The DV NODE software package (which is also known as WinDV, which is the Windows version of it) is a simple GUI-based D-STAR hotspot application that attempts to be a light-weight version of DVAR Hotspot.

It supports the Node Adapter series of GMSK modem boards, the DV Access Point (the DVAP, the "Red Dongle"), the DVRPTR series of DSP-based GMSK modems (including the DV-MEGA derivative, as it uses the same protocol) and the DV Dongle ("Blue Dongle") and ThumbDV (DV3000) AMBE-based audio conversion USB devices. At the network side, it supports DPlus (regular gateways and reflectors), DExtra as used by the xReflector system, and the newer DCS reflector system.

Also supported are D-STAR Callsign Routing (through ircDDB) and the reporting of GPS positions to the APRS network.

The current release of the software is based on the (Windows-only) VB6 environment for the application itself, with all protocols and drivers implemented in C as DLL libraries. These libraries (and their test utilities) are available as regular shared libraries under Linux and other operating systems.

Work is in progress to slowly move the main application to the Qt development system, which will allow full multi-platform support.  The most important parts of the application have been converted to Qt already; next steps are to implement all of the GUI parts.

Current version is:  1.5.8 BETA-3    UPDATED 2015/01/07


Using DV Node with the DV Dongle ("Blue Dongle")

If you have a DV Dongle (the little blue box that lets you "do" D-STAR with just your PC, using its soundcard interface as your microphone and speaker), good news has arrived!

Starting with V1.4 of the software, use with the DV Dongle is also supported. It lets you use your DV Dongle as if it were a regular D-STAR transceiver, "connected" to a standard D-STAR network repeater.

Click on the picture above for a larger version.

The "DV Dongle Mode" works just like a regular transceiver, so it can be used with DPlus gateways, DExtra gateways as well as with "original" callsign routing and StarNet Digital systems!

Using DV Node with the DVAP and DV Dongle

If you have been happily using your DVAP Dongle together with the DV Node program, and just recently started to be "kicked off" the DPlus reflector you were listening to, chances are that you have been blocked from the reflector.


Well, the simple answer is: Robin Cutshaw AA4RC has decided that owners of DV Dongle and DVAP Dongle devices can ONLY connect to the (his) DPlus reflectors if the software they use supply the hardware serial number of that device. The claim here is, that this is required for maintaining security on the network. No additional information has been provided to back up this claim.

The author of the DV Node program lives in Europe, and, under European Law, providing information that could possibly result in a database with personal information (read: hardware serial number, IP address, callsign and so on) is governed by the European Privacy Act regulations. Therefore, until now, this serial number information was never provided to the network.

Until this is fixed, the DV Node program has been updated to be configured to provide the hardware serial number to the network. By explicitly configuring this option, the user agrees to this information being sent out.

Please download the latest version of the program (V1.4.0 at the time of this writing), and go to the Tools>Options menu. A new option (which can be seen at the picture on the left) is the "Serial#" setting within the DVAP and DV Dongle device configurations.

By default, this option is set to STANDARD, which means it will NOT send out the hardware serial number of the DVAP device. You can set this to HARDWARE, which will tell the program that it is OK for it to send that information to the network.

This setting is only useful if the (DPlus) connection has been configured to "report in" as being for a DVAP (or DV Dongle) device. For "Hotspot" devices, this is not relevant.

Configuration of this setting is handled for each individual gateway (QuickTune button), in the "Select Gateway" screen shown here on the right.

If you are using a DVAP Dongle device, the "Connect as DVAP" option can be enabled or disabled- by default, it will be disabled.  If set to enabled (checked), the settings for the serial number as described above will be in effect. If clear, the station will be connected as being a standard Hotspot node.

That's all on the issue, for now at least!


You can find this software in our Software Downloads page.


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