For around four years now since my article “Uniden I’d make with SSB” I can tell you that quite a lot of talking has happened in China, Taiwan, some EU resellers and others about this as an idea. Until recently it’s always been “the market doesn’t require or ask for it” whereas my email told another story. But! A new conversation has started with a factory interested in ideas I’d messaged so here I’ll share thoughts from those involved about this (mixture of many people and thoughts)
To quote some users “it’s a couple of components so make a Xenon SSB”
Spoke to the factory and it’s too small! Not going to happen.
There is a chance of a mixture of Apollo II size and Xenon for example with 12-16 watts SSB output.
McKinley EU is small, meaning not too deep and it will be the smallest SSB unit from President.
Above was my idea for adaption but money, research, sales, development, line costs kill it immediately but true things change in 4 years so maybe it’s possible.
China is cheap so it costs nothing to design this stuff
Absolutely BS. China isn’t cheap exactly, meaning costs are less but you still need to develop a firmware, circuit boards, source ultra small components and then in some cases need find 4 or 5 people who want the same model to share costs with there different odds and ends in same radio. Then all complain it’s an Anyclone..
And if it’s a President Mini SSB
Cost shared by nobody. All costs paid by one company and then equipment cost is high. And then everyone moans about the cost but they’ve not the luxury to share all costs so it costs more. Plus SSB sells fits and starts and they’d need a constant each month selling. Plus 3 SSB soon available (Grant 2, Jackson 2 and McKinley)
Most Likely To bring to market mini SSB (resellers / makers)
Nanfone / Xenwei
Most likely candidate who can make it and are interested Qixiang I’d guess
What I’m sure absolutely is one will come! It needs to come as it’s needed but could even be Nanfone to bring it while others will sit around.
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