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IC-7100 New Firmware E5 Update 15/1/2016 to improve SSB Modulation

IC-7100 Quad-band Transeiver –  Icom Co. Inc.  released a new firmware E5 for the IC-7100 to resolve Low SSB Modulation  issue. – Update 15/1/2016 the firmware have been updated: CPU M to Version 1.11 / DSP I to Version 1.03.

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Icom IC-7100 Firmware E5 Improvements (Icom official web-page)
• The power meter’s visibility is improved.
• The speech compressor function is improved.
[Note] You must install the USB driver before connecting the USB cable between the IC-7100 and the PC (!read more official istructions)

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improved visibility of the power meter as it appears they reduced the speed at which it swings and gave more dwell time for the peak indicator in the LCD Display bar-graf. – Icom tweaked default speech compression a bit to boost average power output

Link to: Icom Co. Inc. IC-7100 FirmwareUpdates/Sof. Downoand

Video by DL6KA of 25/1/2016 the IC-7100 average output power with new software update “E5”

[Note] – Detailed specifications: please see the official sources – All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders.- This page is just a non-official overview, where no one should draw any conclusions – All images and versions above is for illustration only. – (tnx)

IC-7300 a excitement! – IC-7300 un’emozione! – Basic Manual – RS-BA1 v1.91

IC-7300 HF/50MHz 100W Transceiver – EU version HF/50 MHz /70MHz (50W on 4m) – Receiver system: FPGA Direct Sampling Superheterodine, intermediate frequency: 36kHz (Icom basic manual and sheet) making it possible to simplify the circuit construction.

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RF signals are directly converted (ADC) to digital data and processed in the [FPGA] Altera Cyclone IV EP4CE55F2317N perform digital down conversion at IF 36 kHz to IFDSP TI TMS320C6745 – See links below to: IC-7300 Product brochure Eng/EU and ICOM IC-7300  Basic Manual ENG, and VA7OJ’ page

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29/1/2016 Icom RS-BA1 Remote Controll Update the Version 1.91
The IC-7300 is now supported (including new IP+ command and real-time spectrum scope screen with waterfal (like IC-7850/51) and other general improvements…. more info to Icom Inc. support web page).

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You must have a previous version of the RS-BA1 software installed BEFORE you can update to version 1.91 (v. previous you purchase) RS-BA1が7300に対応する (ver.1.90 for Japanese users).

New [IP+] Function improves the receiver IMD and the 3rd order intercept point (IP3) performance. When a weak signal is received adjacent to strong interference the ADC is optimized against signal distorsion.

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THe IC-7300’s RMDR (reciprocal mixing dynamic range) and Phase Noise characterstics are improved about 15dB (at 1 kHz frquence spacing) comparate to the IC-7200.

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 Audio Scope Function can be used to observe varius AF (audio frequency) characteristics: compressor level, filter width, notch filter width and keying waveform in the CW mode in the FFT scope with the waterfall function and the oscilloscope.

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The combination of the waterfall function and the real-time spectrum scope assists in maximum receiver performance.

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Video of the IC-7300 running RTTY JA1UMQ calling CQ on 40m ( 23 01 2016 very easy to look at scope by 夜多蚊倶楽部 )

Link to: The IC-7300 Product Brochure ENG ver. EU (pdf)
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ink to: The IC-7300 web-page by Adam Farson, VA7OJ
Link to: ICOM Inc. IC-7300 Basic Manual in English (72 pag.)

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Clik to download the Basic Manula

Icom IC-7300 BASIC MANUAL should make interesting reading.

Icom datasheet says they are using technology found in SDR’s (and other devices) – Direct Sampling SDR combined with a Legacy Superheterodyne back end running a 36 kHz IF & DSP – Real-time Spectrum scope plus an multi-functions display touch-screen. 

Icom probably choose to reuse existing DSP’s software developed and engineered for previous latest radios rather than “start from scratch” for their new generation radio starting in IC-7300.

