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IC-F4GS going digital voice

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I have 3 IC-F4GS radios, very nice. Hoping to find digital module supporting D-STAR. All I have found so far is the UT-111 LTR trunking module but info for this is secret til you buy it.
Will this module go D-STAR ? not concerned over trunking, just DMR.
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Those are pretty old radios. I don't recall them ever doing digital in any way/shape/form. They were analog/LTR radios only.
 

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Hmph,,I will have to dig up a link that insinuates otherwise or is MotoTurbo also analog.
All these variants can get confusing.
JT8, maybe that was it. Skidded past a site with such odd mods but noted the same radio I have.
Oldies but goodies my perspective.
 

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Hmph,,I will have to dig up a link that insinuates otherwise or is MotoTurbo also analog.
All these variants can get confusing.
JT8, maybe that was it. Skidded past a site with such odd mods but noted the same radio I have.
Oldies but goodies my perspective.
I believe wide and narrowband analog only. Not any big secrets on these that I recall over the past 20 years. NXDN first arrived in 3160 I believe (commercial line) and Dstar is the amateur Digital mode arriving in ID 31 and maybe another model.
 

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The F3/F4s are commercial (LMR) radios. It isn't compatible with any digital voice (iDAS/NXDN) or amateur modules.
The F3/F4s did have an option for both LTR and PassPort trunking, but nothing digital at al.
You may be thinking of the amateur product line variants, The IC-V82 and U82 respectively. I'll caution you, the D-Star experience on the V82 and U82 is very archaic and not user friendly at all compared to newer and current D-Star radios. The D-Star module for these is the UT-118.
 

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A ham posted a blog converting an IC-F4GS with Mototurbo. Sounded very simple, now if I can just find that.
I have other radios that do DMR, so not any big deal.
Hey, supposedly works with the F3 VHF also.
 

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That would be interesting. I used to have an Icom IC-F4 that I used on GMRS and 70cm. A very basic lower tier radio. Analog only, and I'd be interested to know how they made it do TDMA with an old analog transceiver.
 

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That would be interesting. I used to have an Icom IC-F4 that I used on GMRS and 70cm. A very basic lower tier radio. Analog only, and I'd be interested to know how they made it do TDMA with an old analog transceiver.
Me too! Especially how they controlled talk groups, time slots coordination, etc. It would be a real eye opener.
 

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There were 2 versions. The 40 channel version was narrowband only (not switchable) and the 100 channel version did both wide/narrow. Option boards were available but nothing digital voice. Heck, I don't even think these were in production (EOL) when Mototurd was invented.
 
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