|Straight Key Action Flameproof QRP Style|
In reading all the hype about the Dayton Hamvention next week, I wish I could attend. There is a new radio I've had my eye on and I have been waiting for the release and subsequent reviews. If I were able to attend, I may have the chance of getting my hands on one. It's not another HF radio, but a new handheld radio. I've wanted an APRS compatible handheld for awhile now and my first choice had been the Yaesu VX-8DR. A few of my friends have that rig and are very happy with it. Seeing the ads for the new Yaesu FT2DR peaked my interest and put me on hold for the VX-8DR. My aged eyes sure enjoy the advertised size of the display that the FT2DR has. So, as I wait until the FT2DR hits the street and I see the reviews, I'll just hold off. Heck, it might even drive the price down of the VX-8DR if I end up going with that one anyway. Since we have good APRS coverage here, I've been looking for a VHF/UHF handheld that I can use while hiking, camping or remote operating. Either way, hopefully I'll have an APRS compatible handheld this summer.