One can by a dongle for D-Star from HRO and add it to any radio. You to can ride the D-Star wave to oblivion)scannernutt, loumagg has the reason, D-STAR can't mix digital 'n analog. But I don't wanna mean this. I wanna say that the Icom IC-E92 HAVE mixed digital 'n analog, but it doesn't mean that 'u can transmit by analog 'n digital together, at the same time. It means that if 'u want, 'u can transmit by analog, 'n if 'u want, 'u can switch to digital, the D-STAR.
I think that P-25 (I don't know a lot bout P25), but I think that it has to be for professional, 'n D-STAR for amateur. I'm not seein' the P25 to say this, but I know some things about D-STAR, coz I know Antonio - EA3CNO, that he works with d-star 'n digital systems. I know the protocols the Dstar uses 'n how does it do to communicate by the digital way.
Also, EA3CNO, loumagg, put an Icom UT-118 (Dstar unit) in a Yaesu FT-897 'n some other Yaesu 'n Kenwood equipment 'n it really goes!! We have a repeater that uses Dstar mounted on El Montseny, a mountain very high, 'n though anybody uses it, this repeater's there to do make tests with UHF over Dstar system.
Loumagg, now 'u can't say the Dstar's only for Icom. I thought it, but I was thinkin' with the possibility to integer the UT-118 into a Yaesu.
I'll buy a Yaesu VX-8R, 'n I'll put it in the Icom UT-118.
The new digital age's here!
Ok. I think that... it's better that 'u read it 'n 'u say me anything.Let us know how that goes.
Yeah, but it's more difficult puttin' the UT-118 in a Yaesu FT-897 'n make it work over HF. Do 'u make QSO's over FM on 14275 kHz? I don't. (First, coz I don't have any HF transceiver, 'n then, coz FM over HF's untenable.I wonder if Karol would like to hear D-star on 14.275? :twisted:
All the more reason to stick with P25. Quantars can go analog or digital depending on input to the repeater. :wink:I hear ya!
I have heard some of the repeaters in the Hartford area. Not bad audio. However that is the problem, they are all in the central part of the state. It does us in the 4 corners of the state no good. Its great if you live in the area of repeaters like this. However, DSTAR is not as popular or as widely accepted when compared to conventional repeaters. The costs are not worth it for a lot of people who own repeaters. For instance, down in our neck of the woods, there is the very popular 441.700 machine, the N1KGM repeater which is a linked repeater. I know the owner Kevin, and he says that he will NOT put a digital repeater or upgrade to digital. Its not worth it. We do a lot of work with OEM and Homeland Security people. The repeater needs to be made available to anyone with regular equipment. If most of the people in the coverage area that volunteer dont have the equipment then it makes no sense. Again, if you folks in the rich central part of the state can afford it, then Im happy for you. The rest of us, will be fine without Dstar!
Great... there goes 400 more bills. :roll:
Even though it sounds like it's just a glorified 7r I gotta have one.
This is what I want...
A HAND HELD FT-817!!! WITH COVERAGE TO 174 MHZ. I asked and engineer from Yaesu about it last year at Dayton and he thought I was smoking a bowl. But think of it. The 817 is only 5 watts anyway. Why not make it the size of a Bendix/King with all the features of the 817 and 7r with a large LiIon bottom mounted pack and submersibility. Now that would be some s*** right there.
Can't say the whole case is metal, it just feels solid The bottom has rubber bumpers to stop the force of being dropped....The 8r that was on display felt like it was molded plastic...
I'd take a radio housed in polycarbonate any day over one in a metal housing.
A dropped polycarbonate case is going to "give" and NOT transmit as much physical shock to its internal components as a metal case.
All current Motorola Professional HTs are polycarbonate...I think, with their market share, they know how to do things right.
Clint Bradford, K6LCS / KAF3359
Anyway, the Kenwood TH-F6a and its full power output on 220 as well as 2M and 440, seems to be the ham HT of choice out here in Southern CA.
Personally, I like the the FT-60R. Use 'em all the time for my satellite demos. Bulletproof construction, strongest belt clip design of any ham HT on the market, 1000 memories, 108-to-a-gig (essentially) receive, large display, and a great optional AA battery case scenario: with AAs, you're working at FULL POWER, if need be. Slap the AA case on the TH-F6a, and you're working at 1/2 of one Watt.
And the price of the FT-60R is well under $200. Yes, it's only single receive...but CAN be programmed for satellite work and TX on one band and RX on the other.
But the VX-6R was the unit I chose to take with me on a recent 5-day trip. Something about the BOLDNESS of the font used in the display, and the small size. The VX-3R and '6R were both used this last trip...
And so it goes.
Clint Bradford, K6LCS / KAF3359