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     10 Meter Base Station Radio

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     Designed for economy yet performance, the RCI-2985DX is the ideal in low power base transceivers. Based on your requests for a low power, economical version of the RCI-2990DX, we are now introducing the RCI-2985DX. In order to create this low cost version, Ranger has removed the high power amplifier and features many people don't use or want to pay extra for, such as Echo and Talk Back. This makes it possible for us to offer a base transceiver at a very attractive price for a base station transceiver .

     Similar to its big brother - the RCI-2995DX, this unit offers the same exceptional sound quality and large, easy-to-use controls. It also features all mode (AM-CW-FM-SSB) operation, variable power output control, noise blanker and built-in heavy-duty AC power supply.

     The RCI-2985DX has an output power of 10 watts (RMS) for CW-AM-FM and 25 watts PEP for SSB. The economical RCI-2985DX also features a built-in digital frequency display, and a rear panel frequency meter output connector for measuring transmit operating frequency with an external frequency counter.

     The RCI-2985DX offers microprocessor-based advanced features typically found in high-end units costing several times as much, such as multiple methods of frequency selection, programmable frequency memories and scanning of selected frequency segments or 10 stored frequencies. A programmable TX/Rx split function is also provided for 10 meter FM repeater operation.

     The RCI-2985DX is a great sounding and great looking unit for the serious operator. Each unit has a full complement of extra front panel extra features such as a clarifier for SSB operation, dual panel meters for display of received signal strength, transmitter power output and antenna SWR. Pushbutton selection of programming scanning functions, programmable repeater split for FM operation enhances the 10 meter FM repeater activity.


  • 10 & 12 Meter Bands
  • Large Frequency Display with Dimmer
  • New Low Power Model
  • New Green Backlight Display
  • Variable Output Power Control
  • Active Frequency Scanner
  • Receiver Clarifier (0.5kHz)
  • Ten Programmable Frequencies
  • Noise Blanker/ANL Circuitry
  • Frequency Selector Lockout
  • Programmable Repeater Offset
  • Public Address Feature
  • Continuous Duty Built-in AC Power Supply
  • Dual Panel Meters
  • Detailed Specifications

What's different in the 2985DX from 2980?

  • An improved receiver: designed for increased sensitivity and image rejections.
  • A double FET balanced mixer: for improved receiver inter-modulation rejection.
  • New power supply protection: and temperature compensation for improved stability and reliability over wide temperature ranges.
  • Surface mount components: for increased resistance to shock and vibration.
  • Improved display lighting: for easy reading in a wide range of light conditions.
  • Green backlit display
  • Frequency range now 12-10 meters.






 Frequency Range

10 Mtr: 28.000 - 29.699 MHz
12 Mtr: 24.890 - 24.990 MHz

 Tuning Steps

1 MHz, 100 KHz, 10 KHz, 1 KHz, 100 Hz



 Clarifier Range

5 KHz

 Frequency Tolerance


 Frequency Stability


 Operating Temperature Range

- 20 C to + 50 C


 Right: RX Signal Strength, Modulation
Left: RF Output, Antenna SWR

 Antenna Impedance

50 W

 Input Voltage

110 VAC, 60 Hz
( 220 VAC, 50 Hz Optional )

 AC Power Consumptions

90 Watts


400 W Dynamic PTT - 6 Pin

 Size (W x D x H)

19" x 12" x 6-1/4"


25 lb 3 oz

 Shipping Weight

28 lb.



 RF Power Output

10 Watts RMS: CW / AM / FM:
25 Watts: SSB (PEP)



 Carrier Suppression

Better Than 60 dB

 Spurious Emission

More Than 60 dB

 Antenna Connector

Standard SO-239 Type

 Output Impedance

Unbalanced 50 W




AM / CW: 0.5 V for 10 db SINAD
FM: 0.25 V for 12 db SINAD
SSB: 0.15 V for 10 db SINAD

 AM / FM Selectivity

50 db at 10 KHz

 SSB Selectivity

5 db at 2 KHz, 60 db at 4 KHz

 Image Rejection

More than 50 db

 IF Rejection

More than 80 db at 455 KHz

 Audio Output Power

2.5 Watts @ 10% THD

 Intermod Rejection

> 50 db

 Noise Blanker

IF Single Gate Type

 Built In Speaker

8 W

 External Speaker

Disables Internal Speaker When Connected, 8 W

The item most overlooked when ordering a custom radio is the microphone.  Your new tuned radio will NOT
sound great  with a stock mic on it  If your CB is more than a tool for work, you NEED to upgrade your microphone. 
My personal favorites are the Astatic 636L and RD104E.


If you place an order from outside the continental USA, we will calculate your actual shipping and send you a PayPal payment request.  We do NOT export Base stations or  Antennas.


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BellsCB Radio, 5051 NE 12th Avenue, Oakland Park, Florida. 33334   (954)771-8161