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The RCIDX is an all mode, 10/25 Watt 6 Meter transceiver from Ranger Communications. Hey guys, just picked up the dx from Copper and it’s quite the nice unit! I do have one issue on the SSB. I do get my watts but I. [IMG]$ End Date: Sunday Mar PST Buy It Now for only: $ Buy It Now | Add to watch list Continue reading.
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New to Ham Radio? A tone board would be nice, but for what I do, mostly simplex SSB on voice, it is not extremely necessary.
Not too expensive W Power Cons: Taking it out of the box I dx00 the buttons on front all had the writing on them upside down I laughed about this! So obvious an error! Having worked in Heathkit service on Amateur radio equipment I know things just happen I contacted Ranger service by email asking what should I do they have never replied to my email request!
Trying out d1x00 RCIDX I had to look at the picture of it on the operating manual to tell what button I was pressing and what it did because the buttons that are on a rubber like strip were installed upside down AND Backwards.
After a couple of weeks and realizing Ranger service was not dx1000 to communicate about this embarrassing mistake?
Finally looking on the internet for the service manual all I could find was a small blurry schematic diagram. Perhaps Ranger has a service manual?
I did not contact them about a service manual since they had not replied to my email before. So I then took the RCIDX apart removed the front panel and found it very easy to turn the button strip right side up and reversed it end to end so the buttons now read their functions properly. Next was the low output. There are two low pass filters 55054 this rig one at the driver output this is actually the final for the lower power version and one more at the output of the added PA stage or power amplifier.
554 are commonly adjusted at the factory by spreading or dx100 the coils using an insulated plastic tool. These low pass filter coils looked so perfect all turns close spaced I said to myself “they forgot to adjust the low pass filters for best match”.
I adjusted both using a Bird 43 wattmeter and Bird watt dummy load on the output. Also checking on a Anritsu spectrum analyzer for clean output. I arrived easily at 50 watts out clean on CW just what the Specs say it should be.
Turning the RF gain down cured the problem but if you are listening to several stations and some are strong others weak like I do you are continually adjusting the RF gain. So I give this rig a 3 rating for poor quality controlPoor product support and poor communications.
It turned out to be a pretty good rig. I was able to reach everyone I could hear dx10 just a dipole working 7 states in an hour and got good comments on dz100 audio.
The internal noise is very low. My only complaint is that it has poor selectivity. If I’d paid full retail it might upset me, but for a cheap entry to 6M I am more than happy. It worked virtually everything I could hear during this years VHF contest and just general operating. I have a 3 element homebrew beam at KE0VH, and the radio’s only downer that I have seen is there is no filtering of strong adjacent signals. The step tuning works well, just slightly cumbersome but is relatively easy to get used to.
I dx10 really impressed with the company and ordered directly from Ranger-USA. The packaging was great and the radio was ready to power up and go. I am planning on taking the radio up a foot peak here in Colorado and operating lower power fully adjustable on a battery next summer. The rig I obtained came with a white on blue display, which really looks great! You can see a picture of my Ranger in my shack on the left hand side rack at www. I highly recommend this radio in its current version to anyone interested in a stand alone rig for mobile OR base with a 20 amp power supply.
The backlighting goes out due to a faulty inverter. The backlighting design is poor overall. There is no support from Ranger as far as ordering parts. I heard that the parts division was sold to a third party. Good luck finding some! The construction of this radio is horrible. Inside it looks like CB radio technology from the ‘s. I put it on an IFR service monitor and checked it out.
It meets specs as far as receive sensitivity and RF power output, but boy you should see the signal on the spectrum analyzer! The warranty seal was NOT broken when I bought it, so nobody has been inside to cause this. I think it holds a whole 10 whopping memories! Do yourself a favor if you’re considering one of these. This is nothing but a modified export CB radio made to cover 6m.
Even includes a Roger beep! After researching for a couple of months ,and reading reviews on many different 6-meter radios. I chose the ranger due to the cost and experience of a couple of local guys that use em. At first glance, the radio looked like a export CB radio to me. I was thinking that it wasn’t going to work worth a hoot After hooking it up, I made several contacts that said the audio was good and the signal was nice and strong.
There are only two things that I think Ranger could do to make the radio better. First of all, they can dump the roger beep since there is really no need for it. The second thing would be to include a tone board.
One is available from Ranger, but you have to manually change the tones on the board via dip-switches. Other than that It is a good performer for the cost.
For the first six months the backlight went out three times. Twice I sent it in and the third time they just sent me the strip which is time consuming but relatively easy to install. It just plugs into a module. Then it went out again and they sent me another. They said they had a whole batch of bad ones from a supplier but this one should be fine. It wasn’t so they called the radio back and gave me a new radio. Then the new radio failed so they called it back and replaced the strip and the module it plugs into.
Since that time I have not had another problem with it and it scans all the memories in it daily. The company was real great in their followup. I have the internal CTCSS module since we have a repeater nearby with a tone and since I only use it for a base there is no need to change tones, but if it is necessary, it is very simple to do once you remove the bottom case and have the binary code reference.
If it were mobile an outside module would be better since it may be necessary to change tones for different repeaters. The only reason I downgraded my evaluation is that when the tone is on it is on for everything, and if you forget to turn off the split for the repeater on simplex or SSB you will not make contact.
I have also made many contacts mostly over the western half of the country and Canada because of my location. I paid a little less than the MSRP for a brand new model. My first impression was that it would make a great base rig, which I had planned on using it for. This is my first rig that I have bought brand new. I also use it for local 6m nets and ragchewing and am ALWAYS getting great signal reports and amazement at my simple 6m setup.
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This watt version has a cooling fan mounted underneath the radio which is a great feature. It has blue backlit LED keep reading display with big easy to see numbers.
I also really like the front panel adjustable RF power out knob. It has a Clarifier knob which acts the same as RIT. Also a very easy dd100 use menu also. Well, about 2 days after receiving the radio the blue LED panel light went out. Came back on, went out again. It still does dz100.
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I contacted Ranger about this issue and they were already aware of this problem and told me that I must have received an early model since the later models had this problem fixed. They offered to check it out if I sent it in with about a 2 week turn-a-round time. I was a little upset as I was sold a radio with a known problem. I asked if they could just send me a new model but they dx100.
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I had just setup my 6m 50054 and explained that I did not want to go through the hassle of having to 50554 it back up and ship it off and be without a 6m rig for that long. So I just said the heck with it and kept it even though it has this intermediate problem. I also wish it had a factory installed tone board, but I guess you can’t have everything.
I only use it on SSB at this time but will soon get a vertical antenna as there is one 6m FM repeater in my area. So to sum it up, I think this is definitely a great stand alone 6m all mode rig with a good price Compare it to Alinco’s FM only 25 watt tranceiver.
Before you buy, make sure you get a later model so you hopefully won’t have cx100 backlight problem. Contact the site with comments or 55054. Email Subscription You are not subscribed to this review. My Subscriptions Subscriptions Help. I bought mine used and its had its share of problems after the warranty date expired.
After listening to a lot of the local operators talk about 6-meters, I thought I would give it a whirl.