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New D-STAR radios announced

February 11, 2009
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Icom Japan announced on the 29th January, 2009  two new D-STAR capable radios, the ID-80 a HT and ID-880 mobile transceiver, which look likely to be released in late 2009 in Japan.  The press release (in Japanese) can be found here and an automatic translation is here.

Using the exchange rate at the time of writing the HT is expected to be $720 (Canadian) which includes the Japanese tax, with the 50W mobile being $865 (Canadian), again plus tax.

Interesting to see that two mobile units with different power levels (20W and 50W) are mentioned.  I am not sure if that is because of limitations with some levels of the Japanese licensing.  The HT is labeled as an entry level unit and looks like it is similar to the IC-91AD and the IC-92D.  The ID-880 looks similar to the ID-800.  In both cases though the characters in the display seem bigger to me, but I may be wrong.

Maybe in a year we will see these in North America and Europe.

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