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The New VA3ODG User Guide - 2016

Using radio programming to control linking and routing

*** This information assumes that YOU are on VA3ODG module C ***

In this document, ^ means 1 space character

To work another station on module C
UR=CQCQCQ RPT1= VA3ODG^C RPT2=VA3ODG^C
Note that because RPT2 does not have a G in the 8th position, your conversation
will not be routed to a reflector, even if linked.

To work a station on another locally connected repeater module (say B)
UR=CQCQCQ RPT1=VA3ODG^C RPT2=VA3ODG^B
Note that because RPT2 does not have a G in the 8th position, your conversation
will not be routed to a reflector, even if linked.

To work a station on the currently linked reflector
UR=CQCQCQ RPT1=VA3ODG^C RPT2=VA3ODG^G

To callsign route to VE3CVG, wherever he is
UR=VE3CVG RPT1=VA3ODG^C RPT2=VA3ODG^G

To callsign route to a particular repeater
UR=/VE3AARB RPT1=VA3ODG^C RPT2=VA3ODG^G

To Link VA3ODG module C to reflector XRF018 B, if it is already linked elsewhere, transmit this
UR=^^^^^^^U RPT1=VA3ODG^C RPT2=VA3ODG^G
the above unlinks from currect reflector, whatever it is, then transmit this
UR=XRF018BL RPT1=VA3ODG^C RPT2=VA3ODG^G
now use this to converse (leave your radio set like this after transmitting the above info)
UR=CQCQCQ RPT1=VA3ODG^C RPT2=VA3ODG^G

To Link VA3ODG module C to reflector XRF018 B, if it is not already linked elsewhere, transmit this
UR=XRF018BL RPT1=VA3ODG^C RPT2=VA3ODG^G
now use this to converse
UR=CQCQCQ RPT1=VA3ODG^C RPT2=VA3ODG^G

*** NOTE: ALL 3 Modules C, B and A are usually linked to XRF018 B in order to be connected with most other repeaters and hot spots in this part of Ontario. The easiest thing to do, if you do not want to reconfigure the system, is just to set your radio to
UR=CQCQCQ RPT1=VA3ODG^C RPT2=VA3ODG^G

To echo your transmission back to you
UR=^^^^^^^E RPT1=VA3ODG^C RPT2=VA3ODG^G

To trigger a voice announcement about the link status
UR=^^^^^^^I RPT1=VA3ODG^C RPT2=VA3ODG^G

To link to the default reflector, XRF018B
UR=^^^^^^^L RPT1=VA3ODG^C RPT2=VA3ODG^G

Using DTMF for Linking to REF, XRF and DCS reflectors and repeaters

The controlling of linking and unlinking can also be controlled by DTMF commands. DTMF commands only work when UR callsign is set to CQCQCQ. Also - these commands do not work when transmitting to a locally connected repeater as detailed above, however in all other circumstances the DTMF commands operate. Examples of the commands are:

DTMF Command B1A or B01A or B001A is the same as XRF001AL and will Link to DExtra reflector XRF001 A

DTMF Command B1B or B01B or B001B is the same as XRF001BL and will Link to DExtra reflector XRF001 B

DTMF Command *16C or *016C is the same as REF016CL and will Link to D-Plus reflector REF016 C

DTMF Command D1B or D102 or D0102 is the same as DCS001BL and will Link to DCS reflector DCS001 B

DTMF Command # is the same as ^^^^^^^U and will Unlink

DTMF Command 0 or 00 is the same as ^^^^^^^I and will trigger a voice ID

DTMF Command ** is the same as ^^^^^^^L and will Link to the default reflector

Note that DTMF commands are only registered with the gateway if the UR callsign is set to CQCQCQ.

On a full duplex repeater system like VA3ODG, it is possible to issue link and unlink commands when the repeater is transmitting network data from a reflector (or any other source). This allows for the unlinking of a repeater from a busy reflector/repeater even when there are not enough gaps in the conversation to allow a normal unlink command to be issued.

CCS7 - another form of reflector and another way of linking to those reflectors

The use of CCS callsign and repeater routing is considerably different from that used by ircDDB which is itself based on the syntax used by Icom G2 systems. CCS originally only allowed linking by DTMF tones, but a UR call equivalent was added.

The idea behind CCS is that each user of CCS has a unique number which is allocated by the XReflector group in Hamburg, getting a CCS number can be done via their web pages at http://dcs.xreflector.net/userreg.html

Using CCS is very simple, using the CCS number of the remote station, or remote repeater, you simply enter that number into your DTMF keypad on your D-Star radio and the CCS system will map that number into a callsign. A link will be made to the repeater where the remote callsign was last heard, and the link will follow your QSO partner if they change repeaters. The gateway will respond with the standard voice message and slow data text as if linked to a reflector. If the CCS number is unknown then the gateway will report by voice and the slow data text will give more details of the reason.

An outgoing CCS link from a repeater will cause an existing reflector link to drop, however an incoming CCS link to a repeater will not affect any link status but will cause a voice message to be emitted. The CCS DTMF and UR callsign commands are:

DTMF Command 1111 is the same as CCS1111^ and will Link to the DG1HT

DTMF Command 79322 is the same as CCS9322 and will link to DM0HMB (7932 is DM0HMB. The extra 2 means module B)

DTMF Command A is the same as CCSA^^^^ and disconnects incoming and outgoing CCS links

STARNet

The g4klx software installed on VA3ODG has the capability to work with STARNet but we have not activated the capability.