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SOARA Laguna Beach D-STAR Repeater System
SOARA operates a “full stack” ICOM D-STAR repeater system for digital voice (DV) and FM on 2m, 440, and 1.2 GHz. We also operate a digital data (DD) repeater on 1.2 GHz. Our system is interconnected with a world-wide network of D-STAR repeaters using the “REF” (aka “dplus” or “drefd”) reflector network.
Who is using SOARA D-STAR Right now? – Visit the Live Usage Monitor
ID-5100/51 Users – To use our system, make sure “TO” is set to “Use Reflector” AND “CQCQCQ” so that everyone can hear you.
April, 2023 – New Repeater Modules
New Icom D-STAR + FM repeater modules have been installed at Temple Hill. The new ID-RP2010V (2M), ID-RP4010V (440) and ID-RP1200VD (23cm DD/DV) modules support both D-STAR and FM. FM should be used sparingly as the primary purpose for these repeaters is D-STAR.
May, 2023 – Kenwood plans to release a new TH-D75 Tri-Band 2m/220/440 Handie-Talkie that supports FM, D-STAR, APRS and more! It looks surprisingly similar to the TH-D74. One useful new feature is that it has a USB-C port for charging and configuration. It also supports APRS digipeating although without a larger battery, I don’t think it would last very long. It’s sadly not full-duplex capable for satellite operation.
May 12, 2023 – Icom has introduced a new entry-level handie-talkie, the ID-50A.
Instructions for registration are here: http://regist.dstargateway.org/instructions/
Icom has some new radios recently released and soon to be released that support D-STAR
ICOM has a dual band (single band at a time) D-STAR mobile, the ID-4100 that supports “Terminal” and “Access Point” modes. Terminal mode allows you to use the radio through a next generation ICOM G3 gateway to make contact with others around the world. Access Point mode allows you to provide a local “hotspot” to enable another radio to access the ICOM D-STAR network through the ID-4100. More information is available on the ICOM Web Site
Kenwood’s TH-D74 2m, 220, 440 handie-talkie, supporting multiple modes including FM, D-STAR, and APRS. More information is available on the: Kenwood Web Site See photo and brochure below:
Update DV Dongle Software – Version 2.0
Updated DVTool version 2.1 for DV3K (and DV Dongle)
SOARA DSTAR Frequencies