You can use this connector to connect to a network which supports the DCS protocol like DCS or XLX.
The easiest way is to use the Quick setup to connect to these networks.
DCS and XLX servers usually do not need a valid D-STAR® registration, but you can check your callsign's registration by clicking on the Check D-STAR® registration button.
If you want to talk on a DCS or XLX reflector, set the URCALL on your radio to CQCQCQ, and the local module to D in the openSPOT4. Make sure you have not entered any space characters in your radio before or after CQCQCQ in the URCALL.
Switching reflectors/gateways using your radio
URCALL/your call method
You can switch reflectors using your radio by starting a short call to their
names as the destination callsign (URCALL), like
DCS001 A, or
Set the desired remote module as the last character of the URCALL. You can
switch to gateways the same way.
The URCALL/your call method lets youe change to the following server types:
- REF/XRX/Gateway: set the URCALL to for example
REF001 C. Switching to REF/XRF servers or gateways this way changes the openSPOT4's active connector to the REF/XRF connector.
- DCS/XLX: set the URCALL to for example
DCS001 A. Switching to DCS/XLX servers this way changes the openSPOT4's active connector to the DCS/XLX connector.
- BrandMeister: set the URCALL to
BMfollowed by the BrandMeister server ID. Example: starting a call to destination callsign (URCALL)
BM2162switches to BrandMeister server 2162 (Hungary). Switching to BrandMeister servers this way changes the openSPOT4's active connector to the Homebrew/MMDVM connector.
- FCS: set the URCALL to the FCS server and room number. Example: starting a
call to destination callsign (URCALL)
FCS00199switches to FCS001 room 99. Switching to FCS servers this way changes the openSPOT4's active connector to the FCS connector.
- YSFReflector: set the URCALL to
YSfollowed by the YSFReflector server ID. Example: starting a call to destination callsign (URCALL)
YS89804switches to YSFReflector 89804 (AmericaLink). Switching to YSFReflector servers this way changes the openSPOT4's active connector to the YSFReflector connector.
- NXDNReflector: set the URCALL to
NXfollowed by the NXDNReflector server ID. Example: starting a call to destination callsign (URCALL)
NX28299switches to NXDNReflector 28299 (America-Ragchew). Switching to NXDNReflector servers this way changes the openSPOT4's active connector to the NXDNReflector connector.
Here are some example DTMF command sequences:
Switching to REF servers:
*001Cwill change the active connector to the REF/XRF connector and connects to REF001 module C.
Switching to XRF servers:
B008Bwill change the active connector to the REF/XRF connector and connects to XRF008 module B.
Switching to XLX servers:
C0502connects to XLX005 module B.
C0904connects to XLX009 module D.
Switching to DCS servers:
D0501connects to DCS005 module A.
D0103connects to DCS001 module C.
Cross mode usage (openSPOT4 Pro only)
The DCS/XLX connector is a D-STAR® connector, but it supports DMR, C4FM and NXDN® cross modes with the openSPOT4 Pro.
Server change using a DMR or NXDN® radio
You can change servers using a DMR or NXDN® radio with a private call to a special ID described below.
Server change using a C4FM radio
You can change servers by entering the Special command/cross mode private call DTMF code (by default it's *) or the Cross mode group call DTMF code] (by default it's #) followed by the special ID described below.
You can also use the Wires-X® button menu of your radio to select/search for servers.
Special IDs for server change
The format of the ID to call with your DMR or NXDN® radio, or the ID to enter using DTMF codes on your C4FM radio can be the following:
- server type + module number or
- server type + server number + module number
Server type can be:
- 1: REF
- 2: XRF
- 3: XLX
- 4: DCS
Module number is the remote module, and it is always 2 digits long. 01 is module A, 02 is module B, 03 is module C and so on.
- ID 4901 will connect to DCS009A (server type 4 (DCS), number 9 and module 01 which is A)
- ID 4812 will connect to DCS008L (server type 4 (DCS), number 8 and module 12 which is L)
- ID 10103 will connect to REF001C (server type 1 (REF), number 01 and module 03 which is C)
- ID 13003 will connect to REF030C (server type 1 (REF), number 30 and module 03 which is C)
- ID 312302 will connect to XLX123B (server type 3 (XLX), number 123 and module 02 which is B)