Because while it was sold as a 10 meter ham radio it was really a thinly veiled "outband" radio that was often used after modification by CBers. Not as thinly veiled as some of the others on the market at the time, but still fairly obviously a CB radio in Ham clothing.Why would a radio go down this low in frequencies if its unusable? This is a ham radio but why so low? THANKS RON
Because while it was sold as a 10 meter ham radio it was really a thinly veiled "outband" radio that was often used after modification by CBers. Not as thinly veiled as some of the others on the market at the time, but still fairly obviously a CB radio in Ham clothing.
Don't get me wrong, it is a decent little 10 meter radio. But at the time this radio was marketed there was a flood of radios that were sold working on 10 meters that could easily be modified to also work on CB, or 11 meters. While this is just a guess I would not be surprised if the majority of the HR2510 radios sold were to CBers.
So CBers would buy the 2510 (and similar radios) modify them (or have the vendor they bought from mod them) and be able to have extra power, frequencies, and modes on CB and the surrounding spectrum. Just slightly prior to this time it was common to just flat out buy radios that were not meant for sale in the US (called "export" radios) and already had the extra frequencies, modes, and power right out of the box. But then the FCC started cracking down on such radios and makers had to sell them as "10 meter" with the CB frequencies deactivated but often easily reactivated.
I still use an export radio (Super Star 3900, only slightly modified) as a driver for a transverter and another as a 10 meter mobile. These radios are cheap and do work, even if not up to the standards of some of the ham gear out there. I even have a Galaxy Saturn base station "export" that I fire up on 10 meters from time to time. Nothing wrong with doing that and perfectly legal. It might not be in the same realm of operation as my Yaesu FTDX-5000 but it does work, and can be fun to use, if for nothing else than just messing around. I think I got it for $50 at a yard sale, hard to find a cheaper 10 meter base station than that.