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Amateur Radio FAQ's

Questions about Amateur radio, D-STAR, HF radio, contesting or even our receiver products, you may find your answer here.

Why does the Scope screen on the RS-BA1 remote software do not work with IC-7300?

You will need to change the CI-V USB Port and CI-V USB Baud Rate setting on the IC-7300 radio and then set the Baud Rate to 115200.

Should you be charged to register onto the D-STAR Network?

You should never be charged for registration. If you have information about anyone who has charged please forward as many details as possible and we will invest...

Where can I find details of my local D-STAR repeater?

If you are trying to find details of your local D-STAR repeater, the RSGB website may be best, by clicking...

How can I get registered on the D-STAR network?

We regularly get enquiries from customers and other D-STAR users who are having problems getting registered onto the D-STAR network.

Where best way we ...

Can I register myself onto the D-STAR Network?

Regrettably it is not possible for anyone to carry out D-Star registrations without access to the process integrated into the G2 software that is installed to c...

Why do some mobile two way radios have a Remote Head?

A remote head unit on a mobile radio transceiver, allows it to be more easily installed in a vehicle by separating the control head from the main body. The two ...

What is RTTY?

Radio TeleTYpe. RTTY is a method of using tones to send digital messages between radios in amateur HF bands (and other services). While it has been around for m...

What is Intermodulation distortion?

Intermodulation distortion is audio distortion created inside the radio when strong signals from different frequencies are mixed within the radio. Like multipat...

What is Protocol...in terms of D-STAR?

“In computing, a protocol is a convention or standard that controls or enables the connection, communication, and data transfer between two computing endpoints....

How do I set a repeater call sign when I make a call to a desired station using a D-STAR repeater?

When you communicate with other D-STAR stations using a D-STAR repeater, it is necessary to set the repeater’s call sign in RPT1/RPT2 as well as the desired sta...

Can I receive a D-STAR call only when the call is intended for me?

Yes, you can. The call sign squelch function opens the squelch only when your call sign is received.

Can I make a D-STAR call with foreign countries?

Yes, you can*. The Internet gateway allows you to relay your call to a remote D-STAR repeater over the Internet. The D-STAR repeater call sign and IP address mu...

Can I use the D-STAR repeater without connecting to the Internet?

Yes, you can use a D-STAR repeater as a local repeater. You can also communicate with other D-STAR radios directly.

Can I send data with a voice transmission on a D-STAR radio?

Yes, you can. In DV mode operation, you can simultaneously send up to 950bps of data, such as call sign, short data message or GPS position with a voice transmi...

What can I do with the D-STAR radio?

4.8kbps digital voice (DV) mode and 128kbps data* (DD) mode communications are available. When using DD mode with a PC and the D-STAR radio, high speed data com...

If I purchased D-STAR equipment, will I be locked into Icom equipment forever?

While Icom is the first manufacturer to support D-STAR, any manufacturer or amateur can use the JARL standards to create equipment – transceivers, repeaters, an...

Is D-STAR is just a digital party line?

The ability of D-STAR repeaters to route data and digitized voice worldwide sets it far apart from a simple party line. Sophisticated D-STAR controllers and gat...

Is D-STAR different from IRLP or Echolink?

VOIP systems like IRLP and Echolink® are only capable of routing voice signals. They don’t support data exchange at any speed. Calls targeted to a specific user...

Is there any difference between D-STAR and packet

Even D-STAR’s lowest speed is competitive with the highest-performance packet systems available today. D-STAR’s simultaneous digital voice and data at 4800 bps ...

Does D-STAR only work on 1.2 GHz?

Low-speed DV D-STAR* voice and data works just fine at 144 and 430-440 MHz. 1.2 GHz supports the bandwidth needs of high-speed DD data. Choose the technology th...

What does D-STAR stand for?

D-STAR stands for Digital Smart Technologies for Amateur Radio.

Operating in the 5MHz experimental bands from 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2015 (13/05/10)

Existing Notices of Variation (NoVs) of Amateur Radio Full Licences for the purpose of facilitating use of frequencies in the 5 MHz (experimental) band will exp...

I have just purchased an interface for my IC-7400 to connect to my pc but can’t find any rig control software. Where can I get the software from?

Icom do not recommend a third party software supplier but if you contact you local dealer they will be able to recommend a supplier.

I am having difficulty using my IC-7400 using data modes such as PSK-31. Reception is fine but I cannot transmit. It has been suggested that I should connect via the 8 pin ACC(1) socket rather than the 6 pin (DATA) socket. Will this help?

To successfully perform PSK31 communications you will need to use the 8 Pin ACC Socket No. 1. This contains all the connections required to successfully achieve...

Can anyone use my radio?

Anyone who holds a current UK licence, or a valid CEPT licence, or a valid reciprocal licence, may use your station for frequencies for which they are licenced ...

I am going abroad and want to use my amateur radio. Can I have the wideband modification details?

Yes, this is not a problem. However what we is required is a written request for this information stating that you are only going to use the radio outside the U...

Does the IC-706 MKIIG only encode CTCSS, and not decode it. When I am on a repeater frequency, I can open it, but I have to switch tone squelch off in order to hear the repeater.

There are two Tone Squelch Selection Functions. The first is the standard Tone Squelch and the second is the Repeater Tone Squelch. Tone Squelch is used for sim...

What is IOTA?

IOTA is an award programme in which participants “collect” contacts with islands worldwide. These contacts count towards 18 separate certificates, graded in dif...

I am getting bad audio reports when I use my local 2-metre repeater?

Most 2 metre repeaters in the United Kingdom now are set for 12.5Khz channel spacing, and hence will only clearly accept narrow deviation signals. If your set h...

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