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My D-Star handheld wish list... please Mr.Icom...

I don't think there is anyone out there who thinks that the battery in their Icom D-Star handheld radio (IC-91AD/ID-92AD/ID-80) lasts long enough. Maybe those with the older IC-V82 and IC-U82 radios are happy, these radios are based on Icom commercial designs and can be fitted with batteries with capacities up to 1650 mAh... but being an older radio, they are lacking a few of the more recent features.

With the annoucement of the ID-31 radio a few months ago, it appears that the trend is to make portable radios smaller. This means the batteries/speakers are smaller too. The ID-31 has no numerical keypad either, this can limit the real-world functionality with the need to use menus and multiple keypresses for various operations.

I would love to see Icom use the same platform as their P25 digital handheld radios and make a D-Star version... even better would be a combined P25/D-Star version!!

The IC-90xx P25 series of handheld radios would be an ideal platform for a rugged, heavy-duty real world use D-Star handheld radio. A bigger form factor, bigger speaker, bigger display, increased allocation of space for callsign memories, more importantly a BIGGER battery. The IC-90xx radios can be fitted with a 3040 mAh Li-Ion battery. I would love to be able to rely on my D-Star handheld radio to last the day with above average transmit/receive duty cycle, not just RX. I would also love for it to NOT burn my hand with extended use on high power.

I don't really need something that will fit into my pocket, I want it to be functional. The mobile/cell phone industry has changed direction. It wasn't that long ago that all the big brands were making phones smaller and smaller... now the trend is back to functionality, the touch screens of the modern smartphone dictates that the phone needs to be bigger to be functional. The fact that they are "smart" with more processing power also means a bigger battery needs to be fitted... sound familiar?

I doubt that Icom would ever release a new handheld D-Star radio based on their commerical radios... but one can dream!!


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I couldn't agree more!!! Well said :-)

September 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNik VK3BA

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