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K7VO Rating: 3/5 Feb 10, 2004 14:45 Send this review to a friend
Decent bare bones 10m FM rig, no frills at all  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
The Tomei Electric TM-102N is another one of those Japan market only 10m FM rigs that comes out of Korea or China. It, much like the JIM T-One (by Santec) is a bare bones, low end, no frills, very low cost rig. It puts out 10W on 10m FM and does no other mode. It, thankfully, cannot be easily modified for use on CB.

Receive audio is quite good on the radio and the transmit audio with the stock mic. is decent as well. Sensitivity is pretty normal for a rig of this sort, which is to say good but not blow your socks off impressive. The rig does have CTCSS (PL) encode, but it's on all the time when you're in repeater mode and is fixed at 88.5Hz. Probably fine for Japan and OK for the vast majority of American repeaters which are carrier access. Not good if you want to get into a repeater with a different PL tone.

The rig has no memories and no scanning capability. Even an ancient Azden PCS-4800 has those minimal features. There is a calling channel, but it too is fixed at 29.30 MHz, which is fine in Japan but not so fine in the U.S.

The display on the TM-102N is a green LED. It washes out in direct sunlight. At night the controls are outlined in a dim blue glow which makes the rig look cool but doesn't help you see what the controls do at all. Thankfully there are so few controls that you'll have them memorized in no time.

I used the rig on the base for a couple of months and then moved it to the car. With a 10m hamstick I worked into California during a recent band opening. The rig does what it's supposed to and does it reasonably well. The lack of features, or features that make no sense in the U.S. market, force me to rate it as OK and nothing more. I paid $50 or $60 on eBay for this rig and it's certainly worth that much.
 


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