New Icom ID-50A VHF/UHF D-Star Hand Held Transceiver
Recently, I had the chance to view (videos) the new Icom ID-50A. From what I saw, it looks like a solid option for amateur radio operators seeking an efficient and effective handheld transceiver. With its impressive features and specs, this portable radio surely has potential. All that remains is whether or not it’s worth investing in one. Regardless of my decision, feel free to view the video on my website to glean an understanding of how this HT works.
New Icom ID-50A Features
What’s your take on this radio? Please comment below.
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What’s MY take? It’s only a photo of a yet non existent, non FCC type accepted watered down version of the IC-52. Perhaps you should have just posted the photo with a “Look, kids, a new radio.” And let it go at that. Making unsubstantiated claims like “13 hours of battery life” is just conjecture.
Good to hear from you AL and right it’s not available yet. I have the feeling it’s going to be pricey. Videos are already showing up on it and it’s got some momentum right now. We shall see. 73 and good DX! and good DX! de Rich KØPIR
The worst thing that Icom could do is make the new IC-50 “pricey”. They should make it in the $300 – 350 range to give new Amateurs, especially Technicians, an introductory HT that will also do D-STAR and other gee-wheez abilities like FM satellites, link to Android, etc. An HT that you can only talk on is boring. Later, they could always sell it to offset the cost of the upgrade to an IC-52 or a Kenwood TH-D75A.
Just my opinion.
73 Al K3ZE
I hope it’s in that range.