LNR Precision 5 band HF transceiver – the LD-5
Steve G1KQH has found a link to this new transceiver https://www.facebook.com/pages/LnR-Precision-Inc/229134337165152?hc_location=timeline. It looks a bit like the Elecraft KX3 but I hope it is much less expensive as it only covers 5 bands on TX.
LNR are the people that make the Par line of antennas now. They hope to start taking orders in September. Apparently they had quality issues in China with the 4-band version.
If the previous LD4 is anything to go by, by the time you actually get your hands on one of these (if ever) you could learn to read Chinese. Too bad, as the outrageously priced Elecraft radios sorely need competition. And it looks like the venerable FT-817 is going away for good.
I bought a LD-5 and I have to say that it is a great radio. you don’t need to learn Chinese as this radio has been designed and is manufactured in the USA.
The audio is better than my KX3 and the menus are easier to access as well as more straightforward.
It is also smaller than the KX3 but uses more current in reception.
In combination with the Elecraft T1 antenna tuner it is a perfect portable station
for the park or travelling. Also way less money.
I just published a review of this great little QRP radio.
For those who might stumble across this thread these days (2020) be advised that the LD-5 and LD-11 xcvrs are manufactured in Bulgaria, not the USA, by AIM15 group.
Cheers es 73 . . . . Dan KD7EJ