Greatful for the little things By Tim
Unpacking the shipment of the most recent hand held radio caused me to recall my waiting in the past for other newest, fastest, and greatest handhelds. The anticipation was no less on this occasion. The Terra 590 is the first flagship of a new US based radio Communications Company. Granted they may have entered the market with but 3 handhelds, the founding engineers did not disappoint me.
Immediately it was noticeably smaller than my Wouxun KG-UV6X and my Yaesu VX-7R It had a remarkable balance and feel being heavier than it’s small size revealed at first. Any other HT I may have had has been decommissioned and re-purposed as a boat anchor.
Its purpose and intent on my end is as a commercial radio. Although I find it difficult to view any radio outside of the Amateur Radio arena. I began by noticing the smaller details. I was pleased to see that the loop for attaching the wrist strap was frame mounted. Previous accusations had a battery mounted wrist strap causing several unanticipated drop tests. The Terra belt clip was also frame mounted ensuring the radio, with or without battery remained securely attached to my body regardless of the activity. Up on the top to the outside right edge is the volume dial. Strike that, it is a dual volume dial allowing us to control each of the true dual tuners independently. I can lower the volume of which ever dispatcher annoys me the most. This allows me to easily pick out the priority traffic over any secondary traffic. And pick it out I will with the 750 mw speaker. I might just have to turn down both of the independent true tuners with this mighty speaker.
I’ve obsessed on the smaller things as sometimes size really is everything. This new entry comes in a small package but the engineers certainly did not overlook even the smallest of details. I did not however ignore the obvious purpose of a modern transceiver. After 3 weeks of use in all bands, commercial and amateur, several radio nets and 2 CERT drills I found this an extremely clean radio on both transmit and receive. The distance that this modern HT was able to clearly transmit amazed me each time. I’ve had to depend on my radio in a life threatening situation where shots were fired. I would not hesitate to put this radio into service today.
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