Work the World with D-STAR
D-Star (Digital Smart Technology for Amateur Radio) is a digital voice and data protocol that is now well established but for many the workings and being able to take advantage of all it offers remains a mystery. This is where this book streps in, providing the Andrew Barron, ZL3DW no-nonsense approach to this mode that gives you 'what you need to know and how to do it'.
Work the World with D-Star is a practical guide that explains the steps that you need to follow to make your new D-Star radio work through your local repeater or hotspot. There are terms to discover, including dashboards, reflectors, gateways, hotspots, and Echo. Also, acronyms like AMBE+2, DR, DV, CS, and MMDVM. The book covers how to link to a reflector and what to say when you are making your first calls. If you are using a hotspot you can link to a reflector using the hotspot's Pi-Star dashboard or using the functions on the radio. Or you can use PC software or a phone app. There is guidance on MMDVM (multi-mode digital voice modem) 'hotspots' and step-by-step instructions for configuring the Pi-Star modem. Information on the D-Star data structure and the advantages and disadvantages of digital voice technology over FM, and other digital voice modes such as System Fusion, DMR, and P25 is also discussed. Work the World with D-Star even includes programming instructions for some popular Icom D-Star radios such as the ID-52A, ID-51A +2, IC-705, and IC-9700. As always, not forgotten is Andrew's guide thoughts on "which is best," and "what should I buy?".
Operating a D-Star radio may be a little more difficult than operating an FM radio but Work the World with D-Star guides you through this, so, that with a D-Star radio and a repeater or a hotspot, you will soon be able to 'work' amateur radio stations all over the world.
Softcover: 176 pages
Author: Andrew Barron, ZL3DW
First published: 2023
Format: 174 x 240mm