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Completely re-designed internally, the RCI-2980WX rack-mount style unit features a new 6 digit red LED readout, exceptional sound quality and large, easy-to-use controls. It offers AM-CW-FM-SSB modes of operation, variable power, superior noise filtering and built-in heavy duty AC power supply.

The RCI-2980WX has a full complement of front panel extra features, including large dual panel meters that display received signal strength, transmitter power output and antenna SWR. You will also find the clarifier has been expanded to include a separate coarse and fine tuning for above and below the selected frequency that provides the ability to precisely select the clearest signal for improved reception under difficult conditions.

The RCI-2980WX delivers 25 watts PEP output power. The versatile and economical radio also features a rear panel frequency meter output for measuring transmit operating frequency.

The RCI-2980WX now offers the ability to receive signals from your local NOAA Weather Channels insuring that you will have the coverage for your area. The unit will scan all 7 channels and lock in on the strongest signal. Also included is a NOAA Emergency Alert Tone to warn of impending severe weather warnings and conditions.

The weather receiver on this radio is experimental. It is not warranted to work with your setup.  There are many situations where it gets no signal.  The better your base antenna is, the worse it conducts a VHF signal and chances of no WX reception is high.  We do not guarantee the WX receiver in any way.  


  • CW, FM, AM, USB, LSB Mode
  • NOA Weather Channels With Scan
  • Built-in 6 Digit Frequency Readout
  • Weather Alert On/Off Switch
  • Large Frequency Selector Knob
  • Variable Dimmer Control
  • Improved Receiver Design
  • 2 Color Xmit/Rcv Indicator
  • Advanced Noise Filter Circuit Switch
  • Automatic Noise Limiter Switch
  • Large Illuminated SWR Meter
  • Large Illuminated S/RF Meter
  • RF Gain/SWR/Cal Switch
  • Separate SWR Cal Control
  • Noise Blanker Switch
  • Separate Adjustable Volume/Squelch Control
  • RF Gain Control
  • 2 Stage Clarifier Control
  • Mic Gain Control
  • Dynamic Mike Included
  • End of Transmission Signal Tone
  • Echo Tone
  • Adjustable Talk Back Control
  • Front Panel Headphone Jack
  • External Headphone Jack
  • External Speaker Jack
  • Built in Voltage Overload Protection
  • Variable RF Power Output Control
  • 2 Year Factory Warranty
  • Radio Weight -- 21 pounds
  • Shipping weight and size (double boxed and oversized)
    • 30 pounds.
    • Inner Box with Foam inserts
    • inner box wrapped in layers of bubble wrap (2" thick)
      placed inside a larger Outer Box. (25 x 25 x 20
      ), this
      provides for shock protection that foam inserts alone do not have.
  • UPS Ground with $500 insurance and Signature required.

Ranger radios sometimes have a small scratch or ding that the factory covers with black touch up.  We cannot effect this and do not guarantee your radio to be cosmetically perfect.  Bells CB will make no marks or scratches on your radio ourselves.  Ranger might though and I cannot control it.   

The Weather receiver in this radio works for some folks and NOT for others.  It seams the better your coax the less chance of good reception.  The weather receiver receives no signals in my radio shop.  I cannot guarantee the operation of the WX receiver in yours.


Comply with part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the condition that this device does not cause harmful interference. Further information can be found at the FCC website or the ARRL website

Transmitting using this radio requires an Amateur Radio License. Licensing information can be obtained by visiting or In Canada, visit or

....Base Station 10 Meter radio....
  *** This Item has been Discontinued
         by the manufacturer and remains
         here for reference and support
         information only. ***



Optional Accessories

 Tune-up and frequency conversion. (Some radios have internal factory options
for expanded frequency coverage / more channels)

 Perform Receiver improvement mods.
(These mods replace key RX parts for better sensitivity and selectivity)

 Install an MD-1 Top Gun Modulator.
(wired behind the radio with optional switch for on/off)

 Turner RK-56 Noise Canceling microphone.
(wired for this radio with a 4 pin plug)

 Astatic 636L Noise Canceling microphone.
(wired for this radio with a 4 pin plug)
 Astatic RD104-E Amplified microphone.
(wired for this radio with a 4 pin plug and a battery installed)

  Install a Record/Playback Module 120 seconds
(wired inside the radio with  two pushbuttons on the side to record 120 seconds and to play it back)

Sound Byte link address

 Install a Noise toy
(wired inside the radio with a switch or pushbutton to trigger
 any 30 second sound byte you want)

Sound Byte link address

 Install a Noise toy as a background theme music
(wired inside the radio with a switch to play any background
 music at very low volume so you can talk over it.)


  Install brighter LED lighting Triple LED's behind each of the 2 meters. I like white the best and it's the only color I guarantee you will see bright and nice. $36

 Add a Small External Speaker
(plugs into back of the radio for improved sound)

 Add a Large External Speaker
(plugs into back of the radio for improved sound)




 Frequency Range

28.015 - 29.655 MHz

 Tuning Steps

10 KHz



 Clarifier Range

5 KHz

 Frequency Tolerance


 Frequency Stability


 Operating Temperature Range

- 20 C to + 50 C


 Left: RX Signal Strength
Right: 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 - 4 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: 0.7 V for 10 db SINAD
FM: 0.5 V for 12 db SINAD
SSB: 0.2 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


 Weather Band


 Frequency Range

162.400 to 162.550 MHz
0.25 V U/L SB


FM 5 KHz Deviation


Less then 1 V for 12 db SINAD

 WX Emergency Warning

Phase Lock Loop, 1050 Hz

 Audio Output Power

4 Watts


Single Conversion Superhet, 455 KHz IF

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