[Note] – Detailed specifications: please see the official sources – All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders.- This page is just a non-official overview, where no one should draw any conclusions – All images and versions above is for illustration only. – (tnx)

IC-7300 Coming Soon – ICOM announced the price in Jp 139,800円+税

IC-7300 RF Direct Sampling system HF/50MHz Transceiver Coming Soon, available in the early 2016* – Icom Inc. announced the price in Japan: 139,800円+税 (JPY + Tax). -News release 2015/12/7: Icom* shipping the IC-7300 within 40 days from this release date in Japanese market! (..link below) –Updated news, picitures, link to new catalog (Jpn) & latest Icom video, …see below (….18/12/2015)

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Icom IC-7300 「FPGA」最強のコンパクト HF トランシーバー IC-7300 a “FPGA” most powerful compact HF transceiver.
RMDR (tipico: 97dB a 1kHz detuning frequenza di ricezione: 14.2 MHz, MODO: CW, IF BW: 500Hz)

Display color TFT LCD 4.3 inches of the IC-7300 is compatible with touch operation. Frequency and mode of course, you can set the various items such as filters speedily.

italianoIcon Inc. ha annunciato il prezzo del IC-7300, un Ricetrasmettitore a campionamento diretto in RF con FPGA,  che in Giappone sarà pari a 139.800 Yen +Tasse. – Icom* scrive che a 40 giorni dal comunicato inizierà le spedizioni per il mercato domestico in Giappone. – Più avanti anche per gli altri paesi.

Link to: download the new catolg PDF (Jp) by Icom Inc Japan
Link to: scarica il PDF in Italiano di Marcucci Spa (IT Importer)

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The IC-7300 HF/6m, 100W output on all bands – (for EU version: HF/6m/4m (50W on 4m)) – Modes: SSB (J3E), CW (A1A), RTTY (F1B), AM (A3E), FM (F3E) – Direct-sampling SDR (software-defined radio) receiver architecture Receiver signal path: RF BPF – ADC – FPGA – IF-DSP – DAC – AF stage. –  Digital up-conversion (DUC) transmitter architecture using FPGA driving DAC.

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IC-7300 the frequency change on touch-screen (1, ready, 2 QSY ok) touch in the vicinity of the target signal, you can still move the frequency in two touches ! (clik the pic to enlarge)
IC-7300 目的信号付近にタッチするこどで拡大表示、さらにタッチするこどで周波数を移動するこ­とができます。

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IC-7300 utilizes the RF direct sampling system – This technology is seen in Software Defined Radios and other radio equipment. – RF signals are mostly processed through the FPGA (Field-Programmable Gate Array), making it possible to eliminate physical mixer and filter devices and offer a high performance real-time spectrum scope in a compact body.

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[Note] – Detailed specifications: please see the official sources – All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders.- This page is just a non-official overview, where no one should draw any conclusions – All images and versions above is for illustration only. (tnx)

Yaesu FT-991 Firmware Update DSP (Ver.01.05) 01/12/15 – QST Nov. Review

FT-991 HF, 50, 144, 430 MHz All Mode – The Yaesu USA Update now the Firmware MAIN Ver. 02.08 of 9/11/2915 Now update software MAIN Ver.02-08 and DSP Ver.01-05 TFT Ver.02-01 of 12-01-2015 (1 Dec. 2015)
[Note] Please read the Yaesu Upgrade Manual & Firmware Informations Main: V.0208  DSP V.0105 etc……
QST magazine reviews the FT-991 on November, 2015 !

[Note]: Please read the Yaesu Firmware Upgrade Manual before proceding to the Yaesu multiple software installations and employees by different types of transfer software .exe!-

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[Note] The FT-991 CAT commands will not work the same after updating to V02-08. – The original CAT “CN” command was only able to set the tone frequency of ENC/CTCSS. – The V02-08 expands the parameter to other than ENC/CTCSS tone frequency; it includes setting the DCS code also.
Please refer to the CAT Oper. Reference Book (v.1508-C0)

Link to: Yaesu USA – FT-991 official Web-page (files ENG)

QST-logoQST reviews the FT-991 on November, 2015, a overview of the quad-bands  multimode transceiver. – Reviewed by Norm Fusaro, W3IZ Assistant Manager, Field  Services & Radiosport Department. – The ARRL labs including 20/5/2 kHz offset: 103/86/75 dB RMDR (Reciprocal Mixing Dinamic Range) figure on 14MHz band, 3kHz roofing filter & 500Hz DSP BW. (see the reviews on QST by login ARRL membrers)

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The three rows of rectangular labels at the bottom of the screen are touch-sensitive buttons.

[Note] – Detailed specifications: please see the official sources – All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders.- This page is just a non-official overview, where no one should draw any conclusions – All images and versions above is for illustration only. (tnx).

