Yesterday, my longtime friend Ed Lemus, KE6VRK, dropped by my house and told me Alinco is coming out with an off-the-shelf 900 Mhz radio. Ed has pulled my leg plenty of times in the past, and I thought he was at it again until he had me sit down and run a search on it.
Looks like he meant business this time. The DJ-G29T hasn't yet been approved by the FCC as of this writing; but if it does get approval and sells well---which is probable, given that off-the-shelf 33cm radios for ham use are practically unknown---I can see a classic arms race type situation developing. ICOM will come out with a 900, then Yaesu, then Kenwood, then will come the mobiles, culminating in a 6-band beauty with everything from 6m to 1.2 Ghz... these radios will be loaded with features which will give us our complete horoscopes but will probably not
make anyone a better ham.
As for me, I'll just sit back and enjoy the ride...