IcomÂ America recentlyÂ showcased a new series of multi-modeÂ UHF/VHFÂ NXDNÂ IDASÂ radios that are designed to provide users with a flexible feature set and an enhanced user interface.
âItâs firmware upgradeable and licensed for different features,â Mark Behrends, senior manager of strategic sales at Icom America, said during an interview atÂ the companyâs boothÂ duringÂ APCOÂ 2016 in Orlando. âSo, you pay for the basic radio, and you license up for the features that you want.â
While the next-generationÂ IDAS radiosâthe 3400 series for VHF portables, 4400 for UHF portables, 5400 for VHF mobiles and 6400 for UHF mobilesâcontinue to operate on the VHF/UHF bands with slightly more spectral range than previous models, this new series features a color screen, a âreally intuitiveâ interface and greater software-upgrade flexibility, Behrends said.
âWhat it really changes is the user interface and the usability of the radio,â he said. âSo, you can have conventional standard, or you can license up for Type D trunking or Type C trunking.â
Programming the radios can be accomplished via Bluetooth, a USB port and Icomâs standard connections, Behrends said. The Bluetooth functionality allows the radios to work with myriad accessories and third-party applications, he said.
Behrends noted that the new radios support secure-digital (SD) cards, which enable additional flexibility for users.
âAn SD card is pretty handyâyou can record on it, you can capture GPS waypoints on it, you can program ICFS files and add new firmware through the SD card,â Behrends said.
Icom America expects this series of radios to be available this fall, after the products completeÂ FCCÂ testing, according to Behrends. Pricing will differ based on the type of screen included, but it generally will be comparable to Icomâs âhigher-end IDAS product,â he said.