Some of the Factual Radio Research Team pointed out the other day that we hadn’t covered anything about the hottest new product on the market, a winner of the prestigious “Best New Product” award for the 2013 Dayton Hamvention – Of course, I’m talking about the Palstar TR30A Transceiver, from our good friends at Palstar Inc. in Piqua, Ohio.
The words describing the transceiver (from the Palstar website) are:
The Palstar TR30A is a new 100 watt transceiver optimized for Ham Band only reception using the best of legacy techniques combined with microprocessor controlled DDS and electronic switching for rock solid performance.
Optimum HF sensitivity is provided by an active mixer that does not require an RF Preamp. The active mixer has inherently strong overload performance and with no RF Preamp, the TR30A provides excellent performance for all bands, modes and signal conditions.
8 pole Collins Filters provide single-signal reception in a single conversion superheterodyne that has clarity reminiscent of direct conversion. This single conversion, using a low phase noise LO, minimizes spurious responses, reciprocal mixing and high background noise. The TR30A’s TFT implemented analog S-meter returns the operator’s ability to see and feel the received signal strength and its characteristics. Not only is it responsive, but also factory calibrated for S9 and dB readings above and below.
The Industry’s first TFT color touch screen interface is so intuitive that a licensed operator can turn on and operate the TR30 without wading through menus or studying a tedious manual.
The TR30A has one of the industry’s best transmit IMD performance, provided by a 50 Volt RF LDMOS FET transmitter final. 100 watt PEP output with IM3 of -48 dB PEP or -42 dBc is 10 to 20 dB better than today’s popular transceivers.
What was even more intriguing to our investigative reporters is that the Palstar website claims the TR30A has been awarded “Best New Product Of The Year” at the 2013 Dayton Hamvention.
Inquiries directly to Palstar have, for the moment, gone unanswered. For now, we’re skeptical. None of us remember seeing the product at the show. You can’t buy one now. There is no price nor a shipped weight listed on the website.
Latest information from Palstar is that it’s “too early” to release any information about the radio!!!!
OK, many of us just can’t wait to get our hands on this, or can we? If it’s been around since 2013, and none of us have seen it yet, are we sure we want to? Not to mention, at what cost? We know that Palstar is well known for manufacturing some unique equipment, but sometimes, unique carries a special price. Take for example, the Palstar R30A Shortwave Receiver. A really nice looking radio:
Front and Rear Views of the R30A Shortwave Receiver
This rig carries an $895 US price tag. Based on that, how much will a transceiver fetch?
While it’s entirely possible that we might see a TR30A Transceiver at the 2015 show, there is still the question of how a product that you cannot buy becomes “Best New Product”. Our researchers suggest that one way is you simply make the whole story up. Give Palstar a call, perhaps you’ll get a better answer than we did.