D-Star Information

Staring in 2010 the MERT group along with many other county EOC’s set up communications in the ARES Northern Florida Section using D-Star. It worked very well allowing the linking of multiple repeaters to send IC forms from any county to the EOC in Tallahassee. At its height the NFL ARES had three reflectors for use to send voice and data sent via D-Rats.

Marion county was at the forefront of the D-Star project, and was able (with private money grants) to erect three D-Star repeaters, equip the EOC radio room, and set up 10 D-Star go-kits for shelters.

D-Star is still very much operational in Marion County. The weekly MERT net is on the D-Star repeater KK4DFC at 7:30PM Thursdays. The three repeaters are still in operation, and two of them are connected directly to the EOC’s main fiber optic internet trunk. In order to use D-Star on the internet, you MUST register your call sign for D-Star use on reflectors.  Go to the main DStar Gateway page for more information.

KK4DFC – VHF – 146.790MHz
No Reflector
KG4NXO – VHF – 145.170 MHz
Reflector 030C
KG4NXO – UHF 443.875 MHz
Reflector 037C
The three Marion County Florida D-Star repeaters

D-Rats is still a viable option, and you can send D-Rats forms directly to the EOC by connecting to KG4NXO while using D-Rats. KK4DFC is the repeater with the most range, but it also has the weakest internet connection – telephone lines. But, KG4NXO VHF and UHF go to the EOC trunk line, and REF037 C and REF030C will be operational.