Complete IC-7851 test report now on-line by Adam, VA7OJ/AB4OJ

IC-7851 HF/50MHz transceiver with new features such as a 1.2kHz optimized roofing filter, (IC-7850 is a special 50th years Icom anniversary model of 150 units only on the world) Complete Test Report by Adam, VA7OJ/AB4OJ is now on-line on his web-site (un’altro eccellente lavoro di Adam, VA7OJ …  tnx! grazie)

VA7OJ-photoThe Test Report (download the large pdf, link below) are the results obtained from lab tests which the author conducted on Icom IC-7851 S/N 02001019, kindly loaned by Allan, VE7SZ. The installed firmware version were V1.01 for the receiver test and V1.11 for the trasmitter tests. The baseline configuration for all receiver test was MAIN Receiver, NR/NB/ATT/Notch off, AGC Slow.
Lonk to: Download Complete IC-7851 Test Report VA7OJ 

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Ic-7851 (or IC-7850) in HF/50MHz operation with new features such as a 1.2kHz optimized roofing filter to improve in-band  adjacent signal performance.

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The IC-7851 employs a Direct Digital Oscillator (DDS) with a voltage controlled “SAW” Oscillator (VCSO). This new 1st LO Icom design sets a new benchmark for phase noise with -150dBc/Hz at 10kHz offset (-140dBc/Hz at 1kHz offset) and two receivers (Main/Sub) in up-conversion design.

[Note] – Detailed specifications: please see the official sources – All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders.- This page is just a non-official overview, where no one should draw any conclusions – All images and versions above is for illustration only. (tnx).

Ham Fair 2015 AOR Booth: The Perseus V5 Coming Soon and AR-DV1 Receiver

The AOR Booth unveiled  the Perseus Ver.5.0 at Ham Fair Tokyo 2015 (Coming Soon) and announce the worldwide release of the AR-DV1 Digital Voice Receiver! It decode virtually ALL popular digital modes. – See below data & link !

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Perseus Ver.5.0 main features (pic AOR booth & eng data da www-microtelecom-it)

[Note] Perseus V.5.0 (made Microtelecom Italy) Supported OS: Microsoft Windows XP7, W8.1, 10 – Minimum system requirements: Windows XP – 1.5 GHz Dual Core CPU with at least 4 GB RAM system.
Suggested system requirements:  Windows 7 – 2 GHz Quad Core CPU with at least 8 GB RAM and decent CPU cache.

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Test demonstrative of the Perseus V5.0 software (video demo version)

The full version of the V5.0 Perseus will be available soon at the price of 59 Euro. – (Software licences will be locked to the  receiver serial number) – Please check official web-page!
Link to: Check Microtelecom-perseus-software web-page

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AR-DV1 receiver of its kind to receive and decode virtually ALL popular digital modes: Mototrbo, DMR, dPMR, APCO 25, NXDN, Icom D-Star, Digital CR, Yaesu, Kenwood and Alinco EJ-47U. – (… AOR Specifications & Brochure link below)

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Wide band coverange from 100kHz to 1300MHz – Micro USB computer interface – Builtin SD/SDHC card for audio recording – Higher 1st IF frequency 1705 MHz (!) provides higher image rejections,.. and more!

Link to: Download AOR Usa AR-DV1 Brochure (pdf 3.5 MB)

[Note] – Detailed specifications: please see the official sources – All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders.- This page is just a non-official overview, where no one should draw any conclusions – All images and versions above is for illustration only. (tnx)

Icom IC-7300 RF Direct Sampling Radio HF/6m – IC-7300でHFの扉を開こう

Icom IC-7300 is Boorn at Tokyo 2015!「IC-7300でHFの扉を開こう」it adopts the RF Direct Sampling System – Instead of the “conventional” superheterodyne system, Icom utilizes the RF Direct Sampling System – From the brochure, the Phase Noise at 2 kHz offset is -130 dBc/Hz this equates about to 103 dB RMDR. – (dati interessanti e prospettive, da verificare !)-

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The detection-channel filters in the DSP are continuously variable from 50 to 3600 Hz (50 Hz to 10 kHz for AM) and 3 user-configurable selections are provided (like FIL1-2-3)  Download Brochure  in <EN> and <JP> and <IT> link below.

