Definitely not on my list of needs or wants...
Well without DStar it is just another FM transceiver with GPS. So there is nothing else that says "buy me."Lack of DStar aside...what other features of this radio would compel you buy it? Just curious...
Not really. You don't have to go out and buy digital radios to experience closed cliquish attitudes. Many analog radios will introduce you to that feature, modes can range anything from CW, SSB, PSK31, FM and even some are using wideband AM.Doesn't semi private fly against the grain for ham radio where there are to be no codes, hidden coversations etc.. But that is what we get with Digital comms. when there is no single one form of digital. I think all these different digital voices are just confounding the meaning of communications within the ham band. Or creating noise on frequencies that one listens for FM comms. with. At least with SSB, AM, most keep to a few frequencies that are "generally" not used by FM voice. Even with public services, in the day when interop. comms. is the big new buzz word, we have a multitude of different digital types. Makes money for the radio companies I guess, while taking it out of the pockets of hams and scanner listeners.
If they built an FT817D in an HT format I'd buy one in a heartbeat. I'm already eying something like this.These people are bizarre. A year in and no published specs or repeater equipment. Apparently profit is not their motivation but I can't figure out what else is.
If they would build a submersible FT817D into a hand held the size of a Bendix King with DMR they couldn't keep them on the shelf. I would easily drop $1500 on something like that.
Well without DStar it is just another FM transceiver with GPS. So there is nothing else that says "buy me."
Not a big fan of DMR because it lacks flexibility that DStar offers and TDMA has issues when it comes to distance. It's also a commercial suited for that market and not the ham market so it's like fitting a square peg into a round hole.
Can't wait to see what Kenwood does. I hear their president is not a fan of DMR or DStar so will they go with NXDN then?
These manufacturers with their own bias have really screwed up the market and slowed digital implementation and acceptance.
For now though, I am very happy with DStar given the huge repeater and networking infrastructure in place and still growing rapidly.
If it were DStar capable, I'd buy it in a minute.
So basically, you'd buy anything as long as it says "DStar", no matter what the specs. Icom must love you!Well without DStar it is just another FM transceiver with GPS. So there is nothing else that says "buy me."
I'm getting excellent range out of my Hytera PD782G. It's every bit as much as analog.While there are limitations to the range of a signal that is using TDMA, I've never seen or heard of this being an issue with MOTOTRBO in a 'typical' environment. I would really like to visit with someone, who has a good technical or engineering background/knowledge, who has experienced this specifically with MOTOTRBO.
A good part of the 'lack' of flexibility with DMR, versus DStar, is more in the infrastructure than in the technology or even the radios. Some of this 'lack of flexibility', with regards to amateur radio use (and even commercial use, in some cases), has already been reduced by use of the c-Bridge Controllers on MOTOTRBO networks. As the software in the c-Bridge Controllers is 'enhanced' further, flexibility of DMR for amateur radio will increase even more.
John Rayfield, Jr. CETma