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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: HF Amateur (inc. HF+6M+VHF models) | Radio Shack HTX-10 Help

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Radio Shack HTX-10 Reviews: 138 Average rating: 4.2/5 MSRP: $149.99
Description: 10M - 25W SSB, AM, FM
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W8AJL Rating: 5/5 May 31, 2011 17:49 Send this review to a friend
great low cost 10 meter rig!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I believe the HTX-10 to be a good radio however I am speaking about the newer version sold as the Magnum 257-hp. This radio is a mobile radio and I do not expect it to be as good as one of my radio's in my shack however with that said the radio performs fine and if I can hear it I usually can work it.

The Magnum 257-hp is capable of 80 watts pep and has FM as a feature as well. However on FM you only get one pl of 88.5. This isnt a big deal to me as most coordinated repeaters hear in Ohio do not have a pl.

I run the radio with a cut down 11m K40 antenna with an external speaker and it has provided me alot of enjoyment. So if you are looking for an HTX-10 google Magnum 257-hp and give one a try. I got mine for $214 shipped from the address below.
KD0GCH Rating: 4/5 Jan 18, 2011 21:16 Send this review to a friend
Works  Time owned: more than 12 months
Have worked with this radio for a wile.It was a gift from the XYL.I run a lot of big box radios(ic 746 ic 706 and so on).The HTX 10 will never fit in this class,however it sits on the same bench.I use it every thursday for the 10m net on 28.390. i get great reports every great for the price.The only gripe i have is no cw.
KX7P Rating: 4/5 Dec 3, 2010 03:20 Send this review to a friend
DECENT 10 METER MOBILE  Time owned: more than 12 months
This is a good and inexpensive 10 meter mobile radio. It's only 25 watts, but when 10 meters is open, 25 watts with a decent antenna is all you will need. Nothing too fancy with this radio. It's pretty simple and straight forward to operate.

I've had mine for about 10 years and never had any problems. I've worked the world from my car with this radio. It has a decent, but not great, receiver. A decent, but not great, transmit. If you can get one in good condition for about $100 than get it.
RAINS Rating: 4/5 Oct 24, 2010 23:58 Send this review to a friend
Good little radio.  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
Great little radio. At first I thought it was junk. At least compared to my icom 706MK2G. However now I prefer it to my 706 for 10m DX. Great for mobile or hiking/camping use. I have talked to CA, TX, Fl, HI, British Columbia, Brazil and Argentina on mine. With no amp! Just run a good antenna. I use a Wilson 5000 for mobile and a simple home-brew dipole for mountain top use. 25w works much better on 10m than you think it would. If I can hear the other station clearly then I can usually get back to them. Plus you can run for a very long time on simple 12v 7ah SLA batteries.
--Light weight
----easy to use
---Low amp draw, works great off of SLA batteries
---small mic but you get used to it.
---looks like a cheap crappy CB radio.
--only puts out 25w
--squelch on sideband could be better
--could have more audio output for freeway use.
--Umm I'm really trying here people! It's hard to kick this radio!
If you can get one for around a hundred bucks buy it! They are worth it!
KC8DHV Rating: 4/5 Apr 21, 2009 21:06 Send this review to a friend
Not bad for the price  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I bought my HTX-10 almost a year ago. When there are band openings (hi-hi) it gets out there and talks pretty good, always good signal reports. I am running mine bare foot with a 10 Meter Dipole. I got mine off of a local "Traders Net" NIB for under $100.00. I have mine on almost all day WAITING, WAITING, and WAITING for a band opening, and the only complaint with it so far is that the display back-lights have burned out already! Both of them! I finally got my General a few months ago but am laid off so I cannot afford a nice rig yet, but when I do, I definatly plan on putting this puppy in my pick up! If you are a Tech looking for a low-cost HF rig and you can find one of these on Ebay or else where, GET ONE! P.S. STILL WAITING FOR A BAND OPENING! lol 73. KC8DHV
KC2FTN Rating: 4/5 Nov 25, 2008 23:07 Send this review to a friend
Nice Little Rig  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I swapped a scanner for my HTX-10 and couldn't be happier. Previously, I was using an Icom 756PRO into an Ameritron AL-80B amp on 10-meters, but I decided to back it down a notch or two and go with a mono-band radio for 10-meters instead. So far I've received good audio/signal reports from the rig, and have so far worked about 1000+ miles on sporadic Es. I'm very happy with the HTX-10, and if you ever want to go digital with it (including Echolink), just spend $40 and get one of these interfaces:
K1DA Rating: 4/5 Jun 25, 2008 11:01 Send this review to a friend
parts?  Time owned: more than 12 months
Good box for the price but don't bother to go into Phonnyshack for repair parts-- you get a blank stare or a "Is that a cellphone" line from the droid. A company called Magnum inports it now (2008) under the magnum 257 name and I am hoping to get a new A gain pot from them.
KD8GTP Rating: 5/5 Feb 3, 2008 12:04 Send this review to a friend
Great Radio  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I purchased mine from Ebay, under $100. With the recent sunspot activity I've had alot of fun with it. Using a simple dipole I've made contacts to SantaFe TX from Ohio. A good bargain for 10m users.
KD0AFM Rating: 4/5 Dec 3, 2007 18:47 Send this review to a friend
Decent beginner HF Rig  Time owned: 6 to 12 months I have no basis for comparison, but I think this is a great HF starter transceiver. I've had my Technician license for 9 months. Bought the HT10, put a dipole (cut to 10 meters) in my attic and proceeded to work 27 states and had over 60 contacts during summer e skip. Got the stock hand mic. Folks don't rave about my audio but it gets through just fine. Not real sensitive on the receive side. But all in all, no bad considering you can pick these up for $100 or less.
N1YWB Rating: 4/5 Nov 27, 2007 09:13 Send this review to a friend
Cheapest way to HF mobile  Time owned: more than 12 months
This radio is nothing special, but for the price it's probably the cheapest way to put out a mobile HF signal. When you consider how cheap CB antennas are vs. multiband ham mobile ants, then the low total cost of the mobile station really becomes apparent. When the next solar cycle picks up, you can have a lot of fun working DX on it while driving around town.

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