Looks like there were several factors at work here. From the TCFMC website:
"LATE BREAKING NEWS!!!***** Hamfest Minnesota 2005 Cancelled In light of the current economy of amateur radio, poor turnout at hamfests across America (even Dayton), and the last few years of low response in our area, it has been decided to not hold Hamfest Minnsota in 2005."
The Final change is not a fault of ICOM. The original transistor part number srfj7044 were manufactured by Motorola. Motorola decided to stop making this part and made it no longer availible.
The(rd70HVF)has a diffrent case style and does not physically fit on the board in place of the srfj7044. As a result the PA board had to be redesigned for the new transistor to be able to fit.
It will be interesting to see how this is worked out.
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