W6CX-DV -- Registering your Callsign for D-STAR
Most people using D-STAR will want to register their callsign and set up at least one "terminal". This will allow them to talk to hams on other repeaters or DPlus reflectors (named REFxxxxx). Full info on registration is found at:
http://www.dstargateway.org/D-Star_Registration.html. The essentials are shown below.
But first -- if you possibly registered your callsign in the past but have forgotten which gateway you used, go to https://dstar.info/query.html and check if your callsign is already registered. If so and you created a terminal, you are ready to use D-STAR and can skip the rest of this page.
New Callsign Registration is a two-step process.
First Step – get an account on a D-STAR gateway
We recommend you go to https://regist.dstargateway.org/Dstar.do and click on the Register button. Enter your callsign in UPPER CASE along with other requested information and a password of your choice. This will submit your request for approval. You will receive a confirmation email once your request for an account is approved.
Second Step – Create a “terminal”
Once your account is approved, go back to the above Registration page and under "Already Registered?", enter your callsign (UPPER CASE) and password and click Login. Then click on the Personal Information tab (upper right of main page). Each numbered line can be used to set up a terminal. For your first terminal:
• Click on the check-box on the left of the first line
• Enter a blank (press the space bar) in the Initial box. This is important. Don't skip over this field. Just enter an explicit space into this box.
• Do NOT click on the RPT box.
• Enter your callsign in the pcname box.
Everyone should have at least one terminal with "initial" box of space. When done, click the Update button.
After you’ve entered your terminal, it sometimes takes several hours for the updates to propagate through the D-STAR network. You can check at https://dstar.info/query.html.
Be sure to enter your registered callsign into your radio's MY or MYCALL field. You must do this before that radio will be able to talk to others on reflectors or connected repeaters. For nearly everyone, you only need one terminal, even if you have more than one D-STAR radio. Just use the same registered callsign in MY/MYCALL on all your radios.