CPI in Partnership with Palomar ( the real Palomar electronics in Ca) Started to build some really nice Programmable Radios under the Digi-Com Label until Cobra and EF Johnson moaned and cried to the FCC
and they pressured CPI/Palomar to stop production.....even after the Radios`s had been Type Accepted by the FCC
themselves `s before allowing the sale of the radio.
I think Cobra knew that the 2000B would strip the sales of there cobra 2000.
The CPI 2000B base radio was a great radio before they stopped building them in the mid 80`s.
They included a built in , low noise pre-amp ( that same circuity was used in the stand alone Model CP-1 Range Plus Pre Amp) as well as a 8 pole crystal filter that gave the rig great adjacent channel rejection.
had a switchable Built in Speech Processor/Compressor ( again the same circuity was used in the stand alone CPI "Talk Power" speech processor that was very popular) fet mic pre-amp, And another great feature is the radio was built with modular construction that was easy to work on .....not that they broke down much, these radios would work into high SWR all day long and not break a sweat because they built the radio to be almost bullet proof.
The Owners manual stated the radio`s TX
mismatch tolerance was "infinite VSWR at all Phase angles".
You could unhook the coax, and tie a rubber band around the mic transmit into nothing.....walk away from the radio, come back an hour later, hook up the coax and the radio still worked just fine.
The one down fall I found with the CPI Base station was that the used a single conversion RX
I think this was cost driven, but having said that they still had good sensitivity in the receiver and did a great job with the radio over all.
The Base along with the BC 2000 Base Console ( 7-digit frequency counter for both AM
, and in both transmit and receive modes,built-in receive pre-amp, an antenna tuner, a TVI filter, an auxiliary antenna switch and a 6-digit LED quartz crystal clock is an awesome radio station.
Add the CPI HF
-150 class B solid state Amp with switchable filters for 10-80 meters...Ah hum ah OK well it was built for Ham radio, but ...well you know.
Yes, another great rig.
Thanks for the Picture.