5 December 2017

President Ronald 10/12 @ Nevada Soon!



So Nevada have become the first UK seller to take pre-orders for the new President Ronald 10/12m radio.

Priced at £179.95 it certainly isn't cheap. The US price is $139 which equates to £105 (YES you read that correctly!!!)

But even if we forget about the price we do have to ask who is actually going to buy this radio?


If you're a HAM Radio operator why would you want an AM/FM radio for 12m? I don't think I've ever heard AM/FM transmissions on 12m. 

Yes AM and FM modes are used on 10m for sure when conditions are good but we are heading towards the bottom of the solar cycle and 10m is very quiet at the moment.

I get the feeling that this radio, along with many other '10m Ham Radios' is actually aimed at CB radio users, but once again why would a CB user want to spend that much money on an AM/FM only radio when they can get many other SSB and higher powered radios for less money? (Anytone 5555, CRT 9900 etc) 

On the face of it this seems to be a radio without a clear target consumer. I'm sure it will be a great radio but will it sell more than a handful of units outside of the US? I guess we will wait and see.

In the meantime if you do fancy one pop over to the Nevada website and place your order: CLICK HERE 

Features:

Rotary switch channel selector
Volume adjustment and ON/OFF
RF Power
Manual squelch and ASC
Multi-functions LCD display
Frequencies display
S-meter
Public Address
ANL filter, NB and HI-CUT
RF Gain / Mike gain
Scan
Talkback
F function key
Beep Function
Roger Beep
Mode switch AM/FM
Dual watch
Span
Mic type electret / dynamic
Key locking
SWR (Power Reading /SWR)
Preset emergency (EMG 1/2)
TOT (Time Out Timer) adjustable
Front microphone plug
External loudspeaker jack

General

Modulation modes : AM / FM
Frequency ranges : 28.000 MHz to 29.700 MHz / 24.890 MHz to 24.990 MHz
Antenna impedance : 50 ohms
Power supply : 12 V
Size : 125 (W) x 175 (D) x 45 (H) mm
Weight : 0,9 kg
Accessories supplied : power cord with fuse 1 microphone UP/DOWN and its hanger, 1 mounting bracket with fixing screws

Transmission

Frequency allowance : +/- 300 Hz
Carrier power : 13 W AM (50 W PEP) / 35 W FM
Transmission interference : inferior to - 50 dBm
Audio response : 300 Hz to 3 KHz in AM/FM
Emitted power in the adj. channel : inferior to 20 µW
Microphone sensitivity : 3,0 mV
Drain : 7 A max. (with modulation)
Modulated signal distortion : 2%

Reception
Maxi. sensitivity at 20 dB sinad : 0,7 µV -110 dBm (AM) / 0,35 µV -116 dBm (FM)
Frequency response : 300 Hz to 3 kHz in AM/FM
Adjacent channel selectivity : 60 dB
Maximum audio power : 3 W
Squelch sensitivity : minimum : 0.2µV - 120 dBm / maximum : 1 mV - 47 dBm
Frequency image rejection rate : 60 dB
Intermediate frequency rej. rate : 70 dB
Drain : 500 mA max