Icom ID-4100A vs ID-880H Smackdown

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by W5JDX, Aug 29, 2017.

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  1. W5JDX

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  2. W2JKT

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    Here, let me save you 32 minutes of your life:

    tl;dr: Dot matrix screen, GPS built-in w/ repeater bearing/distance, terminal and access point modes, everything else exactly the same, still no APRS. Not that it matters, because you can't even buy an 880H anymore (except used) as it is discontinued.
     
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  3. W4KVW

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    I like my IC-880H just fine but it needs a set of finals in the UHF side as did a local friends 880H.He was told by the tech in Texas who did the repair that they have failure issues when used on High Power.If I can't feel safe about using it on High Power when I get it repaired I'm not sure if I care to keep it in the shack? I may splurge & buy another IC-2820H since I hate the New Touch Screen D-STAR rigs that have took it's place.If ICOM continues with the touch screen rigs I'll be forced too change brands or buy all Used Gear in the future. :(

    Clayton
    W4KVW
     
  4. KC2FQ

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    Is the dot matrix screen a good or bad thing?

    I would have purchased one of these over the 5100 if it had simultaneous receive (V/V, U/U or at the very least V/U).
     
  5. WD8ED

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    Why not turn the power down a bit? It's either current draw or heat. Monitor the current draw change in UHF transmit. The difference will be very close to what the finals are drawing. If it's too much for the finals rating, lower the power until it's in tolerance.

    If it's heat, lowering the power should help as well. Maybe a slightly better heatsink on the back. Or small 12 volt fan is all that is needed. These are simple mods that would probably make the radio reliable once it's repaired.

    Thanks,

    Ed
     
  6. W4KVW

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    I'd rather move up to a radio that is safe too operate at spec & not worry about it failing because I talk on it.I should NOT need to make modifications to a radio because it was poorly designed or any piece of gear for that matter.The 2820H is a much better built radio in my opinion & it performs just as it was designed to do without any mods to do so.

    Clayton
    W4KVW
     
  7. WD8ED

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    Sure. But you also shouldn't have to get rid of it because you are afraid to kill it again. You're a ham. It's a simple thing to fix. Lots of gear in ham radio is less than perfect. I find it cheaper and easier to fix most of these issues when I can. It's less expensive.

    To each his own.

    Thanks,

    Ed
     
  8. K7RHT

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    Dstar is dying anyway, switch to DMR and problem solved.
     
  9. W4KVW

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    If I can't use it at high power output then I don't care to own or use it.Turning down the power is easy but I purchased it for the output power & features & I want gear that I can use all of the features even at high power if I so desire & it not be an issue & it appears that it is an issue.Thanks for your time,suggestions,& concern.

    Clayton
    W4KVW
    ZERO interest in DMR & that crap that Yaesu has out either.Would not consider either for FREE but Thanks for the input.I see no lack of users on D-STAR & I am very happy with how it works & who is there too work when I feel the urge to work it.I hear New users most every day so maybe you did not pay attention?

    Clayton
    W4KVW
     
  10. N0YPD

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    Just curious,Whats wrong with the touch screen? I don't own any,and I am looking at getting a new dual band. I really like the looks of the 5100,but??
     

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