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D-Star

D-STAR (Digital Smart Technologies for Amateur Radio) is a digital voice and data protocol specification developed for use in amateur radio. Users with D-Star transceivers may communicate over the air and via the internet. 

In addition to D-STAR transceivers, a DV Dongle may be used in a computer USB slot (with DV Dongle software and the computer's microphone and speaker) to allow connection to the D-Star network via the internet.  Read more

In order to use the Dstar repeater, users have to register to get access through the gateway. Here is a link: w4ap.dstargateway.org

D-Star Links:
www.dstar101.com www.dstarinfo.com
   
www.dstarusers.org D-STAR Programming by Dr. John Allocca, WB2LUA
   
The Alabama Dstar Yahoo Group:
groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/al-dstar/info
   

D-Star Repeaters in Alabama