RadioShack / Realistic HTX-242 Mobile VHF Transceiver

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Frequency range

RX-range
136-174 MHz
TX-range
144-148 MHz
HAM bands
-
Stability
-
Tuning steps
5 / 10 / 12.5 / 20 / 25 / 50 / 100 kHz
Filters
-

Receiver

Modulations
FM  
Sensitivity
0.25 µV (12 dB SINAD)
Selectivity
70 dB
Receiver system
-
IF-frequencies
-
Image rejection
-
Audio output
-

Transmitter

Modulations
FM  
RF-Output
High: 45 W, Low: 10 W

Connections

Antenna
SO-239
Impedance
50 Ω

Electrical

Power requirements
13.8V DC +/- 15 %
Current drain RX
-
TX
4-8 A

Physical

Dimensions (w×h×d)
142 × 42 × 160 mm (5.59 × 1.65 × 6.30 in)
Weight
-
Form factor
Mobile
Manufactured
Between 1998 and 20xx
MPN
RADIOSHACK-/-REALISTIC-HTX-000242

Other features

Memories
-
Usage
Amateur / Ham radio operators
Features + options
CTCSS and DTMF
Accessories
-

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Great 2 Meter Rig

RadioShack / Realistic HTX-242, Mobile VHF Transceiver

I have owned my HTX-242 for 13 years now ( My very first amateur transceiver) and it is an excellent radio. Does 14 watts in low power and 50 watts in high power as measured with a Paradynamics PDC-9 SWR/Watt meter. It works so well that I purchased a second one used at a hamfest a couple years ago. Only drawbacks are the display lights burn out quickly and also a replacement microphone is as rare as hen's teeth to find. The one I purchased at the hamfest has a hum in the microphone which I confirmed by using the mic off the 13 year old one on it and the hum disappeared. I have not been able to find a replacement mic for the second one I purchased used at the hamfest.

Written by ku4gw on Nov 19, 2009

Overall
 
Performance
Build quality
Features
User friendlyness
Value for money
Aquired
Good condition in 1996
USD 199.95

Great mobile rig

RadioShack / Realistic HTX-242, Mobile VHF Transceiver

Got this decades ago.
It still works never gave me any problem.
Great perfomer.

The microfone cables outer hull has fallen off exposing the wires, oh well, nothing lasts forever.

Written by Dan on Nov 9, 2012

Overall
 
Performance
Build quality
Features
User friendlyness
Value for money
Aquired
Mint condition in 1997
USD 160.00

What is it worth?

Estimating the value of a rig can be challenging. We collect prices paid by real hams over the years to help you estimate the current value of the RadioShack / Realistic HTX-242. Just bought or sold this model? Let us know what you traded it for and help other ham operators!

Based on historic data, today's value of the RadioShack / Realistic HTX-242 might be around:

  • USD 14.00
Price Condition Year User
USD 50.00 Used / Good 1985 Cliff Fox
USD 199.95 Used / Good 1996 ku4gw
USD 199.99 New / Mint 1996 Cliff Fox
USD 160.00 New / Mint 1997 Dan
USD 15.00 Used / Good 2017 Necromonster

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