I came across this nifty little radio this morning, and thought it might be a good radio for someone wanting to get into portable HF radio. It’s a Chinese radio that is going for around $500 on ebay, and I read that there is a seller on Amazon that was selling them for $430. It seems to have good reviews on youtube and eham. As long as a person realizes that it is not bullet proof, and keeps it’s usage in perspective, you actually are getting alot for the money, for about the price of a well used FT-817, but with 20 watts max. From the reading I was doing there were some firmware issues to begin with, but it seems to be ironed out.
I’ll be keeping my eye on this to see how things develop. It is a nice sized radio for portable operations, and you aren’t limited to 5W like an 817.