This group is to support the G4KLX ircDDB Gateway package. This program when used with either an Icom ID-RP2C based repeater stack or one or more homebrew repeaters (sound card, dummy, GMSK modem, DV-RPTR modem, and DVAP) available from the pcrepeatercontroller Yahoo! group, allows them to connect to the ircDDB system. This in turns allows users of those repeaters to connect to reflectors using the DExtra, DCS, and D-Plus protocols, as well as callsign and repeater routing via ircDDB and/or CCS. In addition the official STARnet Digital server is distributed with the gateway package, either as a standalone program or as a part of the gateway.
Linking and unlinking commands may be issued via the standard UR call setting on the radio, or via DTMF commands.
One of the things that distinguishes this software from other similar offerings is the ease of configuration. The program can be run as either a GUI or text based program, with the configuration being done in the GUI version. A basic system can be made operational by only filling in three configuration tabs.
As well as allowing audio to be routed, the gateway also includes an APRS interface so that D-Star radios with GPS-A or GPS mode enabled, can have their location sent to the APRS network. The location of the repeater(s) is also sent to the APRS network. In addition it is possible to connect the D-RATS program to the gateway to allow users of D-RATS on their D-Star radios to access all of the features of D-RATS including chat and e-mail.