Interesting opening on 10 meters

Magnum 257

Magnum 257 (Radio Shack HTX-10)

I was sitting in the living room Saturday morning, turned my Magnum-257 10 meter rig on, and spun the dial to see if there was any activity.  To my surprise, there was.  Now, this is the older version of the 257, which makes it basically a RS HTX-10.  25 Watts on USB, and minimal features.  Connected to the Magnum is a very simple wire antenna, thrown into a tree close to the apartment, and a counterpoise out on the roof.  I heard IK6CWQ calling from Italy.  I picked up the mic, and responded, not expecting to be heard, and was surprised when he acknowledged. Not bad for this meatball setup I have.  I tried another Italian station I heard calling, but at that point news of the opening caused a bit of a pileup, which I just couldn’t dig my way through with the Magnum.  Still, I was pleased with the one contact.  The opening dropped out pretty soon after that.

My first HF contact ever was on that radio.  Back in January, when I first bought it, I drove to the South Shore here on Long Island and parked near the ocean.  Using the Magnum with a modified 11 meter whip, my first contact was with France, followed by a 10 minute rag-chew with a ham in New Mexico.  I wish every other new ham such good luck!  Since that day, I have made 30 additional contacts on that rig.  Usually from near the highest point on Long Island (a whopping 400 feet AMSL!), or near the ocean.  I’m definitely keeping the Magnum.  No matter what else I invest in, it has sentimental value now.

Neil Goldstein, W2NDG, is a regular contributor to and writes from New York, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

3 Responses to “Interesting opening on 10 meters”

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good evening Neil, yes I too have found when 10m is open the contacts can be great. I have been in contests and operating QRP at the time and if 10m opens it’s amazing what QRP power can do on 10m.

  • Caleb, KK4DDX:

    I just got the HTX-10. I haven’t go the power supply yet. I am really excited to get on the air with it. Hope to here you one their some time!


  • I picked up a Pyramid PS-14KX on eBay for $32 + $10 shipping. Handles everything I throw at it, and politely shuts off when it overheats because some fool I forgot to take the pile of mail off of it that’s collected through the week.

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