Using a Icom ID-51a Plus 2 in terminal mode with the new beta version of Pi-Star 4.0 RC3 and a Raspberry Pi for D-Star.
With version 4.0 of Pi-Star (as of Jan 25, 2019 in beta RC3) it is possible to use pi-star and an Icom ID-51a Plus 2 in DV terminal mode as a D-Star Repeater with Pi-Star as the controller. (This also will work with an Icom 4100). You will need the following:
- Icom ID-51a Plus 2
- Icom OPC-2350LU Smart Phone Data Cable kit
- Raspberry Pi (that supports pi-star 4.0)
- SD-Card for Raspberry Pi with Pi-Star loaded
The Icom OPC-2350LU cable kit is used to hook the ID-51a to the Raspberry Pi via the USB port. (My ID-51A Plus 2 came with the cable kit) With ver 4.0 (currently in beta RC3 as of Jan 25, 2019) of Pi-Star you can configure Pi-Star in D-Star repeater mode. It is important to select Controller Software Under the Control Software section as DStarRepeater – then reboot, then under General Configuration select the Radio/Modem Type as Icom Radio in Terminal Mode (DStarRepeater Only) and finish configuring pi-star, my config looks like:
In order for pi-star to “see” the Icom ID-51 in terminal mode via USB you will need to put it in DV mode; from the main menu 4/4 select DV Gateway then select Terminal Mode you should see your call sign with the word Terminal below:
At this point, via a web browser into the pi-star dashboard (http://pi-star.local. providing you have set up pi-star on Raspberry Pi) you can link and unlink D-Star reflectors and repeaters – using the ID-51A as your mic and speaker.
Pi-Star works as it would with a ZUMSpot or similar hardware – only using the ID-51A as the “hardware” here is the Admin screen:
Details on the required USB cable kit from Icom:
Handy link to some additional details on DV Gateway function from Icom in this PDF.