DStar 101, or How do I do that in DStar?

How to access the XLX Reflectors.

There's a new kid in town, and he's called XLX.
So now we have REF, XRF, DCS, and XLX reflectors.

With so many reflectors barely used or falling into disuse it may make you wonder as to Why?

Some of these XLX reflectors have sprung up from some of the XRF reflectors, and are still XRF.

The reason is that the XLX reflectors are Multi Protocol, they can be accessed via DPlus, DExtra and DCS protocols.

So how do you go about using them?

Well first thing you need is an up to date list of the Reflectors IP addresses.

You need to go to this address xlxapi.rlx.lu/api.php?do=GetReflectorHostname

This should download the xlx_hostfile.txt file to your computer.

Open the file with a text editor such as gedit or nano.

You will see a list of Reflector names and IP addresses.

You will notice that addresses for DCS035 onward, and and XRF035 onward are the same.

For this exercise I will explain how to edit the DCS_hosts.txt file to allow access to the XLX reflectors via the DCS protocol.

Keep the xlx_hostfile.txt file open, now you need to open the /usr/local/etc/DCS_Hosts.txt

You will need to do this as Super User. Open a Terminal Window, type

sudo gedit /usr/local/etc/DCS_Hosts.txt    **If your working on a RPi via SSH you have to use nano instead of gedit, nano is none GUI, but it works fine. The GUI based text editor on RPi is Leafpad.

You may be asked for a password, dependent upon version of Linux.

Snapshot of what the DCS_Hosts.txt looks like.

Snapshot of XLX - DCS Reflectors, it's a much longer list than this, but you get the idea.

Now you need to copy and paste the  XLX - DCS Reflectors list to the DCS_Hosts.txt file

DCS_Hosts file with XLX reflectors added.

I  suggest some rem statements , that's anything  on a line that starts with a # is ignored.

Save the file and reboot the computer.

You should now be able to access the XLX reflectors using the DCS protocol.

DTMF works with this, so D270B would take you to XLX270B.

A similar thing can be done to add the XLX Reflectors as XRF or REF.