About Dstar Comms
Dstar Comms was started as a communication project using the DStar Protocol of Icom amateur radios.
Dstar Comms runs on your PC while connected to the Dstar radio (2820, 91, 92 etc etc) via the serial port.
As the favourite of the Dstar Communication software we try and uphold a high level of technical support to its users.
Feature requests can be posted in the Dstar Comms forum found here: Forum
Please feel free to register at the forum and have your say! We would be glad to hear from you.
1) Text Chat
Send and Receive text messages between DStar Comms Users and URLS are clickable!
2) Beacon Mode
Periodically send Text Based Beacons 2 Independent beacons available
3) Email Gateway
Will allow RF users to relay emails to the internet
4) Email Composer
Allows user to send an email through a DStar Comms user who has configured the Email Gateway
5) Address Book for keeping users email address.
6) Heard List
Automatically records heard users callsigns which are clickable to open a PM window
7) Private Messages
Send PM's to specific users
8 ) Auto reply
Sends a predefined message when status is away
9) PM Inbox
Saves all received PM's while away or set
10) RX/TX/PM Text colour can be assigned.
11) Assign a sound
(.wav) to a TX/RX event
12) POP3 RF Gateway
Allows a user to relay emails from the internet to a RF Dstar Comms user
13) Email Inbox
For receiving emails from a POP3 to RF Gateway
14) GPS Tracker
Allows GPS data to be recorded into a database and if the user is connected to the internet, the live position can be showed on an embedded google map webpage
15) GPS Beacon Emulator
This has two features. The first you can take the NMEA from a third party GPS receiver, like a bluetooth device, and then broadcast it with callsign and gps message, as a dstar radio with a gps receiver would. Useful for those that dont have a Icom dedicated gps receive
The second feature allows a user to broadcast a fixed GPS location by entering their co-ordinates into dstar comms. This is also useful for those that dont have any means of receiving GPS data but would like to broadcast their location.
Both methods send GPRMC aswell as GPGGA which means that the GPS data, along with callsign and gps message will show on the receiving stations dstar radio POSI screen.
16) Email Gateway Log
If your installation of dstarcomms allows emails to be routed through you to the internet then you can now log who and when the email was routed. The contents of the email is NOT recorded for security reasons but the subject and sender is.
The bulletin page adds a easy way of sending a pre-written (or ad hoc) text message to multiple dstarcomms users. You are able to open a text file and send the text or you can write your own and save it to send later. This would be useful if sending directions to an event etc
18) Recall message bar
Everytime a message is sent, the message will be recorded in the recall message dropdown at the bottom of the screen. If the message needs to be sent again, then you can simply select the message from the dropdown and press send again.
19) Network Node
The ability to HOST and allow CLIENTS to connect and share your radio connection over the internet or a local area connection. This uses the TCP/UP protocol. Please see the screenshots page for more information.