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ICOM ID-31A Receives Positive Reviews | Radioaficion Ham Radio

ICOM ID-31A Receives Positive Reviews

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ICOM ID-31A 70-cm Handheld Transceiver with D-STARIcom's D-STAR Submersible Handheld Radio Includes Built-In GPS and Micro SD Compatibility

The ID-31A is a complete package: it has the best of D-STAR as well as analog FM," says Icom America Amateur Division Manager Ray Novak. “"The ID-31A is versatile and affordable choice for the amateur community."

The palm-sized ID-31A combines smart design with robust functionality. According to the latest review, the ID-31A is "a very flexible and useful package." A simple directional keypad and a clear dot matrix LCD with backlit capability make this radio easy to operate—day or night. The ‘quick menu’ interface streamlines access to general radio settings and a pre-loaded D-STAR directory. "The ID-31A’s navigation is one of the most intuitive in the industry," says Novak. "With just a touch of a button, users instantly access to an all command menu system."

The ID-31A has a built-in GPS and accepts a Micro SD card up to 32GB (memory card not included). Users can update their location to other operators via D-PRS™ and obtain position data at consistent intervals–from one second to 60 seconds–depending on the setting. When used in conjunction with a memory card, users can save GPS data logs containing latitude, longitude, course, speed and date, and then export to a PC. With a Micro SD card, users can also store recorded incoming/outgoing calls as well as save memory channels, D-STAR repeater settings and personal options.

The ID-31A is a scanning receiver covering the frequency range of 400 – 470 MHz, with multiple scan options such as full scan, mode memory scan and bank link scan. Priority watch checks for signals on a selected frequency every five seconds. Additional features include digital squelch functions, analog FM mode and built-in CTCSS/DTCS encoder and decoder. Battery life is optimized with four power level settings: 5W, 2.5W, 1W and 0.1W. The supplied CD contains an installer for CS-31 cloning software and an advanced D-STAR user guide.

review by QST editor Steve Ford, WB8IMY, has been republished on the ID-31A page.

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