[aprssig] New Icom Mobile
gregg at wonderly.org
Tue Feb 13 09:11:12 CST 2007
Mark Fellhauer wrote:
> I haven't seen anybody post to the list about this yet.
> Icom has announced a new mobile rig, the IC-2820H.
> -2m/70cm true dual band operation, separate displays and controls V/U
> V/V U/U
> -Alphanumeric naming of channels (Why have manufacturers left this
> feature out for so long in dual band mobiles? Not seen since the
The Yaesu FT-8800R has all of the above. It is exactly two radios with
completely separate memory banks. It does 800mhz and 900mhz too. No trunking,
but I do have the local trunked radio system in a memory bank with all other
local community support freqs and a hyper memory lets me switch everything over
to that, and activates just a handful of local HAM repeaters on one side which
we use for ARES activities.
> -Optional UT-123 module gives D-Star capability with built-in GPS
> receiver for D-PRS
This is a module which would be nice for Icom to sell, at cost to other
manufacturers to promote the growth of digital capabilities. We'll have a lot
more repeater and simplex freqs if we get 2M switched over to digital.
> -Two antenna diversity reception capability
That's a necessary need for digital operations on the boarder of range and in
> Too bad it doesn't have any built-in APRS capability.
> Yaesu? Kenwood? Where are you?
The FT-8800R has provided most of these non-D-Star features. It's a great radio.
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