Wilson WH2516 Mobile Transceiver

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16-channel version of the Wilson WH2510. Programmable via front
45 degree slanted membrane keypad and an internal jumper.

Price when new around USD 400.-

Frequency range

RX-range
VHF
TX-range
VHF
HAM bands
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Stability
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Tuning steps
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Filters
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Receiver

Modulations
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Sensitivity
0.3 µV
Selectivity
-
Receiver system
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IF-frequencies
-
Image rejection
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Audio output
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Transmitter

Modulations
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RF-Output
20 W

Connections

Antenna
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Impedance
50Ω

Electrical

Power requirements
-
Current drain RX
0.5 A
TX
5 A

Physical

Dimensions (w×h×d)
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Weight
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Form factor
Mobile
Manufactured
Between 198x and 19xx
MPN

Other features

Memories
16 channels in 1 bank(s)
Usage
Commercial / Land mobile communication
Features + options
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Accessories
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Cheap commercial VHF rig, even for its time, but versitile.

Wilson WH2516, Mobile Transceiver

Early 1980's VHF commercial rig that was considered cheap for its time. RX sensitivity = .3uV, TX RF OUT = 20W. Programmable via front 45 degree slanted keypad and an internal jumper. There are two versions, WH2510 = 10 channel and WH2516 = 16 channel. There is also a Regency brand of this rig, (Model # escapes me. RH-256?), and a UHF version as well.
I did Ebay I bought a whole box of these rigs for cheap. Yeah, not the most sensitive RX on it, and programing FREQ's and CTCSS is a bit combersome, but very doable. Goto http://www.wb6nvh.com/RH256.htm to see how. Transmitter and receiver need to be tuned up to where you want them to operate. If you want 2M, you have to tune up RX and TX for that portions. You want 156MHz Marine band, same deal. So not a good wide-band rig at all. Audio quality on RX and TX is incredible! That top mounted 4" speaker is loud and proud, (The best internal speaker in a rig I've ever heard.), and the large PM mic with DIN twist-lock connector gives this rig great TX audio. When taking rig apart, be vary careful of keypad ribbon cable, very fragile. If you find one of these rigs for under $20.00, worth it, if you can spend the time to tune it up for 2M, or where ever you want to go. A 5mm white LED for the keypad, to replace wheatbulb, gives that keypad a nice cool white look. As a main rig? No, but a nice back-up, or starter, rig to have.

Written by rreh917 on Jan 16, 2017

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Value for money
Aquired
Okay condition in 2005
USD 20.00

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Price Condition Year User
USD 20.00 Used / Okay 2005 rreh917

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