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The IC-7300 has Twin PBT controls (traditional konobs!), Icom That equates uses the same libraries of the current Icom IF-DSP (…at least it would seem so)

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This tecnology is seen in SDR (Software Defined Radio) see the block-diagram below. The RF signals path: BPF > A/D Convertr > mostly processed through the FPGA (Field-Programmable Gate Array) have large resources (built-in)  to implement complex digital computations. (eliminate physical mixer and filter devices)  > DSP Unit > D/A Converter > AF .

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IC-7300 HF/50MHz Transceiver HF/6m 100W (EU ver. HF/6m/ 100W and 4m 50W) all modes –  Real-time and “serious” .. Spectrum Scope with Waterfall funcion provides top performance in resolution (1 dot) sweep speed and dynamich range (Span width 5kHz – 1000kHz) –

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Large 4.3 inch Touch Screen color TFT LDC user-frienddly interface provides intuitive operation and touch screen for changing frequency! (1st touch >enlarger frame > 2tn touch .. ok QSY.. see pictures enahanced by radiocronache from hamlife.jp video)

Link to: Scarica la brochure IC-7300 Italiano – Marcucci Spa
Link to: Download the IC-7300 leaflet by Icom UK in ENG
Link to: Download the IC-7300 Brochure (Japanese) – pdf

The FT-991 is an traditional superheterodine quad-bands! The  new IC-7300 adopt the latest  RF direct sampling method (BPF >A/D >FPGA >DSP >D/A – see the Icom block-diagram below) and it is equipped with a high-performance real-time band scope and waterfall on large color TFT touch-screen display!

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IC-7300 Spectrum Scope (mini and max waterfall) Span 5kHz to 1000kHz Touch-screen

Q/A at Ham Fair presentation Q1: What FPGA are you using? Xilinx or Altera? A engineer: Cannot tell // Q2: What is the A/D converter and what is its sampling frequency? A engineer: ICOM is still investigating a couple of candidates. The A/D converter sampling frequency is 122MHz.  (source: TOHOKU2008 ) (ADC’s …e.g. LTC2208 or 2209)

According to the engineer at the presentation, ICOM will start shipping IC-7300 by the end of 2015. The target price is under 150,000 JPY

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 Icom ha presentato oggi (22/8/15) alla Fiera di Tokyo il nuovo IC-7300 con display TFT a touch screen e radio con nuova architettura a campionamento diretto, tipo SDR ed è il primo apparato della Icom (..interessante le  Broshure’ in Jp e ora ENG (Icom Uk) link below !)

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本日二回目のとなる「IC-7300でHFの扉を開こう」も大盛況!明日もよろしくお願い致します!Ham Fair Tokyo 2015

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アマチュア無線機初「RFダイレクト・サンプリング方式」を採用 – (traslate!!) amateur radio’s first to adopt the “RF direct sampling method” BPF >A/D >FPGA >DSP >D/A standalone (as the main amateur radio equipment manufacturer) see the Icom block-diagram below –

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Equipped with a large color TFT liquid crystal display that corresponds to the touch panel and QSY operations.

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IC-7300 equipped with high-performance real-time scope with a practical skills – a new Icom “compact HF/50MHz transceiver to lead the next generation

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[Note] – Detailed specifications: please see the official sources – All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders.- This page is just a non-official overview, where no one should draw any conclusions – All images and versions above is for illustration only. (tnx)

Ham Fair Tokyo 2015 JVCKENWOOD – YAESU – ICOM Booth’s Virtual Tour!

Ham fair Tokyo 2915 – a new video from the Icom Booth of the new IC 7300  【ハムフェア2015】アイコム新HFトランシーバーIC-7300を解説  by hamlife.jp (report molto interessante)

Ham Fair Tokyo 2015 JVCKENWOOD Booth【ハムフェア東京2015 JVCケンウッドブース】Video tour by JI1ETUjr 22/8

Ham Fair Tokyo 2015 YAESU Booth【ハムフェア東京2015 ヤエスブース】Video tour by JI1ETUjr 22/8/2015

Ham Fair Tokyo 2015 ICOM Booth【ハムフェア東京2015 アイコムブース】Video tour by JI1ETUjr 22/8/2015 (The new Model IC-7300 & another main exhibition is IC-7851)

[Note] – Detailed specifications: please see the official sources – All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders.- This page is just a non-official overview, where no one should draw any conclusions – All images and versions above is for illustration only. (tnx)

DV4mini Hotspot: a link with a simplex frequency (UHF) and a repeater through the Internet.

