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Old 03-13-2012, 10:15 PM
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Does it have to be UHF?

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Does it have to be UHF?

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It would be better. 2 meter pairs are impossible to get here, although 440 isn't much better. The other option is 1.2 ghz, but you know how expensive those radios are!

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--Hi. Will your repeater (and ICOM D-STAR repeaters) "pass through" analog signals, or will it ONLY word with D-STAR enabled radios? I know that an analog radio would obviously not transmit D-Star, but was curious if a D-STAR repeater would work with plain ole analog rigs. Thanks.

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--Hi. Will your repeater (and ICOM D-STAR repeaters) "pass through" analog signals, or will it ONLY word with D-STAR enabled radios? I know that an analog radio would obviously not transmit D-Star, but was curious if a D-STAR repeater would work with plain ole analog rigs. Thanks.
That's one thing about D-Star repeaters: they won't pass analog signals. Remember, part of the point is to take less band spectrum; if it passed analog then it wouldn't achieve that goal.

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Anything new to report on your progress - Mole?

BTW - don't know that much about D-Star. What are the advantages? Features? Reason for choosing it over regular analog repeaters? Can an analog radio access a D-Star repeater - for one?
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Yes. I have repaired the damaged radios, assembled them into the case and am almost ready to go. I now have to purchase a duplexer for the pair I choose.

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The first advantage is that it uses quite a bit less bandwidth, allowing for more stations within the same spectrum. It can also transmit data at the same time as voice, so the transmissions typically include callsign info, GPS status (if desired) and comments. If you enable the GPS stuff, the system knows where in the world you are when you key a repeater and it can auto-route you to the station you want to contact. There are a bunch of other stuff that it can do. If you have the funds to try out one of the radios, it's pretty cool!

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Reason for choosing it over regular analog repeaters? Can an analog radio access a D-Star repeater - for one?
Because the coverage for D-Star stinks in the area around here and I wanted to learn something new. There are plenty of analog repeaters. And no, an analog radio cannot access a digital repeater.

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Yes. I have repaired the damaged radios, assembled them into the case and am almost ready to go. I now have to purchase a duplexer for the pair I choose.
Glad to hear you got the radios repaired. Looking forward to hearing you on the air!

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Well, Mole's not updating, but since I've been nagging him about it I'll fill those of you in who have been following the saga...

The Duplexer has left the building and should be working in the next couple of weeks.


I've been jonesing for him to get this thing rolling after getting the full on D-Star station a few months back. Good thing the wife thinks it all cost $25...
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