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Unless things have changed, you pretty much need a Windows PC in order to program D-Star rigs. I won't touch that OS any more. If it requires Windows and the internet, I wouldn't call it terribly useful for prepping. If those are both working already, you don't need the rig.
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Unless things have changed, you pretty much need a Windows PC in order to program D-Star rigs. I won't touch that OS any more. If it requires Windows and the internet, I wouldn't call it terribly useful for prepping. If those are both working already, you don't need the rig.
You can program them by hand if you want....you dont need to use a PC but it doesnt hurt.

The thread isnt about the post-shtf use of D-star.....I just wanted to network with other preppers on the network.
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I'd be up for that. D-Star user in the UK here.

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I'd be up for that. D-Star user in the UK here.

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First off welcome to the board!

Im betting you hang around 1C?
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1C is where I normally go when I get on the air. I also use DMR and to a lesser extent Fusion.
I'd be happy to take part in any nets etc.
Important to note that none of the digital modes are absolutely reliant to have internet access. If a local repeater is up and running it can act without the net.
Also you can use simplex modes. The benefit over analogue is that it is much less likely to be listened into by scanner operators.
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I read through the posts however I'm not sure if I missed it, is there a reflector that guys congregate on in regards to prepping. Or a prepper net that I am not aware of?

Thanks in advance, as I am new to the D-star mode
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Are there any new updates on the prepper net or reflectors and times. How about DMR?
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I don't have one but have heard really good things about them. It's a gizmo called Rugged Spot. They say it can do the various digital modes and bridge between DMR to Fusion or D-STAR. It's a bit pricey @ $250.

https://hamradio1.com/rugged/
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the hotspot I built and use a MMDVM Zumspot with a pi-zero. Its a big learning curve with understanding how to program it and the radios. Its not the average analog radio.
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Lots of different hot spots out there now. There are reflectors/talk groups etc that are being joined together so everybody with different type radios can talk to each other:

https://irc-1.openquad.net/index.php

There is one common factor. If you want to talk out of your area, you need the internet. If the internet goes down...
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I keep coming back to my "Why Bother?" question.

None of the digital modes is going to be much use during SHTF except within established local groups. What the digital modes do is provide reliable communications path to rag chew during normal times. Since it's amateur radio and thus open communications it's still important to maintain opsec by not giving out specific information. Normally one would ask why not just use HF. But in these days of solar minimum HF voice isn't reliable for any regular scheduled nets. In my state we run digital modes on HF for weekly state wide emergency practice nets and even that requires a lot of relays and constant drop outs.
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None of the digital modes is going to be much use during SHTF except within established local groups.
True. You have a little bit of security since any yahoo with a Baofeng or a scanner won't be able to monitor the transmissions.
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