ARLA/CLUSTER: D-Star em crescimento na Austrália.

João Gonçalves Costa joao.a.costa
Quinta-Feira, 2 de Julho de 2009 - 19:45:21 WEST

D-STAR growing in VK3

The 2-metre D-STAR VK3RMM repeater on the wide coverage area Mt Macedon northwest of Melbourne is currently being site-tested with the initial contacts through it reporting perfect copy.

Further testing will ensure compatibility with other radio services at the site. The 70cm VK3RMM D-STAR repeater that first went on test in February is fully operational and continues to receive good reports from users.

Amateur Radio Victoria is further considering broadband options at the VK3RMM site for a D-STAR gateway facility.

In another development, the Shepparton and District Amateur Radio Club in North-Central VK3 has decided to buy a 70cm D-STAR repeater following the success of a month long trial of the portable repeater VK3RWW.

The plan is to permanently install it at the VK3RGV repeater site at Mt Wombat. The tests from there gave mobile and base coverage as far north as Tocumwal New South Wales, across to Wangaratta and Benalla, west to Bendigo and as far south as Kyneton.

Club President, Toby Corbett VK3PNF said, "It's a real sunspot buster, Matt M3PPU and Dick G4HHX from Kent Southern England were there most days supporting the test."

The test also involved many of the Melbourne D-STAR users when the Melbourne repeater VK3RWN and VK3RWW were simulcast linked - a great facility of D-STAR.

Also in VK3, the Wimmera Amateur Radio Club has its VK3RDK 2-metre D-STAR  repeater at Horsham in Western Victoria, the Ballarat Amateur Radio Group (BARG) VK3RBA 70cm DV and 23cm DD repeater is serving Ballarat and surrounding areas, while another D-STAR installation is being considered for eastern Victoria.

Jim Linton VK3PC
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