The Texas Interconnect Team was originally created by Jim McClellan, N5MIJ, and Bill Moore, N5ZPR, for the purpose of acquiring a club call to be used with the first D-Star repeater system that was installed in the United States.
The club call requirement came as a result of one of the D-Star system design parameters, which prohibits the repeater from having the same call as a user radio. While having an individual trustee's call on the repeater in the analog world is common practice, it causes real problems in the D-Star system.
Interest has grown significantly in our efforts since we began, and the group has grown to become one of the premier D-Star systems in the country. We are still actively involved in testing new D-Star products, and work closely with the vendors to stay informed.