So, after a number of weeks failing at D-Star, I finally got it figured out, and have had point to point communications with my friend David, AG7SM on our ZUMSpots. Works great. Finally!
The last time I bought a new HT, was in 1997. I bought an Icom T7H, back then.
I wanted to get a new HT that did DSTAR and APRS, etc. Well, that HT turned out to be the Kenwood TH D-74.
What a wonderful device. After getting used to the UX, it has been a joy to use. The fact that it covers 144/220/440 is a sweet aspect. It handles DSTAR, APRS and has a built in GPS. I got a good smoking deal on it from my local HRO in PDX. So far, I am overcome with joy. DSTAR is something to get used to, but once I got the hang of it, made a pretty quick QSO.
The only thing I want to do, to augment the radio, is to get a MMDVM access point to allow me to connect over the internet to a friends DSTAR repeater in NH. Then I can stay in touch.
I highly recommend this radio.