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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Hand-held | Radio Shack HTX-200 Help

Reviews Summary for Radio Shack HTX-200
Radio Shack HTX-200 Reviews: 58 Average rating: 3.9/5 MSRP: $49.95
Description: This transceiver brings you big features and simple operation in a convenient, take-anywhere size. Delivers 200mW output with 2 "AA" batteries or a full 2 watts (2 meters) with external 9VDC. You can store a calling channel and up to 30 frequencies in memory for quick access. Touch a button to scan the memorized channels or every channel in the band. Has built-in 47-tone CTCSS encode and decode, programmable repeater offsets plus an LCD display with LED backlight, 10-step signal strength meter and low-battery indication. An SMA-type jack lets you connect an external antenna. Size: 3"3/8 x 2"5/16 x 1"1/16 ", less antenna. Requires 2 "AA" batteries or DC adapter #273-1815/H.
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KC9DTO Rating: 5/5 May 15, 2003 11:35 Send this review to a friend
great buy  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
got for less then $20.00 then i used it for a few days heard about the 9 volt battery so i hook one up to it put out between 1-2 watts of power works fine on simx. and hits the local repeater what more can you ask for for $20.00
K8LEA Rating: 5/5 May 11, 2003 22:01 Send this review to a friend
Forgot....  Time owned: more than 12 months
Couple more thoughts....

The timer that's used to delay scan re-starts (when a channel is in use, the radio stays on-channel for a bit, and then continues on even if the carrier isn't dropped) is the same one that's used to hold on-channel when the radio notices a signal.

SO, if you're listening to the local PD report a hairy incident, and the radio moves off to check, for example, the local repeater, if _anything_ triggers the squelch, it'll sit there for the duration of the same timer. By the time it gets back to the PD, everybody's on the way home.... The scan hold and restart timers should be separate....

I just checked RS' web site - nothing but the HTX-242 and a little speaker. I have one of the latter. It's bracket is a little flimsy, but the audio is decent if you don't overdrive it. I have an FT-1500M in the car, and the top-mounted speaker was a little much (sounded _great_) for the rest of the family, so I stuck one of those 19-318 speakers up beside the driver's visor. I can listen without the family hearing much. Sounds like my VX-150....

K8LEA Rating: 5/5 May 11, 2003 21:35 Send this review to a friend
Great, but I paid too much....  Time owned: more than 12 months
I've had an HTX-200 since forever, it seems. At least since it sold for well over $100.... I managed to end up in a hospital and was feeling well enough to "listen" when I realized that the only HT that I had at the time was configured in a way that my wife could never get the thing to me without destroying something. (As in "where did you _really_ plug in that charger?".)

When I got out, I bought the HTX-200.... I figured that I could use a new toy, and wanted something that I could take to the hospital if I ended up back there (looked quite possible at the time) _and_ would be small enough and cheap enough to not worry too much about. Perfect choice....

(At $20 I think I may grab another one....)

Two complaints - if you tell the radio to lock out a channel temporarily (very easy - one button while the channel is in use), you have to power the radio off and then back on again to release the lock. Not a big deal unless you have two others you want to keep locked out....

And, there's no way to take it further out of band.... (I know, I know....) These are re-packaged FRS or GMRS (can't think which) with, AFAIK, all the frequency control in ROM or somewhere that can't be changed. I _think_ RS wanted it that way, probably to keep their dealers from selling the "wrong" radio.

There was (is?) a case at RS at the time - not a very good one, and it required that you remove the belt clip (no great loss; the case was sold for "Family" radio and such), but it was good enough for the few months I carried the thing until I realized that the output really wasn't enough for most of my needs and I switched back to my old FT-23R. (Sanity went out the window and I bought a VX-150 a while later. I also stayed out of the hospital, which helped pay for that.)

Overall, a decent choice for very close in use - repeater down the block, or at a hamfest, where you _must_ carry an HT.

