Icom: New D-STAR handheld: Icom ID-52A/E

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The drop in charger is the same as for the 51? I seeing some conflicting information.
The ID-51Plus2 came with BC202, IC-705 came with BC202IP2. The ID-52 will come with the BC202IP2 - it's just faster and compatible with the optional large battery for the IC-705/ID-52. I don't know if the BC202 can handle the largest battery.
 

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Will wait for someone to get one in hand and verify the RX coverage before purchasing one.
Playing around with CS-52 today and noticed there isn't Broadcast AM band like the CS-51 (ID-51Plus2) has.


BTW, I'll bet you the coverage is exactly what the specs say it is. What do you want to put on this?
 

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The ID-51Plus2 came with BC202, IC-705 came with BC202IP2. The ID-52 will come with the BC202IP2 - it's just faster and compatible with the optional large battery for the IC-705/ID-52. I don't know if the BC202 can handle the largest battery.
The BC202IP2 is correct and comes with the correct wall wart. I don't think it's included.
 

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Looking at the brochure it comes with the BC-167SA wall charger.

You are right, desktop charger and appropriate wall wart is an option.
The brochure on the Icom America site oddly shows the BC-202IP3. The Japanese site shows both as being correct. The BC-167SA is .5 amps. The BC-123SA that is supplied with the BC-202IP2 is 1.0 amps.
 

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The brochure on the Icom America site oddly shows the BC-202IP3. The Japanese site shows both as being correct. The BC-167SA is .5 amps. The BC-123SA that is supplied with the BC-202IP2 is 1.0 amps.
I just downloaded the brochure again (icom America and Japan), I can't find BC-202IP3 in either file.

The BC202IP3 allows daisy chains of this model charger. BC-226 WALL WART outputs 4A at 15 vdc. The plug is 5.5 mm. I'm not in the market for this charger. I suspect it's intended for other product line HTs used by organizations instead of hams.
 

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@Hit_Factor I was wrong, it is the only charger listed on the options tab, not the brochure. I better grab a BC-202IP2 before the onslaught :)
 

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@Hit_Factor I was wrong, it is the only charger listed on the options tab, not the brochure. I better grab a BC-202IP2 before the onslaught :)
I have one already, not sure how it got in my shack. At one point I had several ID-51s (just one now) and a IC-705. So I have plenty of 'need' for it. I consider the drop in charger to be a must have option. Less likely to damage the HT using a drop in.

I found a ID-52 basic manual pdf today. Might be an early draft, as it contains a few grammatical errors.
 

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How does it fares against the TH-D74? Looks less capable, maybe the glonass satellites option but can't tell, and noradays I aint much grazing on ex soviet pastures. I'm not even sure the D74 acquires glonass. (it's just a little detail)
 

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The obvious difference is 1.2m and APRS is not possible on the ID-52. But the ID-52 dual band, memory functions and scanning are leaps ahead of Kenwood.

Kenwood is end of life and quite frankly difficult to operate.

ID-52 is just getting started.

@ve2ihs what exactly does less capable mean?
 

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The D74A has wider coverage RX wise, plus SSB. I've never used mine for WX satellites, so can't comment on how it would work. It does have a built in TNC. Regardless of it's age, nothing else on the market has all the 74's features in a handheld. I'm keeping mine, I know the menu very well and need an APRS handheld for satellites. The APRS implantation is excellent.

The 52 is just a beast, I don't consider it as competition to the D74A. So far, from what I"ve seen online, what is does it does very well.
 

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I just don't see that as a huge benefit. Hooking up an HT to a giant HF antenna is a bit of a stretch.

Icom has several receivers for wide coverage and multiple modes.
I got an icom handheld that just does AM and FM receive wise. Using a RadioShack loaded scanner antenna and a shoulder mic as a counterpoise I was picking up 40 metres alright.
 
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