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D-STAR symposium was a success

November 30, 2010
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Last Saturday  the Ottawa Amateur Radio Digital Group had their first Ottawa D-STAR symposium at Carleton University.  As a co-organizer I may be a little biased but I think this was a great success.  Despite snow flurries in the morning, causing bad weather conditions for some driving in, the day went very smoothly.  We used the internet to the full, with one presentation coming in via Skype from the UK; wireless access was provided for delegates; we had live streaming of the presentations as well as running a DVAP dongle too.

We had a full room and the presentations were excellent.  The final list of presentations were as follows:

  • Welcome, Logistics, Agenda – VA3STL
  • Introductions – VE3CVG
  • D-STAR Past, Present, Future – VE3EI
  • The VA3ODG System  – What Is – VE3CVG
  • Linking and Routing – VA3KA
  • DVAPs, Dongles and HotSpots – M0GRU
  • Lunch
  • The Spaghetti Bowl  – VE3CVG
  • Overview of Gateway Technologies – VE2BFW
  • FREESTAR – VA3OMP
  • ID1 and High Speed Data – VA3YH
  • D-RATs Overview- VA3STL
  • DPRS Overview – VA3YH
  • The YMCA-YWCA – VE3CVG
  • Plans: Almonte Amateur Radio Club – VE3UIX
  • Discussion

The slides of the talks can be found at the West Carleton Amateur Radio Club website and there is a link to some recordings of the streaming.

Andrew, M0GRU, was the presenter from the UK and he was displayed on a large screen TV whilst he could see the delegates by two web-cams in the room.  We were lucky to be joined by Greg who had managed to fly back from Regina,SK the previous night.  It was also good to be joined by Andrew’s father Rob, VE3UIX, who gave an update on the Almonte, D-Star repeater project.  Eric, VE3EI, of Icom Canada travelled up from the Niagara region to give the first talk of the day and an excellent overview of D-STAR’s past and future (watch for the IC-9100 being available in December/January, but start saving the money!).

The symposium ran from 10am to 4pm and because of many questions and full presentations there was little time for discussion at the end.

Feedback so far has been good and so I am very pleased with a successful day.

Thanks have to go to my co-organizer, Rick, VE3CVG; the Ottawa Amateur Radio Digital Group; the Dept. of Electronics for kindly providing the facilities; the Carleton University Amateur Radio Club members for helping guide the attendees around the campus; Maurice-Andre, VE3VIG, who unfortunately could not attend  but did provide directions over the air to those that needed it; and of course all the presenters and participants.

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