Interesting news that I’ve picked up over the last couple of days is that both Wouxun and TYT will be offering a version of their quadbander mobiles which will include 70MHz.
In the case of the Wouxun KG-UV950PL you lose 28MHz, which makes good sense to me, giving you 50/70/144/432MHz. Although 28MHz is a great mobile band, – FM only is maybe a bit restricted. Martin Lynch & Sons’ website carries a link to the new rig, which is not yet available – but hopefully not far off. There’s talk of 50W output on 70MHz.
I have it on good authority that the TYT TH-9800 will also be available in a configuration which includes 68-88MHz. In the case of the TH-9800, this is at the expense of the 50MHz band – so you would have 28/70/144/432MHz. The TYT version will hopefully be in the UK from mid-December.
All of this sounds good for 70MHz FM activity – particularly being packaged with other bands – whereas PMR boxes used for the band tend to be big and don’t do anything else for you (albeit they are the right price!)
I wonder if we’ll see triband 70/144/432MHz mobile antennas available?