VX-8R Symbol/SSID (Was Re: [aprssig] Yaesu VX-8R)

Amateur Radio WB8NUT duffy at wb8nut.com
Tue May 20 15:53:29 CDT 2008

As I understand it, the reason all that D-Star stuff is so expensive is 
because they (Icom or whoever) has to pay a royalty for the technology. 
It is not open source stuff as I once thought. This is probably why Icom 
is the only one pushing it right now. Frankly, digital is nice, but 
D-Star is not open, does not support native APRS, and is too expensive. 
With the low usage of FM repeaters, what is the benefit of D-Star right 
now with the low usage of the VHF and UHF bands? Sorry to get off topic 
a bit.


K7FTP wrote:
>> The GPS will be in the external mic that connects to the Yaesu.
> That is nice, but we looked into the Icom DSTAR HT with the same type 
> of setup, and you are into it for about $1K after the HT and the 
> GPS/spkrmic. I wonder what the combo will cost for the Yaesu?  Nice 
> for cable and storage, but $$$$$.$$
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