KC9DTO Rating: 5/5 May 11, 2003 21:05 Send this review to a friend
good buy  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
well iam in the city and hit some of the systems fine. everyone tell me that the radio has a good audio. so maybay thinking of hooking up a highgain and see whats happens. i like the radio very much and not a bad deal for $20.00 now iam looking for the htx-400 73 kc9dto
N2DE Rating: 5/5 May 2, 2003 14:21 Send this review to a friend
What a bargain - I may even try 2m now  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I got started in Ham radio the old fashioned way, with CW and home made equipment (that's a while ago as you can imagine ...), and I've never tried anything above 30 MHz so far. But when I saw these little guys for $24.95 I couldn't resist and bought the two remaining ones. I am fascinated that I can key up three local repeaters with something running on two AA cells, and who knows I may even try to attempt a QSO once I get the hang of how it's done up there on VHF. This thing has 30 memories (can't imagine needing more), and all the configuration options that one needs. I would probably have paid the price just for having a new reasonably complex toy so I can read the manual and fiddle around with it - but this thing looks good and complete enough to actually use it (too bad it can't do CW, but I probably wouldn't find any partner if it did)
LNXAUTHOR Rating: 5/5 Apr 28, 2003 15:56 Send this review to a friend
Good Googley Moogley! $24.97 for a 2M HT?  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
OK - let's be honest... the HTX-200 isn't the greatest HT out there...


but holy smokes! i just picked one up for less than $25 from a local RS, popped two AAs in, and started working my local repeater...

audio out sucks, but this is one unit you won't mind losing during a night on the town or leaving in a hotel room when traveling... throw it in the glove compartment with a set of batteries, and you'll always have a spare HT...

my unit's SQL and Power/Vol knobs were loose, so be careful if you find and buy one of these elsewhere (we'll probably seem 'em at flea markets minus knobs in a year or so)...

30 memories, scanning, memory lock-out (skip), subaudible tones (CTCSS), etc. are supported...

a cute 'alert melody' can be played when getting a tone signal

ext. spkr/mic jack is on top (where it should be)...

takes 9V ext. DC adapter and *supposedly* puts out 1W???? otherwise 200mW (rendering the htx-200 fit for monitoring duty if you can't hit your repeater)...

but ohmygod, why can't all HTs cost this much?

K4ROD Rating: 4/5 Apr 26, 2003 17:34 Send this review to a friend
Good radio for $24.95!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Just found and purchased 2 of these little guys for $24.95 each (Clearance) at my local RadShak! I had one before, but returned it the next day due to the feeling of immense STUPIDITY after paying $99.95 for it! The little radios work great for short distance communications and receiving local amateur repeaters, public service, NOAA stations,etc. Definately worth 25 bucks!!
GM0IIO Rating: 5/5 Mar 14, 2003 10:06 Send this review to a friend
Under $50  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Where can you get a 2m HT for under $50 ! Got mine in Miami last week for $49.97. It was the last thing I needed, but couldn't pass up a bargain like that. Works a treat, and tiny to boot. Goes everywhere with me now.
KC5SZU Rating: 5/5 Mar 12, 2003 23:31 Send this review to a friend
Great HT For The Size  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I like the 200 for its size, put it in my pocket at work. I can hit the repeater here on the coast that is about 25 to 30 miles away. Batterys seem to last also in the 200, fairly easy to program.
KI7AZ Rating: 5/5 Jan 1, 2003 21:57 Send this review to a friend
Does the job!  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Good little radio. Does the job on 200mw, however batteries tend to quickly drain. No worries, hook it up to an external power supply or outlet. Also, SMA to BNC connectors are hard to come by and Radio Shack apparently dosen't sell them, go figure? Again, good radio for $50.00, GET THEM WHILE YOU CAN at this price!

73 - Matt

**If you want a HT with all the bells and whistles, look elsewhere and pay a little more.
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