DV4mini Hotspot for the 70 cm band and can use it with a D-STAR or DMR or C4FM * transceivers – The DV4mini is a very small but also very capable USB Stick that can expand any PC into a Hotspot for the D-STAR and DMR modes (C4FM * Fusion is in development) – (trial beta ver. 18.8 or later uncheck “C4FM Gateway” only DN & VW mode) – Please read official data and the User manual! (link below)

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DV4mini  allows linking with DCS, XRF and REF refectors for D-STAR as well s DMR refectors (trial beta ver. 18.8 or later unckeck C4FM Gateway!). With the DV4mini it has become possible to create a hotspot with minimal resources and thus get access to the (Digital Voice) DV network.
[NoteRefector is a server connected to the Internet or Ham Net and is linked to a number of digital Ham Radio repeaters. If one of these repeaters is active it will send the voice data stream to the refector- (Xrefectors are the second generation of D-STAR reflectors… etc) – (DCS (Digital Call Server) is the most modern D-STAR refector system and in worldwide use, each as 26 rooms) – (DMR refectors consist of several regional servers, ach other via a superordinate network one Hytera & one Motorola) (System Fusion supports WIRES-X internet linking – .. node station requires external optional HRI-200 !)

The DV4mini is a great UHF digital hotspot. It’s support D-Star, DMR and C4FM* !! Very promising technology in process.

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The DV4mini will be connected thru the USB interface with a PC or a single board computer (es: Raspberry PI 2 Mod. B also a keyboard, mouse and HDMI display) and the required software will be installed: V.1.4 DV4mini Controll Panel.

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Frequency 420-450MHz – Modulation types: D-Star GMSK (Gaussian 2FSK) – DMR PLUS 4FSK Raised Cosine – C4FM Fusion DN & VW 4FSK, in process* – Power output: 0.03 mW to 10 mW. – RX -120dBm – Read more to the official web-page.

Link to: Download the DV4mini User Manual ver. ENG .Pdf 

I believe not now, it’s available for Windows, Linux and Raspian ! (Raspberry Pi 2) – For those interested in digital communications, like D-Star, DMR and C4FM there’s a new dongle who will be coming out soon (… they are saying it will be available for international shipping next week). [Note]!! DV4mini Library (in C) licensed under GPL 3.0 — USB Stick DV4mini Copyright:
The rights for the DV4mini stick and its software are reserved with DG8FAC Stefan, DG1HT Torsten, and (>) DJØABR Kurt

[Note] – Detailed specifications: please see the official sources – All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders.- This page is just a non-official overview, where no one should draw any conclusions – All images and versions above is for illustration only. (tnx)

FlexRadio Systems® and NW Digital Radio Offer D-STAR Compatible Solution

FlexRadio Systems® and NW Digital Radio Offer D-STAR Compatible Solution – Notizia del 13/8/2015:  la FlexRadio Systems®, produttore della serie SDR Flex-6000, rilascerà presto un aggiornamento per il suo software SmartSDR™ tale da implementare il modo digitale D-STAR (open standard sviluppato dalla JARL) con l’uso del modulo ThumbDV ™ della NW Digital Radio.

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Owners of FLEX-6000™ Signature Series transceivers may add AMBE encoding/decoding to their radios by inserting the ThumbDV™ into one of the available USB ports.
The NW Digital Radio ThumbDV™ digital voice dongle will be available directly from FlexRadio Systems®, as well as from NW Digital Radio.
Steve, N5AC VP Engineering, writes: “We are making the modules open source so that others that are so inclined can expand on what we’ve done. We may also do more just depending on popularity, demand, etc.

Link to: NWDR Web-page press release of 13/8/2015 ENG

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DVSI AMBE-3000F Vocoder Chip (AMBE = Advanced Multi-Band Excitation) it contains, to implement D-Star; DMR/Mototrbo capability and other digital standards!)

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For the on-air ThumbDV dongle and any other code to support the digital mode and D-Star this required an external app (software PC) (es: DV Node for Windws etc. )

Link to: Info about HF D-STAR net operations & Schedule

[Note] – Detailed specifications: please see the official sources – All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders.- This page is just a non-official overview, where no one should draw any conclusions – All images and versions above is for illustration only. (tnx)