Welcome to IRC D-STAR...


This home page has been prepared in order to introduce you to the Independent Radio Club's D-STAR repeater system, how to use it, our coverage areas and operating guidelines. For the current system information, click here. Real time network status is available here.

The IRC operates four ICOM D-STAR digital repeaters on 3 bands. 3 repeaters support Digital Voice and low-speed Digital Data on the 2M, 70cm and 23cm bands. The fourth is a 23cm high-speed Digital Data repeater.


Gateway Status Over-the-Air


The D-STAR system is similar to a conventional repeater with IRLP/Echolink capabilities. The difference is that D-STAR digitizes your audio in the radio, as opposed to in the computer as with IRLP/Echolink. D-STAR repeaters rebroadcast locally, in-band or cross-band, or to far and away, depending on how you have configured your radio. D-STAR also supports 1200 bps data on the digital voice channel, so you can send data from your D-STAR radio as well. Our 1.2 GHz high-speed data repeater provides a 128kb TCP/IP data connection, bringing all your favorite internet applications such as email and web browsing to your ID-1 and computer station.


Being all digital, D-STAR behaves somewhat differently from the repeaters we are used to. D-STAR radios need some parameters set for them to work properly. You will soon become familiar with MYCALL, URCALL, RPT1 Call and RPT2 Call. Follow this link for details on programming your D-STAR radio.


To keep informed on D-STAR, click here, or check into the Tuesday and Wednesday Night Digital Voice Nets at 8pm on WA6IRC_B. We also hold an analog net on our wide-area 222, 440, 902 MHz and 1.2 GHz system Tuesdays at 7pm.

With the addition of D-STAR, the IRC repeater system provides digital and analog access on five amateur bands, 144, 222, 440, 902 MHz and 1.2 GHz. D-Star further extends system coverage literally worldwide.


Open Nets Tuesdays and Wednesdays 8pm. All Are Welcome!