I would like to hear from anyone out here
who has, has used or has information about
the RCI-2950 or RCI-2970.
Pros, cons and comparisons.
(My first post here so please be kind!)
Well, as most everyone knows, it is sold as a 10 meter transceiver.Quote:
> I would like to hear from anyone out here
> who has, has used or has information about
> the RCI-2950 or RCI-2970.
> Pros, cons and comparisons.
> (My first post here so please be kind!)
I second the motion: My 2950 is wonderful. It has good audio output
and fidelity. Very large and clear readout. The one problem I had was
the backup battery is simply a lithium coin cell soldered to the
logic PCB and it will die after about a year or two. I simplu
replaced this battery with a 2-AAA battery holder from radio shack:
pop rivited to the radio frame and used two AAA alkilines. The AAAs
and plastic holder are cheaper than the lithium coin cell and make it
easy to change memory backup batteries.
There is plenty of room inside and I have considered the posssibility
of perhaps locating and installing a 2-meter transverter for
satellite work.... haven't been able t locate a cheap source for the
basic transverter though.
Robert S. Williams
>> I would like to hear from anyone out here
>> who has, has used or has information about
>> the RCI-2950 or RCI-2970.
>> Pros, cons and comparisons.
>> (My first post here so please be kind!)
>Well, as most everyone knows, it is sold as a 10 meter transceiver.
>Yet, if you open it up and flip a couple DIP switches, you have a
>26-32 MHz transceiver. Furthermore, you can LOCK the channels to
>the 40 CB ones used. Overall, it's worth it's price, but extremely
>large for a mobile. It does spaz out (if you try to push a button
>(for the light dimmer) the channels will go up mysteriously. DO
>NOT get the RCI-2970, many companies sell a kit to upgrade the 2950
>to 100 watts (which is the RCI-2970) for about $120.
>Also, many features reset themselves if you turn the set OFF then ON.
>The scanning is slow, the memory presets are OK, yet the clarity is
>awesome (I've had numerous people telling how nice it sounds). I'd
>reccomend this to anyone with the money.
> - Nick
However, I bought off a less than reputable guy...he's one of these CB-HAM
types and I think he'd been inside it to "tune it up a bit." Mine had a bad
problem with FMing in SSB modes. The rig worked great other than that.
It was already modified to cover 26-32 and LOCKing into CB. My basic
complaints of the rig are one, it's BIG. Two, it doesn't give the option
to diable the clarifier...which on this rig, I think it was a SLIDER and not
really a RIT. I didn't like the two controls thing...where it had a knob and
then that stupid thing on the outside that spun around, too. The controls
were kinda flakey, too. I now own a 2600 which I think is a far better rig.
The controls are more user friendly, and more designed as a ham rig and not
a CB. But, if one can find a 2950 for a good price, I'd nab it!
One warning... the first one from the store was not good...
The transmit audio sucked... no one could understand me. I finally got my
home hf rig and sent test messages to myself via tape recorder to check it
out... all garbled (I twiddled both the mic gain and power controls to no
good). I sent it back and got another one.
The replacement worked fine. I worked New Zealand a couple of times mobile in
I noticed the ARRL test lab report gave the transmit side a thumbs down
(perhaps they got one like mine).
BTW, there are mods to enable "cb mode" which allows receive (and xmit) on 11
meters. The display show CH 19 instead of 27.xxx. I like listening at night,
on road trips, when 10 meters is dead.
If I had it to do over again I'd try to find a Uniden (for the same price).
-- Mike, N5QAW
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