low cost 10 meter rig

wb4jfi wb4jfi at knology.net
Tue Jul 6 14:17:03 CDT 2010

I still have a Sears CB that was converted to 10M back in February 1978 
(Sandy took a group of us AMRADers on a 4WD tour of the various Sears 
stores in the DC area on GW birthday, during a heavy snow storm).

You need to find the right crystals to move the synthesizers to 10M, and 
the rig will not cover all of 10M.  Plus, the rig is still channelized, 
and it becomes difficult without a computer printout to do conversions 
between 10M frequencies and channels on the CB set.  Drove me CRAZY!  
Let's see, 28.5MHz is channel 23 with the A switch flipped up, but 
28.55MHz is totally different....

I tried to fire mine up a couple years ago, when messing with Propnet, 
but found it much too difficult to work with, plus the 10M mod that it 
had did not even cover the Propnet frequency.  That's when I bought the 
Rad Shak HTX-100.  Life's too short...

Maybe replacing the whole synth with a decent DDS would be a much better 

Dan Romanchik KB6NU wrote:
> What about CB conversions?  Wasn't that all the rage during the peak of the last sunspot cycle?  I still have a Maxon CB and KD1JV conversion kit that I never got around to building.
> 73!
> Dan KB6NU
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> On Jul 6, 2010, at Jul 6,9:33 AM, Robert E. Seastrom wrote:
>> Bill Liles <lilesw at gmail.com> writes:
>>> Folks, the new techs hams can use the old novice and tech HF spectrum.
>>> I am trying to find a low cost way for these new hams to get onto 10
>>> meter SSB.  Does anyone have any ideas?  There are some 10 meter kits
>>> available but still expensive.
>> The solution that comes immediately to mind is CB-inspired rigs from
>> the likes of Ranger that weigh in at a bit under $300 street price.
>> Not QRO, and not cheap compared to a 2m only mobile, but they'll get
>> you on 10 and 12m for a budget price.
>> http://www.bigrigcbradio.com/rci_2950dx.html
>>> Most of the high school students I run into have computers.  Is there
>>> a cheap SDR option of using their computer for most of the processing?
>> Not sure that this is necessarily cheaper, all-in, and in any event
>> it's generally QRP compared to "real rigs", and while that's fine for
>> those of us who are up for a challenge, with the still dismal solar
>> flux numbers we're seeing it would be even worse for sustaining
>> interest than:
>>> I find that some kids get the tech license and all they ever find out
>>> about is 2 meter repeaters and give it up.  I want to help their
>>> interest grow.
>> that.  I agree.
>> -r
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