[amsat-bb] Re: D-STAR experiment on Cubesat
David B. Toth
ve3gyq at amsat.org
Tue Jun 10 00:31:10 PDT 2008
At 01:35 PM 6/9/2008, Mark Vandewettering wrote:
>It is my understanding that it is simple a relabeled Icom radio. If
>it really weren't an issue for other manufacturers, one might
>reasonably ask why we aren't seeing D-Star radios from other
>manufacturers. Granted, there could be other reasons, but something
>is apparently keeping other manufacturers from building these radios.
>This means that essentially we are in a single source situation, where
>we can expect D-Star to remain fairly expensive. Indeed, the codec
>chip costs $20, but we see the price differential for these radios to
>be well over $100, even on an HT which is fairly expensive to begin
>with. That's a pretty high markup. (IC-91AD is $524, IC-91A is $408
>at universal radio). The UT-118 to do an upgrade is $189. The DV-
>Dongle is $200.
Well, those prices seem high but I guess the recent price increase
pushed things up to compensate for the drop in the US dollar.
The 91AD was less than $350 at Dayton so your price seems too high. I
got a 92AD for $516 ... I just checked the price of the 91AD at HRO
and it is $434.95, so you need to shop elsewhere I guess.
But to be fair, you need to use the Universal site properly. The LIST
price for the 91AD is $524 - you need to push the button and see that
their price is $399.95 ... I don't want to start an argument here
but a big part of your argument surrounds cost and you are
presenting VERY inflated prices to back your argument.
I understand all of your other points but do not believe that these
are show-stoppers. If you are quoting Universal prices, you may live
near Columbus .... they apparently have a D-STAR system on down there
so you can check things out.
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