I am glad the repeater retains backwards compatibility (mixed mode) for analog. I always thought the D-Star repeaters that can't repeat analog was incredibly stupid. Other things that I liked was a speaker on the Yeasu mixed mode repeater, and microphone. Without those, testing and checking repeater performance (desense) is really difficult.
I hear something about updateable firmware. Thank goodness. Hopefully this applies to the whole digital line, not just the repeater. Without this there is no hope of something ever evolving/ getting better. Virtually every consumer electronics gizmo has this functionality!
I also heard documentation of the system will be available for other manufactures and to enable homebrew stuff. Also important. This was the only thing D-Star had that really got me interested... like the node adapters to convert analog radios into d-star repeaters, etc.
It's still kind of a pisser that it cannot interoperable with MotoTrbo/DMR, or P25, two standards that have been around for awhile. So once again, you are vendor locked until and if some other manufacturer comes along. = No competition to drive the price down
You think maybe with a firmware update the Yeasu HT could at least demodulate P25 so you could listed to public safety out of band (agencies that we are supposed to be able inter-operate with)? Technically I think so, P25 uses C4FM modulation afterall, but fat chance that will ever happen I suppose. Yeasu also uses the AMBE+2 vocoder, which is backwards compatible with IMBE used in P25.
The Yeasu guy indicates there is room for yet another digital format. I like Yeasu, but I don't agree here. Depends on price I suppose, and if they will offer D-Star trade in deals. :-)
Support for P25 or DMR. At least ability to decode. I'd buy one tomorrow if it had this.
Audio samples! I still have yet to find anyone who has a Yeasu digital radio so I can compare the digital audio quality.
Pictures of the inside of the Yeasu repeater. Please dear god let it not be two mobiles in box, like Icom.
For any hams are going to buy into another digital format, maybe save a few bucks and get a Kirisun Digital radio. They aren't DMR or P25, but are a lot cheaper.