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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Hand-held | Standard C508A Help

Reviews Summary for Standard C508A
Standard C508A Reviews: 12 Average rating: 4.9/5 MSRP: $(missing—add MSRP)
Description: Mini Dual Band HT, 250mW output
Product is not in production.
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KU4QD Rating: 5/5 Sep 11, 2002 10:42 Send this review to a friend
A real trendsetter! Still as small and light as it gets.  Time owned: more than 12 months
The Standard C508A was one of the first ultra tiny quarter watt dual band HTs and was a real trendsetter. When Standard pulled out of the ham market this rig disappeared. Yaesu since merged with Standard, and the VX-1R is basically it's replacement. Having said that, the newer Yaesu isn't any better than the older Standard model, nor is it smaller or lighter. The only thing smaller is an Alinco credit card radio, and I don't think it's as practical or comfortable to operate as this rig is.

The audio is typical of a small handheld, and I don't find it bad at all. Transmitted audio is also decent. The antenna uses an SMA connector, so it can be replaced with something bigger. I live in a semi-rural out on the extreme edge of the suburbs and I can still hit a number of repeaters on both 2m and 70cm with the 250mW the rig provides. It also has wideband receive capability up to 900MHz +.

The one nit I can pick is that the controls are not at all intuitive. I had to read the manual, and still have to glance at it to change the programming.

These handhelds seem to be really inexpensive on the used market. Find one in decent shape and you can't go wrong with it.
N2XE Rating: 5/5 Apr 1, 2002 13:57 Send this review to a friend
I Like It  Time owned: more than 12 months
Too bad this thing is out of production, I really like it. I've had mine for 6 or 7 years now. The C508A is what really started the micro dual-bander genre. Given its pioneer status, it was a subwatt wonder. Audio is a little anemic so cruising down a dirt road with the windows down, you won't hear it. Only recently have HT manufacurers been putting some steak in the audio output. Nice rig if you can find one.
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