It's an "export" "10 meter" radio with mfr supplied quick modifications to convert it to use illegally in the CB band. Google turns up loads of info ....If it has been modded, as 99.9 percent have been, the frequency display will show it...As far as I know, these haven't been marketed new since the 80's, so take your chances on condition.
If the radio is modified for CB band yes a normal CB antenna will work. But if not you will need to get a 10 meter antenna.Can a normal CB ANTENNA be used for transmission on this radio? Will the CB antenna only be good for the CB band on this? Is another antenna needed for the 10 meter transmission on this? Thanks Ron
Because it's not type accepted by the FCC for CB operation.. From a WIKI entry on CB:I don't have a mic so I can't test anything. Is it a power problem is why it can't be used on CB? Ron
Note I'm not the radio cops, just giving you what you've asked. You seem to be focusing on CB operation of the radio...you make your own choices and live with any potential consequences, whatever level of risk exists.Transmitters must be FCC certified and may not be modified, including modifications to increase output power or to transmit on unauthorized frequencies. Output power is limited to 4 watts for AM transmitters and 12 watts peak envelope power for single sideband (SSB) transmitters.
Don't forget CW, RTTY, and Data from 28.0 to 28.3. Novice/Tech has the entire bottom 500 kHz of the band from 28.0 to 28.5 in some form or another, CW/Data/RTTY from 28.0 to 28.3, and SSB/CW from 28.3 to 28.5.You cannot use it for CB at all and only USB or CW from 28.3 to 28.5 MHz as a tech.
I thank all for your input. I need a mic for this as I can't even check output without the mic. Anyone have one? I guess I'll save for some 10m fun sometime. I think you can tune the output down on these units if someone wanted to use it for Cb. Thanks Again Ron
Forget turning the power down, that is not the issue. Yes, they transmit with more power than is allowed on CB, but the real problem is that they are not Type Accepted by the FCC for operation on the 27 MHz CB band. It does not matter if you turn the power down to the legal limit for CBs or not, they are still illegal to use. Even if they meet all the specifications for "authorized" CB radios, such as power, modulation, frequency stability, etc, etc, and are externally undetectable as illegal for use they still are illegal to use on CB unless they are "type accepted" by the FCC for use in the CB service.
Use of such radios is sometimes a sore point on forums like these. Some people see it as no big deal and some people see it as illegal, and so should not be done even if it can't be detected. I refuse to comment on if it should be done or not, but if a person is going to do so they need to know it is against the rules, and could, potentially even if improbably, cost you your ham license.
Who said anything about scrapping it? If I am reading the rest of this thread right you have a Tech ham ticket, as such it would be perfectly legal and appropriate for you to use this radio, as it currently exist, on 10 meters. It would not be legal to use it on CB. Just because the radio CAN electronically do CB does not make it illegal, and does not mean you need to use it for CB transmissions. Ownership of the radio (even by someone without a ham license) is not a violation in any way that I am aware of. The only thing that would be a violation would be to actually use the radio to transmit outside the 10 meter band.Really I guess your right and I really should scrap it. Thanks Ron