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Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Hand-held | Icom ID-51A Help

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PA3HGT  Rating: 4/5 Mar 10, 2013 01:53  Send this review to a friend!
Good but....  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
This little HT is improvement on several terrains with the IC92 which i had for a year:It's smaller,easier to use then the 92 and i love the display.

First I have to remark that the TX-audio was very poor what can't be happen of a expensive HT in my humble opinion.
Sounds like a muffled audio and it's the same as the ID31 which had earlier reports of bad audio.
Don't understand that Icom has solved that problem in the ID51.
I had the worsted audio-reports ever:you get a baofeng?Are you in a bucket,You're not PA3HGT.
When the IC92 has a good audio with the same IPX7 certification then i don't understand the problem with the ID31/51 because that's the problem with the muffled audio.
When potential buyers hear that poor audio then they will be scared to get a ID51.
First i was playing with bass and treble in the menu but was not helping me further so had to open up the ID51.
I had to remove a ring and a membrame to get a more proper audio.For your understanding: the audio goes to 2 membrames.
Info about that can be found in the usefull Yahoo-usersgroup.
Now it's sounds much better.
ID51 has CPU 1.01 DSP 1.00 out of the box.

Second: you get with the ID51, CS51-software but not the cable to program the ID51,sounds like you get a new car with wheels but not the bolts to mount it.
You can make a RS232-programcable for 10% of the cost of the expensive USB-cable.
Schematics can be found on the Yahoo-users group and maybe elsewhere.

Like the silicone jacket SJ1 and the rapidcharger BC202 which can be ordered and i have replaced the antenna for a Diamond SRH701 which performs better then the Icom-antenna.
It's a pity that ICFfiles of the IC92/ID31/ID51 are not compatible with eachother.
GPS: is very sensitive! I get still indoor a lock on GPS.
The menu to set the ID51 for you own taste is good to work with,specially the quickmenu.
Sound of reception for HAM-use is very good and the broadcastreception is almost "hifi" for such small speaker.
Overall is the ID51 not feeling cheap and is the construction durable in my opinion.

It's that i loved the display and that the ID51 is a small HT otherwise i was give it a 3 to needs help.

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