D-STAR at the
2008 Dayton Hamvention®
(Produced for HamRadioNow on
October 25, 2012)
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|2008 was something of a watershed
year for D-STAR. Growth in both the number of repeaters
and users was strong, yet it was still "undiscovered territory" for
most hams. This dichotomy was apparent at the D-STAR forums at the 2008
There were (and as of 2015 still are) two significant D-STAR events at Hamvention – the Friday forum at the Hara Arena, and the "Friday Night Event" at the Drury Inn a few miles away. These events had been held for several years prior to 2008, but as far as we know, they were not documented on audio or video. ARVN recorded both in 2008. This was perhaps the last year when most of the people who were instrumental in bringing D-STAR to the US came together in one place to talk about the achievement. You'll recognize some of the names and call signs, but not others – hams who have worked mostly in the background to develop and progress the D-STAR system.
These programs have been available on DVD from ARVN since 2008. HAMRADIONOW is proud to present them for viewing by a wider audience here on the web. It's a rare look at history in the making. If you want to purchase the DVD, it's still available for $15 (both programs are on one DVD) at this link on ARVN. One advantage of the DVD is that it has an extensive chapter 'index" leading you quickly to most of the people and topics presented. And the video might be a little less fuzzy on the DVD. Another relic of history: Standard Definition Video. And we did this the easy way - we just ripped our own DVD.