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tonsoffun

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Hey everyone,

Does anybody have any reputable dealers that sell these Kenwoods? Also, anyone have any experience with these radios?, not that familar with Nexedge technology. Are they easy to program with the proper software?

Any info would be appreciated as my PD are switching to Nexedge:mad:

Thanks
 

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Hey Ron,

NEXEDGE is an open standard - currently supported by ICOM and Kenwood. If you have no luck with the Kenwoods, check out the Icom F3161 (VHF) or F4161 (UHF). I recommend GMRSOutlet.com. The cable is pretty cheap and software is included if you ask for it. AFAIK people here are using NEXEDGE/IDAS gear to monitor agencies - so I don't see why it would be an issue.

HTH
 

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Hey Ron,

NEXEDGE is an open standard - currently supported by ICOM and Kenwood. If you have no luck with the Kenwoods, check out the Icom F3161 (VHF) or F4161 (UHF). I recommend GMRSOutlet.com. The cable is pretty cheap and software is included if you ask for it. AFAIK people here are using NEXEDGE/IDAS gear to monitor agencies - so I don't see why it would be an issue.

HTH
Thanks Ben. I just hope they're not encrypted:(
 

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I've used both of these radios and I like them alot!! While they are comprable to the Icom 3061/ 5061, the features in the Kenwood are better I think. The programing software is straight foward and easy to use. I really don't know much about the NEXEDGE/ IDAS mode yet (I'm experimenting). I do know in simplex Icom and Kenwood digital are compatable, however in trunk mode (my understanding) they are not. Something you might want to take into consideration. I'll be setting up a IDAS repeater shortly so I hope the Kenwood and Icoms are compatable like that.
 

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The standard is called NXDN. Icom and Kenwood supposedly worked together on the NXDN standard and it is an open standard.

Kenwood calls their NXDN product line NEXEDGE.
Icom calls their NXDN product line iDAS.

Kenwood's NEXEDGE and Icom's iDAS are compatible on conventional systems in 6.25k mode only. The trunking formats are unique to each. Kenwood also has a 12.5k mode that Icom does not have. Kenwood markets this as a step to help ease the transition to future 6.25k systems. Kenwood does this to lock customers into buying only Kenwood whereas Icom decided to go straight to 6.25k right from the outset and both manufacturers support 6.25k mode.
 

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Kenwood does this to lock customers into buying only Kenwood whereas Icom decided to go straight to 6.25k right from the outset and both manufacturers support 6.25k mode.

Do you have a link or something to support this statement, or is it opinion?
 
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