Pencil in on your calendar for the next SIARC breakfast to be held Saturday, November 9, 2019, at 8am at the Villager Restaurant, 245 South Main St, Canandaigua.
All are welcome. Please let me know by a week ahead of time so I can alert the restaurant of our numbers.
73 and hope to see you there..
Tom Sanders, KB2NCI
The next meeting will be Wednesday, November 13th, 2019 at 7:30pm at the Safety Training Center, 2914 CR 48, Canandaigua.
Directions to meeting location at the bottom of the page.
SIARC Board Meeting Notes
SIARC holds Amateur Radio Exams every other month on the 2nd Wednesday. Pre-registration is desired, but walk-ins are welcome. For details check our Exam page.
Please check the exam schedule here
K2BWK D-Star Repeater
The K2BWK D-Star repeater system is available for use as K2BWK B on 443.500 +5MHz and as K2BWK C on 147.375 +.6MHz. Registration is not required for listening or local use. If you want to use the gateway services, registration is required. K2BWK is connected into the ircDDB system which allows many more reflectors and options than the standard Icom network.
The link to the registration and status site is K2BWK. An email will be sent when the registration is approved. You must then login to the site and enter your personal information. Please enter the information carefully. This document has some details on the process. Instructions Pay special attention to steps 8 thru 10!
An excellent document about D-Star is here D-Star for Dummies
Here is a program file for the ID-880H that will allow easy linking between reflectors and other repeaters or stations. It uses the C0 and C1 memory slots to hold the CQ and Unlink commands so the operator just needs to press the DR button, rotate the dial to the desired reflector, key the mike then use the M/Call button to select CQ or Unlink. It also has many local analog repeaters and some Ontario County public safety channels. Be sure to change the MyCall from NOCALL to your own. Right click and select "Save link as" to download the file. ICOM 80/880 K2BWK program file. Be sure you check the settings after you load the file. Things like GPS, messages, display color, etc.
A different method of using the DR mode available to the newer radios is detailed in this document. ID-880H DR Mode Graphic. This method seems easier to switch to different repeaters since we have several now. A text document explaining this operation is here.ID-880H DR Mode. The links in the document are no longer correct but the rest is accurate.
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