Icom ID-51 Unboxing – Dstar N1IC – YouTube


Excited to have this new RIG – just picked it up at the Orlando Hamcation and unboxed it. Looking forward to writing a longer review about it but for now enjoy the opening of the new rig

Don’t forget to read my article on my adventure of 50 states in 50 days on Dstar (http://nicktoday.com/icom-dstar-50-states-in-50-days-project/)

Icom ID-51 Unboxing – Dstar N1IC – YouTube.


Extends Coverage, Display and Capabilities Without Sacrificing Size and Usability

It is almost like Christmas with all the new gear being introduced by Icom. After Icom received rave reviews on the ID-31A, and hearing how being dual band would be the perfect D-STAR portable, we’re excited to introduce Icom’s latest D-STAR portable: the ID-51A Dual Band Handheld.

Compact dual bander

The 26.4mm slim body contains 5W output, VHF/UHF dual bands, a rich D-STAR and integrated GPS receiver feature set.

Independent AM/FM receiver

FM and AM broadcast stations can be monitored while using the dualwatch function for monitoring VHF/UHF ham bands. When a ham band signal is received, the broadcast station is automatically muted.

Icom ID-51A/E AM FM Receiver

Automatic position reply function (DV mode)

When receiving a call addressed to your call sign, this function automatically transmits your current position information. If the radio loses the GPS signal, the last position information with date and time information
can be sent.

Icom ID-51A/E GPS

V/V, U/U, V/U Dualwatch

The ID-51A/E receives two bands simultaneously including in the same band*.
*When DV modes are set in main and sub bands, sub band audio will be muted.

Icom ID-51A/E Dual Watch

Other features

  • TX voice memory (1 channel, 60 seconds) for repeated calls
  • Voice synthesizer function announces frequency, mode and call sign
  • Voice memory function records incoming and outgoing calls and can be used as a voice recorder
  • 128×104 dots large full dot-matrix display (1.6 times larger than the ID-31A/E)
  • CSV formatted communication log
  • 10-step battery voltage indicator
  • Integrated GPS receiver with GPS logging function
  • IPX7 submersible (1 meter depth water for 30 minutes)
  • micro SD card slot for voice and log data storage and data cloning
  • DR (D-STAR repeater) mode operation makes it easy to access D-STAR repeaters
  • Repeater search function searches up to 20 nearby repeater sites

Supplied accessories

*Depending on version

  • Battery pack, BP-271
  • Antenna, FA-S270C
  • Cloning software, CS-51
  • Wall charger, BC-167SA/SD*
  • Belt clip, MB-127
  • Hand strap



  1. Barry Wilson says


    I had to chuckle watching your video… it was good you put on the antenna prior to turning on the radio but I did one better. I downloaded the manuals while I waited for my turn to pick up my radio at HRO so I was ahead of the game reading the manuals first. What caused me to chuckle was waiting to see how long it would take you to figure out to take the battery off to put the belt clip on. the battery first. For less than $10 I purchased an extra belt clip for the high capacity battery so I wouldn’t have to be taking the belt clips of the batteries each time I swapped them.



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