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Yaesu's "overlooked" Dayton introduction - the FT-1D

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by N8MSA, May 25, 2012.

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  1. K2PH

    K2PH Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yeah. As opposed to PAL vs. SECAM vs. NTSC......

    Or CDMA vs GSM

    It's an American thing too. Called Not Invented Here.

    K2PH
     
  2. AE9P

    AE9P Ham Member QRZ Page

    I think Yaesu and Kenwood have both lost their minds. Kenwood already sells a D-Star radio in Japan (which is a relabeled Icom radio). We already have several digital formats for vhf and uhf, D-Star, P-25 and Mototurbo. Why in the world do we another.. I can understand Mototurbo, being owned by Motorola not being an option because Patient issues and Royalty fees which Motorola would charge, if, they would even agree to its release. But what I don't understand is why not P-25 or D-Star. P-25 is an open standard and D-Star (NOT OWNED BY ICOM) are already out there. Just what we need another format which has no interoperability capability.
     
  3. N0FPE

    N0FPE Ham Member QRZ Page

    A bit of mis-information here. while "MotoTrbo" is indeed a Motorola product, the DMR format is NOT. It is an open source system. Try doing a little reading on the DMR (digitial Mobile Radio) format. Check the DMR-MARC website. Motorola is not the only company producing DMR radio equipment.
     
  4. K2WH

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    My sentiments exactly. Digital voice is terrible and there is no weak signal digital. Just notice your cell phone behavior when out of range. Same thing - Click.

    K2WH
     
  5. K2WH

    K2WH Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Kudos to you. I have and still do predict D-Star and other digital repeater voice modes will go the way of Packet Radio. Small niches and little interest.

    K2WH
     
  6. WB2WIK

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    You might be right, there.

    Analog just works too well for hams who mostly prefer hearing a weak signal fade into the noise rather than disappear entirely.

    Digital SSB has been available (and legal) for a long time, and just never caught on. AOR invested quite a lot in it, but for amateur use it's just too limiting. For the military, it's great. They deal with strong signal, channelized communications. For hams who tune around and don't mind copying a signal 1 dB above e.s.p. levels as most of us do, it's silly.
     
  7. K7LTF

    K7LTF Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yes you are correct

    Zach K7LTF
     
  8. K0RGR

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    I'm on the return leg of my double cross country safari. I didn't have the kind of time I usually do to program up my VHF/UHF rigs, so I've been doing it a little at a time. Still, I am surprised at the amount of DSTAR and P25 I am hearing. In some major places, it sounds like much of the activity is on DSTAR.

    I don't see any benefit to the new Yaesu attempt to be VHS and spoil ICOM's Betamax offering. Ultimately, it may come down to price, but I think it will be many many years before Yaesu makes any inroads here, unless they are really going to compete, which I doubt they will.
     
  9. W2TXB

    W2TXB Ham Member QRZ Page

    In other words, another P25 vs. Open Sky (aka, "Closed Sky") ;)
     
  10. W2TXB

    W2TXB Ham Member QRZ Page

    It was the FT-One (with the number 1 spelled out); I heard they stopped production because too many people called it the "F-Tone".... similar to the former Pontiac 6000LE being called a "GOOOLiE". :D
     
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