Everyone needs comms, right?

It would appear that SPECNA ARMS continue to branch out in interesting new directions, and now they’ve teamed up with BAOFENG, the radio-communication accessories manufacturer to offer the Shortie-82!

This is a radio that operates in two frequency ranges – VHF and UHF. However, but the double band is not all that this device has to offer. The Shortie-82 model features more doubled elements, making it a very universal tool for radio communication, both in the air, on land and at sea.

The Shortie-82 has a PTT button that allows you to change the transmission channel without the need to manually switch channels, and the FM radio will automatically switch from reception in the 76-108MHz range as soon as a signal appears on the selected VFO A and B channels. You can operate on a selected band, on two different frequencies (transmission / listening on the main frequency + listening on the auxiliary frequency), blocking of transmission on a occupied channel, and there’s voice confirmation of the operation, manual keypad lock, energy saving, mode, programming from a computer via RS or USB.

Most of the functions have assigned keyboard shortcuts, so there is no need to go through the multi-level menu each time, backlit LCD screen which, apart from alphanumeric characters, also displays icons confirming the status of most of the built-in functions. The housing is made of a thick layer of hard plastic, which significantly increases the mechanical resistance, and it has an operational temperature range from -20C up to + 60C!

Features of Shortie-82:

• Extended range of supported frequencies: 136-174MHz (RX / TX), 400-520MHz (Rx / Tx) and 76-108MHz (Rx)
• Adjustable transmitter power in the range of 5W / 1W
• DTMF and ANI functions (ANI programmed from a computer)
• CTCSS tones (50 groups), DCS (105 groups) and 1750Hz
• Voice activation – VOX function
• Adjustable spacing between channels in the range of 2.5 / 5 / 6.25 / 10 / 12.5 / 25
• Frequency scanner
• SOS function

This is an interesting move for sure, but then SPECNA ARMS have never been afraid of trying out new directions… we wonder where they’ll head to next?