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New Product Spotlight: ICOM Third- Generation D-STAR Repeater

Icom America announced the release of its third-generation D-STAR Repeater, which supports analog, D-STAR, and a mixed mode configuration. While analog operation is for local communications, you can combine the D-STAR mode with the ID-RP3 G3 software to join the D-STAR Global network.

In addition to mixed mode functionality, the G3 hardware combines the D-STAR repeater controller and RF module into one 2U rack mount unit. The repeater is available by special order from DX Engineering in three versions:

  • ID-RP2010V: 25W, 144-148 MHz, DV/FM
  • ID-RP4010V: 25W, 440-450 MHz, DV/FM
  • ID-RP1200VD: 10W, 1240-1300 MHz, DV/DD/FM

Features include:

  • LTE capable, suitable for emergency deployments
  • RF direct sampling and FPGA platform
  • Compatible with the external ID-RP2C repeater controller
  • SD card slot for firmware updates, FM mode, and Voice

The repeater comes with DC power cable (9.8 feet), fuses, Ethernet cable, rubber stands, USB cable (3.2 feet), and Allen wrench

While we’re on the subject of repeaters, we would be remiss not to mention the ARRL Repeater Directory® 2021 Edition, an essential reference that includes:

  • Repeater listings for U.S. and Canada, organized by state/province, city, and operating modes
  • Digital repeaters including FUSION, D-STAR, DMR, NXDN, and P25 systems
  • VHF/UHF and microwave band plans

Please Note: The repeater listings that appear in the ARRL Repeater Directory are provided by RFinder, Inc. If a repeater has been omitted, or if a listing is inaccurate, please report this directly to RFinder via the RFinder smartphone app, or on the web at rfinder.net/blog/add-repeaters.

If you’re not sure how to get started using a repeater, start by getting some of the basics with these OnAllBands articles:

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