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Low Band Radio Manufacturers

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W8HDU

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Are there any manufacturers still making Low Band radios, (30-50MHz)?

I heard if you're a low band user the only option is someone's used equipment.
 

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Kenwood TK-690, also.

However,
Kenwood is showing on their product life updates, that the following expected EOL's are looming for these models:
TK-190 "around 2020"
TK-6110 "around 2017"
TK-690 "around 2017" and "around 2018" depending on the specific bandsplit.

Since Kenwood is a big supplier of low band radios, especially to big agencies like California Highway Patrol, I highly doubt they are going to bail out of the low band business.
I've heard rumors from people I know inside Kenwood that they are looking at a NX-5000 product line low band radio.

Time will tell, but I don't think Low Band is going anywhere any time soon. It's still got it's place in the world. Since the other large companies are mostly leaving the market, I suspect someone is going to hang around to pick up the business.


On a side note, I'm not following the Vertex product line, but last time I looked, they had a low band model or two on the books.
 

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On a side note, I'm not following the Vertex product line, but last time I looked, they had a low band model or two on the books.
I'll have to check Vertex. The last time I looked at them they didn't have anything, but that could change.

LB still has some use to some of use due to terrain and congestion. It works well for what I use it for.

Thanks for the tips, guys. This helps a lot!
 

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Just wait a little while and something should be available from China.

Probably something in the 30-175 and 400-480 MHz range. LOL

I wonder if any of the existing HT's can be software programmed down that far.

If enough demand is there, they will eventually make it - you can bet on that.

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