I've been reading about the D-STAR, and I've heard that there are these things called D-STAR reflectors, and that a repeater can be linked to a reflector.

On my Icom IC-9700, when I press and hold the CALL DR button, get into the Digital Radio mode, select a nearby D-STAR repeater, and press the TO button on the touch-screen, I get the menu, where I can select reflector operations.

IC-9700 reflector operations menu

When I click on Link to Reflector, and use Direct Input, I can only choose from REF and XRF reflectors. It's not possible to select a DCS or XLX reflector, and it's not possible to get a keyboard screen, to enter value manually.

Reflector selection menu

What can I do to select a different reflector on my friendly local repeater?


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As of firmware version 1.06, it seems that there is no way to use the actual Link to Reflector feature to link to non-REF or non-XRF reflectors.

However, the Link to Reflector option need not be used to establish a link. Instead, the linking can be done the old way, but putting the command in the Your Call Sign option, or by using the Direct Input (UR) option.

Remember, the radio thinks as if it were me: My callsign is the callsign of the current user of the radio, and your callsign is the callsign of whomever I want to talk to, and is placed in the UR field.

Therefore, I can write the name of the reflector in the Your Callsign field followed by the command to link to the reflector.
Manual entry of UR field on IC-9700

So if I want to link to, for example, DCS001K, I would write DCS001KL in the UR field. Then I only need to press the transmit button, or key the microphone up, in order to send the command to the repeater.
Your Call Sign field with manual command to link to a reflector

The alternative option is to first go to menu, then page 2, and select the menu item DV/DD Memory. There, under the item Your Call Sign, I can add a Your Call Sign item, which I can name, for example, Link to DCS001K, and as callsign enter the above-mentioned DCS001KL. Link to reflector memorized as Your Call Sign

Afterwards, when I press on the TO field in the Digital Radio mode, I can use the Your Call Sign menu item, to select the Link to callsign I previously memorized, and not have to enter the link command by hand.
Link to reflector selected as Your Call Sign
In GUI, this option will appear a bit differently, since the radio will show a silhouette, instead of a computer when linking to a repeater, but seems to work fine.


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