This is our favorite mobile ham radio in the industry at the moment. It comes fully furnished with APRS, a large touch screen display, removeable faceplate, digital and analog, dual band, dual VFO, crossband repeat, and, it comes with repeaters already pre-programmed from the factory. Which enables this radio to do something incredible… It will take your GPS coordinates and then tell you which repeaters are nearest to you! It will also tell you bearing and coordinates to get to nearby repeaters if you end up just out of range of one. Or if you are trying to talk on a specific repeater.
This radio will also give you your current speed and altitude built in to the display for those fun, high altitude trips!
This radio also comes with a programming cable, so all you need to get this up and running is a dual band antenna!
It is a little pricey, but for the capabilities and compared to other similar mobile ham radios on the market, this radio blows everything else out of the water.
Icom ID-5100A DELUXE Dual-Band 144/440 Amateur Radio Transceiver with D-Star, Touch Screen and Internal GPS. The intuitive touch screen interface provides quick and smooth operation for setting and editing various functions and memories. The 5.5 inch display (320 × 128 pixel) shows a large easy-to-see software keypad (Qwerty keyboard), and allows you to input alphanumeric characters quickly.
The ID-5100A receives 118–174MHz and 375–550MHz* with dual receiver capability that allows you to receive two bands simultaneously (including within a single band)*. Almost all VHF & UHF communications are available to you! The ID-5100A has simultaneous receive for FM/FM and FM/DV modes, and the capability of monitoring two DV signals. The main band audio has priority, if two DV signals come in at the same time.
The ID-5100A/E has integrated GPS which allows you to transmit and receive position data from the built-in GPS receiver. Position, course, speed and altitude are shown on the display. The GPS position information can be used for exchanging position reports, tracing the GPS log and searching for nearby repeater sites. The GPS antenna is located in the remote head, no external GPS antenna required. The DV/FM repeater list function assists you in accessing near-by repeaters, even where you are visiting an area for the first time. The function searches for near-by repeaters using the repeater memories with the GPS position information. To use the repeater list function, the position data of the repeater is required in the repeater list. The ID-5100A/E will be shipped with a limited number of repeater memories preprogrammed.
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