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Author Topic: ranger  (Read 4801 times)
KJ4ZGP
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« on: December 09, 2010, 04:21:44 PM »

Cant find any reviews on Ranger Radios anyone know about them. thanks  KJ4ZGP
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W5RRP
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« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2010, 04:32:54 PM »

Are you looking for info on the E F Johnson Viking Ranger, or the CB radios that went by the brand name of Ranger?
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KB1LKR
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« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2010, 07:49:10 PM »

http://www.eham.net/reviews/products/38   
has a few reviews of some 6m Ranger Communications Inc (RCI) transceivers, though I don't see any reviews on this site for their 10m rigs (or their 11m CB rigs).
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« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2010, 08:23:37 PM »

Or the old GE RANGR's?
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« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2010, 08:55:06 PM »

Then there is Clayton Moore.................................
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« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2010, 10:04:27 PM »

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I don't see any reviews on this site for their 10m rigs (or their 11m CB rigs).
That's because typically they're the same radio! Grin
Ken  AD6KA
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KJ4ZGP
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« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2010, 10:16:18 AM »

Isaw this radio at a flea market it was new this guy was selling them. He had one hooked up and it sounded great. It was a Ranger USA model RCI-2995DX SERIES AM-FM-SSB-CW  10&12 Mtr.
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AD6KA
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« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2010, 11:10:58 AM »

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Ranger USA model RCI-2995DX SERIES

It's a CB with a "150w PEP" RF deck and tricked out to look like a fancy rig.
I see they're advertised around $600 new?
For that you can buy a brand new REAL radio, i.e. IC-718, all mode 10m-160m.
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KB3HG
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« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2010, 08:33:40 PM »

I googled Ranger RCI 2995DX

 beacon use


www.epinions.com/review/Ranger_RCI_2995DX_Scanner/content_447711972996

For 600.00, Think Twice for that price you could get a real nice Ham radio.

Tom Kb3hg
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« Reply #9 on: December 10, 2010, 09:11:23 PM »

"Real" here doesn't just show derision towards CB.  Yes, most of us do have a small amount of disdain for a poorly disguised attempt to skirt the law. 

Integrity aside, the idea is that that price will buy you a radio with features better suited for hams, including better, more bullet-proof receivers, presumably cleaner output on transmit, far greater frequency coverage, computer control. etc.

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« Reply #10 on: December 11, 2010, 12:44:29 PM »

The Rangers are yet another overpriced ripoff of the ham community, along with the SuperAntenna, Miracle Whip antenna, Comet and Diamond no-tuner/radials required antennas ...
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« Reply #11 on: December 11, 2010, 01:22:50 PM »

Well, I have an older Ranger 2950 (non DX model) I bought off Ebay for $125 a good while back. At 25w pep I've worked Argentina, Portugal, Poland and many other places out of a A99 (horrors!) CB vertical at 20 feet. I don't feel the least bit ripped off. Are there better radios out there? Sure. Do they cost a whole lot more money? Yep. I have a fancier, more expensive HF rig and better antenna now that I'm a General but I still have the 2950. It got me on the air making DX contacts for what I could afford at the time. If I'd have waited till I could afford a "real" radio I would have missed out on a lot of exciting DX. This is my experience, your mileage may vary.

A question for all those here who have such low opinions of the Ranger: Have you ever actually owned one? Or is your opinion based solely on the perception that this rig is only suitable for lowly CB scum? I'm wondering because I've never known anyone who's owned one, including licensed amateurs, have anything but praise for it's on air performance. And every one I've ever heard on the air sounded just fine. That's one the reasons I bought one.

BTW, none of the preceding is intended to offend or "flame" anyone. Just my honest opinions and questions.

Terry
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« Reply #12 on: December 11, 2010, 03:07:16 PM »

Well......Let's see.

Ranger $589.95

Kenwood TS-130S, AT-130, DFC-230 Great condition  US $355.00

Kenwood TS-940S Transceiver with Auto Tuner & MARS Mod $560.00

KENWOOD ALL MODE MULTI BANDER TS-570S W/POWER SUPPLY US $585.00
KENWOOD TS-570-D HF TRANSCEIVER US $579.00

Drake TR7 Transceiver Working – Guaranteed! $399.99End Date:

YEASU FT-767GX TRANSCIEVER US $425.00
Claiming you made contacts out side of the USA on a 25 watt PEP rig on 10 meters with a CB antenna is rather a lack luster statement.  Especially so when held up next to people who play with QRP rigs, 5 watts or less.

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Bob

PS: The Yaesu FT 101 series were, are much better CB rigs than the Rangers.
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KF4CZV
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« Reply #13 on: December 11, 2010, 03:35:11 PM »

Well......Let's see.

Ranger $589.95

Kenwood TS-130S, AT-130, DFC-230 Great condition  US $355.00

Kenwood TS-940S Transceiver with Auto Tuner & MARS Mod $560.00

KENWOOD ALL MODE MULTI BANDER TS-570S W/POWER SUPPLY US $585.00
KENWOOD TS-570-D HF TRANSCEIVER US $579.00

Drake TR7 Transceiver Working – Guaranteed! $399.99End Date:

YEASU FT-767GX TRANSCIEVER US $425.00
Claiming you made contacts out side of the USA on a 25 watt PEP rig on 10 meters with a CB antenna is rather a lack luster statement.  Especially so when held up next to people who play with QRP rigs, 5 watts or less.

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Bob

PS: The Yaesu FT 101 series were, are much better CB rigs than the Rangers.

OK, let's see: Bought mine used in perfect condition for $125. As stated, that's what I could afford. I agree on one thing.... if I could have afforded 600 bucks I would have bought something better. When I COULD afford it I bought a Yaesu FT900AT.

I'm not CLAIMING anything...... simply stating the facts. Considering the limited antenna set up I had and this was my first time working 10 meters and it was phone and where we are in the solar cycle, I was and am pretty proud of it.

Terry

PS: I don't use my amateur radios for CB. I have CB radios for that.
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« Reply #14 on: December 11, 2010, 04:18:38 PM »

I use an old ranger 6 meter all mode radio for my day to day monitor radio.  No sense in cooking a really nice radio 24/7 to listen to 50.125  for openings in the aether.  I think I paid a hundred bucks for it and it has been working fine for about 5 years or so....
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