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Welcome to the former home of MoenComm, which from 2011 until the end of 2016 sold the Star*DV AMBE 3000 device as well as the Star*Board GMSK modem.  The website has been merged into my personal website, k6jm.com, but the contents will remain on the web as a resource for those who purchased these products. 

For those looking for advice about what to purchase today, I offer these recommendations:

AMBE 3000 dongles

Most of the following products are supported by the G4KLX open source Multi-Mode programs.  These are most easily installed and operated using the Pi-Star image, which I strongly recommend, even if you decide to enable only one DV mode, such as D-STAR.

DV Modems to interface to analog radios to create high-powered hotspots or repeaters

DV Hotspots - DV modems with on-board low power radio chips (often 10mw)

Here's the info about our former products:

Matrix Circuits

Star*DV works with BlueDV software in multiple modes (D-Star, DMR, C4FM/Fusion)
Click here for how to setup for BlueDV

Star*DV has an AMBE 3000 chip AND a built-in "sound card" codec for speaker/mikes

Install SDV on the Raspberry Pi

Install SDV on Windows

Star*DV Products that were sold
(Remember, for info only -- the shop is closed -- you can't order)

bullet D-Star compatible QSOs without a D-Star radio
bullet Use a PC with internet, plug into the USB port
bullet Codec and connector for speaker/mike
bullet Also available now: the new SDV app for Windows, Desktop Linux and the Raspberry Pi
  • Works with G4KLX ircDDBGateway to establish links to REF/XRF/DCS reflectors, ircDDB callsign routing or CCS callsign routing
  • Supports either a speaker/mike plugged into the Star*DV, or the PC's soundcard and speakers/microphone
  • SDV will optionally work with a GMSK Modem - have QSOs in the shack without a D-Star radio while providing your own Hotspot for outside and mobile access to the D-Star network
  • SDV on Windows and Linux Desktop has a great graphical interface -- supports DPRS maps, callsign and user message display, and easy linking and unlinking
  • SDV on the Pi uses an optional LCD plate with 5 control buttons for linking and configuration -- you can run the Pi headless if you want and still see callsigns, do linking
bullet Available in White or Black
bullet Order the USB cable in your choice of different lengths and colors (does not come with Star*DV)
bullet Inexpensive speaker/mikes available
bullet LCDs for the Pi (built, not a kit), monochrome and not expensive

MoenComm LLC distributor of Matrix Circuits Star*Board

Extend the D-Star network to your neighborhood!  Start with a D-Star radio, then using this board with an analog radio and a PC with internet, you can connect to repeaters and reflectors around the world.  Learn more and see a diagram here.

bullet Professionally built -- Not a kit
bullet Designed and assembled at Matrix Circuits' state of the art SMT facility
bullet Includes DUTCH*Star firmware
bullet Includes printed User Manual (or download it here)

Star*Board Products that were sold
(Remember, for info only -- the shop is closed -- you can't order)


If you have any questions, we'll work with you to be sure you'll be successful in setting up your Hotspot.  Note:  the analog transceiver in a Hotspot ideally will support 9600 baud packet data.  Often Hams have a spare analog radio available, or they pick one up at a hamfest or club auction.  Again, if you have any questions, email them to the address below.

We also encourage you to join gmsk_dv_node on Yahoo Groups -- the most popular email list about GMSK node adapters.

MoenComm LLC was owned and operated by Jim Moen, K6JM
D-Star® is a registered trademark used for communication equipment (repeaters and transceivers) for amateur radio communications, and owned by Icom Incorporated.

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