Well “bugger all” and that’s what I am going to write about….
Where are all these new radios that were hyped up for release this year..The lincoln 2, the AT-6666, the Maxlog 8900 ??
Has something happened all of a sudden to the factories that produce these radios? One minute the web is awash with news about these new offerings for the “10m” fraternity …nod nod wink wink…but now the factories are quiet and refusing to talk. Last comment from Anytone was they “were not sure anymore”…Maxlog say they are making revisions and upgrades, the lincoln makers I have no idea but they were shunning publicity from day one. Have AMCA and FCC got together and decided to try to stop these radios at the source? Did the big three (kenicoyasu) decide to buy the rights to produce them just to halt production. One thing is for sure and that is that the makers don’t really want to talk about it.
Magnum are no longer producing the S-9, S-6 and S-3. The S-45HP is being revamped but no news on when a release is due.
It would appear the high powered 400w rangers were a bit of a flop. Who could afford them? And the funny touch screen thing they brought out…where were they going with that?
The Uniden 980 is a bit of a dog in reality. Just doesn’t have any power and SSB is pretty dirty on the monitor. Shame as it looks nice. Stryker’s 955 is still out there as is the cre8900 and I presume the AT-5555 variants are still being made but I have given up on them for now. Too easy to get stuck with a bunch of older models. To buy at a reasonable price the MOQ is 100. And then comes the newer improved XX model and you are stuck with 50 sets that nobody wants to buy.
I know what’s going on…they are all making Iphones. Yup…Waaay more money…a fraction of the parts and 4 times the money!!! and the orders are in the millions..not hundreds and thousands. There just ain’t any money in CB radios any more. How can Icom make and sell an IC718 for US$550.00? Yup, priced one off the shelf in Singapore last week. There is way more radio in a 718 than any CB out there today. 4 times as big, 4 times as much power, 10 times the components and complexity, and only twice the price.
Hearing that the Optima is to be discontinued but I doubt it as the production line is still in place and still plenty available.
The Huracan 2 is still in dreamland but they are working on a preliminary interim radio with similar specs but without the big round meter unfortunately. A new 100w PA (yeah right…maybe 70), separate counter, 24-30mhz coverage. A twin mode set…The CB side will have bands and channels and does not need the counter and the VFO mode which will have a single band 24-30mhz and multiple 0.1 to 1mhz steps instead of the bands. No memories. it will look like a Basic cobra 148/ ss3900. counter plugs in rear of set and will sit on the set or somewhere else if in the car. It will not be based on the at-5555 type of board. That will be a nice change! May or may not include the additional IF filter. That’s all we know for now. Prototypes are 60 days away. And if you believe that I got some cool running mosfet amps for ya too….
Texas star just put their prices up after quite a few years. The cost of those 2879’s is going up by the day. there was supposed to be 15,000 of the devices on the shelves but it seems they are selling quick so stock up before they are all gone and you have to use those Chinese transistors that are coming in to replace the 2879…..Like a lot of things from China..they work..but not quite as good..ya get what ya pay for. Toshiba 2879’s will soon be a thing of the past.
If you buy your Texas Star amps from Yeticomnz; they guarantee that their texas star amps have the genuine Toshiba 2879 transistors in them. Expect to pay more.
And here endeth the rant!, 73, Dave