A brief introduction to DStar Reflectors.
Reflectors are somewhat similar to the Conference Rooms used on analogue systems and at any time any number of DStar Repeaters from around the world can be linked to a Reflector. This means that when you transmit through any DStar repeater when it is linked to a Reflector, your transmission can be heard on all the other Linked Repeaters. For DStar users to have access to a Reflector a program called dplus needs to be running on their local Repeater Gateway. dplus enables DStar Repeaters that are connected to the DStar network to link to Reflectors & other Repeaters directly.  All of the repeaters in the NE Florida DStar system have dplus installed and are available to all registered users.

 How to Link to a Reflector.
To Link to a Reflector, first decide which Reflector & Module you want to connect to. For example, if you want to connect to Reflector 34 Module A then you need to transmit the following command, YOUR:REF034AL (The L in the 8th position commands the repeater to link to REFlector zero three four A)

The local repeaters callsign must be in the RPT1 and RPT2 Location on the transceiver. Example:
RPT1: KJ4RYF C (Port letter C 2m, must be in the 8th position)
RPT2: KJ4RYF G (the G for Gateway must be in the 8th position)
MYCALL:<your callsign>

If you are successful the repeater will reply with an announcement “Remote System Linked”. Now that you have linked the repeater to Reflector 034A you need to return your transceivers YOUR: information to CQCQCQ, otherwise the repeater will attempt to Link every time you transmit and will constantly announce “Remote System is Currently Linked”.  To Unlink from a Reflector transmit the following information, YOUR: U (seven spaces and then U to Unlink which must be in the 8th position).

 In order to link and unlink from reflectors, it is a good idea to create separate memory channels in your transceiver to handle the various functions. The following are examples of how you might program your radio to link and unlink from a given Reflector. This is only an example as you may wish to choose other Names for your memories and save them under different memory numbers etc.

Memory 1 (normal channel use for KJ4RYF C repeater)
Name :KJ4RYF C (optional)
YOUR:CQCQCQ
RPT1: KJ4RYF C (Port letter C must be in the 8th position)
RPT2:KJ4RYF  G (the G for Gateway must be in the 8th position)
MYCALL:<your callsign>

Memory 2 (used to link Repeater KJ4RYF C to Reflector 034A)
Name :LINK 34A (optional)
YOUR:REF034AL (The L in the 8th position commands reflector to link to REFlector zero three four Module A)
RPT1: KJ4RYF C (Port letter C must be in the 8th position)
RPT2: KJ4RYF G (the G for Gateway must be in the 8th position)
MYCALL:<your callsign>

 Memory 3 (Used to unlink a repeater from a reflector)
Name: Unlink (optional)
YOUR: ——-U (seven spaces then the U in the 8th position)
RPT1: KJ4RYF C (Port letter C must be in the 8th position)
RPT2: KJ4RYF G (the G for Gateway must be in the 8th position)
MYCALL:<your callsign>

 As an example and using the memory channel examples above, use the following procedure to link KJ4RYF C Repeater to Reflector 034A:

First switch to memory channel 1 and listen to assure that the repeater is not in use then announce your callsign and your intention to link to Reflector 034A. If the repeater is currently linked to a different reflector you must first disconnect from the currently connected reflector by going to memory channel 3 and pushing the PTT button. The repeater will tell you that it has unlinked.

Next switch to Memory 2 and press your PTT button. After the link is established switch to Memory 1 and wait for a few seconds to check that the Reflector isn’t already in use then make your call.

When you have finished on the Reflector announce that you are unlinking, switch to Memory channel 3, and push the PTT button. The local repeater will announce that it has unlinked. Then switch back to Memory 1 for normal use on the local repeater.

 If the repeater was initially connected to another Reflector prior to you connecting to Reflector 034A, you should reconnect to the same Reflector that it was previously connected to.  NOTE: All of the North East Florida System DStar repeaters stay connected to REF034C and should be reconnected to REF034C as soon as you disconnect from any other Reflector.

 Reflector Modules
Most, if not all Reflectors have at least 3 Modules labeled, A,B and C.
Please note that Reflector module designations do not refer to and have no relationship to the Port letters used on DStar Repeaters.