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Icom America Exhibits at Dayton Hamvention® 2012, Features New Products

BELLEVUE, WA – Icom America, an industry leading manufacturer of amateur (ham) radios, is attending the 2012 Dayton Hamvention® at Ohio's Hara Arena. Hamvention® 2012 is themed "Internationally Connected" and takes place May 18-20. Forums, license exams and other activities are scheduled throughout the weekend, including a tentative balloon launch on Friday. Icom will be exhibiting new amateur radios and software in Hara’s main arena at Booths HA008 through HA0010 and Booths HA0033 through HA0037. The company has donated major prizes for this year’s Hamvention® Prize Booth.

As a repeat Hamvention® exhibitor, Icom will continue its tradition of showcasing the latest amateur radio products and technology such as D-STAR (Digital Smart Technologies for Amateur Radio). Combining key features that amateurs want in ham radio devices, Icom's recent product additions include:

  • The ID-31A, a UHF D-STAR portable with built-in GPS, a repeater directory and Micro SD card compatibility. The palm-size, IPX7 submersible portable affordably offers a multitude of features such as GPS location updating via D-PRSTM and Micro SD storage for recorded incoming/outgoing calls (up to 32GB; memory card not included). The backlit large dot matrix LCD, combined with a simple directional keypad, allows easy "quick menu" access. With a touch of a button, users can find and select nearby D-STAR repeaters using a preloaded D-STAR directory.

  • The IC-2300H, a high-power 2m mobile radio with military-grade construction and streamlined interface. This 144MHz VHF transceiver generates an impressive 65W of output power, contained in a compact aluminum die-cast chassis that keeps the radio cool during heavy-duty, continuous transmission. The basic panel layout, an alphanumeric LCD with three backlight color options and a pocket beep function efficiently promote intuitive mobile operation. The IC-2300H comes standard with 207 memory channels, built-in CTCSS and DTCSS encoder/decoder and multiple scan types for maximum reception.

  • The RS-BA1, IP remote control software compatible with various Icom base stations. The RS-BA1 remotely controls Icom transceivers through an IP network and features low voice latency to provide the same operational experience of using an actual radio. The RS-BA1 consists of two components: a system configuration application that sets up IP address and audio sampling rate; and remote control software that provides a user interface similar to a radio's front panel.

  • The RC-28, a remote control USB encoder that may be used in conjunction with the RS-BA1 software. Utilizing the same tuning knob and encoder used on Icom HF radios, the RC-28 provides a tactile option for the RS-BA1 software. The remote tuning control also features programmable function keys.

Icom’s booths and other commercial vendors spaces are located in the indoor exhibitor halls; other vendor booths are located at the Hamvention®’s outdoor Flea Market. "The growth of the Dayton Hamvention® can be attributed to caring, energetic people," states the event's official website. The convention celebrates its 60th anniversary and features highlighted speakers such as John Amodeo, the Los Angeles-based producer for television shows such as "Arrested Development," &quto;Sports Night" and currently, ABC's "Last Man Standing." Gordon West and Bob Heil of the &quto;Ham Nation" Internet program, and Carole Perry's Youth Forum, are also scheduled in the forum lineup.

Icom kicks off the 2012 Hamvention® as the premier sponsor for Contest University (CTU). The daylong event takes place one day before the convention, on Thursday, May 17 at Dayton’s Crowne Plaza Hotel. "Veteran contesters" will provide instruction on contesting topics such as radio performance, contest rules and station optimization. Course information can be found at www.contestuniversity.com.

On Friday, May 18, Icom will participate in D-STAR InfoCon 2012, "A Morning of D-STAR Information and Instruction for New D-STAR Users," presented by D-STARinfo.com and Georgia D-STAR. The three-hour class will be held at the Drury Inn Ballroom in Dayton from 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. Advanced registration details are available at www.dstarinfo.com

Additional information on Icom’s Hamvention® schedule will be available online. www.icomamerica.com/dayton2012

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