New services and
Imagine arriving in town as a visitor or on business. Connect
a laptop or PDA to your D-STAR handheld, key in a few simple
characters, and request a “what’s happening”
report from a local D-STAR kiosk server. In seconds, you’re
viewing text listing meetings, clubs, electronics stores,
and events. Need a weather check? A few more characters and
the screen fills with the current report.
The low-speed data ports of D-STAR handheld radios are compatible
with the GPS NMEA data interface. With GPS data integrated
into the D-STAR digital data stream, your location data is
forwarded to the D-PRS server where gateway software connects
you to the APRS® reporting system. The interface is built-in
to D-STAR radios – no separate TNC and transceiver required!
It’s only natural that D-STAR’s digital voice
capabilities will be linked up with the most popular repeater
sharing applications, EchoLink® and IRLP. Since your voice
is already digitized within the D-STAR system, third party
bridges and converters to and from other digital voice systems
an obvious and expected future addition.
Since D-STAR’s data looks just like any other Internet
data to a browser or Web application, why not use D-STAR’s
high-speed data to build a link to your club’s HF station?
Want to control your electronics at home? Either high-speed
or low-speed D-STAR data can do the job. D-STAR is built to
support 21st century tools - the Web, networking, Ethernet,
TCP/IP - so free your imagination!
The open D-STAR protocol provides a rich, exciting set of
tools with which hams can experiment and build. Icom supports
developers with the D-STAR forums at www.icomamerica.com/amateur/dstar
– please join this growing community. In addition, Icom
is preparing technical support documentation for the developer,
such as protocols and interface descriptions.