The W5KA D-Star Repeater is a project of the Austin Amateur Radio Club (AARC) in conjunction with the Williamson County Amateur Radio Club (WCARC) and operates under the AARC’s club license. The repeater is located near the intersection of Ben White Blvd. (Hiway 71 / 290W) and South 1st Street in the South Austin Medical Center. The antenna is a tri-band Diamond X6000 ~100 ft. AGL, which gives us great coverage in most of the metro Austin area.
The repeater is connected to the internet to allow local D-Star users to make contacts via the Gateway through the Internet to any D-Star system in the US Trust network. We also often connect to one or more “reflectors”, which allows for an exciting type of DX that at times can be international.
You must register with a D-Star repeater in the system to use the Internet Gateway on our repeater. If you do not register, you can only use our repeater for local QSO’s, even though you may hear stations that come in remotely through our Gateway. Only one registration is necessary, and multiple registrations can cause problems for the user. If you are not registered and want to associate through the W5KA repeater, please use the following link.
Be sure to complete the “terminal” tab, if you want to traverse the gateway, because the “system” uses that information to identify you by private IP address. Please allow a few days for the volunteer administrators to approve your registration.
Please send an email with subject “New D-STAR Registration” to dstar-admin [[at]] austinhams.org (remove spaces and brackets) when you submit a registration request.
D-Star users that associate with the W5KA D-Star system are encouraged to join the AARC or WCARC clubs to help support the expenses of the 4-repeater-module D-Star system, provide for additional repeaters in outlying areas, and support emergency communications for the amateur community.