Icom IC-92AD DSTAR Radio PACKAGE – For Sale

My Icom IC-92AD DSTAR equipped Hand-Held along with the HM-175 GPS Speaker/Mic, Rapid Charger (BC-177) and an extra battery (BP-256). This is a complete setup for those of you who want to get into portable DSTAR (and analog) operation. Nothing left to buy.

I have 2 IC-92ADs and this was my backup. Found that this unit was sitting in the charger stand 99% of the time – so it’s time to find a new home for it. I have lots of DSTAR equipment, including 3x 2820′s and 2x 92AD’s along with 5 DSTAR repeaters, so it’s fair to say that I’m a DSTAR “fan” – but I only have 2 hands and I never let others use my equipment. This 2nd 92AD was bought as a backup, but I’ve converted mostly to Motorola for analog and P25, leaving my DSTAR primarily for fixed-location use (and mobile in my EMCOMM-1 vehicle).

The radio is in like-new condition – no known issues or blemishes (other than a bit of dust due to non-use).  The HM-175 speaker/mic has its clip damaged – the clip came apart when I was squeezing it  (the speaker/mic and GPS work fine) – that clip will need to be replaced – I’ve removed the clip in the pictures so that you can see that it’s easily replaced (probably a $10 part). Charger works great and the spare battery (and primary battery) hold full charge. Again – no known issues other than the clip on the speaker mic.

Pictures tell the story – message me if you have more questions

The whole package is $500 cash or PayPal



5W, 2m/70cm (144-148/420-450MHz) FM/DV Modes, D-STAR Ready SUBMERSIBLE


Frequency coverage and Mode: (Unit: MHz)

Version Transmit Receive (Working range) Mode
U.S.A. 144–148, 420–450*1 A band: 0.495–999.990*3 FM/WFM*4/AM*4
B band: 118–174, 350–470 FM/FM-N/AM*4/DV
Canada 144–148, 420–450*1 A band: 0.495–999.990 FM/WFM*4/AM*4
B band: 118–174, 350–470 FM/FM-N/AM*4/DV
137–174, 400–470*2 A band: 0.495–999.990 FM/WFM*4/AM*4
B band: 118–174, 350–470 FM/FM-N/AM*4/DV

*1 Guaranteed range, 144–148, 440–450 MHz.

*2 Guaranteed range, 144–148, 430–440 MHz.

*3 Cellular blocked.

*4 Receive only.

Memory channels 1304 channels(including 100 program scan edges and 4 call channels)
Useable temp. range –20°C to +60°C;–4°F to +140°F
Frequency stability ±2.5ppm (–20°C to +60°C)
Tuning steps (kHz) 5*, 6.25*, 8.33*, 9*, 10, 12.5, 15, 20, 25, 30, 50, 100, 125, 200
* Not available on all bands or modes.
Power supplyExternal DC power 7.4V DC (with BP-217)10–16V DC
Digital Tx speed 4.8kbps
Voice coding speed 2.4kbps
Current drain (at 7.4V DC)

High (VHF/UHF)FM (Single)
FM/FM (Dual)
FM/DV (Dual)
DV (Single)
1.8/2.1A typ
Power save(Duty= 1:4)/ Rated output/Stand-by
38mA/150mA/65mA typ
43mA/180mA/90mA typ
50mA/220mA/130mA typ
47mA/200mA/110mA typ
Antenna impedance 50Ω (SMA)
Dimensions(W×H×D) 59×112×34.2 mm; 2516 × 41332 × 11132 in.
Weight (approx.) 325g; 11.5oz (with antenna and BP-256)


Output power High 5W typ.
Mid 2.5W typ.
Low 0.5W typ.
S-low 0.1W typ.
Spurious emissions Less than –60dBc (High, Mid)
Max. freq. deviation ±5.0/2.5 kHz (FM Wide/narrow)


Ext. MIC impedance 2kΩ
Intermediate frequency
A band (1st/2nd)
WFM (1st/2nd/3rd)
B band (1st/2nd)
61.65 MHz/450 kHz (Except WFM)59.25 MHz/13.35 MHz/1.95 MHz46.35 MHz/450 kHz
Sensitivity (typical)
FM (at 12dB SINAD, 3.5kHz DEV)
1.625–29.995 MHz 0.4μV
30.000–75.995 MHz 0.25μV
76.000–117.995 MHz 0.25μV
118.000–173.995 MHz 0.18μV
174.000–259.995 MHz 0.32μV
260.000–349.995 MHz 0.32μV
350.000–469.995 MHz 0.32μV
600.000–999.995 MHz 0.56μV


WFM (at 12dB SINAD, 52.5 kHz DEV)
76.000–108.000 MHz 1μV
175.000–221.995 MHz 1.8μV
470.000–770.000 MHz 3.2μV


AM (at 10dB S/N, 30% Mod.)
0.495– 4.995 MHz 1.3μV
5.000– 29.995 MHz 0.56μV
118.000–136.995 MHz 0.5μV
222.000–246.995 MHz 0.79μV
247.000–329.995 MHz 1μV


DV (at BER 1%, 4.8kbps)
VHF (Ham band) 0.22μV
UHF (Ham band) 0.22μV
AM/FM WideFM-Narrow, DVWFM
More than 50dBMore than 45dBMore than 300kHz/–3dB

Less than 700kHz/–20dB

Spurious and image rejection
VHF (Ham band)UHF (Ham band)
More than 60dBMore than 50dB (IF; more than 60dB)
Spurious radiation Less than –57dBm
Audio output power (7.4V DC) More than 200mW typ. at 10% distortion with an 8Ω load
Ext. speaker impedance




A Wonderful Field Day Video hosted by a 13 year old PIO..!!

