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Just after 9/11/01, some of the 11,000 FCC licensed volunteer Amateur Radio operators in Minnesota built a radio (AX.25) based data network covering our region.   It is still there on 145.67 MHz . 

We provide volunteer medical communications planning, equipment and support for Twin Cities in Motion. We are now deploying our third generation very high speed (megabits) data network, using high power D-Star DD mode radios married to OLSR mesh technology @5Ghz.  (Channel 157- 802.11a) We hold monthly work sessions (3rd Sat @Macalester Plymouth United Church Bsmt 11-3) to upgrade our technology and do event planning. 

Our organization leads the delivery of up to date, NIMS-friendly volunteer emergency communications in our region.   We work across all served agencies, and are happy to provide free advice in managing complex emergency /health communications challenges using the latest technical best practices and trained, dedicated volunteers.   

Our latest talk was presented at TAPR DCC 2013:  http://www.slideshare.net/ny9d/marathondstar

D-Star Site Status   1/1/19

KC0TQI East Ramsey County
, 250' AGL 1.2 DD 1299.000 - MNSTP - y Twinslan/Mining ARC etc - 172.16.0.20/24 is the web/Citadel server- .1 is the base repeater.  Up 8/15 WD0HWT Minneapolis South/MSP Airport/MOA - 200'AGL - - 1298.000 DD only 172.16.7.x is the DHCP range. Mesh. 
KE8TX 1251.000 DD DHCP  Minneapolis Downtown East - 400' AGL -  1.2 RF issues 12/18    
1299.300 DD /2M DV 145.11 KD0JOU- Minneapolis Downtown NE -  + DV 1283.300. DV 444.875.    Spotty Internet 12/18
W8WRR B 1249.000 DD  STPONE - Downtown St. Paul #1 Site. DV 443.350.  USCG Aux.  Up, linked.   Has 5ghz mesh omni on Channel 157
KD0JOV -145.150 /442.900 - Up -West Metro site, excellent Hennepin coverage.  On USTrust with G3 functionality. 
Anoka Radio Club/Bakken Club. On the air 443.775 DV  Ham Lake. W0ANA  B (two spaces) - now with 1.2 DV/DD- also 2 meters up (6/20/11) 145.405 DV -  Good coverage North and West.  Ramsey. 
1299.500 DD + full stack - +DD - Chaska- Alan. Now all on USROOT.
KD0JOS DV 442.1250
See www.minnesotadstar.org
1251.500 DD MNWASH. KA0JSW 172.16.3.1 /24 + DHCP Bayport, MN @600 feet. Installed on 10/1/13.  DD + packet.  Power issues 12/17. 
 Anoka Club - Ramsey 444.525  DV on the Gateway  KE0MVE
KA0JSW B - 444.000 + DV system  + DV 1285.500 DV also- Up on our Gem Lake site.  IRCDDB + Pi. 
W1AFV- Up @400 feet.  442.95 DV. Up.  IRCDDB, decent Minneapolis - SW coverage.     
KD0YLG 443.850 St Cloud very wide coverage @500 feet.    

Statewide:
Rochester, UP- 2/18
Duluth, Wabosso, Faribault - Up
Little Falls - W0REA B 444.000  on US Root - Internet issues 1/19
Fargo Moorhead 440.000 - no Internet.    NDSU KD0SWQ
Reflector 053- Minnesota - VPS hosting center in St. Paul.  One deck - B- is for the US Coast Guard Auxiliary 
KC0WLB is now a full time G3 registration server  
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PDF Files to read:

Advice for Minnesota Hospitals and Hams working with hospitals (3/08)

Advice for new or prospective Hams (7/26/06)

Advice for current Amateur Operators (5/5/07)

Getting Started in High Speed Digital (1/1/08)