RELM Wireless ( plans to introduce this summer the “smallest, lightest Class A spec” radio on the market, said Dave Storey, the company's president. The radio will be marketed under RELM's BK Radio brand.

“There are smaller products out there, but none that are truly Class A spec,” Storey said.

Form factor is a point of emphasis with RELM, Storey said, and will continue to be going forward. “Our future goal is to reduce the size of our portables,” he said.

The new radio will be available in UHF and VHF versions initially, but RELM is planning 700 MHz and 800 MHz versions as well, Storey said, adding that the radios will have enough memory capacity to operate in a Project 25 trunking system and will be upgradeable. RELM, which already supplies BK Radio products to the National Forestry Service, plans to target the radios to “all of the D.C. agencies,” Storey said, including the Department of Defense, Army, Navy, SPAWAR and the Transportation Security Administration.