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Feb062014

Icom ID-5100 videos

Some videos of the Icom ID-5100 have surfaced on YouTube (thanks to www.hamlife.jp). They are in Japanese, but you can see the main hardware features of the radio and get an idea of the menu structure.

A concern of mine is the apparent dropping of dual antennas/diversity option. The top YouTube video above you see the back of the transceiver with one one antenna socket.  Diversity works so well while mobile with the IC-2820H, reducing flutter on FM and improves decoding of D-Star transmissions. Not everyone can install two antennas on their vehicle, maybe Icom received feedback that diversity was not widely used.  There are some specification lists out on the internet that report that the ID-5100 has both diversity (two antenna sockets) plus a 1200/9600 baud data socket (also absent in the above video).  It is possible that the video is showing a pre-production prototype radio.

I'm also not sure if the built-in GPS receiver has an external antenna option.  From the video I can't see anywhere on the transceiver body where you might plug in an external antenna.

***edit*** I have since been told that the ID-5100 GPS receiver and antenna is in the control head.   GPS performance would be fully dependent on where you locate the control head.  I mounted my IC-2820H control head down low, near the gear shift. The ID-5100 control head would NOT get a very good view of the sky and so the GPS receiver would not work very well.  If you mount the ID-5100 control head high on the dash the GPS receiver would work a lot better.

I sure hope that big bright LCD screen can be dimmed enough for night operation.  If the display can be inverted to show white text on a dark background, that may also help with reducing the amount of light the screen generates.

Can't wait to see the user manual... it will most certainly answer some questions!

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If the 7100 is any indication, you have a LOT of control over the dimming (100 steps) and it can get VERY dim.

February 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKF7IJZ

Icom UK. are saying diversity but no gps antenna , and data port

March 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterIain

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