Rod Hart wrote:
> Hey Guys, how do you go about registering? I purchased a dongle last
> week and have communicated with several gateway people without any
> success. Since there is no local gateway in my area, I have contacted
> those that are relatively close. Do you have to pay to register? Whats up?
> Rod Hart, WA3MEZ
> Randallstown, MD FM19oj
It's an inherent (but relatively small, once you're registered
somewhere) problem in that the Dongle creators assumed that all Gateways
will let anyone register, I guess.
I think Robin has gateway operators in the Atlanta area (or his own
Gateway?) that will happily do it for you. (???)
Many gateway admins may be more comfortable only registering people from
their local areas if there's a "closer" system to the Dongle-only user.
Frankly it really doesn't matter much, it's just a "check" to see that
you're really a licensed ham -- since you're controlling transmitters
from your Dongle.
(Many admins are leery to put their "stamp of approval" on the fact that
you're really a ham, I guess? Who knows? There's push-back, but I
haven't quite figured out the mental gymnastics that are going on in
admin's heads yet.)
Before I offer to have you register on the system that I admin -- which
would also work just fine -- are you saying they actually refused your
registration on the local systems, or have they just not answered yet?
This is all-volunteer after all.
Finally, did you put in a real registration request via their web
interfaces (only do this on ONE system), or are you using e-mail to
communicate with them? The reason I ask is that once you have a "real"
registration request into a Gateway, you should complete that
registration or the admin should delete you... being in multiple
Gateways could (?) cause trouble.
(W0CDS - Colorado D-STAR Admin)