QST PRODUCT REVIEW
ICOM ID-800H Dual-Band FM and Digital Transceiver
Manufacturer: ICOM America, 2380 116th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004; tel 425-454-8155, fax 425-454-1509; www.icomamerica.com
Price: ID-800H, $748;
ICOM’s ID-800H pushes the future of digital voice by integrating D-STAR compatible digital voice and data features, a full featured dual-band analog FM transceiver, and wideband and AM receive features in one convenient package.
A Full Set of Analog Features
Since the analog portion of the ’800H is based on the ’208H, readers interested in a detailed rundown of the analog features of the radio should refer to that October 2003 review. For the benefit of those who missed it, here is a quick summary. Note that this is just a highlight of the features rather than a comprehensive list.
D-STAR Digital Capabilities are Built In
The digital capabilities of the ID-800H include the same D-STAR features provided by the UT-118 option module for the IC-2200H, IC-V82A and IC-U82A transceivers. The ID-800H provides for digital voice communication with other ID-800s and the aforementioned UT-118 equipped transceivers.
Low speed data transfer (950 bps) is also supported, and digital voice and data can be exchanged simultaneously on the same frequency. Unlike packet, data transmissions are not bunched into groups, but rather sent as a constant stream of bits.
The optional OPC-1384 data communication cable provides the connection between the appropriate pins on the transceiver’s 8-pin mini-DIN and the RS-232 port of a data source (a personal computer, PDA, GPS receiver, dumb terminal or other device).
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