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Reviews For: Collins PRC-515 / RU-20

Category: Transmitters: non-amateur adaptable for ham use

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Review Summary For : Collins PRC-515 / RU-20
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Army HF 2-30 MHz backpack, 20W, cw/lsb/usb/am, auto tuner, 24V
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E78CB Rating: 2023-09-16
A nice green one Time Owned: more than 12 months.
Very good and effective for what it was build for by Rockwell Collins license for JNA (Yugoslav People Army). The only mod was that PA was pushed to 35 W. I used it as backpack in portable actions... but, at the end it was "heavier" than my enthusiasm" (abt. 15kg total with two 12V/7Ah batteries) as it needs 24V and was hard on scanning the band, especially 10m phone part. Nice tuner but CQWW CW contest was "one in a lifetime" experience with 5 kHz wide ears. The biggest pro is solid antenna tuner and the most annoying of all cons for me was having only one push button for frequency digit set (you can go only up, not down). Nice part is it has a push-light to look the digits in the dark. However, some nice DX with this one and this unit is also to be blamed why I was hooked up to QRP operations, as I accidentally pushed the switch to "Lower Power" position... and I liked it.