A few things I was able to pick up that I thought would be interesting.
“Yaesu” is frantically developing a replacement for the “FT-897″ as one of the front panel components is being “End of Life” from the manufacturer. They do not have many components stockpiled, around 200 will go into new radios that they are producing, and leave a few of the parts for replacement purposes.
I was more amazed they did not have the successor further along in development. Our ‘reliable source’ did mention the new rig will be more platform based so I would not be surprised that the 8*7 line will all be refreshed at some point which is long in the tooth.
“Kenwood” will have a refresh to the “TS-590″ by Christmas time. Our ‘reliable source’ was cagey about the details but he mentioned it when we were discussing IQ ports and pan-adapters. I do not think they will go full SDR but rather give more access to the receiver on an already great rig.
“Elad” had a really good showing, many I overheard were there because they read it on Sparky’s Blog. They are working on a QRO version of their rig, and getting the software to work with more rigs. The idea being a receiver upgrade and still use your boat anchor to transmit.
“Alfa Spid” had a prototype of a mid tower rotor with 0.01° rotor accuracy. Was impressive to see up front, weld marks and all.
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