From what I've heard the majority of radios that had failures that been overtuned by cb
"techs", and Ranger did warranty many of these.
Now there were some that had failures just due to mosfets being mosfets and I think RCI would agree the mosfets are more delicate in many ways than other transistors but with cost of the 2879
's and the fact they are scheduled to be discontinued and the issues with the underpowered Toshiba 2290's the manufacturers are having to do what they can.
Cost always plays a role as well.
Now that being said if these radios are run moderately (no whackpacking
) they shouldn't have any problems and the output is definitely impressive. I did some testing from the mobile last night and the signal the radio put on my base from 20 miles away in the mobile was pretty crazy. I also tested it out last night with a station 35 miles to the south and he said I was putting a very good signal on him - although my audio on SSB
was a little quiet (stock microphone). On AM
I did try adjusting the AMC to max for interest sake and it got real loud...to the point that it was wayy overmodulated. I've messed around with quite a few 2950/2970's and on AM
the N2 seems to have more modulation with the stock mike than the other versions. I had to back the AMC off quite bit after turning it up to reduce the distortion and just get the clean loud audio.
I really like the black face and I did find that from the angles it is easier to read - now its still not perfect, but I think it is an improvement over the green/black.