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.
Got this decades ago.
It still works never gave me any problem.
The microfone cables outer hull has fallen off exposing the wires, oh well, nothing lasts forever.
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