Talking to Australia on the commute to work
This morning on the commute to work I joined a conversation with Dale, VE3XZT, and John, VK6NOW using the local D-Star repeater, VA3ODG. John had linked into the Ottawa repeater through the Perth, Western Australia, repeater. Later Steve, VK6ST, joined the chat.
There was a variety of D-Star transceivers being used, IC-91AD, IC-92D, IC-2820 between us and all functioned very well. Indeed, there was some comment on how well the audio was from each of the stations. I have found the D-Star repeater connections to give much better audio than through IRLP links. When a station comes in through a linked D-Star repeater, it sounds no different than if they were local.
It was enjoyable to chat to a couple of Australian amateurs and note the differences between our two locations. Dale and myself were commuting to work in the morning, with the temperature around -10°C in Ottawa. John and Steve in Perth were at the end of their day, around 11pm, with a temperature of 20°C.
This made me realize that I do not use the VA3ODG repeater enough, as well as link to other D-Star repeaters around the World. I will try and do more. If you want to chat with me through D-Star, feel free to contact me so we can set up a sked.