In case you don’t know me, I have been a supporter and advocate of D-Star (and D-Rats) for over 15 years now. I first became aware of D-Star while living in Walton County, then while living in Lake County, and now in Marion County. I believe D-Star is one of the best communication methods, not only for the hobby, but for emerecny communications in some counties.
There are 3 D-Star repeaters in Marion County, all operated by the MCARES volunteers. KK4DFC is on a 600′ tower, and covers the whole county. KG4NXO VHF and UHF are on 60′ towers at the EOC. Range is more limited, but they are very substantial considering they are connected to the internet on the main fiber optic WWW system in Florida.
Two of the D-Star repeaters are connected full time on REF030C and REF037C, which are a necessity during emergencies and well and routine traffic. KK4DFC is also running a D-Rats on line via radio and a ratflector connection for MERT members full time, with download capability to the network at the EOC. With those connections and using D-Rats with the VIA command, messages can be sent around the world, just like WinLink.
So, this site has numerous links to websites and other interesting facts about D-Star for you. Just keep in mind, the MCARES net on Thursday at 7:30PM is on D-Star. D-Star radios are still very much worth having around here, especially during hurricane season. So, explore the website. If you have any questions please contact me via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or over WinLink at w9cha@winlink .org.