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10/12 Meter Ham Radios
Ranger Communications and Other Brands
Ranger RCI-2950DX & RCI-2970DX Transceivers

(Perfectly legal for Licensed Amateur Radio Operator use within Part 97 Rules and regulations.) They are NOT legal for sale or use on the CB band!

If your new to ham radio and the hf bands, with a Technician class license or higher and a limited budget, here is an inexpensive way to get on 10 meter voice ssb operation or CW! These 10/12 meter ham radios can be bought new for hundreds of dollars less than a full blown, multiband HF transceiver with lots of features, modes and extras you will not be authorized to use unless you are a General class license holder or higher class operator!

The 10 meter band is rapidly increasing in activity on a daily basis now in 2009 and will reach a peak around the year 2012/13 according to the experts.  The Ranger DX ham radio transceiver models listed below will certainly get you on the air on the 10 meter Technician voice portion of the band in style and they are perfectly legal for ham radiio use!  

With a cool, cost effective, multimode 10 meter ham radio in your "shack" or in your mobile, and a simple antenna, you will be all set for some great 10 meter worldwide fun! You can even homebrew your antenna for fixed station use very easily or cut down an old CB steel whip for the 10 meter band...Yes, even 25 watts is more than enough with good band conditions! 150 watts is that much better! This author has literally worked the world with 5 to7 watts ssb when the band was wide open with just a simple dipole up about 15 feet!

Ranger Communications has been around for a long time and are very popular among 10 meter operators with good reviews from those who have used them in their 10 meter station setups. Good service information is widely available on the web for free!

One huge advantage is that the Ranger RCI-2950DX & RCI-2970DX can be purchased new for several hundred dollars LESS than the other all band hf radios that have way too many bells and whistles and all the frills, and don't forget that 100 page operator's manual you have to memorize with all those fancy rigs!

So if your looking for a 10 meter ham radio transceiver that will do everything your Technician class license will allow on 10 meters, plus 12 meters for that General class, then read on.........

Ranger RCI-2950DX shown

Ranger Communications once again sets the performance and reliability standard for entry level amateur mobile transceivers with the latest generation of their popular RCI-2950/70 series of cost effective, multi mode, high performance transceivers.

Introducing the new RCI-2950DX & RCI-2970DX. These new DX models feature microprocessor control of not one but two amateur bands, 10 meters and 12 meters.

 The new RCI-2950DX, rated at 25W PEP and the RCI-2970DX, rated at 150W PEP are perfect for the recent band openings on 10 and 12 meters. Now you can upgrade your mobile Ham radio capabilities with a transceiver that is rich in features and reasonable in cost.

The new DX models have retained the operating features of its popular predecessors, including programmable repeater offset and capabilities for a CTCSS tone option  great for increasing repeater activity on 10 meters if you have the privileges  and receiver scanning for quick search of active frequencies. The units offer three methods of frequency selection, non-volatile memory to store and scan up to ten favorite frequencies, and front panel frequency selector lockout.

In addition, the RCI-2950DX & RCI-2970DX Series offers an impressive array of design and performance improvements:

 An improved receiver: designed for increased sensitivity and image rejections.

 A double FET balanced mixer: for improved receiver intermodulation rejection.

 New power supply protection: and temperature compensation for improved stability and reliability over wide temperature ranges.

 Surface mount components: for increased resistance to shock and vibration.

 Improved display lighting: Green Backlite for easy reading in a wide range of light conditions.

  Variable Power Output from 150 watts to 2 watts depending on model great for PSK-31 operation, CW, SSB, both upper and lower, or other modes including AM, FM .

