Series Three Episode Thirteen - Pratical D-Star


Series Three Episode Thirteen of the ICQ Podcast has been released. The latest news, your feedback, upcoming events and Chris Howard (2E0CTH) talks about pratical D-STAR.

  • Slow Scan TV on 10 MHz
  • ACMA cancels Amateur Radio licence
  • VK licence figures show strength
  • New 80m SDR Receiver
  • Two-way contact achieved on 8.97 kHz
  • Feedback added to RSGB blog
  • Ham enthusiasts abuzz over traffic ticket
  • Feds scrambe in Wireless spectrum crunch
  • Amateur's spectacular Channel crossing
  • GB3LW back on the air
  • Intruders in Amateur Radio Bands
  • Croatia 5 MHz and 500 kHz
  • London to Brighton cycle ride
  • Google Exam Practice Test
  • Optimizing wire antennas online
  • Apple iPhone Apps

Pratical D-STAR

UK calling frequencies for Dstar are as follows :-

  • 2m 144.6125 MHz
  • 70cm: 438.6125 MHz
  • 23cm: 1298.6125 MHz

The free Chirp programming software can be found at, and the instructions I used for making my own programming cable (for the e91 and ic-2820 radios) can be found at

Other interesting links

Reflector 1C live audio stream -
South Yorkshire repeater group dstar "shack cam" -
Bromley repeater group -
Wikipedia article on Dstar -
Ambe chip manual -
DStar UK Yahoo group -
Article on GMSK modulation -
DStar Tutorial -
Icom dstar page -
DStar repeater directory -
GPS mapping site -


Colin Butler

Colin Butler is a podcaster, journalist, blogger and IT industry professional with over 15 years of IT experience.

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