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Reviews Categories | Interfaces, Radio to computer, amp, rotor, coax switch, internet | Digital Voice Access Point (DVAP) Dongle Help

Reviews Summary for Digital Voice Access Point (DVAP) Dongle
Digital Voice Access Point (DVAP) Dongle Reviews: 29 Average rating: 4.9/5 MSRP: $249.00
Description: The DVAP, produced by INet Labs who brought you the DV Dongle, is similar to many of the homebrew D-STAR Hotspots. The device is used for simplex operations, but it does connect to the gateway. The DVAP plugs into your Windows or MAC OS X computers via the computer's USB port and uses the internet connection to communicate with the D-STAR gateway. The DVAP has a very low-power signal at only about 10 mW. Itís similar to the functionality of a simplex Echolink link node. The deviceís 10 mW signal on the 2-meter band is intended to reach only a few hundred feet, but it allows you to use your D-STAR HT away from the computer around your house or around your neighborhood at low power.
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G7IDJ Rating: 4/5 Oct 11, 2012 13:06 Send this review to a friend
Problem Solved  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Hi Again,

A few days ago I wrote a bad report about DVAP due to the problems I had getting registered on the DStar system.
In the end I complained and begged for help at:
Which I think but I am not sure is a website run by Icom. Anyway within a day I got registered and I could start using my equipment.

Now the DVAP other than the initial installation problem with the missing DLL was no problem at all. Once it fired up and the radio was fed with the correct settings I could access some Reflectors and repeaters which I programmed it for.
Interestingly I couldn't hit remote repeaters via an internet gateway using the local repeater.
So if you want to work internationally and you have none or just a flaky DStar repeater in the neighbourhood DVAP would most certainly be the answer for you.

I like the ability to drop the power down from 10mW to even 1mW to limit the range possibly just to your property.
In some strange way the DVAP in conjunction with your handheld or mobile does feel like real radio.
I can confirm that the range seems to be 100m without a problem. I have also noticed that the antenna supplied is not resonant. So kitting it out with a resonant antenna I am sure would improve the performance significantly.

The main point is - I got my registration problem sorted. You may find this a challenge as well if you just get into DStar.
If you live in the UK you have now got a website where people actually respond and are willing to help you.

In summary:
DVAP ideal device if you want your own mini gateway or defacto repeater to connect to nodes throughout the world. Simple to operate once the software is installed.

Registration is a problem but persevere. Once you are on the system you will enjoy it.

The world of DStar is still a bit of a mystery to me and there is steep learning curve but it is worthwhile I think.

If you can, go for it!


W3NRL Rating: 5/5 Sep 28, 2012 19:17 Send this review to a friend
dvap 70 (440)  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
my wish came true:::::
The deviceís 10 mW signal on the UHF 70cM band is intended to reach only a few hundred feet, but it allows you to use your D-STAR HT away from the computer around your house or around your neighborhood at low power.

Internet Labs
DV-AP 440

HRO Discount Price: $269.95

can't wait to get one..
KQ4KK Rating: 5/5 Sep 27, 2012 18:11 Send this review to a friend
UHF DVAP coming  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
The VHF DVAP is great. The UHF DVAP starts delivery on Oct 1, 2012. HRO is taking orders now for the UHF version.
W3NRL Rating: 5/5 Sep 27, 2012 16:54 Send this review to a friend
Ya but!!!!  Time owned: months
I agree with the previous hammer it sounds great but i like to use my 31a as well
KA9JYO Rating: 5/5 Jun 15, 2012 15:12 Send this review to a friend
great device  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Everything is good, except I would like a unit with UHF, so I can use my Icom ID-31A. Maybe Robin Cutshaw AA4RC will get this message, I know many hams agree.
W6PSA Rating: 5/5 Jan 29, 2012 08:42 Send this review to a friend
DVAP is great!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I have been using the dvap on D-Star for a month now and it works great! I live in a area without D-Star and it work flawlessly. I am using a cable modem and D-Star DUTCH software to run the radio. Google, or ask some hams about, Dutch software.

On the radio, make sure you are using the 2nd VFO and select DV Mode(Digital). FM is the default mode on the radios.
W2UIS Rating: 5/5 Dec 31, 2011 11:25 Send this review to a friend
WOW!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Using this device with my Icom ID-880H, MacBook Pro and DSL Internet service. I'm working world wide DX via the internet without the need to being in the foot print of a D Star repeater.
KI4EKI Rating: 5/5 Mar 21, 2011 07:06 Send this review to a friend
Dongle UNPLUGED!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Inet has got a winner here.

Took no time to setup, Worked and tested in both
windows and linux (Ubuntu) Worked like a charm!

ONE POINT TO MAKE- Then i'll get off my soapbox

It would be a crime IF the open source community
and inet did not follow through with this item!

One little windows program i saw (For Testing)
called "DvapFM.Exe" put said device into analog
mode and does a very nice job of testing said
device (Loop-back/Xmit & Receive testing)
but the program does show what could be
done with this either way- Analog or Digital!

Yet another was a Java App for just the same thing
only in d-star mode, and yet theres more!

One last note; it would be my hope- along with
others i've talked with that inet would come out
with a dualband and or a 100mW version

Also a repeater option would be nice for linking
on the fly.

[Soapbox mode:Off]

Once again a Buy or not Cry option for the D-Star

-Richard Rivenbark
-Randin Confed Radio Group (KI4EKI)
KF9L Rating: 5/5 Oct 21, 2010 19:58 Send this review to a friend
Couldn't be better  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
This is the most amazing piece of equipment to come my way. I was scepticale at first, but i took the plunge and got the DVAP and if i seen this work like it does for me when it first came out i would have bought the first one off the line. It is easily setup within minutes and works great even on DSL internet, but i use it most on broadband cable and mobile 3G broadband. I give this the highest rating you could give for this product. You wont be dissappointed with the results you get. It would be nice to see a dualband version of this product come out to give you the option to use both 2 meters and 440 frequencies through the DVAP.
VK3BA Rating: 5/5 Aug 14, 2010 21:58 Send this review to a friend
Ripper of a deivce  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Purchased from HRO Atlanta via Mark KJ4VO in April. It was easy to install, easy to use and is an excellent solution to access to the D-Star world, especially if you don't have any existing RF access to repeaters. It's different but same as the DV-Dongle. With the DV-Dongle, you're tethered to your PC. But with the DVAP, you can roam around with your mobile or portable radio to access your DVAP and the greater D-Star system. This little red box operates on 2metres. I reccommend to to any D-Star user who wants better and more flexible access to the system and who wishes to get more out of their D-Star hobby. I hope there's a 70cm version coming soon!! Plenty of these are in use in Australia.
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