Radio Shack HTX-212 Mars Mod

Discussion in 'Radio Circuits, Repair & Performance' started by AK4MP, Sep 20, 2009.

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  1. AK4MP

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    Is there a mars/cap mod for the RS HTX-212?

  2. KA5S

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    Google IS our friend you know:


    I can't vouch for the mod, though.

    Last edited: Sep 20, 2009
  3. K9YLI

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    I would not be a 'cap' mode anymore as they now require certified radios.

    and mars mod should be available from the mars co-ordinator you deal with as a mars licensed operator.

    your avatar has me thinking about all those who want to use their ham radios for fire dept work..

    thats a no -no..
  4. KW7RF

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  5. KC7DRI

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    All these responses bring up the question about how similar the 212 is to the 242.
  6. KC4RAN

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    Yep, big fines for that one. Certified radios for most Public Safety frequencies can be had pretty cheaply...
  7. KW7RF

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  8. AK4MP

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    I'm no longer on the Fire Department (anyway it is 100% volunteer no chance to violate 97.113 even if I was still a member.) I retired for health reasons. Heart Problems. FYI: My Dad served, I served, my Baby Brother now serves and both of my sons serve the same Volunteer Fire Department.

    Not interested in CAP duties and I have 5 (FIVE) PS Certified radios already and programmed for PS duty.

    You must be hearing things. The HAM police can go blow. I left ARES because of 97.113. I do not work for any PS or private agency, I am often contacted for advice. Spent over 40 years in PS Duty, Paid and volunteer and now I am out of it all.

    Next Comment?

    I have already checked Google, Yahoo and several other sites.
    Just thought someone might have figured out the mars mod.

    Thanks to those who replied w/o comments
  9. KC4RAN

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    You're missing the point. It doesn't matter who you work for, it doesn't matter if you're a volunteer. This isn't about Part 97.

    This is about using non-certified radio on Part 90 Public Safety spectrum.

    It's not legal to transmit using that radio on FD frequencies. Period. Regardless of your employment status. No, the chief can't "say it's OK". They don't have the authority. It's an FCC thing.

    Were you asking for a receive mod or a transmit mod? 99% of the time, when someone asks for a "MARS/CAP" mod, they don't have anything to do with MARS or CAP... they want it to expand the TX range of the radio. In this case, if this is your intention, it isn't legal.
  10. K9YLI

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    well touchy touchy.

    I would like to see posters who have read a few threads to realize what they are asking..

    If you want to do a MARS mod, the only legal reason is to be on mars.

    hence you should start your question with """ my MARS call sign is xxxxxxx and I want to mod a certain radio.."""

    That would remove any response about legality, which
    is so common on the boards ,as like it w

    as stated 99% want to do something illegal.

    as for haveing the ham police to ' go blow' , part of my or our response is to educate the unknowing, as some of this is not in the ham rules put in the commercial rules, which new hams have not ventured into.

    edit spelling..

    and if that attitude of 'ham police go blow' includes ham and commercial RULES go blow', then perhaps you are not suited to being a ham..
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