Originally Posted by CAELESTIS
I spoke with Icom this morning (they are 7 miles from my home). The 802-01 is the official name for the radio
commonly called the 802. There is no new model.
But people should be aware that there are two (at least two) different models of the 802 on the international market.
On the international market they are known as the "IC-M802" and the "IC-M802 General Version". The "IC-M802" is the DSC
version while the "IC-M802 General Version" does not have DSC
but has the traditional two tone alarm
on 2182kHz instead.
They can be differentiated in that the DSC version has "Distress" on the red flap and the General Version has "Alarm" - I think that is a reliable check - the General Version also has none of the DSC related connectors on the main unit.
It seems from Caelestis's checking the "802-1" is the DSC version, on that I was not sure of previously.
The General Version is a cheaper priced radio and while I don't think it is sold in the USA (not certain of that though) the above may serve as a warning to check what one is getting if buying
an M802, especially second hand or from an international or an irregular retailer.