[aprssig] Did ICOM DSTAR ever take off ? can it be used for APRS ?

Gerry Creager N5JXS gerry.creager at tamu.edu
Wed Jun 22 09:15:07 CDT 2005

I just bought an ID-800 dual-band mobile for about $500 at HamCom. 
Wasn't a special deal for the show.  There were 2 dealers there with 'em 
and I got the last one.  Both had similar pricing.


John Gleichweit wrote:
> On Tue, 21 Jun 2005 16:44:37 -0400, "Rich Garcia"
> <k4gps at bellsouth.net> wrote:
>>I loved the idea of the D-Star till' I saw the price of just 1. My idea was
>>for last mile Internet to the repeater site since 1.2 would work but 2.4
>>WiFi is
>>pushing the path a bit. If they ever get the mobiles down to the $500 range
>>I think they got a winner but the last price I saw was somewhere near
> Which brings up another point where digital radio is concerned: Why go
> D-Star when you can get a tried and proven standard like P-25 digital
> for voice, and pay roughly the same amount, and get analog and digital
> approved on commercial frequencies (when needed).
> The concept of a D-Star WWAN is great, but the problem is in the cost
> of equipment. 

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