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Kenwood D74A
144/220/430 MHz TRIBANDER. Triband Amateur radio packed with convenient features and the advantage of a digital transceiver with D-STAR, and APRS support. 
Featuring a color transflective TFT display that offers excellent visibility during the day or at night. Built-in GPS and Bluetooth support, 
as well as Micro USB and microSD/ SDHC. This radio is ready to harness the exciting developments in radio communications.

The D-STAR Evolution continues with the ID-51A PLUS2!


Over the years, Icom has taken the D-STAR protocol to new levels with each generation of portables. The latest update incorporates popular features found in the original ID-51A, 

including integrated GPS, an independent AM/FM receiver and V/V, U/U, V/U Dualwatch, the enhancements for digital operation and compatibility with the RS-MS1A free Android application found in the PLUS models. 

The PLUS2 adds Terminal and Access Point modes for your own personal communications portal into the Global *D-STAR network!

Extend D-STAR coverage

The new Terminal mode and Access point mode enable you to make D-STAR calls through the Internet, even from areas where no D-STAR repeater is accessible.
  • Terminal mode - Connect the ID-51A PLUS2 to the Internet through a PC or Android® device, and send your voice and/or data through the Internet gateway to a destination repeater.
  • Access point mode - Use an ID-51A PLUS2 radio connected to the Internet through a PC or Android® device, as an Access point. You can use another D-STAR radio to send your voice and/or data through the Access point radio, and communicate with D-STAR stations all over the world.

RS-MS1A, Free Download Android™ Application

The RS-MS1A allows you to connect your Android™ device to the ID-51A*. You can see the location of repeater sites on a map application and set them to the ID-51A. Text messages and pictures can be sent and received with your Android™ device.

TYT MD-2017


Connect Systems 800D Dual Band

From the outside, the CS800D looks exactly like the CS800 including the removable head. This allows the user to remotely mount the head from the body with only CAT 5 cable between the two. All pieces necessary for remote mounting is supplied with the exception of the CAT 5 cable.


From the inside, the CS800D is different. The radio uses a double conversion superhet design with a seperate tuned front end design for maximum sensitivity and minimum interference from nearby radios.The radio has two independent power amplifiers. Switching between UHF and VHF is by means of solid state switches instead of unreliable relays. Bluetooth and GPS will be available.


Features will be a superset of the standard CS800. Some new features will be 4000 channels and in future free firmware updates you will see additional contacts and the ability to receive in one band and transmit in the other band in both Digital and Analog modes so you can use satellite communication. 

Atlanta Radio Club’s support of NWS saves lives

In March, the Atlanta Radio Club renewed our commitment to the lifesaving mission of the National Weather Service and Georgia Skywarn by providing an IC-2820 D-Star radio. This radio played a key role in protecting life, if not property, during the tornado outbreak of April 27th 2011.

 As a hub for RF links to other systems all over North Georgia, the Atlanta Radio Club’s FM repeater system high atop the Bank of America Tower in downtown Atlanta has been a key part of Skywarn’s spotter network. The new D-Star technology, however, offers enhanced linking capabilities as well the ability to send digital text and other data through the same system that handles voice.

Providing a way for the National Weather Service and Skywarn to utilize the Georgia ARES network of D-Star repeaters located on Georgia Public Broadcasting towers all over the state seemed like a good idea. We never expected it to make this big a difference this quickly.

The night of Wednesday, April 27 th. was a night many people all over the Southeast will never forget. Alabama was especially hard hit with the worst tornado outbreak since 1934. Northwest Georgia was hit pretty hard as well. 

South of Chattanooga, just over the Tennessee / Georgia state line and about 10 miles southeast of Lookout Mountain is Fort Oglethorpe. It’s a very hilly area. VHF propagation works well if you’re on top of the mountain; not so well if the mountain is between you and the repeater. Just east of the city is where one of the twisters did a lot of damage. One of the hams in the area was able to reach a DStar repeater connected to Reflector 30 where the Skywarn Net was going on. Although his signal was marginal, and not all of it was readable, enough information made it through for the Skywarn net control station to provide the observation and location to the meteorologist sitting adjacent to him at the Weather Service office in Peachtree City. That report was the critical information the meteorologist needed to determine that a Tornado Warning alert was necessary. This alert provided the precious few minutes of advance notice for countless people in the path of the storm to take cover while they still had time.

 Although we’ll never know how critical that lead time was and, for how many people, it’s clear that it made a potentially lifesaving difference.

It’s not often we get to have such meaningful feedback on decisions that we make in amateur radio. Even though it’s behind the scenes and the people we helped will never know that we did it, I’m proud that the Atlanta Radio Club together with Skywarn, National Weather Service and countless spotters were able to work together to have this positive affect on the lives of others.

73 Bert KE4FOV


Updated 5.27.2017