I am new to DStar. But not new to digital audio. I have C4FM, DMR, and DV4mini systems that I have had no trouble setting up and using. DStar has been a pain. I have yet to have any sort of QSO on it. I have registered and done all 3 steps that are involved with that. I have a IC-5100A. TO: CQCQCQ FROM: Concord 147.425 W6CX C (Which is odd since the repeater is on 145.000. But the repeater list on the radio is from 2014 with no updates on Icom's site.) I get a beep after I transmit. But nobody answers. Are they just ignoring me? I tried checking into the net, which is audible on the repeater. No one replies to me. (roundtable.tech) I have read articles about reflectors etc HOWEVER. I did not set up the repeater! I have no idea how it's 'wired' up. It keep saying 'Reflector 14c'. At least it does that when the net is not on. If I am mis-configured so badly then why am I hearing things I cannot talk to? If DStar allows me to hear things I can't reply to then it is a flawed protocol. I am pretty much sick of it already.
The W6CX repeater on Mt Diablo is on 145.000 with an input freq of 147.500 (i.e. not 147.425). If you're transmitting on 147.425 you *might* be close enough to the freq to open the repeater, but not to get a GMSK strream through.
Suggest you manually program your radio for the repeater with the correct freq/offset. You are hearing the repeater because you are on the correct receive freq. You are probably not being heard because your xmit freq is wrong (but nearby).
W6CX module C is persistently linked to REF014C, except during the DStar roundtable net, when it's linked to XRF002A.
I have had the correct frequencies in the radio. It's just that the Icom listing shows the W6CX C repeater on the wrong frequency. I just ignore that bit of misinformation... Module C is 2m. And that is where I am connecting.
If a persistent link exists and I make a local 'CQCQCQ' call will it automatically go out over that link? Over the weekend the repeater did have a problem. I contacted them and they resolved it. I now see my callsign pop up on the 'heard' list. So I guess it works.
If the repeater is linked to a reflector, your transmissions are sent there as well. There are a couple tutorials here in the Guides and Tutorials subforum that would be worth a look. Also the DStar 101 website.
Bob (W6KD) Colorado Springs, CO D*STAR Hangouts: XRF555A (persistently linked to XRF002A) XRF720C (Colorado Front Range reflector)