Reflector DTMF Dialing
Is used on the DSTAR network to quickly and simply switch a repeater or hotspot from one reflector to another or to enquire the status.
The table below is a quick reference how to use DTMF on the DCS, XRF, and REF reflectors.
For those using the latest CCS call routing system, remember that to disconnect it's DTMF "A". Otherwise you will stay linked, and will follow your contact around the system.
How to use
The examples below are fairly self explanatory. However on the DCS reflectors, each of the reflectors has up to 26 nodes or groups A -Z.
DTMF can only handle letters A -D, hence once you get to DCS001E the DTMF becomes D105, F becomes D106 etc.
NB dependent upon which software your repeater and or simplex gateway is running, you may have to unlink if you wish to switch to another node on the same reflector.
IE if you wish to change from DCS005B to DCS005Q you would first have to unlink, then link. If changing from DCS001B to DCS005Q (ie different reflectors) there is no need to unlink.
This is not cast in stone, as mentioned it is dependent upon which version of the linking software your node is running.
You will simply have to experiment.
DSTAR Defaults Reflector Status
It is LSRA pactice to have the following reflector connections:
UHF B module -> XRF005B
VHF C module -> REF001C
You are welcome to drop these assignments to connect to another reflector - we ask that when you are finished, that you return the repeater/module to the default connection. If you do forget - not to worry - the controller will do it for you.
On Friday nights the UHF B module is connected to the XRF021B reflector for the Trans Canada DSTAR net.