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Also, the cost is somewhat high when you consider that to add D-star, you need the UT module – an optional extra.
Contact the site with comments or questions. Tried another repeater and icon another ham. My main three complaints with the radio the reason I can’t give it 5 stars: The GPS alarm alerts you by beeping when a preprogrammed point is within m or 1km range from your location or anyone of preprogrammed points is within a preset square range.
This time it wiped the radio completely. I tried to access a local D-Star repeater that was about a mile away. I do use it in crossband mode it easy to do and works well. The TX audio is tinny and pinched, devoid of low frequencies and must be modified to address the problems. This radio is very solid and well made with a large array of features. When paired with a Diamond dual-band mobile antenna, selectivity and sensitivity are excellent in my locality.
Xband repeat is as simple as pushing 3 jcom in at same time. Output power is selectable in 3 steps. Icmo problems sorted, D-Star provides superb audio, but it requires ideal conditions to deliver the goods.
I tried with a D-Star HT, the machine was working perfectly. Separate controller from main unit The controller is separated from the main unit for flexible installation. Push the “Function” button to call up the assigned functions menu on the display. The diversity function compares the receiving signal strength from two different antennas, ANT1 and ANT2, and automatically selects 28220h strongest signal.
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Used as a base station only I have had few problems. Next time I’ll get the ID, which includes the D-star capability at the expense of dual-watch, for considerably less money. Not the case here.
Mag mount control head is awesome. If you have any questions, problems, or suggestions about Reviews, please email your Reviews Manager. The addition of a 3u3 – 4u7 capacitor is pretty much mandatory and the capsule type, experimental perhaps.
Fast forward a few months. We tracked this down to the microphone and did a mod to fix this. I would recommend this rig if you live in the sticks but not in the city as I find intermod renders it unusable at times. Your location information can be sent simultaneously with the digital voice transmission. Obviously none of the above are killer issues and the radio itself is exceptional — so 4 out of 5.
Icom IC 2820H Radio Transceiver
On the downside, the controls are small and difficult to use while driving. It would be nice is you could add a second board for this to work. One final comment, having been on D-STAR and I suppose any digital format I would not like to return to FM analogue – for mobile use it is the best, audio is great regardless of the signal strength, no picket fencing, it just works. For me the most damming weakness was intermod performance and susceptibility to paging systems interference. New to Ham Radio?
In addition, tuning knobs and buttons for each band are arranged side-by-side, providing intuitive operation. I use third-party programming software which I found more capable than Icom’s. We were BOTH in direct sight of our respective repeaters. This makes clean and neat installation easy! I assume I got into the machine ok, according to the S meter it replied but I received it in normal FM mode, not DV mode as the radio was set to.
Of course, bank scanning is also possible. One upside of the H is that it has more screen real estate, and is easier to use and programme directly from the screen as opposed to the IDH.
While I like the larger display of the H, I find that dual band dual receive is a pain, as I was always turn up one band and turning down the other to listen to the audio when mobile.
Everything seemed ok until I realized I was only receiving every other transmission of his. Within a single band, the radio compares signal strength from each antenna and chooses the better signal to maintain good sound and receive quality.
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