Ray, M3ZRJ recently learnt of a new development for those using the D-Star system to contact Japan.
Ray was on air with Kohji Tanaka, JA4NYY, in Hiroshima when he mentioned that contacting individual Japanese radio amateurs by D-STAR has recently become a lot easier.
His advice is as follows:
To call a particular station in Japan, just enter their callsign in the URCALL field of your transceiver.
RPT1 and RPT2 will, as usual, need to be set to access your repeater’s gateway, e.g. GB7YD**B and GB7YD**G respectively, where * is a space.
Your call should then be routed to their last recorded location.