D-STAR VHF/UHF Handheld for $299.95

I’m happy to report I’ve been involved in adding three new hams to our ranks in the past two weeks. I had lunch with one today and we got to talking about radios. He wants to get on the local repeaters right away, and so we started talking about analog versus Fusion versus D-STAR. When we got to the topic of price, I was blown away to find out he had found brand new D-STAR ID-51 VHF/UHF handhelds for $299.95 shipped. It’s a long way from a $20 Baofeng, but to have the ability to talk around the world on VHF or UHF for $299.95? That’s a pretty good deal.

Michael Brown, KG9DW, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Illinois, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

2 Responses to “D-STAR VHF/UHF Handheld for $299.95”

  • jerry w5kaw:

    yesterday I went to mtc in paris texas and traded in some gear for a new analog rig as theres no digital here in my area so I got the yaesu vx-8dr as I liked having 6 meters as well as 2 and 440 as theres no 220 activity here! but I hope yaesu would make a digital ht that would do these same bands as the vx-8dr with analog added as well! I would get excited about buyin this new rig if they would make it!! 🙂

  • Mike N1MHD:

    As an early adopter of Icom’s ID-5100 mobile, I was disappointed to find mounting brackets for the head and the radio not yet available from the national dealer I bought from. The folks at Main Trading had ’em and got a set right out to me. I’m a fan of MTC and Icom for sure and am glad to see them support amateur radio podcasters. As far as the ID-51 H/T goes, it’s a great radio even at the full MSRP. The price that MTC is offering them at should make them fly off the shelves.

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