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Configuring the Raspberry Pi for Star*DV D-Star Compatible Hotspot using GMSK Node Adapter setup guide by K6JM

The Matrix Circuits Star*DV is a USB device that allows you to have D-STAR Digital Voice QSOs over the internet using a speaker/mike, headset or PC speakers/microphone.  With the right software, you can also use it to adapt an analog radio to be able to have D-STAR QSOs over RF (for example, D-STAR on HF). The software can optionally work with a GMSK Modem to create a D-STAR Compatible Hotspot that also supports in-shack QSOs using a speaker/mike rather than a D-STAR HT.

This page shows how to install and configure the SDV-Pi software on a Raspberry Pi.  This open source software was written by Rick KD0OSS of Matrix Circuits.  He leveraged techniques and some code in the G4KLX suite, and some GMSK Modem code by KI4LKF.  StarDV works with the G4KLX ircDDBGateway program, which manages linking and connecting to DPlus, DExtra and DCS reflectors as well as callsign routing using StarNET, CCS and ircDDB.

SDV-Pi requires that you have an LCD plate installed on the Pi before starting the program.  All communication with you uses the LCD and the 5 buttons on the plate.  Note:  SDV has been tested with 3 LCD plates for the Pi:  Adafruit monochrome LCD kit #1115, Adafruit RGB LCD kit #1110 and MoenComm monochrome built LCD with RGB status LED.

Load image file
First download and install the westerndstar image (click here) created by Brian, GW6WTK.

Configure G4KLX ircDDBGateway and the Western D-Star Widget
Use TightVNC to log onto your Pi's desktop.  Password is raspberry. 

GW6WTK's Widget makes it easy to configure G4KLX programs, and to control what is loaded automatically at bootup.  When configuring the G4KLX programs, note that although there seem to be a lot of fields and options, in fact most of the default values are correct.  There are only a few where you need to enter your own values, mainly callsigns.

Start the Widget by clicking on the Widget icon (found on the top line that begins with Menu)

Configure the ircddbgateway program

Install & Configure SDV program 1st time -- click here

Using SDV

SDV source
SDV is open source software published under the GNU version 2 license.  The source is available for download.  Just join the stardboardt Yahoo Group and go to the Files area of the website.

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