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Old 01-31-2009, 12:27 PM
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Hi guys.

I want to order a new RCI 2950DX from Copper.

Can a guy pop the cover, change a jumper and get the extra freqs, or MUST you have them do it by putting in extra parts or something.

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Old 01-31-2009, 12:52 PM
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Naw, just pop open the cover, move the jumper, and then reset the radio after you turn it back on. Mind you, I don't have a 2950DX; but while hunting for my Magnum OF, I studied a lot of candidates. And the 2950DX is a real nice candidate. There are a few web pages out there that will verify that info, just need to hunt a little bit. Not hard to find, really. The Mag 257 takes the same treatment to get the extra freqs - too. So did my Magnum OF, just put the jumper in the right place and reset.
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Unless they have changed their policy, you MUST pay them the money to modify the radio, or they will send you the radio missing the part required to activate 11 meters!

Most dealers, if you choose not to have them convert your radio for you, will send you the radio plus the "E-Key" that is a little plug in module that activates the open transmit. Copper keeps YOUR E-Key unless you pay them to convert.

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Thanks Highlander. I had the Mag 257, a great little rig but just got tired of it. I did not like the the channel/VFO setup. And I miss being able to scan memory channels. I have an old 2950 but it needs fixing, and I can't sell it on the bay, so I said screw it and just ordered a new one.

I have always loved the 2950 radios. Put a channel guard in them and they are awesome.

That is what I had suspected on the "E-Key" Thing. I went ahead and gave them their $30 bucks. I did the same on my magnum, all they did was move the jumper. It was off a bit and not perfectly aligned. But oh well, at least they are available!

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Unless they have changed their policy, you MUST pay them the money to modify the radio, or they will send you the radio missing the part required to activate 11 meters!

Most dealers, if you choose not to have them convert your radio for you, will send you the radio plus the "E-Key" that is a little plug in module that activates the open transmit. Copper keeps YOUR E-Key unless you pay them to convert.

Not too cool!

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Let me ask this then: Is a 2950 considered a ham radio?

I know when I got my first license and used one on 10 meters, I got the razzle from some of the old heads.

I sold the 2950 and got a Kenwood 480, but was wondering about some input.
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Let me ask this then: Is a 2950 considered a ham radio?

I know when I got my first license and used one on 10 meters, I got the razzle from some of the old heads.

I sold the 2950 and got a Kenwood 480, but was wondering about some input.

You call them "The old heads"....I call them "Armchair radio lawyers"....the QRZ forum is full of them, and I ignore them like an ugly school girl.....
I'm a licensed ham and have gotten the attitude because I'm working 10m on a Dragon SS-497....(export radio).....
The way I see it is like this.....I'm on the bands that I tested for, and I'm licensed to operate on, I'm not using excess power, as a matter of fact the radio I have is QRP at a whopping 12 watts PEP on SSB, and 4 to 6 watts PEP on AM & FM.....I think my neighbor's TV set is safe for now......
Personally I don't have a problem with CB'ers running a little heat....I was guilty of that at one time, and I don't have a problem with freebanders as long as they don't cause malicious QRM on the ham bands.....

Is using an export radio legal....by the fine definitions of part 97.....probably not, but will the black suites show up with a citation and confiscate your gear....probably not either......

There's skirting a rule or two, and there's breaking the law. We've all driven faster than the posted speed limit, rolled a few stop signs, or gunned it to beat a changing traffic light. That doesn't make you a criminal, and using an export radio on a band you hold a license to operate on doesn't either.....

But that's just my take on it......your mileage may vary.......
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Yeah....I'm with you. But, the 2950 is advertised as a 10 and 12 meter "AMATUER" radio. I bought that 2950 at a legit shop that installs radios in police cars for crying out loud. lol

I think they are nice 10 meter rigs, but after awhile, I just lied and said I was using an ICOM xxx and they would say - ah yeah, ICOM, great audio. Morons, it was the ranger dx.
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The 2950DX are known for not sounding like a 'CB splatterbox'. That is why they gave you a good report. In a sense that radio is both a Ham radio and a clean-sounding CB rig. So long as you as you use it properly; how can the nice people in the clean, white vans tell the difference?
They can't - of course.
Nice radio by all that I've read about.
If I decide to sell my OmegaForce, that would surely be a fine choice - IMO.
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