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Old 09-06-2012, 10:54 AM
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Does the RCI2950 fascinate the freeband/CBer community more than the ham community or vise versa ?

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I think the CB / Freeband folks like it more.
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Old 09-06-2012, 11:32 AM
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I think a lot of new Hams have been scared away from inexpensive 10 meter rigs because of misguided information splattered across the internet.

Just like the post from one of our members the other day, Airplane, the confusion about if they are legal radio`s for a ham to use is astounding.
10 meters is a really fun band during the upside of a solar cycle, and a $250 dollar investment and a cheap shorted CB antenna will get you right in the middle of the playing field.
Most of the new guys do not remember, but it used to be common to hear converted CB radios on ten meters......a 10 dollar yard sale CB, a cheap CB antenna and some time and parts from your junk box was all it took.

Today lots of hams think the hobby is about $4000.00++ multimode rigs with all the bling-bling built -in from the factory.
I did not used to be that way.

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I just see it as a waste of $300 for a ham to buy a 10/12 meter radio, when for a couple hundred more you can buy a good used all mode ham rig that covers all the bands. Or for less than $600 a new Alinco all band/mode hf rig. Of course the 10 meter radios are going to be better sellers to CB'ers and freebanders wo have no use for any feature except converting to 11 meters and "freebanding". Well...then there's roger beeps and pretty multi colored lights that seem to be big with that crowd. And some of the 10 meter radios are selling for more than a new ham rig. If the prices were under $200 for a good 10 meter export radio I would get a new one. I already have an HR2510 but I picked that up for $75 at a ham fest.
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I often use my RCI 2950 Chassis radios on 10 meters due to the amount of floor noise that they filter out over my expensive ham rigs that take pushing this setting that turning this BLAH BLAH BLAH. I just turn on the DX2527 or 2950's and theres nothing else to mess withThey are outstanding 10 meter radios and my 2950DX also does 12 meters quite well.
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I use my Optima on 10 metres all the time with great success. I'm having more fun with it mobile than I did when I had a full shack with amp.
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I agree with you ratsoW8, $300 is a lot for 10&12metres when you could stack two more Franklin's and one could have a beautiful ts440,ic706,etc

Whoever said rci2950s are illegal is a mud duck !

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Its nice to have the best of both worlds.
A couple of hams who use to be CB'ers told me , sometimes it gets boring on ham frequencies and revert to CB. To me it sucks when people become bigots between the two, meanwhile its all about being on the radio.Making that contact at a FAR AND DISTANT LAND or making local contacts with friends.

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