 10 & 12 Meter Bands  Large Frequency Display with Dimmer
Improved Receiver Design  New Green Backlite Display
Variable Output Power Control  Active Frequency Scanner
Receiver Clarifier (0.5kHz)  Ten Programmable Frequencies
Noise Blanker/ANL Circuitry  Frequency Selector Lockout
Programmable Repeater Offset  Public Address Feature

Warranty Period change! Now 2 years!
Ranger Communications, Inc., (RCI) is pleased to announce that the warranty period on the new RCI-2950DX and RCI-2970DX has been increased from the previous 1 year time period to a full 2 year warranty. This includes parts and labor. Ranger believes that with the new surface mount technology (SMT) implemented within the design of these models, the resistance to shock and vibration has greatly increased and the DX Series should have the longer warranty period.

Read a review of the RCI-2970DX, by Gordon West (WB6NOA), on page 66 of the January, 2001 issue of Popular Communications.

Read a review of the RCI-2970DX, from the October, 2001 issue of QST Magazine by clicking here:

QST Review.
Reviewed by Wayne Irwin, W1KI
Assistant to the ARRL VEC Manager
NOTE: Requires Adobe Acrobat to read. 

Tone Wiring for 10 meter repeater use
(You must have at least a General class license to use this feature on transmit.)

General class hams or higher license note:
For complete instructions on wiring a CTCSS tone board into the RCI-2950-70DX Series, please click here:

Base Station Application:

For use of the RCI-2950DX in a base station application, a recommended power supply is the Astron RS-5A or higher amperage equivalent. For the RCI-2970DX, a recommended power supply is the Astron RS-20A or higher equivalent.
CAUTION: Please be aware some "switching power supplies" can generate noise that will get into the receiver. Do your research!

To see a side-by-side features comparison chart of the DX Series, please see the Comparison Chart below.

RCI-2950DX & RCI-2970DX Specifications


RCI-2950DX & 2970DX 

 Frequency Range
(Observe your license class)

10 Mtr: 28.000 - 29.6999 MHz
12 Mtr: 24.8900 - 24.9900 MHz

 Tuning Steps

1 MHz, 100 KHz, 10 KHz, 1 KHz, 100 Hz


Bold type = Modes authorized for Technician class

 Frequency Tolerance


 Frequency Control

Microprocessor / Phase-Locked-Loop Synthesizer

 Frequency Stability


Operating Temperature Range

-10 C to + 50 C

 Meter Function

 RF Output, RX Signal Strength, Modulation, SWR
(LCD Display Indicates Relative Values)

 Antenna Impedance

50 ohms

 Input Voltage

13.8 Vdc


400 W Dynamic PTT - 6 Pin

 Size (W x D x H)

2950DX - 7" x 10" x 2-3/8"
2970DX - 7" x 9" x 3-7/8"


2950DX - 4 lb 3 oz
2970DX - 7 lb 6 oz

 Shipping Weight

2950DX - 7 lb.
2970DX - 11 lb




 RF Power Output

RCI-2950DX - 10 Watts RMS: CW / AM / FM 25 Watts: SSB (PEP)
RCI-2970DX - 50 Watts RMS: CW / AM / FM 150 Watts: SSB (PEP)

 Current Draw @ Full Power

RCI-2950DX - 4.8 Amps
RCI-2970DX - 18 Amps


(Note: Technician class hams USB/CW only on 10 meters)

 CW Keying

Semi break-in

 Carrier Suppression

- 50 dB

 Spurious Emission

- 50 dB

 Antenna Connector

UHF Type, 50 W





AM / CW: 0.5 V for 10 db SINAD
FM: 0.25 V for 12 db SINAD
SSB: 0.15 V for 10 db SINAD


- 55db

 Image Rejection Ratio

- 65 db

 Audio Output Power

2.5 Watts @ 10% THD into 8 W

Specifications subject to change without notice.

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Remember, you must be a licensed Amateur Radio Operator to legally operate in the 10/12 meter bands.

Beware of used 10 meter radios purchased online...Freebanders are notorious for butchering them!

Warning! These radios ARE NOT LEGAL on the 11 meter band.
They are NOT CERTIFIED by the Federal Communications Commission!

Copyright 2002-2006 Ranger Communications Inc. Specifications subject to change without notice.

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