I also fail to see why they all do not follow Icoms lead in the Digital market they have the infrastructure already in place around the world and it works FB. The others have failed to gather even a small market share and look at the WIRES failure from Yaesu and how many are tired of echo link.
D-Star is the logical move for Yaesu and Kenwood it would be a win win for everyone involved including us as far as prices are concerned competition is a good thing. Plus with them all competing there could be even further strides made in the D-Star standard that is backward compatible. The nice thing about D-Star is you can get on the air for under $200 with a DV Dongle and D-Star radios are getting cheaper with newer models coming out.
73 de Fred N0AZZ
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