RCI-2980WX Series
AM-FM-SSB-CW 10 Mtr Base Station Radio
With Weather Channels

2980WX Photo
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— 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 Iluminated SWR Meter — Large Illuminated S/RF Meter
— RF Gain/SWR/Cal Switch — Seperate SWR Cal Control
— Noise Blanker Switch — Seperate 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 Warranty


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.

For a side-by-side features comparison chart of the RCI-2980WX versus the other Ranger amateur models, please see the Comparison Chart.

RCI-2980WX Specifications



 Frequency Range

28.015 - 29.655 MHz

 Tuning Steps

10 KHz



 Clarifier Range

ą5 KHz

 Frequency Tolerance


 Frequency Stability


 Operating Temperature Range

- 20 ēC to + 50 ēC


 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 ĩV for 10 db SINAD
FM: 0.5 ĩV for 12 db SINAD
SSB: 0.2 ĩV 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 ĩV U/L SB


FM ą 5 KHz Deviation


Less then 1 ĩV for 12 db SINAD

 WX Emergency Warning

Phase Lock Loop, 1050 Hz

 Audio Output Power

4 Watts


Single Conversion Superhet, 455 KHz IF