All posts by Allan Fowler


Hi All,

Well its time to do it again and that is another Dstar Tech Day like we did last year in November which I think was a good day had by all and I think a few of us ended up a little lighter in the pocket a few weeks later after seeing Wayne’s demo on his Blue stack and being able to us it with Blue tooth on the phone.

Anyway to get the year started we are going to do it again at the Club rooms of the Eastern Zone Amateur Radio Club in Morwell. So if you able to come down for the day and maybe show the group what you have been playing with or would like some help in getting things work or help programming radios between us we can help.

Date & Time:

24th March @ 10.00am


Eastern Zone Amateur Radio Club

The Youth Room

39-49 Well Street,


Victoria 3840

Again there will be a BBQ Lunch and Coffee and Biscuits, so if you could RSVP to Allan VK3SLR or myself Terry VK3BMX  by the 20th of March so we can see how many will be coming so that we can cater for Please..

Ok hope to see as many of you all on the day..






Bluestack & DVMEGA


Hello to All,

Well, firstly I would like to say what an enjoyable day was at our Technical Day at the EMDRC.  Thanks to all that was able to make it. We will try & give much more notice ahead of our next one.

Wayne (VK3XF) bought along his new Bluestack & DVnega setup. we had a look see while Wayne did his little talk about it. He paired the unit with his old mobile which is being used as a Monitor for the application on his Android phone. He then connects the whole setup via home WiFi or paired with his new mobule with the built-in Bluetooth with a portable battery & go completely wireless anywhere.

We all spent time talking about the systems that are around, Terry (VK3BMX) bought his laptop to help Paul program his GPS settings on his ID-4100A. We hope to hold many more of these little Technical/Workshop days where we can help new comers with programming Radios & getting on air.

The Technology is moving ahead fast, especially with Hotspots. This opening the world to Amatuer Radio Operators who cannot put up large Antenna Systems, move into Nursing homes etc. This new breed of connecting radios  to the internet via Hotspots in becoming extremely popular world wide.

The Bluestack & DVMega can be purchased Click Here within VK now,

The BlueDV Software is provided by David PA7LIM,


Please CLICK HERE to go to the Downloads Support Page.

David does mention on his website, there are some Laminations to his software & support, So please read everything clearly before rushing ahead & going down a path that might limit yourself.

There are a number of other setups such as the SharkRF, Raspberry Pi, Zumspot & probaly more to come, we are hoping in time that we will also do some Technical Works shops on these other devices.

So, if anyone else has new ideas, wants to do a talk on his setup for upcoming days please let us know.

We finished off the day with a nice BBQ, what a lovely day Melbourne put on for us. So I wish everyone a happyChristmas & Safe New Year.




Hello to All,

Here is the weekly reminder for our Victorian D – Star Thursday Night Net starting at 8.00PM (AEDST).

Remember for all those Interstate & Overseas regulars we are now in Daylight savings time here in VK3.

Over the last few weeks we have been having some technical issues with the Reflector & Gateway at our local repeater. Rest assure our Repeater/Gateway managers are working on the issue to resolve what is happening.

If Reflector 23C goes offline, we are using Laurie’s repeater ZL1VHD B as a link. You will need to link your local repeater to this repeater, Simply add the link command ZL1VHDBL in your radios to link your local repeater.

We would like to extend our deepest thanks to Laurie for allowing us to link to his repeater for our weekly Net.

I look forward to hearing you all tomorrow night.