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Tuna55
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Posted on Sunday, May 31, 2009 - 7:25 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Any one have the RCI-2970n2 and what do you think of this radio.
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Mscott1212
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Posted on Monday, June 01, 2009 - 5:58 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The radio is just like a 2950dx with some extra power. I have one and I like it. I use the radio on 10 meters and it works very good. It is a nice solid radio. It just depends on what you are looking for in a radio.
Mike
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Tuna55
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I have a RCI-2950DX now. What I would like to know if there are any problems with the 2970n2
Its a new radio and thats why I would like to here from someone that has one.
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Mscott1212
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Posted on Monday, June 01, 2009 - 5:58 pm:

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The radio is just like a 2950dx with some extra power. I have one and I like it. I use the radio on 10 meters and it works very good. It is a nice solid radio. It just depends on what you are looking for in a radio.
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Mike
Cef#1011
From the Great Lakes State
Lon~Tech808
N9CEF~EN50mk
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Tuna55
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I just got my RCI-2970N2 today. Went down in the basement and hooked it up to my IMax. Wow !!!!!
Started out on 19 AM. Got out around 26 miles away and was told I sounded like I was next to him. Changed over to 38 Lower Side Band and my first contact was with 20012 in Grenada West Indies. He was on a RCI-2950 with an Imax. Also no problem with heat on this radio.
67Hundred in New Jersey 73's
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Timberwolf455
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Posted on Saturday, October 10, 2009 - 8:08 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

ya i like mine,ive had it since feb of this year and no problems so far,i did turn the wattage down to 250 watts tho,it was doing 325 when i got it and was running to warm,i have heard of several people getting them and having to turn them down,they wouldnt last long cranked up,i only know of one that blew a couple of mosfets,may be in the bias is set to high,i havent had mine checked but it does great at 250 watts
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Bob1
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Posted on Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 2:01 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

How big power supply does it take to drive this puppy?

Thanks Bob
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Crown59
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Ok, This looks like a great box but I have one simple question?!?!?!? I have had the 2970 and I hated the receiver! Why? Because when you turn the radio on with no antenna connected at all, you hear a TON of WHITE noise!!! It was typical of these boxes and drove me nuts! Is the new one any better?
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Mscott1212
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Posted on Saturday, October 02, 2010 - 8:23 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Not sure since I never turn it on without a dummy load or antenna connected. It is boxed up and stored right now, or I would check for you.
73's
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Walterb
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I have the new 2970DX N2 Blackface and fine it to be a GREAT RADIO, had to drop the gain down in the receiver some because I use it as a Base radio but after that I could not ask for a better radio, it pull out the weak station very well and with 200 watts I can always get back to them its ***** in my book. Oldtimer
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American_radio_18
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I purchased the 2970N2 and its an incredible unit, only thing is it started to have an issue when i un keyed the mic. The meter on the radio would spike and sound like 30 s units of white noise. I would key up again and it would go away, i could also shut the unit off and would go away as well

But when i was taking a short video of the problem to send it to the shop i got it from the unthinkable happened, i went to duplicate the issue buy shutting the unit off and something popped on the inside. With burnt electrical smell woffting in my truck i disconnected it and shipped it back the next day WITH the video.

Im hoping they can fix the issue soon. Has anyone heard of this problem??
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American_radio_18
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I got my 2970N2 back and the tech told me that he has seen this problem before twice, he said that the RF loop was missing from factory causing the amp to stay keyed and eventually blew the mosfets and a resistor. The blown parts were in a bag when the radio arrived. Works as it did when i got it. Just thought i put it out there incase anyone has the same issue. 73's AM #18
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i have a 2970n2 and it worked great for the first week i had it but now its doing the same thing as your 2970n2 (American tadio 18) i noticed that when i tured it on it worked as it should but after i unkeyed my receive is gone so i checked all my cabels and everything is good and tight but if i grab the power/ground wire the relay would click and my receive would come back and i can turn it off and back on and sometimes it works and other times i have to touch the power wires to make the relay unkey my swr is a 1:1:1 on ch 1 and a 1:3:1 on ch 40

i dont use it much and when this started happaning i unhooked it to keep any other problems from popping up haha so does this sound like the same problem ?
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Dale
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Posted on Sunday, May 15, 2011 - 9:55 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

if its still under warranty id call ranger
thats too much money just to leave it sit.
just my opinion
dale/a.k.a.hotrod
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Tech833
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Sounds like RF coming in through your power cable, causing the relays to stay in the keyed state.

When you mentioned that you grabbed the power wires and the relays would release, that is a good indication. Have seen this many times.

