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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Base/Mobile (non hand-held) | Icom ID-880 Help


Reviews Summary for Icom ID-880
Icom ID-880 Reviews: 33 Average rating: 4.5/5 MSRP: $500 USD
Description: The ID-880H provides VHF/UHF dual band capabilities (one band at a time) via a simple band switching system. The ID-880H has a wideband receiver as a standard feature and covers 118–173.995, 230–
549.995 and 810–999.990MHz. Listen to aviation, marine, weather channels and other utility communications.
*Receiver range depending on versions. The CS/880 free download cloning software is available from the Icom Inc (Japan) web site. Used with this software, various settings can be made from a PC and the memory channels and other settings can be shared between IC-80AD and its matching mobile unit, the ID-880H. The ID-880H has a total of 1052 memory channels (including 1000 regular channels, 50 scan edges and 2 call channels) with 26 memory banks. All memory channels and the program scan can be named with 8-character channel comments. Also each memory bank can be named with a up-to 6-character bank name comment. The ID-880H supports various scan types for maximum reception and ease of use.

* Full scan
* Selected band scan
* Programmed scan
* Memory scan
* Memory mode scan
* All bank scan
* Selected bank scan
* Bank link scan (DMS)
* Program scan link
* Skip scan
* Priority scan
* Tone scan
* Access repeater scan
Built-in CTCSS and DTCS tones are used for accessing a closed repeater or ton squelch operation. the pocket beep alerts you with a beep sound when the transceiver receives a preset tone. 1750Hz tone is also available. The 4-direction cursor buttons on the keypad give you quick and intuitive access to many settings.
And more…

* 50W* output power both VHF/UHF band
* Built-in noise filter (AM/FM) mode
* Data and 9600/1200bps packet jacks on the rear panel
* ±2.5ppm frequency stability
* Adjustable microphone sensitivity
* Monitor function to listen to a weak signal
* 14 variable tuning steps
* Auto repeaters function* automatically turns on/off duplex operation and tone encoder
* Weather channel receive with weather alert*
* 16 DTMF memory channels (24 digits)
* Drip-resistant construction, equivalent to IPX4
* Auto power save, power off and power on
* 10dB (approx) built-in attenuator
Product is in production.
More info: http://www.icomamerica.com/en/products/amateur/dstar/id880h/default.aspx
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ZL2UFI Rating: 5/5 Dec 21, 2012 15:29 Send this review to a friend
Great Mobile D-STAR Radio  Time owned: more than 12 months
First off, I have owned this transceiver for about 18 months or so, therefore I have become quite used to how it operates. I wanted a small remote head for mobile mounting so selected this transceiver over the 2820H.

I was lucky enough to be loaned a 2820H for about 6 months at the same time I purchased the 880H, so a compare between to the two was a good thing to do. While I like the larger display of the 2820H, I find that dual band dual receive is a pain, as I was always turn up one band and turning down the other to listen to the audio.

I have 'channellised' the memories for D-STAR usage, with memories set for CQCQCQ, Linking, unlinking, plus non-gateway usage (means you can talk locally without your transmitted signal going out on the gateway). So while mobile I can easily switch between various memory positions and link/unlink to repeaters/reflectors with ease.

The local club put up a VHF and UHF ICOM repeater stack, with a gateway so we quickly found that poor audio in produced poor audio out on D-STAR. We tracked this down to the microphone and did a mod to fix this. (http://www.zl2vh.org.nz/pdf/other/HM-133%20Microphone%20Mods.pdf refers)
This improved the audio to almost as good as FM. FM transmission is not affected by this mod.

Another reason I brought this transceiver was it was a cheaper option to the 2820H, had D-STAR built in and didn't require any additional boards.

One downside is that the display can only display so much, so all programming is done via computer and loaded into the transceiver. The 2820H has more real estate, and is easier to use in that respect.

I have also added in a third party GPS for D-PRS use (http://www.zl2vh.org.nz/pdf/other/ICOM%20ID-880H%20External%20GPS%20Antenna.pdf refers).

One final comment, having been on D-STAR (and I suppose any digital format) I would not like to return to FM analogue - for mobile use it is the best, audio is great regardless of the signal strength, no picket fencing, it just works. There is of course the "falling off the cliff" and R2D2 sounds when on the fringe of repeaters but once you know the limits of the local repeater it is great. Great mode and worth the effort.
 
