Icom DSTAR Radio Communications
Starting May 29, 2006, this section of pages will be updated as I learn more about how the Icom ID-1 and D-STAR radios operate.
These links are useful for monitoring the realtime status of the D-STAR repeater network and user activity.
Chris, NH7QH has D-STAR repeater WH6DIG running in Salt Lake
- Port B 442.925+
- Port C 147.180+
State Civil Defense has a D-STAR repeater KH6HPZ B running on Diamond Head
- Port B 442.000+
Refer to the KH6HPZ DSTAR Repeater Overview and Registration Page for information on the KH6HPZ DSTAR repeater, and to register for the gateway.
Information for programming your D-STAR radio for use on the KH6HPZ B repeater. This assumes you're already registered to use D-STAR through the gateway.
To program your radio to link to other DSTAR repeaters (or reflectors). Assume you want to link to K1AAA repeater, Port B. Assume your call sign is KH6AAA. You program three consecutive memories. This example uses M10, M11 and M12. Each asterisk (*) represents a blank. The letters in position 7 and position 8 are very important, to be sure to include the blanks to maintain the proper positions.
|Use this memory channel to initiate the link to repeater K1AAA Port B||M10||442.000||DUP (Plus)||DV||K1AAA*BL||KH6HPZ*B||KH6HPZ*G||KH6AAA|
|Use this memory channel to talk to stations on the KH6HPZ B and K1AAA A repeaters.||M11||442.000||DUP (Plus)||DV||CQCQCQ||KH6HPZ*B||KH6HPZ*G||KH6AAA|
|Use this memory channel to disconnect the link to repeater K1AAA Port B||M12||442.000||DUP (Plus)||DV||*******U||KH6HPZ*B||KH6HPZ*G||KH6AAA|
Note: Each asterisk (*) represents a blank.
To program your radio:
- Press the VFO button to get started.
- You set up the settings while in the VFO mode.
- Then write the settings into Memory Channel 10, using the S.MW button.
- Change the UR setting to CQCQCQ, then write the settings into Memory Channel 11 with the S.MW button.
- Finally, change the UR setting to *******U, (where each asterisk is a blank character), then write the settings into Memory Channel 12 with the S.MW button.
You will need only one memory channel each programmed to the settings in Memory 11 and 12 in your radio. You add as many memory channels programmed in the style of Memory 10 where you put in different repeaters in the UR callsign setting.
To operate, use Memory channel 11, transmit and announce your callsign and your intention to link the repeater. Then, use Memory channel 10, transmit briefly (about 1/2 second) which sends the command to link. The KH6HPZ DSTAR Gateway should respond and give a status that the repeater is linked, or that the remote repeater is busy (in which case the link connection was not made).
To converse, use Memory channel 11. When you are done with the contact and the repeater link, unlink the repeater by briefly transmitting using Memory channel 12 which sends the command to unlink.
See also the pages in the 1296 MHz section.
These notes show how to configure the ID-1s for simplex data operations.
If you're looking for mounting brackets for the Icom ID-1, you can use the Alinco MB130 brackets. Nuts and bolts not included.
Check out these links for pages on D-STAR.
- JARL DSTAR Web Site - Translated
- Icom America DSTAR Web Site
- Getting started with DSTAR and DSTAR repeaters
- DSTAR for Newbies Web Site
- Dallas, Texas DSTAR Web Site
- Recent D-STAR users
- Status of D-STAR gateways
- Location of DPRS users
- Location of D-STAR Repeaters
- This page shows activity of Icom D-STAR equipment
- Information on the Icom ID-31A Walkie
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