Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami

A massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit the Pacific Ocean nearby North-eastern Japan at around 2:46pm on March 11 (JST) causing damage with blackouts, fire and tsunami.

The large earthquake has also triggered a tsunami warnings for countries all around the Pacific ocean.

Over the last 24 hours we have been trying to contact Japan via D-STAR. As yet we have had no response. We will continue to try and make contact.

In Japan they are still running G1 Software on their D-STAR gateways so contacting stations is a little more difficult.

Here is an example of how you would link to a gateway in Japan.

Programming for talking on GB7YD (port DV C) to JP3YHJ (port DV B)

> RPT1: GB7YD▪▪C
> RPT2: GB7YD▪▪G

Another thing to remember when making a call is to ask the other stations that may be listening to press the one touch button to route back to you.

More info on D-STAR gateways in Japan can be found in this PDF.

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