Sent to me from my friend Chuck Milton (W4MIL), the following is a super inspiring video tour of the Field Day operations from Alamance Amateur Radio Club in Alamance County, North Carolina. Christopher Tate (KJ4UBL) is their Public Information Officer (PIO) and does a REMARKABLE job in hosting the video tour. His confidence and articulate public speaking are just amazing for a young man of only 13..!!   Geez… I wish I was that confident and poised when I was that age..!   Keep an eye on this young man – he’s going places in a hurry..!

The video is here, for your education and viewing pleasure. Thanks Chuck for giving us this “jewel”..

Hendricks 75M QRP Kit – WOW..!!

Hendricks Survivor

This is going to be the cat’s meow – at a Slim-Fast price. It’s a KIT from Hendricks QRP kits – 75/80 meters, voice and CW, DSS, digital frequency readout, 10w+ output. Oh… did I mention that it’s a KIT and that the whole package (including the microphone) is only $130 at the Dayton Hamfest..??!!  It’s probably going to be around $140 + S&H if you order thru the website, but man… this is a steal..!!

Imagine this radio, coupled with a 75M NVIS antenna that’s just a few feet above the ground.. might be able to get reliable 200+ mile, regional communications irrespective of sunspots and solar activity. For talking outside of the disaster zone, that should be just fine. Or imagine going camping and just needing an emergency deployable radio in the mountains – this might be the ticket..!!

Now mind you, this is NOT equivalent to an Elecraft KX3 – but Hendricks doesn’t claim it to be either (it does not have an AutoTuner option) – but hey – for $130 – you get the pleasure of building a kit and putting it on the air, while also being a useful device in cases of emergency.

I just got mine at the Dayton Hamfest 2013 – so I’ll be putting it together over the course of the next few weeks, as time permits. We’ll have a construction report in the near future.


Elecraft K3/0 MINI – Super WOW..!!

K3-0 Mini


from the Dayton 2013 Hamfest – Elecraft introduced the K3/0 MINI (no RF) for remote control of a home or contest station – this baby is a shrunken-size of the original K3/0 to where it’s only about 2″ deep, yet retains the full K3 front-panel. It interfaces to the RemoteRig box with a single cable and can even be powered by it- although speaker volume is limited with not powered externally. The unit has a USB interface, so that you can have full PC control of the unit as well (PC-remote head-home station) – VERY COOL.

Availability is expected for late July or early August – pricing will be $699 (same as the current K3/0). Gotta get one..!!


Update : forgot to mention that it has stereo speakers, so full audio effects are possible, suck as VFO-A in the left ear, with VFO-B in the right. Great for searching out DX on split (if your brain can handle that).


you gotta see this to believe it..

Robin has created  a daughter board that plugs into the Raspberry Pi which has the DVSI 3000 Chip on it, along with the software to control the device which could interface to the internet using either WiFi or CAT-5 ethernet … but… the really new addition is a Bluetooth interface and software for a mobile device like an iPhone, iPad, or compatible Android device which will give you full control of the device from your tablet or phone AND allow you to initiate/participate in a conversation using your mobile device’s speaker and microphone..

In other words, DSTAR on your Phone (within range of the DVAP-PI’s Bluetooth) – this is perfect for folks like me who may not want (or be allowed) to take a DSTAR radio to a foreign country, but still want to operate  on the DSTAR system WITHOUT having to use your computer. Just plug-in the DVAP/Pi unit (the one with the daughter card, not a standard Raspberry Pi with a DVAP Dongle attached), navigate with your mobile device to the Reflector or Repeater of your choice, then talk using the cellphone’s audio devices.

Robin will be Beta testing 10 units – and we’ve been able to secure one of those positions, so we should be getting our unit in the next 2-3 weeks for testing. We’ll test with an iPhone 5, iPads of different models and perhaps even an Android phone and tablet as well. We’ll have pictures and test reports as the testing proceeds, as long as it’s permissible.

FEMA Director now a Ham..!!

First Look Video of the Icom ID-51 Dual Band

from our friend Nick (N1IC), who also did the unboxing video :

A VERY NICE Video Promoting Amateur Radio from our Canadian Friends..!

Make Amateur Radio part of YOUR Plan

A nice amateur video made by a student, encouraging Amateur Radio to be part of your plan.

RaspberryPi / DVAP Integration – Major Progress

RasPi with DVAP

Screen Shot 2013-03-03 at 10.47.23 AM

Major progress on the integration of the Raspberry Pi with the DVAP – we were able to get the system working yesterday (Friday), but today saw further progress in that we were able to make everything “headless” and without operator intervention. Now, just apply power – and IT WORKS..!!  The unit needs to be configured with the Call-Sign and Frequency before putting it into unattended operation – but once done, just Plug-and-it-Plays. This truly will become a small DVAP appliance with three pieces – the RasPi, DVAP and a MiFi unit from Verizon. Perfect for a Go-Kit or everyday use.
The picture above shows the Wi-Pi, which is the WiFi interface that plugs into the RasPi’s USB port.

We’ll publish videos and a detailed script in the next few days .