Sunday, January 2, 2011


This is a handheld radio from a CB manufacturer, Magnum, that purports to do 10 meter and 12 meter all mode operation: AM/FM/SSB.

It's pretty shameful when a CB manufacturer does something that not even a ham radio one is doing. I know these are meant to be for freebanders but I kinda want one. I am normally 100% opposed to this sort of thing. They aren't fooling anyone when they sell the "10 meter amateur radios" on ebay that look and act exactly like a CB. If you ever bother to look up the manual for one, you see it's braindead easy to mod it for 11 meter use. They may as well put a switch on the front panel for crying out loud. I don't know if this handheld has a VFO mode or if it's more channelized junk. I haven't found out much information on it, besides lots of listings on stores that are primarily CB oriented. Some of them don't even pretend this is intended for amateurs who want a 10m or 12m HT, they list it strictly as a CB. It's a little pricey too, $210-$280 from what I've seen, and you have to mod it if you intend to switch bands from 10 to 12m.

Let's not pretend for a second that these are intended for amateurs though, these are meant for people who are going to "mod" them for CB use.

1 comment:

  1. One of my friends has one of these, that was made by Cobra I think, it is in the CB band, but probably could be modified for out of band operation. He picked it up from an estate sale, He thought it was an HT till he got it home and looked at it, then he realized it was a CB, but it was the first time either one of us saw a HT with SSB in it... and your right, why can't we do this??? What you found is probably a rebranded something (or maybe what we found is a rebranded something...) It looks just like the one in the video.