Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Tips & Tricks for your Icom ID-51

ID-51 Tricks and Tips

The New ID-51 supplied by Icom UK is pre-programmed by us with the latest available programming file.

This file contains D-Star repeaters by geographic area: SE, SW, Mid, North, Scot, Wales, NIreland.  These areas are fairly arbitrary.

The current list of Analogue VHF and UHF repeaters (as on is also included and there is a pre-programmed example bank of our local Kent Repeaters to get you started.

All you need to do is add your own callsign to the Digital section of the ID-51 configuration and you should be able to work through your local D-Star repeater.  Press <Menu>, <My Station>, <My Callsign>, <Quick>, <Edit>, then change each character in turn.  When finished, press the centre button to save.  See page 3 of the basic instruction manual.
In the cloning software, it is found in <Digital>, <My Station>, <Call Sign>.

Don't forget if you wish to work through the D-Star network, beyond your local repeater, your callsign needs to be registered on the network.  This is best done with your local D-Star repeater gateway keeper but can be done by any gateway-connected repeater keeper. A list of the UK D-Star repeaters can be found here:

You can see the current activity on the D-Star network at:

Some tips for setting up your ID-51

Increasing the Microphone audio level
You can increase the internal microphone level in both the radio menu and clone software.
By default it is set at “3”  and we recommend you increase it to “4”  for use in the UK. This adjustment can be found in the <menu> <function> <Mic Gain (internal)>. Alternatively you can adjust the level in the cloning software in “Common Setting”.

Bass and Treble for D-Star transmissions
You can also change the Bass and Treble for D-Star transmissions. For the UK you may wish to try increasing the treble. This can be found in the menu <DV Set> <Tone Controls>.

SD Card
You can save all the clone data, Voice recordings etc. in the radio to a mini SD card and then read them on your computer. The clone data is saved to a .icf file.

If you have any comments on these matters, please email

Thank you

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