Yaesu just announced that an APRS enhanced version of the VX-8r will be available 12/29/09 called the VX-8DR. The retail price is expected to be about $40 more than the standard VX-8r. Key features are: Smart Beaconing Function - This is a trademarked term by Yaesu, and I haven't found documentation yet on what this means. Station List memories have increased to 50 The number of APRS messages that can be saved (memories) has incresased to 30 There is supposed to be a new indicator that shows the DIGI-PATH Enhanced "heads-up" compass display on the GPS screen The Message received LED flashing rate can be changed now. The number of DIGI-PATH routes have increased to 7. Existing VX-8r owners will be able to ship their radios to Yaesu customer service to have their radios upgraded for $60. Details on how to get this performed haven't been released yet.