KK4AH Rating: 5/5 Dec 10, 2012 15:41 Send this review to a friend
Good D-Star Radio  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
After waiting over 2 years to get into D-Star it was worth the wait for the ID-880! I bought this radio for under $400 from a friend who decided to go onto something else. I did a complete reset because the radio had too many confusing repeaters and memories programmed in it. So with that done I had the task of trying to figure out how to program the radio on my own, not a good idea when dealing with D-Star. But with a lot of time and frustration I slowly got through it. The manual is not very helpful but once you understand a few things it will get you to where you need to be to operate this radio. I found the audio to be quite good on both transmit and receive not like what some other reviews have reported. When you finally realize that there are the four basic call zones that need to be programmed into the radio it makes it a lot easier to use this great radio. I still have a lot to learn but the fun is just beginning! I love HF but there is something special about talking to Australia or Japan or any other DX for that matter from your mobile on 2 meter FM. I would say that for the money it is a pretty good buy and would recommend buying this radio. Sure there are some negative things about this rig but they are worth the enjoyment that you will get out of the D-Star mode. I would buy another one without question.
 
AD9Z Rating: 5/5 Sep 15, 2012 17:39 Send this review to a friend
Great Radio!!!  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I would buy this radio over and over again!
 
WC6Q Rating: 3/5 Aug 8, 2012 09:30 Send this review to a friend
RX audio is a big negative...  Time owned: more than 12 months
Pros:
-D-Star TX and Recieve seems good
-Easy to program
-Remote head is small for install just about anywhere

Cons:
-Recieve audio on analog FM is so bad that there are dead spots. My Wouxon and Boufang pick up better than this radio(seriously I tried both and they recieve where the 880H doesn't). I thought it was my antenna on the car until I put my IC-7000 in and all the dead spots came alive. Such as shame.
-TX audio on analog is lacking as well but it's nothing to bad.
 
KI4GTJ Rating: 5/5 Jun 19, 2012 00:01 Send this review to a friend
MADE ME AN ICOM FAN  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
This icom radio is great! Works great on FM and DV,program easy after you play with it (software help and is free from icom) the rt system program software is great too. Will end up with another ID-880H to run Mobile

 
VR2XXZ Rating: 5/5 Mar 29, 2012 02:03 Send this review to a friend
Great little mobile radio  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
Great little mobile analog and D-star radio. You can adjust the output power to 100W (VHF) and 80W (UHF)in "Hidden Menu", powerful back fan (but some noisy), you don't feel any hot from the radio.

I love this radio so much
 
AE7G Rating: 4/5 Feb 22, 2012 16:07 Send this review to a friend
second review  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
This is my second review of this radio.
With D Star you really only need to reach one gateway repeater to gain entry to the D Star system. In this respect, a dual band single receive radio is all you need. The price on this radio is good compared to other D Star options.
At the same time this radio is exceedingly complex to program and there are a number of glitches in the menu system that can interfere with function if the menu is not set properly. You can find yourself pulling your hair out trying to figure out why it is not working. The manual is not very helpful, answers come from consulting with others who have used this system.
Once properly programmed and configured the radio works like a champ.
While i would recommend this radio if you are new to D Star and.or Icom radios be prepared for a steep learning curve and a fair amount of frustration.
 
OE3JTB Rating: 5/5 Oct 23, 2011 05:56 Send this review to a friend
Very good for mobile operation  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Bought mine used (occassionally) for 240 Euros, 6 months old.
Want to make mobile operation in my holiday car.
Works great RX, TX at the beginning FM modulation was poor, switched to FM-W and it worked fine.
D-STAR operation is very easy and RX better than IC 92 (at the same antenna)
The only con is the fan, at mods.dk, you can fine some modifications, I didnt do that, because in mobile operation, the fan doesnt disturb at all.
Bought a 5 Euro GPS mouse HI-204 III (outdoor model waterresistent) soldered a cable in 10 minutes and voila GPS via DSTAR also works fine.
At this price a very good tranceiver.
 
WZ3O Rating: 5/5 Oct 7, 2011 17:07 Send this review to a friend
Great 2/440 mobile w/single receive & D-STAR to boot...  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Analog & DV audio & receive are both excellent.

For D-STAR programming IGNORE the manual for now, unless you want to be really frustrated. 1st find where you put your call sign in the "MY" location (my call) then program a D-STAR repeater just like you would an analog one, use the Mode button to change to DV, set the Freq like analog, and if you're really energetic name the repeaters both Analog & DV. Remember, change MODE back to FM for analog repeater programming, unless you're a masochist & enjoy pain & frustration ...

Got the rig 3 days ago & after a lot of bad words while attempting to digest the manual, I "deciphered" the above simplicity.Get on D-STAR enjoy, then dig into the depths of the manual for multitude of D-STAR features.

So, after just 3 days, I'm having fun & "ignoring" the manual, for now. Want a Dual Band single receive mobile with many "bells & whistles" w/D-STAR to boot,for a "reasonable" price go for it!!!

Glad I did.... XYL actually bought the "I sent a rig out for repair & UPS will be dropping it off today..." line or is at least allowing me to believe she did...
 
KD5KIZ Rating: 4/5 Aug 19, 2011 12:11 Send this review to a friend
Great Audio  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Only 3 days experience, learing to program the rig and learning the menu system. Maybe Icom has changed something in the 880's audio circuit. I bought the radio for D-STAR, but FM is getting good audio reports.
 
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