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Old 06-27-2011, 11:13 AM
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Default New Icom ID-31 440Mhz DSTAR HT with GPS


EDIT: The Icom ID-31A has been released. A full, ongoing review is posted at http://www.worldwidedx.com/product-r...nditalkie.html

Icom showed off some images of a new HT at a hamfest in Germany recently, the ID-31. It's a 440Mhz DSTAR and analog HT that looks very slim and compact based on the company's renderings. With built in GPS, it should work nicely as a handheld DPRS radio. We'll have to wait for more information on this one as there isn't much known yet. I've attached the image that Icom is showing.
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Old 06-27-2011, 01:09 PM
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Do any of the other HTs have SD card slots in them?

Wonder what its for, datalogging perhaps?

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Do any of the other HTs have SD card slots in them?

Wonder what its for, datalogging perhaps?
I didn't even notice that MicroSD slot at first. Good catch. I have no idea what it's for, but data or waypoint logging would be my guess?

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Another possibility - Channel memory

Swap cards for location or activity.


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I didn't even notice that MicroSD slot at first. Good catch. I have no idea what it's for, but data or waypoint logging would be my guess?

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Old 06-30-2011, 11:22 AM
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I'd love a dual band version of this, only slightly interested in a 440 only radio, unless the price is decent on it.

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Universal Radio is now taking orders on this radio, expecting the units to arrive by 12/17/11. The price is $399.

It does have some interesting features:
-D-STAR
-Built in GPS
-Micro SD card slot that can act as a DVR, GPS logger, or memory backup
-Automatic Repeater list: Using the GPS, it will update your HT automatically with local D-STAR repeater info.

It will be interesting to keep an eye on how well this little radio is received by the ham community.

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Old 12-22-2011, 03:30 PM
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Default Had one in my hand today at HRO

I dropped into HRO, asked them to look into their UPS shipments, and sure enough - they had 5!

I really wanted to buy it, but UHF only? This radio could be considered perfect if and only if it had wideband receive. Sadly, it doesn't and that's why I left the store without any new toys.

Darn

Brooks

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I grabbed one yesterday before a trip back east figuring I'd make use of the gps and preprogrammed database.....I like the concept here but I need a few days to dig in a give you some real impressions, I haven't been super thrilled with the gps yet....but let's see how it performs this week

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