as "Connie's Net" arguably the very most successful net in D-Star due to the omnipresence of the net control station and the reigning Queen of D-Star Connie KB0ZSG

Tuesday at 11PM locally - The fabulous San Diego Net from the "Sister City" of Hell, MI. Run by the masterful net control "KC"(KC6B) who guarantees: "You're always welcome in San Diego". KC is also famous for his "Round of 73's" as hecontinuously spreads goodwill frombeautifulSan Diego, CA

Wednesday at 11PM locally - The L.A. net from Los Angles, CA

Thursday night at 8PM locally - The EMD Net from our radio friends down under in Australia

Thursday night at 8:30PM locally - The North Carolina Net

Friday night at 9PM locally - The rapidly growing Canadian "CAN"Net

And on 1.2GHz - Amateur radio "news QSTs" are also transmitted three times daily as digital voice form The Amateur Radio News Service, The RAIN Report and the ARRL Bulletin Service (This was cancelled as of 09-01-2009)

NEW SERVICE: Please watch your interleaved text line for Reflector assignment announcements, module IDs and Net announcements. Scripts are currently running to "auto-perma link the modules, make text message announcements, run the news service, make the voice announcements and the like. The beauty of D-Star is that you can enjoy playing with RF as well as software! We are always working on the entire system. Hardware modifications are underway as well as software projects. Continuing the pursuit of enhanced performance is the challenge of repeater design.

Don't just listen.. Get in there and talk! Experience great quality audio and learn about this exciting new challenge. Every one is talking about D-Star and the K8LCD stack makes it possible for Livingston County area hams in South East Lower Michigan to have more fun with this endeavor...

Enjoy speaking with and listening to worldwide DX and amateurs across the US on the reflectors.

Are you already on D-Star but not authorized for the gateway? Would you like to obtain Gateway access and enjoy talking to the world from your mobile or handheld? Just e-mail W8SS@drsmesh.com with your request including your name, callsign and email adress. We will get you registered and ready to go on the gateway very quickly!

K8LCD operates on these D-Star system frequencies fully supported by emergency power from a "full stack" of four modules:

FOR 1.2Ghz DATA: You receive and transmit on 1254.480 MHz. (no offset) Half Duplex (K8LCD A) - Data Module

FOR 1.2Ghz Digital Voice: You receive on 1294.480 MHz. (-20.00MHz offset for your transmit) (K8LCD A) - Voice Module

FOR 70cm Digital Voice: You receive on 444.0625 MHz. (+5.00MHz offset for your transmit) (K8LCD B) - Voice Module

For 2M Digital Voice: You receive on 147.2100 MHz. (+600KHz offset for your transmit) (K8LCD C) - Voice Module

Our "B" module on UHF is frequently on the active and popular REFLECTOR 1C. Station call signs with gateway authorization can just get on and speak to the world as amateurs from all over the US and other countries are on 24 hours.

To enjoy using the international reflectors - Configure your call sign routing as:


RPT1: K8LCD C (The "C" is in the 8th position)

RPT2: K8LCD G (The "G" is in the 8th position)

MY: (your own station call sign from your license)

ANOTHER FIRST FOR K8LCD: on 07-18-2008 at 15:02UTC a D-Star first was established for Michigan. Michigan's first international contact with Japan was made via D-Star! Satoshi Yasuha 7M3TJZ called W8SS on schedule via JP1YIW "B" with W8SS using K8LCD port B for the departure RF module. It is important that Japan be a part of international amateur communications via D-Star. K8LCD was happy to help in this effort. W8SS has presented a "how to" discussion on the Global Village Net concerning Japanese communications.

NEWS from 08-15-2008: K8LCD will be experimenting with adding a QST service to the1.2Ghz module. Port "A" will be transmitting three times daily QSTs at 12:10AM, 4:35PM, and 8:14PM all local EDST time. The source material for these transmissions will be the ARRL Letter, the long time famous RAIN Report and the celebrated Amateur Radio News Line. Currently we are in the "learning" phase of these QSTs ironing out the problems with two aspects of the software to allow us to do this properly as my design for this service is totally automated. Please bear with us. This is the nature of "experimentation". We will get this solved with time! We never give up!

Currently K8LCD supports: The ICOM D-Star gateway v2.1, D-PRS, D-Chat, D-Rats, D-Plus, D-Star Monitor, D-Message, D-Term, and other D-Star services. DV Dongle users including DX are welcome on K8LCD.

Do you have any ideas for K8LCD? New ideas for features or services? Please e-mail your comments to the system trustee Joe W8SS@drsmesh.com

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