I’ve got more than one question about cross-band capabilities in a hand held during the years I run this blog. There weren’t any – at least no affordable ones. Puxing now has one on offer: the PX-UV973.
The first ham radio operator looking into this radio is John KD8DVR. No substantial test data yet, but he writes:
“YES, it does have cross-band repeater capability! It will take the frequency received in either the A or B display, and retransmit on the frequency programmed in the opposite frequency. YES, this radio has TRUE dual band capability! You can hear two conversations simultaneously.”
“The programming software allows only TWO frequency ranges.. the full VHF or UHF coverage, and a weird partial coverage of the 2 meter and 70cm bands…. 144-146 and 430-440 MHz… odd..”
Not odd at all for us European hams of course; this is the legal frequency range here. Nice touch.
Now the one million dollar question: did Puxing FINALLY fix the bassy – muffled – deprived-of-highs TX audio? I guess we’ll know soon. The PX-UV973 changes hands for about $100 or less on eBay.