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Frequently Held Myths About D-STAR

Myth #1
“D-STAR only works on 1.2 GHz.”

Low-speed DV D-STAR voice and data works just fine at 144 and 440 MHz. 1.2 GHz supports the bandwidth needs of high-speed DD data. Choose the technology that satisfies your needs.
Myth #2
“There’s no difference between D-STAR and packet.”

Even D-STAR’s lowest speed is competitive with the highest-performance packet systems available today. (See page 7 for detailed comparisons.) D-STAR’s simultaneous digital voice and data at 4800 bps is beyond the capability of any packet technology. High-speed D-STAR systems are ten times faster than the highest packet speeds.

Myth #3
“D-STAR is no different from IRLP or Echolink®”

VOIP systems like IRLP and Echolink® are only capable of routing voice signals. They don’t support data exchange at any speed. Calls targeted to a specific user are not possible by any amateur technology except for D-STAR.

Myth #4
“D-STAR is just a digital party line!” &l

The ability of D-STAR repeaters to route data and digitized voice worldwide sets it far apart from a simple party line. Sophisticated D-STAR controllers and gateways implement modern telecommunications functions in an amateur package.

Myth #5
“D-STAR is a replacement for broadband home Internet”

Truly a fantasy! D-STAR can connect a user to the Internet, true, but all of the amateur radio restrictions on commercial activity still remain in place. D-STAR will provide the tools for a lot of great amateur innovation, but it’s not intended to replace Internet providers.

Myth #6

“I’ll be locked into Icom equipment forever.”

While Icom is the first manufacturer to support D-STAR, any manufacturer or amateur can use the JARL standards to create equipment – transceivers, repeaters, and gateways – compatible with the D-STAR system. As the D-STAR system grows, look for other manufacturers to join the fun.


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