Icom ID-4100A release debut

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  1. W4LKO

    W4LKO Ham Member QRZ Page

    Icom Japan announced today they will be releasing a new 50W dual band mobile called the ID-4100A. A welcome replacement for the recently retired ID-880H, the new ID-4100A enjoys the new terminal and access point modes found in the latest ID-51A-PLUS2. The new ID-4100A also includes:

    • DR (D-STAR Repeater) Function with the latest user interface
    • Bluetooth hands-free operation with optional Bluetooth unit
    • Integrated GPS
    • MicroSD card slot
    • A full dot-matrix display with easy-to-read characters and icons
    • Compact and detachable control head
    • Enhanced remote control apps for smartphones and tablets (optional Bluetooth unit required)

    This radio cannot be offered for sale or lease in the US until it has received FCC certification. However, you can reserve one now with a $35 deposit at GigaParts.com!
     

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  2. KJ4YZI

    KJ4YZI Ham Member QRZ Page

  3. AD5KO

    AD5KO Ham Member QRZ Page

    Does this radio come with a mounting bracket? I ask because I notice that some of the previous models do not.

    Having to pay extra for a mounting bracket on a mobile radio is not acceptable and it makes Icom look cheap charging for one as an extra item.

    For example this mobile radio does not come with a mounting bracket.
    ICOM IC-2730A
    144 / 430 MHz Dual Band 50 Watt FM Transceiver
    HRO Discount Price: $329.95*

    Plus:

    IC-MBF4

    Mobile Mounting Bracket - IC-2730 / ID-5100 - With Screws
    $34.95

    Both of my mobiles are Icoms.
     
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  4. KA4AQM

    KA4AQM Subscriber QRZ Page

    Oh my....
    Randy Melton
    KA4AQM
     
  5. KC0MVF

    KC0MVF Ham Member QRZ Page

    Trying to figure out the differences between the 4100 and the 5100. So far all I can tell is the control head layout and bluetooth being standard on the 4100.
     
  6. KI6PMD

    KI6PMD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Well I am sure glad I have a IC-7100 ! So I do not need to buy this new one ! ICOM is KING !!! Phil KI6PMD ..
     
  7. W1JFH

    W1JFH Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yeah, Icom. Wonderful, just #&€$ wonderful! ! No price, no firm availability, not fcc approved (yet.) I've been following the Icom R8600 escapade since about last August and still no price, availability, or certification. Maybe March, maybe May, who knows. Same deal here apparently.

    They have ignored the basic rule of retail: "You can't sell stuff from an empty wagon. "
    My response is, "don't anybody hold their breath." Followed by, "who cares?"
     
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  8. AF4KK

    AF4KK Ham Member QRZ Page

    :) I care!! Icom is an awesome company and they release quality products! They don't "rush" the radios to market; make sure it all WORKS first!! ;)
     
  9. 2E0IKM

    2E0IKM Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    No DV mega needed for the 4100..
     
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  10. N5WD

    N5WD Ham Member QRZ Page

    So, I can either take my IC-51+ and my DV Mega dual band radio that's strapped onto a Raspberry Pi2 and talking to an AT&T hotspot for internet access (let's say $200 total) OR I can talk to the 4100-A that's linked to my AT&T hotspot (let's take a guess at $500 or so) and talk to it with my IC-51+ using the 4100-A as a hotspot. Hmmmm,... let me think about this for a while....

    Sorry -just don't see that as a big selling point. You might have more power out on the hotspot simplex frequency, but if you run the radio at 50watts for very long, you'll burn it up... and you'd probably use the main VHF/UHF antenna for the 4100'd hotspot, but I run my hotspot on a little quarter-wave mag mount, and it does a faitly good job with its 100 miliwatts.

    If they price it low enough, it might make a good mobile radio replacement for the 5100. Guess time will tell.

    73 Wayne N5WD
    Normally listening to Ref 004B
     

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