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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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. It has a Clarifier knob which acts the same as RIT.
After listening to a lot of the local operators talk about 6-meters, I thought I would give it a whirl.
Ranger RCI 5054DX Radio Transceiver
Current Draw at full power. 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.
Before you buy, make sure you get a later model so you hopefully won’t have the backlight problem. Well, about 2 days after receiving the radio the blue LED panel light went out. They dxx100 they had a whole batch of bad ones from a supplier but this one should be fine. The rig I obtained came with a white on blue display, which really looks great!
If I’d paid full retail it might upset me, but for a cheap entry to 6M I am more than happy. Other than that It is a good performer for the cost. I first got my Ranger in January There is no support from Ranger as far as ordering parts.
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Email us at sales rangerusa. Now you can upgrade your mobile Ham capabilities with a radio that is rich in features and at a reasonable cost. I chose the ranger due to the cost and experience of a couple of local guys that use em. It turned out to be a pretty good rig. Trying out the 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.
I also wish it had a factory installed tone board, but I guess you can’t have everything. I adjusted both using a Bird 43 wattmeter and Bird watt dummy load on the output. 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. 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.
I have a 55054 element homebrew beam at KE0VH, and the radio’s only downer that I have seen is there is no filtering of strong adjacent signals.
Do yourself a favor if you’re considering one of these. To see a large close up view, click here: I was able to reach everyone I could hear with just a dipole working 7 states in an hour and got good comments on the audio. The only reason I downgraded dx10 evaluation is that when the tone is on it is on for everything, and if you forget to turn off the sx100 for the repeater on simplex or SSB you will not make contact.
Email Subscription You are not subscribed to this review. My only complaint is that it has poor selectivity. Finally looking on the internet for the service manual all I could find was a small blurry schematic diagram. This is nothing but a modified export CB radio made to cover 6m. For those field trip contests, DXpeditions, public safety activities, or group gatherings, the PA feature is just the answer to coordinating efforts with the group and getting everyone’s attention.
One is available from Ranger, but you have to manually change the tones on the board via dip-switches. Good luck finding some! These are commonly adjusted at the factory by spreading or compressing the coils using an insulated plastic tool. It just plugs into a module.
First of all, they can dump the roger dx10 since there is really no need for it. Then it went out again and they sent me another. It worked virtually everything I could hear during this years 0554 contest and just general operating.
I also really like the front panel adjustable RF power out knob. Came back on, went out again. So to sum it up, I think this is definitely a great stand alone 6m all mode rig with a good 50554 Compare it to Alinco’s FM only 25 watt tranceiver.
Ranger RCIDX Product Reviews
After researching for a couple of months ,and reading reviews on many different 6-meter radios. The backlighting design is poor overall. This 6 meter mobile radio has retained the popular operating features of its predecessors, including programmable repeater offset allowing splits of up to 2 Mhz, with Tx high or low and capabilities for a CTCSS tone option — great for increasing repeater activity on 6 meters — plus receiver scanning for quick search of active frequencies.
I did not contact them about a service manual since they had not replied to my email before. Since that time I have not had another problem with it and it scans all the memories in it daily. The step tuning works well, just slightly cumbersome but is relatively easy to get used to. Contact the site with comments or questions.
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