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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Hand-held | Santec HT1200 Help

Reviews Summary for Santec HT1200
Reviews: 2 Average rating: 4.5/5 MSRP: $(missing—add MSRP)
Description: 1980s era 2 meter HT
Product is not in production.
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W4RAR Rating: 5/5 Jan 6, 2008 13:55 Send this review to a friend
This was my first HT  Time owned: more than 12 months
I loved this HT it seemed to hit repeaters better than todays HT's but i think thats because repeaters aren't as good as they use to be or maybe not as well maintained as they use to be. I left mine on low power all the time and had no problem hitting repeaters 30 to 40 miles away with a rubber duck. I once worked a fellow over 230 miles simplex but i
was on a mountain top and the band was open .I purchased mine in the spring of 1982 I think they had just came out at the end of 1981. don't see many around anymore wouldn't mind buying another one if i happened to find one in great shape
NE0P Rating: 4/5 Nov 1, 2002 15:25 Send this review to a friend
Still does the job  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have owned 2 of these HTs, and figured I would write a review since no one else had. This was the most feature packed HT when it came out in the early/mid 1980s. Has 10 memories, scanning, searching, 4 watts on high power, and covered 140-149.995 mhz. Never had a problem with one, and the 4 watts packed a pretty good punch for its time. The battery packs are easy to rebuild as they are just 8 AA nicad cells strung together. One unusual thing about this HT is that it used a LED readout, like the Yaesu FT207 did, and it would really eat up the batteries if you left the readout on all of the time. You could set it to only read out when you changed frequency, though. It was hard to read in direct sunlight, but really stood out at night. ALso, the memories would drain the batteries, but 10 default common 2 meter frequencies were written into the ROM, which would require no battery current to store.

The biggest downside to this HT is finding a PL board for it. It required a special PL board to fit at the bottom of the battery pack, and these boards are almost nonexistant today. If you don't need PL (like in my area) then you will do fine. Also, the HT is very big by todays standards, but is also built like a tank. If you find one for a good price (you should) and need to get on 2 meters, go for it. These are still fun units to play with once in a while. Also have nice large speakers on them with plenty of receiver audio.

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