I don’t know much about this one yet, but here’s the link to the Icom Japan site for the new ID-5100 D-Star radio. This looks to be a nice addition to Icom’s D-Star lineup. I don’t yet know the particulars, but it appears to be a “hybrid” between a ID-7100 and an ID-51A HT. I can’t tell if this will be a true dual bander (monitor 2m/440 at the same time), but I sure hope so (this is my biggest gripe about the IC-7100). I’m very intrigued that this radio will apparently have some type of android app related functionality and bluetooth capability. I can’t wait to see how that will work. Of course, like the ID-7100, ID-31 and ID-51, this radio will have the “near repeater” capability with a GPS; one of my favorite features of these radios.
The web site indicates a late February release date in Japan, but there’s no telling when we will see it in the USA. I bet they will have one on display at Dayton this year. I would be willing to test one out for them! Hint, hint!
Thanks to Mark and Will at the Atlanta HRO store for alerting me to this potentially great new radio.
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