BALTIMORE--RELM Wireless demonstrated during this week’s Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials annual conference a Project 25-compliant portable radio that the company is billing as the industry’s smallest, lightest Class A spec radio. The KNG P150, which will be marketed under RELM's BK Radio brand, will be sent to the FCC for type acceptance in September, with product expected to be available in May 2008, said RELM President and CEO Dave Storey.

“All of the heavy lifting has been done with the system boards,” Storey said.

A VHF version will be available first, with UHF, 700 MHz and 800 MHz devices to follow, Storey said.

“We’ve always identified VHF as the largest piece of the pie,” Storey said. “But UHF remains a market we want to enter, especially the 380-450 [MHz] market, because that represents the military—Army, Marines, National Guard. They have great interest in some of our analog products today, and we’re going to offer them a trade-in capability.” —Glenn Bischoff