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Reviews Summary for Radio Shack HTX-10
Radio Shack HTX-10 Reviews: 143 Average rating: 4.2/5 MSRP: $149.99
Description: 10M - 25W SSB, AM, FM
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W4KVW Rating: 5/5 May 2, 2017 18:09 Send this review to a friend
Great 10 meter Only Rig   Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I must say the HTX-10 is a fine little radio.I own it as well as the HTX-100 & the President HR-2510 & all work very well on 10 meters but I'll take the HTX-10 hands down over the other two.The HTX-10 has the ability too work FM repeaters even though it does not have a tone board but it does allow split operation on those repeaters without a tone.Neither of the others can do that.The HTX-100 does not have AM or FM so it falls way behind & though it has CW & the HTX-10 does not I'm not a CW person so it's not an issue at all for me. The HR-2510 has all modes but it does not do split so no repeater use with it.I am making the HTX-10 my full time mobile & for those who say 10 meters is dead I must say it's open most every day here at my home in North Florida so I hate you live in a dead zone.Catch you on the bands if you can get some prop because even right now 10 meters is hopping as it has been most of the day & most every day in sunny Florida. {:>)
KM4AOO Rating: 4/5 Feb 15, 2016 13:18 Send this review to a friend
pretty good  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
now most of you don't know BUT there is a sister radio called the HTX-100 that has CW its just like the 10 in looks but has a few extra things to it. also even though i am a tech i do like that.. how for a basic 10 meter it dose the 100Khz split needed for FM (29.610 to 29.690 repeaters) the way to overcome the CW issue by the way is to modulate it into the microphone jack of this radio OVERALL VIEWE>>>> i might get called a QRMer but the point is ive made several south american contacts from murphy north carolina as a base AND mobile
KG4VDZ Rating: 5/5 Jul 6, 2015 18:25 Send this review to a friend
awesome rig   Time owned: more than 12 months
5 star radio works great i have used mine and talk all over the world solid rig 25 watts out and stays on frequency just a great all around 10 meter rig
WA1UFO Rating: 5/5 Jan 17, 2015 22:14 Send this review to a friend
Fun!  Time owned: more than 12 months
I love this little rig. I bought mine brand new in the box for 85 bucks and have had a lot of fun with it. I have the mod and the parts for CW so I want to do that as CW is my favorite mode. I find AM up around 29 Mhz to be fun.I highly recommend this rig if you like 10 and can find one in good shape. I will never sell mine!
KK4CUL Rating: 5/5 Nov 7, 2014 10:57 Send this review to a friend
Really a 4.5, but for the used price it deserves a 5  Time owned: more than 12 months
My first HF radio was a Uniden HR-2600 10 meter all mode. I was a tech, and used this plus a 10 meter double bazooka to work the world. The first time I worked Japan, I had a huge adrenaline rush and couldn't believe that with $100 worth of second hand gear, I could talk to Japan, all over South America, Hawaii, Alaska, the entire west cost almost daily!

Well I sold it to fund an upgrade, and really started missing it a year or so ago. Luckily though, I was browsing the QRZ swapmeet page and found an HTX-10 listed for something like $50-75. I didn't need it, but I knew the radios are similar enough and it would be snatched up in a heartbeat if I didn't get it. So I did, then bought a Wilson Lil Wil antenna and tuned it for ~1.5:1 across 28.3 - 28.6 or so.

I used to commute 160 miles a day for about 1.5 years. This provided ample time to work Australia, New Caledonia, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Guatemala, Mexico, Oregon, California, Washington state, etc all mobile. I also have worked HI, AK, and JA land with an end fed wire antenna sloped at 45 degrees. 25 watts is great!

Things I like -- NB actually does work pretty well to get rid of ignition coil, fuel pump, and door lock sounds. It marginally works on power line noise. The tone control -- if it is really loud in the car, using the higher frequency tone helps articulate a bit. If the band is noisy with QRM, QSB, etc, the low tone setting helps block some out. The lack of menus makes it a pretty simple radio to use! Every button is on the front panel, and there aren't many. But this is not a contest rig -- it is a mobile rig and does it's job just fine.

The downsides -- lack of real AGC. This is somewhat good, because unwanted noise doesn't get pumped up, but it also makes quiet signals hard to pull out when you are driving at highway speeds. The VFO step is also somewhat annoying and limited, but the RIT works OK enough. Neither of these have ever made me get upset at the radio though!

Overall, it is a perfect 10 meter rig for a tech to get a taste of HF, or for anyone to work HF mobile on a budget. It is amazing that with a $75 radio, I can talk to people all over the world while driving home from work. This radio is a keeper and I will probably never sell it. Maybe when my 10 week old grows up, I will hand it down to him!
WB4OKM Rating: 5/5 Apr 5, 2014 00:33 Send this review to a friend
Great little radio  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have owned this radio for about 12 years or more.
It was purchased when Radio Shack discontinued selling them and closed them out at $79. It has good sensitivity and can pull out some weak ones. My best dx was on 10 meter AM working European stations. This is amazing since it puts out only 5 watts or so in this mode. 10 meters has been especially hot recently, so enjoy it while you can!!!
W2WRI Rating: 5/5 Apr 4, 2014 10:55 Send this review to a friend
Great Little Moble  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I Put This In My Car September 2013 An Very Happy With It It Seams I Can't Do Any Wrong Wit It. Got A Laird MNO Mount Base Loaded Coil Very Cool Looking Ant.Dose Real Well Great SWR. Check Out My QRZ Page W2WRI....7/3
KB5KWO Rating: 4/5 Apr 4, 2014 02:34 Send this review to a friend
$100 or Less a Great Buy  Time owned: more than 12 months
My HTX-10 has given me lots of pleasure and DX. The Radio itself is nothing fancy but has proven consistent. DrawBack?.. ..No CW with this Rig , however I bought it reasonable and am happy.

I've had to rewire the mic element a time or two and I enlarged the mic opening for the element with a small bit while having the mic apart. This really helped the modulation levels, .. Easily OverDriven Now..

Overall a good buy for less than $100..
W4JRQ Rating: 5/5 Jan 24, 2014 15:37 Send this review to a friend
Great radio  Time owned: more than 12 months
This was my first hf rig. Unfortunately with 10 m you have to wait for the band to open but when it does it does awesome using only a steel Whip vertical or a dipole. I have gotten as far as Germany and Alaska from Mobile Alabama with several contacts in California. Bought mine from Radio Shack when they were getting out of the ham business and is still kicking well.
AE2K Rating: 5/5 Mar 4, 2013 14:35 Send this review to a friend
Very happy  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Just a quick review after purchasing the radio on the classified for $100.

I have made several nice SSB contacts over the weekend at 25W from New York City to the Azores, Mexico, Anguilla, West Africa and the U.S. Virgin Islands from my Buddistick portable antenna all with 59 reports. Obviously, the compromised antenna performed very well during the band opening.

I bought the Wilson 1000 mobile antenna for the car but have not gotten a chance yet to trim it for use.

Overall, for the money it is a great radio after all these years.
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