Icom America recently announced the first EchoLink over D-Star contact between Ham radio operators in Bellevue, Wash., and several cities in Ohio. The successful contact established that Ham operators now have the ability to use EchoLink and other voice-over-Internet protocol (VoIP) technologies even in mobile or remote locations, the company said. EchoLink uses VoIP technology to transmit voice signals digitally from one PC to another, while the D-Star platform provides 128 kb/s data transmission over the air on the 1.2 GHz amateur band.