Dazzled by D-Star

I’ve finally got my new IC-31a portable and IC-880 mobile programmed up thanks to RT Systems database programmer. If you’ve got a multi-memory radio you’ve got to get RT Systems programming disc and cable for your radio. 2200-T


Because it will save you weeks of typing. Not only that but you can make custom databases for your radio. Let’s say you’re going on car trip or faction. You could create a database of repeaters just for the trip in about a minute or so.

Right now there are new repeaters, especially D-Star repeaters, that are going on the air practically on a weekly basis. How can you keep up?

Well you won’t do it by buying a repeater directory book which is out of date before it leaves the printers. How about an online database?homepageanim

RFinder has just such a database which you can subscribe to via your IPhone or Android device and once registered you can access your account (It’s a $9.95 annual subscription.) and the database via a web browser or your smart phone or several other methods including…wait for it…directly out of RT Systems.

Yes an email to Bob at RFinder and a subsequent phone call from him (talk about service) showed me where in the RT Systems menus there was a direct link to import the RFinder database of repeaters.

The nice thing about the RFinder software is it will allow you to also customize your database info and then when imported into RT Systems it works seamlessly so that when you plug in your rig the two programs combined can program hundreds of memory channels within a minute or two.

Each program comes with its own OMG features like RFinder can build a local customized database by searching for a nearby landmark. RT Systems database software includes columns where things like offset and the CTSS tones and other parameters are added automatically. Very cool.

I’m old enough to remember when the first FM two-meter rigs took a couple of crystals and  could only transmit on one frequency. Then came synthesized rigs and the ability to have more than one frequency available at a time was born.

Now we have rigs that are so complicated to program 500 memory slots that if you’re like me with my old IC-208 all I had running was the two call channels which I programmed for VE3OAK-VHF and VE3OAK-UHF!

Can you imagine it! Here I had a radio with hundreds of memory allocations and I was using two.

Now thanks to RT Systems and RFinder my new D-Star radios are fully programmed and functional.

Now if the operator only knew what he was doing ….but that will come. I am learning more everyday thanks to the guys in town who are on D-Star.

Great fun and get the software. It will save you weeks of typing and months of frustration.

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About Peter West

I am retired. I'm invested into bike riding, guitar playing, yoga and Ham Radio. I am a former photojournalist, newspaper and magazine editor and public relations practitioner with national, regional and local experience. A long-time member of Toastmasters International and an active Amateur Radio (Ham) operator here in Canada I am taking on new challenges.

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