Washington Digital Radio Enthusiasts

Usage notes for various D-STAR Tranceivers and Devices
First thing your should do with a new D-STAR radio: Enter your callsign into your transceiver or device. In D-STAR, your callsign must always be known at the time your voice is digitized. Your transmission will not even be recognized by our repeater unless a callsign is encoded along with your voice data. Once your callsign is stored in the radio, you can tune to the repeater frequency of 443.125 with a positive offset of 5 mhz, switch the Mode to DV, and you should be able to talk to others on the local Spokane repeater.

If your callsign is not registered on at least one D-STAR gateway, then your transmissions will ONLY be heard on our local repeater. Be sure to register your callsign on one, and only one, D-STAR gateway. See the Registration page on this site for information on how to register your callsign on the WA7DRE gateway.

Next thing: ICOM radios have a DR mode which makes finding and using D-STAR repeaters very easy. To use the DR mode, you will need to have the WA7DRE repeater/gateway in your digital repeater frequencies memory. Since the WA7DRE repeater was placed on-line in December of 2014, new radios from ICOM do not have the WA7DRE repeater/gateway already in digital repeater memory. The repeater formerly used the KB7ARA callsign. You can modify the memory in your ICOM transceiver, and change the callsign to WA7DRE and change the city from Veradale, WA to Spokane, WA.
WA7DRE Repeater programming settings for all D-STAR Transceivers and Devices
Since the WA7DRE repeater was recently created, You'll need to add it to your digital repeaters list before you can use it fully. Use the software that came with the radio to edit the list of digital repeater memories. The Spokane repeater should be in the USA West group. If you have a Veradale, WA or KB7ARA repeater, modify it to match the settings below. If you do not have a Veradale, WA or KB7ARA repeater already, then add a new one.

Name: Spokane
SubName: Washington
Repeater Callsign: WA7DRE B
Gateway Callsign: WA7DRE G
Operating Freq: 443.125
DUP: +DUP
Offset Freq: 5.00
Use From: Yes
Position: Exact
Latitude: 47°38.93'N
Longitude: 117°24.79'W
UTC Offset: -8:00



Powerpoint Presentation about using this D-STAR Repeater
Click below to dowload the PowerPoint Presentation giving basic information about using the WA7DRE D-STAR Repeater. This is the Powerepoint presentation that you may have seen at the 2014 Spokane Hamfest, or elswhere.
Getting the most of your 2nd generation D-STAR.pptx. 52 Mb file

This is a large file because there are embedded videos. While viewing the presentation, click on the video to start it. Note that this powerpoint presentation demonstrates using the WA7DRE repeater/gateway prior to its callsign change in December of 2014. Wherever is says to use KB7ARA, you should use WA7DRE instead.


This repeater incorrectly identified in ICOM radios
As stated above, recent ICOM transceivers with built in repeater databases like the ID-31, ID-51, IC-7100 and IC-5100, come with the database incorrectly identifing this repeater as located in Veradale, WA. You should edit the repeater memories and rename it to Spokane, WA and change the callsign to WA7DRE. For some radios, we have provided pre-configured memory files below. You can download these files and load them into your radio using a data cable or by transferring to your radio using an SD card.


Recommendations for the ICOM ID-51
Most ID-51's come with the WA7DRE repeater incorrectly located in Veradale, WA and using its former callsign, KB7ARA. You would be wise to update all of the repeaters that you might be using in the radio's built-in database. You can do that by downloading a new list of repeaters from the dstarinfo.com web site, and importing them into your radio using the CS-51 programming software that comes with the radio. You won't be able to use the Veradale/KB7ARA settings with the WA7DRE repeater. If you intend to ONLY use the WA7DRE repeater, it would be easiest to add one new repeater to the USA West Digital Repeater group as described above.

Recommended Starting point for ID-51A memory programming
We've taken a copy of the factory memory programming from a new ID-51A transceiver and added some of the best local Spokane amateur repeaters, commercial radio stations, aviation, marine and MURS frequencies. Of course, we have added our WA7DRE D-STAR repeater in Spokane and the W4LKS hotspot in Four Lakes. This file was created using the ICOM CS51 software that comes with the ID-51A transceiver. Download this file by clicking the link below and noting where the file is saved on your computer. You can use the CS51 software and a data cable to write these memories to your radio, or you can place this file in the "Setting" folder on your SD card and insert the card into your radio and load the memories from the SD card without using the CS51 software and data cable. This would be a good first step for a brand new ICOM ID-51A radio for use in the Spokane Area. Once you install these settings, you just need to program your own callsign to start using D-STAR in Spokane with your new ID-51.
Choose the file for the ID-51 version your have:

For the Original ID-51A: SpokID51.icf 302 kb file

For the ID-51A Anniversary or Plus Edition: (Sorry, don't have one)

For the ID-51A Plus 2 version: SpID51+2.icf 302 kb file


Recommendations for the ICOM ID-31
Most ID-31's come with the WA7DRE repeater incorrectly located in Veradale, WA and using its former callsign, KB7ARA. Some ID-31's come with no KB7ARA repeater at all. You would be wise to update all of the repeaters that you might be using in the radio's built-in database. You can do that by downloading a new list of repeaters from the dstarinfo.com web site, and importing them into your radio using the CS-31 programming software that comes with the radio. You won't be able to use the Veradale/KB7ARA settings with the WA7DRE repeater.

Unfortunately, the ID-31 does not have enough memory capacity to contain all of the 70 cm D-STAR repeaters in the world. Some will have to be left out. We usually recommend leaving out the Japanese repeaters.

Recommended Starting point for ID-31A memory programming
We've taken a copy of the factory memory programming from a new ID-31A transceiver and added some of the best local Spokane amateur 70 cm analog repeaters and commercial radio stations. We have downloaded and included the latest list of 70 cm D-STAR repeaters for the Western USA. Since there are many new D-STAR repeaters, we had for delete something...so we deleted all of the Japanese D-STAR repeaters. Of course, we have added our WA7DRE D-STAR repeater in Spokane and the W4LKS hotspot in Four Lakes. This file was created using the ICOM CS31 software that comes with the ID-31A transceiver. Download this file by clicking the link below and noting where the file is saved on your computer. You can use the CS31 software and a data cable to write these memories to your radio, or you can place this file in the "Setting" folder on your SD card and insert the card into your radio and load the memories from the SD card without using the CS31 software and data cable. This would be a good first step for a brand new ICOM ID-31A radio for use in the Spokane Area. Once you install these settings, you just need to program your own callsign to start using D-STAR in Spokane with your new ID-31.
SpokID31.icf 203 kb file