Thought someone might be interested- North Florida Digital Group Presents D-Star Introduction and Training Academy February 6th 2010 08:30AM until 5:00PM EST Tallahassee Florida The training academy is designed to inform amateurs on everything they would need to know about D-Star from the concept of this form of communications to operating equipment proficiently. From the amateur who doesn’t know what D-Star is to one who wants to become proficient in its operation and the amateur who wants to understand the system first before jumping into this part of the hobby; this is the Academy to attend. With hamfest season starting up soon, this is a great chance to get informed about D-Star. Ray Novak, N9JA, Division Manager – Icom Amateur and Receiver Products, the featured speaker along with other notable speakers will be headlining the list of instructors for the Academy. This is an information and training academy only. There will be no equipment sales available. The goal of these speakers is to inform and teach this part of the hobby to everyone interested in understanding and using D-Star. Attendees will be provided training sessions along with hands on instruction on how to use and operate the D-Star radio of their choice. Areas of instruction will include: Describing the actual mode of operation, what it is, how it works, advantages & disadvantages Learning how to program any D-Star radio using a computer program Learning how to field program while on the go Understanding how to use callsign routing and its programming Understanding how to set up and do repeater linking Learning about using reflectors, and their usage protocols In-depth instruction on low speed data usage using the UHF & VHF radios In-depth instruction using 1296Mc high speed data and internet access Learning about the D-Rats data program and how to use it Learning to use the DVDongle on a computer to get on the D-Star gateway Introducing the new DVDongle with its own transceiver to provide short range handheld coverage around your shack, up to about ½ mile Setting up and configuring a D-Star repeater system for internet operation This announcement is being sent out to help amateurs preplan their attendance to the academy. In the very near future, all the details will be posted. There will be a social get together on Friday evening. Local hotels, restaurants, driving instructions to the location of the academy, how to register before hand, cost, syllabus and full list of instructors will be included. Contact Donna, WQ4M@xxxxxxxx for any updates, questions or additional information you may need. The NFDG is pleased to present this academy and we look forward to seeing you there. -- Lighthouse of the Big Bend Guiding People Through Vision Loss 1286 Cedar Center Drive Tallahassee, FL 32301 (850) 942-3658 Check out the TABI resource web page at http://acorange.home.comcast.net/TABI and please make suggestions for new material. if you'd like to unsubscribe you can do so through the freelists.org web interface, or by sending an email to the address tabi-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject.