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D-RATS over D_STAR

Since our club heavily invested in D-STAR repeaters, Mobiles and handheld go kits for use in the public service and ARES groups. it had become apparent that we were not making the best use of this technology.

 

It was decided that a small group of volunteers would set up some D-RATS testing to use Data over D-STAR. Firstly, we installed the relevant cabling and software in the YRARC Trailer, which already had a PC and a D-STAR radio (ICOM ID-880H). several of the volunteers also loaded up the relevant software and we proceeded to test the D_RATS software communicating within a few feet of the trailer. That worked, so then we set about moving to different locations around York Region. Some direct communications were possible, but the mountainous area we live in did cause issues for some. The best thing we learned was that the D-RATS data messages run through the repeater with no further work on the repeater site/software, so that certainly provides increased coverage.