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.
Posted by James at 10:22 PM