If you have already registered on a gateway anywhere else in the world, do not register on this gateway. Doing so will cause all kinds of havoc.
To register on the CARA gateway simply click on the link: https://dstar.caraham.org/
Two things about this link. The D-Star gateway machine is on a dynamic IP address. What does this mean? Well from time to time the ISP (Internet Service Provider) may change our IP address, which will make the above link not work. I get daily updates as to what our IP address is and will update the above address as soon as I can. If it hasn't worked in a couple of days please let me know and I'll try and fix it.
Secondly, the web server on the gateway does not have a security certificate that matches the domain. What does this mean? Well your browser will tell you that there is a problem with this sites security certificate. It should give you a couple of options. One is close the web page and the other is to continue to the web site (which it says is not recommended). I assure you that there is no problem with continueing to the web site.
Once at the web site you should see at the top of the page "D-STAR Gateway System (VE6IPG)". If you are already registered you can simply give your call sign and password (remember that your call sign should be in all caps). If you are new to the gateway you will need to register. Click on the register button at the bottom of the page. This will take you to the new registration page where you should read the agreement fully (it might say you agree to give me a million dollars!). If you agree click the "Yes" radio button and fill in all your information. Please make sure you give a valid email address so I can confirm you are who you say you are. Once the form is completed click the OK button and wait...
I should received an email saying that you want to register on the gateway. Once I've gone through your information and confirmed you are who you say you are I will approve you. From there follow the instruction below. They where not written by me but should work.
Once you are approved (you all likely are), you must go back and register a radio-callsign if you want to actually use the system why else would you register?). Go back to https://dstar.caraham.org/Dstar.do
and click the personal information menu. A form page will open with eight lines where you can enter information about your radio-callsign (also referred to in Japanese English as a "terminal"). Most of you will have only one radio-callsign. Remember a DStar radio-callsign includes an up to seven character amateur callsign and an eighth character which is usually
blank (a space, not a null). For now just enter one radio-callsign as follows:
- Click the far left checkbox on line 1.
- Click the "initial" box to place the cursor in this box. Now hit the spacebar to put a space character in this box. This is VERY IMPORTANT.
- Leave the RPT box unchecked.
- Move the cursor to the "pcname" box. Enter your callsign in lower-case. Please, lower-case!
- Click the update button. As before, if you receive an error, just try an hour or two later.
Initial RPT local IP pcname Del
1: VA6AE 10.120.97.80
Ensure you add a "SPACE" on the first line under INITIAL as a GENERAL Callsign
2: VA6AE P 10.120.97.81
3: VA6AE M 10.120.97.82
As you can see, the first line is a GENERAL. Meaning I can just set it up to use VA6AE on any radio. However, I have a portable as well so I can setup my "MYCALL" in my radio to correspond to this IP address by changing "MYCALL" in my 91AD portable radio from "VA6AE" to "VA6AE/P". So now everyone on the Dstar system would know when I key up my radio it will read "va6ae-portable" to the rest of the world. Same setup for the Mobile or a Base station if you wish. It's totally up to you.
Now most of you have just one radio so the "First" line as the General call will work just fine for setup purposes.
If you have ANY questions please feel free to
at any time.