Production Stop on Ham Radio? AKM Factory Shut Down Due to FIRE!

ICOM Production Stop on Ham Radio? AKM Factory Shut Down Due to FIRE!

This video shows an Icom press release.

Selling - ICOM ID-52A Handheld Transceiver

ICOM ID-52A Handheld Transceiver


is pleased to announce our reservation program for the exciting new ID-52A dual band handheld transceiver. D-STAR capable, Bluetooth® communication, and wireless connectivity with Android™ devices are just a few key features of this latest offering from ICOM.

Additional features include:

* Upgraded 2.3 in. color, transflective display for excellent visibility
* Simultaneous reception in V/V, U/U, V/U as well as DV/DV
* Expanded VHF and UHF air band reception
* Increased audio output to 750mW
* Built-in GPS receiver
* MicroSD card slot
* IPX7 waterproof construction

When this new transceiver becomes available you will be entitled to a first right of refusal on a first come, first served basis. Once this transceiver has received FCC Type Certification and is offered for sale by Icom, with officially announced pricing, you will be contacted by DX Engineering to complete your order. Should you choose not to complete your ID-52A order, your non-refundable deposit will be converted to a Gift Card that you can use toward any product offered by DX Engineering.

Icom ID-52 VHF/UHF D-Star Handheld Announced

Icom ID-52 is the latest VHF/UHF D-Star handheld transceiver released by Icom and it’s meant to replace the recently discontinued ID-51PLUS2. As expected, the USA version will be dubbed IC-52A while the European market counterpart will be ID-52E.

The Icom ID52A/E follows in the footsteps of the ID-51, with similar layout and slightly larger size. The most obvious difference is the display, as a more recent 2.3″ color display with has replaced the (long dated) 1.7″ dot matrix used in the previous model. The new screen uses transflective technology, which improves visibility in bright sunlight. Usually a light sensor is used with transflective displays to allow automated on-the-fly adjustments of brightness depending on ambient light, but we don’t know yet if Icom has indeed implemented this.

Asahi Kasei Microsystems (AKM) Factory Fire

Asahi Kasei Microsystems (AKM) Factory Fire

On October twentieth Suntsu Electronics, Inc. was notified of a semiconductor factory fire at AKM in Nobeoka, Japan. AKM produces IC’s for many TCXO products utilized by all major Frequency Control manufacturers across the globe.

The full impact of this fire is not currently known, but initial estimates put the AKM factory back online in 6-9 months. Many Frequency Control suppliers are not taking orders on TCXO’s, and customers are facing critical line stoppages and supply gap outs. To name a few, we have heard from customers having trouble with Epson, KDS, and NDK products.