In August 2019, I set up an XLX reflector for D-STAR that can be accessed via personal hotspots and repeaters with internet access. The reflector is numbered XLX678 and you can view the latest activity on the reflector dashboard at: https://xlx.m0lxq.com.
To connect to XLX678, you can use the DPlus (REF), DExtra (XRF) or DCS protocols as REF678, XRF678 or DCS678 but DCS is preferred. So, for example, if you wished to connect to module B, you would enter DCS678BL into the ‘Direct Input (UR)’ field on your radio.
XLX678 is hosted on a dedicated server which is located in a datacentre in Gravelines on the northern coast of France, 15 miles southwest of Dunkirk. The XLX protocol enables transcoding to DMR and Yaesu System Fusion reflectors too, however, at the moment this requires an AMBE hardware encoder to be directly connected to the server and I do not have direct access to it to do this. It is possible that the open source IMBE vocoder could be implemented into the XLX software at some point in the future, but for now, we have to wait!
There are 7 modules currently enabled on XLX678:
- A – International
- B – 6:30 Net
- C – Chat 1
- D – Chat 2
- E – Chat 3
- F – Chat 4
- G – Testing
Unlike some D-STAR reflectors, there is no echo module enabled on XLX678.
Why 678? There are a large number of reflectors and it was the most memorable number (i.e. three consecutive numbers) that was available. Interestingly, since I set up 678, a number of reflectors have been created using letters only, i.e. XLXAAA etc. A full list of the active XLX servers can be seen here.