I know I have already passed on the fact that Elecraft are relaesing a new rig at Dayton, but through podcasts and some articles on the web, I seem to be “stumbling” over more and more planned releases (or rumours):
So heere’s a list - hopefully those on the list who are attending Dayton, may want to take a look ans let everyone know here whether they are relevant for SOTA operations:
Kenwood - tribander HT with APRS & D-Star - see later in this thread here - New rigs at Dayton
Elecraft - KX2 HF “handie talkie” sized portable rig 10W SSB/CW 80-10m (no AM or FM, no VHF). $750 for base unit, just over $1000 when you add its battery, charger, ATU and I/O board.
Wouxon - KG-UV8E Tri-band (2m, 220MHz, 430 MHZ) HT. $130-$150.
Yaesu - FT-891 (no this isn’t a mistype of the 991) - it’s not supposed to be a replacement for the 857 or 897, however it is a 100 watt HF/6m mobile/portable rig - so sounds like an FT-857 replacement to me, with the FT-991 being the next model up with VHF & UHF. The 891 is rumoured to be about the size of an 857 so easier to moble mount than the 991.
ICOM - IC-7300 100w 160m - 4m (already available but also already sold out at most places). $1500
Expert Electronics MB1 - Russian SDR radio (with LCD touch screen and “standard knobs”) - in this case the computer used inside the unit can also be used to run applications (logging, e-mail, web surfing etc.) using an external screen, mouse and keyboard that the user adds. Range on receive 10KHz to 160 MHz. Transmit range all amateur bands 160 metres through 2 metres at 100watt output on HF and 50w on VHF. Currently SSB and CW only but PSK & RTTY under development. The “sting in the tail” is the price $5,900
Any one heard of any more for the list?