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Saturday
Jun252011

New Icom D-Star handheld radio

I woke this morning to some D-Star news from the Fridrichshafen HamFest in Germany.

Icom were showing the ID-31E radio.

 

  (photo courtesy of Chris VK2YY)

 

Single band 70cm only

Built in GPS

Free cloning software

IPX7

MicroSD slot (not sure what this is for yet)

 

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Reader Comments (2)

So I guess you've ordered at least a couple of these, Michael?

Fathers Day is only around the corner - I'm sure Tony 5RF would love one :-)

Cheers, Nik VK3BA

June 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNik VK3BA

So have you reserved one of these yet Michael? I'm looking forward to hearing more about the functionality of these things, in particular the DTMF and the battery life. If ever a 70cm DVAP is released, the ID-31's could be a hot seller. I don't think there'll be any dramas with the in-built GPS rxcvr - they're all pretty sensitive these days. Even the GPS mic for my 92AD works ok indoors. What we need is something like Icom's old Delta series from the 1990's - a triband portable for 2/70/23 FM & DV, in-built GPS and a larger format with a bigger battery - now that'd be nice. I reckon the ID-31 is aimed mainly for the Japanase & European markets and could have less appeal for the US & Aust markets. But, we'll see what happens.

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNik VK3BA

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