HTX-100 Mobile Transceiver 
(190-1101)                 Features                   Faxback Doc. # 38131


Your Realistic HTX-100 10-Meter SSB/CW Mobile Transceiver is one of the
most technologically advanced 10-meter transceivers available today.
It is a perfect choice for a novice's first ham radio, or as an addition
to an established ham operator's equipment.  We designed your transceiver
to be compact, durable, and ideal for mobile applications.

Although we made the HTX-100 transceiver small, we packed it with these
advanced features:

      RIT (Receiver Incremental Tuning) - permits you to fine tune the
      Control                             receiver to match the received
                                          signal.

                     10 Memory Channels - make it easy to switch to the
                                          popular frequencies in your
                                          area.

               High or Low Output Power - lets you switch between 25 Watts
                                          and 5 Watts of output power.

                        RF GAIN Control - allows you to increase or reduce
                                          the amount of gain for received
                                          signals.

                       CW and SSB Modes - allow you to send Morse code
                                          (CW) or communicate by voice on
                                          the upper side band.

    Note:  You must have an FCC Radio Amateur Operator's License to
           legally transmit using your transceiver.  Transmitting without
           a license carries heavy penalties.

    Caution:

    We do not warrant your transceiver to be waterproof.  If you use your
    transceiver around water, take care to prevent moisture from getting
    inside it.

    For your important records, we urge you to record the serial number of
    your transceiver in the space provided below.  You will find the
    serial number on the back panel of the transceiver.

    Serial Number:___________________________

INTRODUCTION TO AMATEUR RADIO

We designed your HTX-100 transceiver to be the perfect first radio for
anyone entering the exciting world of amateur radio.  From your car, home,
or boat, you will find that your transceiver opens a door to the world -
literally!  All you need is a source of electricity, a suitable antenna,
and, most important of all, an Amateur Radio Operator's License issued by
the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

You might already have a license,.. In fact, you might have been a ham
operator for many years.  But, if you do not have a license, you will
find that it is easy to get one, and that there is much help available.
Here are a few tips to help you get started.

First, go ahead and hook up your transceiver as described in "Installation,"
Faxback Doc. # 39455.  Use the receiver to tune around on the band to see
what is going on.  Do not even think of transmitting until you get your 
license!  That is very important.  Transmitting without a license is a 
violation of Federal law that can lead to severe penalties.  Also, ham 
operators take the FCC rules very seriously and want nothing to
do with bootleggers - their term for people who operate without a license.

Second, find out if there is a ham radio club in your area.  There are
thousands of clubs across the country, so there is probably at least one
in or near your own community.  The people at the store where you bought
your equipment might be able to tell you.  If not, and if you do not hear
anyone talking about a local club in your area as you tune around the band
with your receiver, write to the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) for
information on how to contact their local affiliate.  Most clubs welcome
newcomers and are glad to help you get your license.

Next, start studying for your license.  Do not let the word study scare
you, because most people can go from knowing absolutely nothing about
amateur radio to passing the basic (Novice) class license exam in fewer
than 40 hours of study spread out over a couple of weeks.  The exam tests
your knowledge of basic radio regulations, elementary radio theory, and
slow speed Morse Code.  Many clubs teach license classes (a fun and easy
way to learn about amateur ratio), and there are good books, cassette
tapes, computer programs, and many other study aids available.  The ARRL
publishes a book, "Tune in the World with Ham Radio" which is usually
packaged with two tape cassettes and has all you need to know.
Radio Shack stores also sell FCC License Preparation packets for Novice,
Technician, and General Class licenses.

You are now ready to take your exam.  You do not have to go to an imposing
Federal office building in a big city to take the test, because these days
the FCC has authorized ham volunteers to give all the exams.  For a Novice
license, the examiners can be any two ham operators with General or higher
class licenses that are at least 18 years of age and are not related to
you.  And the Novice exam is free!

The Novice Class license allows you to use your HTX-100 transceiver
between 28.1 MHz and 28.5 MHz.  You can transmit CW (Morse Code) on any
frequency, but you can openly transmit voice on 10-meter band frequencies
from 28.3 MHz to 28.5 MHz.  Your HTX-100 can tune up to 29.6999 MHz, but
these higher frequencies are reserved for higher-class licensees.  Keep on
practicing and learning, and soon you will have legal access to all the
frequencies accessible with your transceiver.  There is no rush, though,
Your Novice license is good for ten years, and even then you can renew it
indefinitely.

Eventually, you will want to get a higher class of amateur license, with
more privileges.  Exams for Technician, General, Advanced, and Extra Class
licenses are given by three-member Volunteer Examiner Teams.  Hundreds of
exam sessions are held across the country every month, most on weekends.
(You can take the Novice exam from a Volunteer Examiner Team, too, if it
is more convenient.)  When you are ready, you can get a schedule of exam
opportunities in your area from the ARRL.

We have mentioned the ARRL several times.  That is because the League is
the national organization that represents amateur radio in the
United States.  The League has more than 150,000 members; most of them
ham operators, but many are ham operators-to-be.  Here is the address of
ARRL Headquarters.

The American Radio Relay League
225 Main Street
Newington, CT   06111

The ARRL staff helped us prepare this section of the owner's manual, and
they would be glad to hear from you if you need more information, or if
you would like to join!

Amateur radio is a great hobby that has enriched the lives of millions of
people the world over.  Radio Shack takes pride in bringing to you the
HTX-100 transceiver to enrich your life.

ACCESSORIES PROVIDED

Microphone
Microphone holder
Two washers (for holder)
Two screws
Power cord
Mounting bracket
Four lock washers
Four flat washers
Four screws (for bracket)

(br/km-05/12/1997)

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