You can instal a ferrite over the power cables where they enter the radio and it may solve the problem.
Your radio 'Mythbuster' since 1998
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sorry for the way late post but i still have the radio and it is under warranty i have used it a few times to hear truckers to find back ups on the freeway and grabing the power cables does not always unkey the builtin amp and neather does turning the ridao off an on i had it hooked up in my old crown vic and now i have an s10 and hooked it up in it an the same thing is happening was told by my dad that my old vic might not have a big enough alt to power the radio but my s10 does the same thing so i am vary sure its the radio i called ranger and talked to a guy i could barly understand lol and got some info on sending it in but just for Confirmation can someone give me the repair address or tell me if what i have is right radio

(shop supply 1672 main street sweet 228 ramona cal 92065)
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Conner
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Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 11:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'll be gettn one soon (2970), anyone know if the pyramid 46 amp copper sales will hold it?
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I would go with 60amps or higher follow the LORD Jesus.
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Conner
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The pryamid 46 works on sideband good, radio does 200w swing, By the way, It even holds a good firm am carrier while on sideband too. And I dont have to worry about the am going out soon as it only keys 60 watts or so & swings backward when above 40 or 50 watts on am.
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You should have your set up check out if you have backward swing follow the Lord JESUS.
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Charliebrown
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If he has backward swing his dead key on am is set to high. Some people will run the watt's on the control on the radio wide open with a 50 or 60 watt dead key. This is a no, no, for this radio. It will get hot quicker and the radio is not made to operate this way. At least not for long. I suggest you by a service manual for this radio or at least download it. Then you will see what I am talking about. I run all my RCI radio's on a 2 to a 3 watt dead key and let it swing. If the radio is properly tuned correctly it will perform with forward swing. On ssb 200 watt is about 50 watt to much. 150 watt will sound better and the radio will run cooler. On today's radio the cooler they run the longer they last. Sure they will do that much power but would you run your car wide open every place you go? Sure they will do it but they will not last long.
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Dale
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charlie brown is correct. also shouldnt have a carrier on ssb. ssb is all audio so shouldnt
have a carrier at all. id send send it to
back to ranger for a PROPER align and tune
as this is WAY outta wack
dale/a.k.a.hotrod
cef426
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454 [dx numbers]
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Conner
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True, I wasnt planning on using it full power, Through years of trials & error, Like anyone, I just wanted to see what it would go up to, soon as I saw backward swing at 30 or 40 watts i knew not to go full blast, Just a twist up on the power & right back, Would like to run it around 10 watts or so when I get it fixed
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Charliebrown
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I would not run mine at a 10 watt dead key. It is better for the radio to run at a lower dead key. I would not run the dead key any more than a 6 watt dead key at best. My radio is much cooler at 2 to 3 watt dead key. In today's radio's heat is a major factor in a radio to break down. Also if you leave this radio in a very hot car with no protection from the sun the display will fail and the fan's in the radio will run all day and the radio will still be red hot to the touch.
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Dale
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Posted on Sunday, March 23, 2014 - 6:40 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

with a 2970 i think 10 watt deadkey max is safe
if it was the 2950 then id say 6-7 max deadkey.
also same in cold weather the displays go crazy
until it warms up
dale/a.k.a.hotrod
cef426
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Conner
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I've never used one in a vehicle, but I wouldnt want to. I've used 2950s 2970s for base units for several yrs though, Nothing compares
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Dale
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well lets just say they dont like cold weather
below 30 degress especially.2950/70 are great
base setups i had a few. but i also like my
2510,5010 as much if not slightly more jmo
dale/a.k.a.hotrod
cef426
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454 [dx numbers]
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Conner
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I hear a lot of those 2510s out there lately, They've been a very dependable clean sounding radio, In fact, usually when I hear one I mistake the audio for a Icom yaesu or kenwood
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Charliebrown
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I like the RCI DX radio's because they have very good receive, modulation, frequency range, and most of all they do not have drift on both am and ssb frequencies. Very stable. To put it even better ( THEY HAVE ABOUT EVERYTHING A PERSON COULD WANT IN A RADIO) Other radio's have trouble with temp's as well. It is even in the owner's manual about the temp's tolerance. In the summer I cover my radio display from the sun. In the winter I let the radio come up to temp. before I turn it on.
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I too have a 2510. Always had excellent audio. Had a Lincoln too but it ran away from home. Wish I'd kept it! Heard a bunch of them too.

Haven't had any of the RCIs yet. Sure like the looks of their bases but with my Kenwood TS-180S I can't justify the expenditure.
73 Pressman
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Conner
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I'm sure you have to pay Shipping to have one repaired under warranty to Ranger, But Does anyone know if Ranger sends it back at their cost?
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Conner
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I think you would be satisfied with one of the ranger 29 series Press man... While owning a Kenwood, it may seem like a step down while purchasing, but you'd be suprised with the stability of the rangers
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