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Old 02-21-2013, 01:08 PM
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Yes, according to the instructions, CON 2 allows you to work repeaters...if you have them in your area. Only thing is they say the radio only emits an 88.5 PL tone....I would think 10 meter repeaters use more than just 88.5 PL tones....?

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Yes, according to the instructions, CON 2 allows you to work repeaters...if you have them in your area. Only thing is they say the radio only emits an 88.5 PL tone....I would think 10 meter repeaters use more than just 88.5 PL tones....?
CON 2 allows full ham functionality when in the ham mode, including repeater offsets, splits, and CTCSS tone.

Since this radio is actually a "10M" radio, it retains some of the inexpert thinking of it's designers. 88.5 used to be the standard tone for 10M repeaters about 10 years ago. I guess Magnum's designers either aren't keeping up with current ham protocols, or they simply rely on whatever existing standards are prevalent in the "10M" radio business.
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Take a look at the pics I have attached. This is my 257 HP. Notice the little board inside the radio right behind the mic plug. That's the frequency board. The jumpers on mine were cut.

Now notice the blob of solder on CON 2. That's my work.

When the radio was new, the blob of solder was on CON 1. CON 1 is the 10 meter only mode. CON 2 is 10 the "stealth" mode, in case the FCC man decides to drop by your shack.

Using a desolder tool that you can buy at the Rat Shack, I undid the solder on the board, and resoldered on the current connection. Make sure you use low heat/heat sink as to not destroy the diode. Yes you need to leave the diode on the board.

Then undo the little board from the chassis, press and hold the little black reset button on the opposite side of this board, reinstall the board and reassemble the bottom.

That's it. You're done. Easy as pie. (or piece of cake)

Hope this helps.
I owe you a beer. I will follow these steps tonight. I never did the reset so that may be all it is

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CON 2 allows full ham functionality when in the ham mode, including repeater offsets, splits, and CTCSS tone.

Since this radio is actually a "10M" radio, it retains some of the inexpert thinking of it's designers. 88.5 used to be the standard tone for 10M repeaters about 10 years ago. I guess Magnum's designers either aren't keeping up with current ham protocols, or they simply rely on whatever existing standards are prevalent in the "10M" radio business.
If that is in fact true then it would pretty much be useless for working 10 meter repeaters.
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True.

You'd think the recent export offerings would add some useful HAM features. Might help sell more rigs to a few HAMS that otherwise, shun the typical export rig.

Take the Optima, if it had CW, selectable tones I bet more amateurs would buy them, seeing how they're free from beeps and echo.
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I just needed to do the reset. I had it wired up correctly. Thanks again. I like this little radio. It's not perfect by any means but it's effective.
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I owe you a beer. I will follow these steps tonight. I never did the reset so that may be all it is
Make mine a Killians Irish Red please. Or Coors in the Gold cans.

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If that is in fact true then it would pretty much be useless for working 10 meter repeaters.
Yes for the most part. I'm actually surprised the 257HP has the ability (so the instructions say) to even work a repeater.

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True.

You'd think the recent export offerings would add some useful HAM features. Might help sell more rigs to a few HAMS that otherwise, shun the typical export rig.

Take the Optima, if it had CW, selectable tones I bet more amateurs would buy them, seeing how they're free from beeps and echo.
You need to keep in mind, the so-called 10 meter radios aren't really geared at ham radio operators, they're more geared at CB operators. The only reason they're called "amateur transceivers" is so they can get around the FCC regulations, as pretty much all exports exceed the FCC's 4 watts and 40 frequencies/channels rule they have imposed on CB radio.

Very true that radios like the 257HP and the Optima might be free of echo boards and roger beeps, but unlike a true amateur radio transceiver, neither radio has a full VFO. The HTX-10 OTOH does have a full VFO, and is a true 10 meter radio, that looks every little bit line both radios although I don't know if it does CW or repeaters or not.

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I just needed to do the reset. I had it wired up correctly. Thanks again. I like this little radio. It's not perfect by any means but it's effective.
Glad to hear it's working for you. Now where's my beer?

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Your not getting the point of my post. I know full well what audience the export is geared for. That doesn't mean I can't use it on 10-12 meters.

The Optima does have a "full" VFO and plays quite well. It's a good respectable starter rig for a new HAM. It's pricey, but still a good rig. If it had more features as I mentioned, it would be more desirable to an amateur.

The HTX-10 has no CW capability, so I don't consider it a real HAM radio.

I'm just tired of the same old crap. I'm just waiting for a decent 10 meter or dual bander to come out. You know, one that could be sold by HRO, Universal, AES and the like. Of course, it would still have to be able to freeband.

Will the curmudgeons approve? I doubt it.
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