for the 705 users out there that dont live near a Dstar repeater or have hotspot.
Thanks, I will give that a go. I’ve tried D-star but I’m on the limit of the nearest beacon here and the connection isn’t reliable. A better antenna would help of course.
I guess it can’t be used for SOTA as the system uses beacons and if using Doozy and a laptop the local phone mast as well.
Give it a try, I love using it. 30C is where the party is, not for SOTA but adds another great option for 705 guys with their rig at home.
No, not for SOTA. However, SIMPLEX DSTAR is a viable mode for SOTA. Not sure anyone has thought about that yet or not. I have had several DSTAR simplex qsos but not from a summit.
We had a challenge last year where DV contacts were one of the specialities.
We had an early morning mass activation today in Arizona. Early was a requirement since the high temperature was going to be 95 degrees. We had 18 summits activated in central Arizona and I completed two S2S contacts using DSTAR simplex. I also had one chaser. The longest DSTAR contact was 53.6 miles with a half wave whip using my IC-705.
I’ve been looking at antennas for the IC-705 - as you don’t generally hold it like a handheld a lot of the antennas I have tried do not cut it.
I’d be interested in the antenna you used @KF7NP Burke and whether it was directly attached.