10 meter radios

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  1. W7GTG

    W7GTG Ham Member QRZ Page

    I just finished reading about techs being able to use some of 10 meters for ssb. You can get 10 meter only radios for fairly cheap but these radios, sometimes called export radios i guess legal to use for ham?
  2. RUSS

    RUSS Guest

    Legal for ham,illegal for 11 meter "CB" the way i understand it anyway
  3. KC2UGV

    KC2UGV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Well, many of them are illegal to sell/purchase in the US. The FCC carries a list of them, with the justification (rightly so) that they are disguised CB radios.

    I don't have the URL for the list handy though. You can try google to find it. It lists make and model.
  4. K0RGR

    K0RGR Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    I think most of these export radios fall in that category, and they aren't much of a bargain, either, for what you get.

    Instead of a single band rig, consider an all-bander like the FT-857. It will give you all the popular ham bands, both for Techs and everybody else.

    If you don't want a mobile-style rig, look for an IC-746.

    Right now, 10 is pretty much dead. We're at the bottom of the sunspot cycle. If we were closer to the top, 10 would be open every day from about late September to May for worldwide DX, and it would be easy to work with minimal gear like one of these 'export' radios, or one of the fully legal variety like the older Radio Shack HTX-100 and it's kind. Now, 10 opens up pretty much every day for Eskip in the summer time, but it is 'sporadic' - not really predictable. Eskip can happen any time but peaks in summer and again briefly in mid-winter.

    An all-band, all-mode rig will give you 10 meters when it's open, 6 meters, and 2 meters SSB as well. Some of them have UHF as well. But you can also use your Tech HF privileges on 80, 40 and 15 meters if you can find a way to do CW. Computers do a fair job of copying code these days.

    Another option might be the FT-817. This is a 5 watt portable rig that also covers all bands and modes up through UHF. 5 watts can be frustrating on HF, but when 10 is open, it's plenty to make DX contacts. There are also aftermarket amplifiers you can add to bring the power level up to the 40 watt level and beyond. ON 2 meters and UHF, the 817 makes a great substitute for an HT. The larger body on the 817 allows it to perform better than a typical HT, too. It also works well as a mobile rig with or without an outboard amplifier.
  5. W2NAP

    W2NAP Ham Member QRZ Page

    check out hamfests/ebay ect.

    buy a HF rig, not only do you get 10 meter ssb but you also get CW (code) privileges from 3.525 to 3.600 MHz on 80 meters, from 7.025 to 7.125 MHz on 40 meters and 21.025 to 21.200 MHz on 15 meters. limited to 200watts PEP
  6. K0CMH

    K0CMH Ham Member QRZ Page

    Like posted before, 10 meters has very few periods when the "band is open", i.e., long range communications. There are intermittant, short periods when 10 meters dose the long range thing, but not on a regular basis. Most of the time, these days, it is like 2 meters without repeaters.

    If you really want a less expensive, 10 meter radio, look for one of the used Radio Shack 10 meter radios. They are lower power (I forget but something like 20 watts) but are a true "Ham" radio. I consider them a decent radio for the price (when they are in decent shape and good working order).

    When 10 meters does "open up", 10 or 20 watts will do the trick. It is a very interesting band regarding propagation.

    Good luck with your Ham endevors.
  7. K4UUG

    K4UUG Ham Member QRZ Page

    You can get a nice 10 & 12 Meter all mode radio for the price of a 2 meter rig,a guy here uses one on 10 meters and has had good results with it .It can do the 10 meter fm repeaters also.:)

  8. K8YZK

    K8YZK Ham Member QRZ Page

    Remember though Tech's can't not use 10 Meter FM. There are radio's out there for 10 meters that are on the FCC list, but some where allowed in before the FCC banned them. I just sold a Uniden HR2600 which was bought at a major ham store before the ban. You can own and use one on 10 meters, but DO NOT use it on 11 meters if it has been modified, and again if you are a Tech, you can not use 10 meter FM.

    10 meters is down right now but once the sunspots (maybe the government needs to bail them out also ;-), you can work the world on 25watts.

    Oh upgrade to General and enjoy the fun on all the HF freq's

  9. KC4RAN

    KC4RAN Ham Member QRZ Page

    That radio is on the FCC's ban list. Supporting places that sell these so-called 'export' radios is nothing more than helping the very same people that are 'freebanding' and invading the lower part of 10 meters without licenses.
  10. K0HWY

    K0HWY Ham Member QRZ Page

    It's also, IMHO, a rip-off considering the specs.
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