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CB Radio: Realistic TRC-217

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rabbitdude22

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Hello,

Just yesterday I happened to acquire a Realistic TRC-217: 40 CH CB Transciever
I have always been a radio scanner and my scanner could not pick up CB so I have never really learned much about CB until now. I will try to start looking for some general info on the internet; if you have any suggestions, that would be great.

But the real question is if there is an availible manual somewhere online for this transceiver. So far I have had no luck. So anybody out there have any places/suggestions?
 

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Radio Shack has lots of that stuff on their site, it may require a lot of digging around - I don't find their site to be the easiest to navigate - but they do have manuals.
 

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Actually there really isn't much to that handheld CB turn it on set the squelch set it to one of the frequencies and listen. They don't scan they are more appliance than anything else. Try listening to channels 16, 22 seem to remember most of the crap was on those frequencies. It's been a long time since I used "chicken band".
 

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4 year member here of CBRADIOFORUM.COM tons of info and good guys there, post this question there and youll get a real answer.
 

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Turn On/Off switch to the On position, adjust volume, adjust Squelch, select Channel, press Push-to-talk button, begin speaking, release Push-To-Talk button, wait for response...

See not hard at all to operate this little CB radio. ;)
 

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I just got one too. Tune to Channel 19 - which is the "trucker's channel" - just listen or wait until you hear a truck go by and ask "Anybody got their ears on for a radio check?" If they can hear you, they will respond, never fails. It's a surprisingly strong for a handheld. Good Luck!
 

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Manual for trc-217

Hey there
I see you have had a few replies on this but none seem to have a manual for you. While I tend to agree that this is a pretty simple radio to operate I also understand that tha having a manual for finding out things like specs for a charger/power supply (in this case two different items) would be handy. That said I also have recently purchased a pair of these and they came with all of the origional papers. The manual explains all of the basic functions, describes how to use the charger and, even includes a schematic. If you have not found a manual already I could scann this one and email it to you. HAve a good one
 

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I just saw your post (femustang - from Jan 2010) about having a manual for a TRC-217. Although it is now Oct. 2010, I would like to obtain a copy of the manual. I would be willing to pay reasonable reproduction costs.

Thanks.
 

femustang

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trc-217 manual

Hi There
I did not hear back before so I never got around to scanning the booklet, the Radios are currently in my storage unit but I will be going over there tomorrow anyway so i will pull the booklet and get it scanned for you. is there a particular format you prefer? I can do it as a photo, document, or a pdf file. Have a good one
Dan
 

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Trc-217

femustang -

Sorry it took me so long to repley. Any format that is convenient for you will work. However *.pdf or *.jpg would be the easiest for me to use.

Thanks for you help.
 

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Hey there
I see you have had a few replies on this but none seem to have a manual for you. While I tend to agree that this is a pretty simple radio to operate I also understand that tha having a manual for finding out things like specs for a charger/power supply (in this case two different items) would be handy. That said I also have recently purchased a pair of these and they came with all of the origional papers. The manual explains all of the basic functions, describes how to use the charger and, even includes a schematic. If you have not found a manual already I could scann this one and email it to you. HAve a good one
Could I ask you to email me a copy of the TR-217 user manual? I need to see in external power cord specs. If you have it in PDF format, that would be ideal. Let me know if you need my contact info and I'll get it to you. Thank you in advance.
 

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Thanks for the schematic. It'll come in handy if I have to repair these in the future. I figured out that the input current should be 600ma.
 

ka2wey

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DC power needed for TRC-217

The dc power requirements for a 4 watt cb radio or handheld cb is a 13.8 volt power supply capable of delivering
at least 2 amps. It preferably should be a regulated power supply. You will need a this type of power supply to obtain the full 4 watts of rf output.
 
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N4JKD

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I would just google it, as I'm not sure Realistic is even around anymore. Reason cb won't pick up on a scanner is that it is very low power hf or shortwave radio. Scanners only pick up vhf/uhf frequencies, junless you pick up a shortwave receiver. Check your local radio shack also, as they were the only place I ever saw Realistic equipment sold
 

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I would just google it, as I'm not sure Realistic is even around anymore. Reason cb won't pick up on a scanner is that it is very low power hf or shortwave radio. Scanners only pick up vhf/uhf frequencies, junless you pick up a shortwave receiver. Check your local radio shack also, as they were the only place I ever saw Realistic equipment sold
You only saw Realistic equipment sold there because Realistic was a Radio Shack brand of Tandy.
 
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