|80m Bobcat (3500-4000 kHz, CW only)|
This year's NPOTA event has put people in the field with their radio gear - perhaps many of them wouldn't have considered it otherwise. Smart phone manufacturers are now giving increased attention to "weather-resistancy"...how long before HF ham radio manufacturers follow suit?
Ahead of its time in this area were the Bobcat series of mono-band CW rigs from the 1990's. There were two: a Bobcat 40 and a Bobcat 80.
They were designed by James Hossack W7LS as emergency backwoods radios in the days before cell
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Output was 1 watt. Total weight with dipole, batteries and carrying case was just under 4 pounds and the Bobcat was 6x9x3 inches in size. Quite a feat for the time in which it was offered.
But the price? At $379, I don't believe too many sold and the Bobcats soon disappeared from the market.
In the area of waterproofing, with O-rings and a membrane-covered keypad, no other HF radio has come close. Of course no outdoor op intends for the elements to get into the radio works but
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