[aprssig] OT: Yaesu to release digital amateur radio gear

Bob Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Mon Jan 9 08:01:00 CST 2012

>> This would reduce the price of the radios...
>> by about $20 per radio making them affordable
>> by all amateurs throughout the world.
>> There would then be much rejoicing.

>I donno.  Changing the price of a $639 radio to $619 probably will be
>unnoticed by just about everyone that I know of. 

And radios these days are FULL of unique chips that if the chip MFR stops
producing the chip, then the radio production ends.  The TH-D7, best APRS
radio ever sold (while in production), had to cease production due to the
lack of a $2 chip.  Actually just  a transistor chip with no substitutes!

Of course that was good news to ham users since it led to the new TH-D72.

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