The ID-52E, VHF/UHF dual-band digital transceiver, the latest in a long line of D-STAR handportables from Icom will be available from authorised Icom dealers at the beginning of December.
The ID-52E succeeds the popular ID-51E PLUS2 and is the latest Icom model to work on the D-STAR (Digital Smart Technologies for Amateur Radio) network.
What immediately strikes you about this model is its large transflective colour display that makes it easy to see outdoors, even in bright sunlight.
The size of the display has also been increased to 2.3 inches from 1.7 inches on the ID-51A/E.
The ID-52E supports Bluetooth communication as standard.
You can wirelessly connect to Android devices with the ST-4001A/ST-4001I Picture Utility Software, and RS-MS1A Remote Control Software installed.
The optional VS-3 Bluetooth® headset is also available, for hands-free operation.
ID-52E D-STAR Digital Handheld Transceiver Features:
• Simultaneous reception in V/V, U/U, V/U as well as DV/DV.
• Waterfall Scope Function
• Airband reception is expanded from VHF to UHF (225 to 374.995 MHz).
• Can be charged via a micro USB connector.
• Audio output has been increased from 400 mW to 750 mW.
• The latest D-STAR functions allow you to send, receive and view saved photos on an installed microSD card using only the ID-52E.
• Accessories for the ID-51E, including battery packs and microphones, can be used.
In addition to the above, the ID-52E has a variety of other features including DR function with easy set-up, built-in GPS receiver, micro SD card slot, IPX7 waterproof construction (1-metre depth of water for 30 minutes), and Terminal/Access Point modes.
Having many great features, the ID-52E will appeal to not only beginners but for those experienced operators who want to get even more out of the D-STAR network.
• 750 mW loud audio output power
• Improved heat dissipation efficiency for stable operation
• DV fast data mode uses data in place of voice frames
• QSO log in CSV data format
• Accessories for the ID-51E/ID-31E such as battery packs and microphones can be used
• DV/FM near repeater search function
• Voice recorder function
• External DC power jack
In the UK, the ID-52E will be available from Icom Amateur radio dealers from December 2021 with a suggested retail price of £519.99 (inc.VAT).