...I am sure the Icom ID-51A is a nice radio also but it is pricey and I don't need dstar....
Just to clarify, I'm partial to the Icom brand, but my Icom radios don't have the d-star feature. The ones I have aren't even d-star capable. That isn't why I said what I said.
What I did say is that everyone has their own preference, and that includes disliking
brands as well. Not to put too fine a point on it, and not being critical, but that point has just been proven.