REF023 D-STAR Reflector

Adelaide, Australia

REF023 is Australia's second D-STAR (DPlus) reflector, located in a data centre in Adelaide, Australia.  REF023 is intended to carry Australian based D-STAR reflector traffic, alongside REF003, and to act as a backup for REF003, in the event REF003 is offline.  All D-STAR Gateways, DV Dongle users and Hotspots are welcome to link to REF023 A, B or C.  Future devices based on D-STAR, that are accepted on the general DPlus network will also be welcome on REF023.


Policies

There are a few things to keep in mind when linking to REF023.  For the most part, we keep an open policy.  However, please take note of a couple of things.

Port Allocations

The following port allocations apply for REF023.  They are:

REF023 A - VK HF D-STAR Network.  Anything related to operating D-STAR on HF is welcome here - HF gateways, propagation testing, nets, liaison, etc. 

REF023 B - General Use, all Gateways,  Dongles and Hotspots welcome. 

REF023 C - General Use, all Gateways,  Dongles and Hotspots welcome. 

REF023 D - Experimental and Data - Experimentation is welcome here.  This is the recommended place for non voice D-STAR data activity (e.g. D-RATS).  Non D-STAR devices (analogue gateways, etc) can only be connected with prior permission.

Current non D-STAR devices permitted on REF023 D are:  

No non D-STAR devices currently have permission to use REF023 D.

Both data applications (e.g. D-RATS) and voice operation are welcome on all ports.

Nets

Nets are welcome on all ports.  For everyone's benefit, please drop me an email (vk3jed@vkradio.com), with the time of your net and the port used, so I can list it here.  This will minimise the risk of double booking, and allow others to find your net.

Current nets known to be operating on REF023 A:  

No nets are currently known to be using REF023 A.

Current nets known to be operating on REF023 B: 

No nets are currently known to be using REF023 B.

Current nets known to be operating on REF023 C: 

No nets are currently known to be using REF023 C.

Current nets known to be operating on REF023 D: 

No nets are currently known to be using REF023 D.

Non D-STAR devices.

This applies to systems such as Dstar Hotpoint, rtpDir and other systems capable of bridging analogue or other non D-STAR sources to D-STAR.  This also includes setups such as a D-STAR radio connected back to back with an FM radio, or a D-STAR radio linked to a non D-STAR data network (e.g. packet).  These non D-STAR sources are not permitted on REF023 A, REF023 B or REF023 C at any time.  This is to preserve the end to end integrity of D-STAR's integrated voice and data capability, as well as callsign based identification.  This also protects Australian Gateway owners from accidental licence breaches caused by Foundation licensees being retransmitted on D-STAR frequencies.

Non D-STAR voice and/or data devices may be permitted on REF023 D, ONLY after requesting use of the system, and only after I am satisfied that reasonable measures have been taken to protect the D-STAR users from both performance issues and accidental licence breaches.  To request use of REF023 D for your non D-STAR experiments, please drop me an email at vk3jed@vkradio.com .


Have fun!

That's the most important rule.  Have fun and respect all users of the system. :)