Even if you just think of it as a weather band receiver, the price tag seems justified. And that’s probably exactly how I’ll use it most of the time since FM repeaters are synonymous with boredom.
Another possible use is APRS from time to time. The freq range of this little HT allows a lot of possibilities other than what VHF/UHF HT’s are commonly used for.
But mostly it’s about the price…any cheaper and it would be free.
An interesting reviewer on Amazon.com says:
It’s basically a $200 radio subsidized by the Chinese gov’t to sell for $58 (and now $31) to ruin the Japanese industry.
Not sure about that but I’m looking forward to receiving it. At the very least its purchase distracts me from the disappointment at not being able to work VU7AG ;-(
Click the photo to go to the Amazon.com site.