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Reviews For: Radio Shack HTX-212

Category: Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Base/Mobile (non hand-held)

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Review Summary For : Radio Shack HTX-212
Reviews: 27MSRP: 349.99
2 meter mobile tranceiver
Product is not in production
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KU2S Rating: 2005-07-27
Worth looking at Time Owned: more than 12 months.
For ease of use, features, and transmit/receive quality, this radio ranks right up there with the best of them. Shabby construction in certain areas, however, bring the grade down on this.

Noted earlier was a fragile coax pigtail connection on the antenna lead. Well, add to that a poorly constructed mount for the frequency selector knob. This is mounted on a small riser board, which in turn is soldered onto the main circuit board. There is NO hardware mounting this knob on the faceplate/bezel of the radio. The result... Moderately light impacts on the front of the radio could very well render the frequency selector knob unuseable. Two repairs to this in the past three years and it's broken again! Granted, this could probably be alleviated with a more judicious selection of mounting locations, but truth be told, it's a poor design decision, and mobile radios should be designed with an eye toward accepting at least a LITTLE shock and impact.

Good transmitter, and receiver, good feature set. Just a shame it's gotta be housed in a package that's so fragile...
KI4JJU Rating: 2005-06-05
Solid Performer Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
In my brief time with the HTX-212, I have been highly pleased with its operation.
K6RAS Rating: 2004-01-31
Very Nice Rig Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I've owned this HTX-212 since it was first released for sale by RS. It's been in my 4x4 since the day I purchased it and has provided excellent service. I typically work repeaters at a line of site distance of 140 miles without difficulty (from the Napa Valley to the Sierra Foothills) and I rely on this little radio for both phone patch (calling home from the valley) and local public service activities. I'd recommend this rig (if it's been properly cared for) to anyone wanting an inexpensive 2 meter rig that will provide exceptional service.
KV4EW Rating: 2003-10-24
Excellent Radio Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I have owned my HTX-212 since 1995 and the only issue I have is that the unit seems to be sensitive to cold weather. In the winter , it needs to warm up before I transmit or it will superimpose a high pitched squeel on the signal. Other that that it is one great radio. I continually get very good comments on audio and signal quality.
The cold nature is the reason for reducing report to a 4.
FORMER_VE3LEG Rating: 2003-01-10
A good radio Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
I just bought one of these, and am quite impressed with it. Lot's of useful features, and not too difficult to program.
ASTINT1 Rating: 2002-05-11
Nice radio, perfect size and suffecent features. Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
I've only had this radio 2 weeks but it is a perfect radio for a beginner as I am. I got a good deal on this radio. It was brand new and only costs me 100. The output wattage is perfect and on low power i can hit repeaters about 100+ miles from here and on high power i can hit repeaters that are about 200-400 miles from here. Over all i give it a 4 out of 5. A perfect radio for a HAM beginner and not so bad as a second radio for a advanced user.
K0CBA Rating: 2002-05-08
Another short fall Time Owned: 6 to 12 months.
Just another Radio Shack "almost a good idea" product. 15 and 30 kHz spacing is the norm on the 146 to 148 section of the band but these units only have 5, 10, 20 etc. tuning. With out the 15 kHz step the VFO scanning feature is useless. I agree though that for no more than $75 it's not a bad rig.