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New Icom ID-51A Plus 2 announced

Discussion in 'Ham Equipment' started by Moleculo, Aug 28, 2016.

  1. Moleculo

    Moleculo Administrator
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    Apr 14, 2002
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    Icom has released a few details on the new ID-51A Plus 2 D-Star HT. It has all of the same feature set of the very popular ID-51A Plus / Anniversary Edition, but now adds the capability to connect directly to the internet via USB cable. This new feature will allow you to connect directly to reflectors or internet-connected repeaters across the internet, even if you don't have a local D-Star repeater. In addition, the Plus 2 will also allow you to use it as a D-Star Hotspot so other D-Star enabled radios can use it as a gateway to the D-Star network.

    I haven't yet found out if popular software such as DSTARRepeater or MMDVM will support the radio as the terminal device, but I imagine it won't take long to incorporate support. I don't have price information, but we've seen how competitive Icom has become with pricing lately, so it's a pretty safe bet that it will come in under the price of the Kenwood TH-D74. More info to come as it's released...

  2. camaro1

    camaro1 Well-Known Member

    Nov 2, 2012
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    Nice,, I really like my icom ID-51 Anniversary radio, might have to add this one to the collection if its priced reasonable
  3. 222DBFL

    222DBFL Sr. Member

    Jul 28, 2013
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    Hopefully it won't cost as much as the kenwood that is coming out. $650 for a handheld. Ouch! My wallet just feels thinner thinking about it LOL!! Icom has definitely stepped their game up as of late. Hopefully the others will follow.

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