D-STAR Terminal Mode

A new How-To Guide for D-STAR Terminal Mode

When Icom first announced their new Terminal Mode feature in selected new D-STAR radios, fans of D-STAR got curious.  They discovered these new radios could transmit over the internet to D-STAR repeaters, giving people who were out of RF range from a repeater a chance to have fun.

A (tiny) computer with internet connection is needed, and ICOM made their software available for download.  But people discovered they could not link to reflectors and wished there were another alternative.  G4KLX, author of a popular Open Source suite of D-STAR and digital voice programs, came to the rescue by adding a feature to his DStarRepeater program.  The end result was an easy way for Terminal Mode radios to link to all available reflectors without an expensive Hotspot.

But people had trouble learning about how to do this, and as Admin for the W6CX D-STAR Gateway in Northern California, I got many questions about Terminal Mode.  So I decided to write this guide:

D-STAR Terminal Mode Hotspots Made Easy

There is an overview, plus a detailed How-To page that will allow you to get a very inexpensive Terminal Mode Hotspot up and running quickly.  Enjoy!