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Kent Hufford
Kent Hufford Member ✭✭
edited March 2017 in SmartSDR for Windows

International DSTAR HF Testing NetSUMMER Schedule

Use your ICOM 9100/7100, or STAR Boarded non ICOM DSTAR HF, or the FLEX 6000 SERIES SDR radios with a 3000 DSTAR USB adapter.

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.

We are on each band only for 2-5 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 will 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.

We have a post-net (Hot Wash) at the end, on REF030C and report on our 1 way and 2 way contacts. This is done by the QUICK KEY method.


Sat PM 7:00 E (2300Z)

Sunday AM 10:00 E (1400Z Sunday)(Spend more time on each open band, and start on 80m)      Sunday PM 7:00 E (2300Z)

Tuesday and Thurs night at 8:30pm E (0030Z Wed and Fri)

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 51.180 DV for 2 mins

10 mtrs 29.480 DV for 2-5 mins

12 mtrs 24.938 DV for 2-5 mins

15 mtrs 21.380 DV for 2-5 mins

17 mtrs 18.148 DV for 2-5 mins

20 mtrs 14.325 DV for 2- 5 mins

40 mtrs 7.285(or another open freq) DV for 2- 5 mins

75 mtrs 3.880 DV for 5 mins Backup is around 3.725.

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

See how to do DSTAR HF with an ICOM at-   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGF-qkdoid4

 "Digital voice is defined in the Commission’s rules 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




  • K6OZY
    K6OZY Member ✭✭
    edited February 2017
    Hi Kent!  Thanks for the help a few weeks ago testing this out.
  • EA4GLI
    EA4GLI Member ✭✭✭
    edited November 2016
    Great post. Thanks for the information. How active is DStar on HF?
  • Kent Hufford
    Kent Hufford Member ✭✭
    edited March 2017
    We have the net 5 times a week. Been doing this for about 4 years. With more DSTAR HF capable radios, more stations have showed up. Sunday AM is the busiest.

    Use the http://hf.dstar-relay.net/  web site to find others, at other times.

    DSTAR HF Voice will never replace SSB. Since you have to spread your signal about the width of AM, it has the same propagation issues.

    When the bands are open and propagation is good, it is an amazing mode. Just plain quiet clear audio. Even better that thru DSTAR repeaters. You either hear the station clear, or you do not. Not a lot of R2D2 like on the DSTAR repeaters.  
  • rfoust
    rfoust Member ✭✭
    edited December 2016
    Good to know, looking forward to playing with dstar on HF now that the flex supports it.

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