[Dstar] CHIRP programming software for Icom D-STAR radios

David Tilson dave at daves-portal.com
Wed Sep 24 19:25:20 CST 2008


Dan Smith KK7DS, who is also the developer of the D-RATS terminal
software, has just released version 0.1.6 of CHIRP (CHIRP Handles Icom
Radio Programming).  CHIRP is an open source program that operates
across both MS Windows and Linux operating systems and can be used to
program a variety of different D-STAR radios using the same memory
channel information, which can simplify programming.  CHIRP is still in
its infancy but I'm finding it very useful for standardising memory
usage between my IC92AD and IC2820.
 
Version 0.1.6, released today, supports an initial set of DV programming
attributes including URCALL, RPT1 and RPT2 fields for the ID-800H, IC-9X
and IC-2820H model radios.  DV support for the IC-2200H is still being
developed.  There are currently 2 programs that can be used, in this
version, being csvdump.exe and chirpw.exe.
 
CSVDUMP:
csvdump.exe allows a user to export the current contents of their D-STAR
radio's memories to a CSV file which can then be easily manipulated in
applications such as Notepad or Excel.  This is great if you have a
configuration for a specific system, such as VK3RWN C and want to
perform a bulk edit to change it to use VK4RGC B by simply replacing the
contents of the Frequency, Offset and RPT1 and RPT2 fields with the
relevant information.  csvdump.exe can then be used to import the
updated csv file back into the radio.
 
I've placed a number of Version 15 CSV files in the ICF Files section on
www.dstar.org.au <http://www.dstar.org.au/>  which will hopefully assist
people.  These files correspond with the V15 spreadsheet, which can be
printed out as a handy reference.  V15 data is based on the WIA Repeater
Directory as at 8 Sept 2008:
 
chirp-v15-bcast.csv comprises AM Short Wave Broadcast Stations (Mems 000
- 099).
 
chirp-v15-vk1-vk2.csv comprises all VK1 and VK2 2m and 70cm FM repeaters
and some common simplex frequencies (Mems 100 - 299).
 
chirp-v15-vk3.csv comprises all VK3 2m and 70cm FM repeaters and some
common simplex frequencies (Mems 400 - 499).
 
chirp-v15-vk4.csv comprises all VK4 2m and 70cm FM repeaters (Mems 300 -
399).
 
chirp-v15-vk5.csv comprises all VK5 2m and 70cm FM repeaters and some
common simplex frequencies (Mems 500 - 599).
 
chirp-v15-vk6.csv comprises all VK6 2m and 70cm FM repeaters and some
common simplex frequencies (Mems 600 - 699).
 
chirp-v15-vk7-vk8.csv comprises all VK7 and VK8 2m and 70cm FM repeaters
and some common frequencies (Mems 700 - 799).
 
chirp-v15-dv.csv comprises DV simplex, local DV repeaters and access to
DV repeaters via a Gateway (Mems 000 - 399).
 
The IC-91AD (Band B) and IC-92AD (Band B) both support 400 DV memories,
so chirp-v15-dv.csv can be easily modified to suit your local D-STAR
repeater / gateway and then imported using csvdump into Band B of the
radio.  Both radios support 800 memories in Band A, so each of the other
csv files can be imported directly using csvdump to give you an
Australia wide listing of repeaters.
 
The IC-2820H and ID-800H support 500 memories, so chirp-v15-dv.csv can
be easily modified to suit your local D-STAR repeater / gateway and then
imported using csvdump into the radio.  Memories 400 - 499 can then be
used for FM operation, by replacing the channel numbers in the
respective csv file to be in the range from 400 - 499 and then imported
into the radio using csvdump.
 
CHIRPW:
chirpw.exe is a graphical interface that can be used to view / edit the
memory contents of the various Icom D-STAR radios.
 
Neither csvdump or chirpw currently support the CALL channels.
 
CHIRP can be downloaded from http://chirp.danplanet.com/ 
 
At the current time I'm using both the Icom programming software, as
well as CHIRP, as each program has their various strengths and
weaknesses.  As with any of these types of programs it is advised that
you backup your configuration before playing so that you can restore
your radio if necessary.
 
Regards,
 
davidt, VK3UR
Ballarat
 
 
 
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