HTX-200 Mini Handheld 2-Meter FM Amateur Transceiver
(190-1102)                 Preparation                Faxback Doc. # 52049

Introduction to Amateur Radio

Your transceiver is the perfect first radio for anyone entering the 
exciting world of amateur radio as well as a great additional transceiver 
for the experienced amateur radio operator.  Your transceiver opens a door 
for you to the world from almost anywhere!  All you need is an Amateur 
Radio Operator's License (Technician Class or higher) issued by the 
Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  If you do not have a license, it 
is easier than ever to get one and help from licensed operators is 
available.  Here are a few tips to help you get started.

You can turn on your transceiver and scan the entire band to hear what is 
going on.  However, do not attempt to transmit until you get your license.  
If you transmit without a license you are in violation of federal law that 
can lead to severe penalties.  Note that ham operators take the FCC rules 
very seriously and want nothing to do with "bootleggers" - their term for 
people who operate without a license.

Find out if there is a ham radio club in your area.  Most clubs welcome 
newcomers and are glad to help you get your license.  There are thousands 
of clubs across the country, so there is probably one in or near your own 
community.  Often, the staff at your local RadioShack store can help you 
locate a club.

If you do not hear anyone talking about a local club in your area as you 
listen to local transmissions, write to the American Radio Relay League 
(ARRL), at the following address, to find out how to contact a local 
affiliate.  The ARRL is the national organization representing amateur 
radio in the United States.  The league has more than 150,000 members.
Most are ham operators, or members in the process of obtaining their 
            The American Radio Relay League
            225 Main Street
            Newington, CT 06111


Start studying for the license exams.  Do not be intimidated by the word 
"study", for most people can go from knowing absolutely nothing about 
amateur radio to passing the Novice and Technician written exams in less 
than a month.

The exams test your knowledge of basic radio regulations and elementary 
radio theory.  Many clubs hold license classes which can be a fun and easy 
way to learn about amateur radio.  There are good books, cassette tapes, 
computer programs, and many other study aids available.  Your local Radio 
Shack store sells FCC License Preparation study guides for amateur radio 
operator licenses.  While you are no longer required to learn Morse code 
for a Technician Class license, we encourage you to learn it anyway so you 
can advance to higher levels of operating privileges.

The examiners for a Novice license test can be any two ham operators who 
hold a general or higher class license and who are at least 18 years old 
and are not related to you.  There is no fee to take the Novice exam.  As 
soon as you pass the Novice exam, you can immediately take the Technician 
exam.  There is a small fee required for taking the Technician exam, and 
the test must be administered by a three-member Volunteer Examiner Team.
Contact the ARRL for a schedule of exam opportunities in your area.

The Technician Class license lets you use the HTX-200 to communicate 
directly with other operators and use repeaters for distant communication.

The ARRL staff helped us prepare this section of he Owner's Manual.
Amateur radio is a great hobby that has enriched the lives of millions of 
people all over the world.  The ARRL would be glad to hear from you if you 
need more information or would like to join!


Power Sources

You can operate your transceiver from either of two power sources:

  internal batteries.

  vehicle battery power (using an optional DC adapter).

Using Internal Batteries

Your transceiver can use two AA batteries (not supplied) for power.  For 
the best performance and longest life, we recommend RadioShack alkaline 

CAUTIONS:  Use only fresh batteries of the required size and recommended

           Do not mix old and new batteries, different types of batteries
           (standard, alkaline, or rechargeable) or rechargeable batteries
           of different capacities.

Follow these steps to install batteries

1.  Move the LOCK tab in the opposite direction of the marked arrow on the
    bottom of the transceiver.

2.  Press down and slide the battery compartment cover in the direction of
    the arrow marked on the cover.

3.  Put the batteries into the compartment and on top of the attached
    ribbon according to the polarity symbols (+ and -) marked inside the

4.  Replace the cover and slide the LOCK tab on the bottom to secure the

Testing Internal Batteries

To test the battery strength, rotate VOL/OFF clockwise on the top of the 
radio until it clicks, then press C.  C appears in the lower right corner 
of the display.  then hold down the push-to-talk button and MO at the same 
time.  BAT appears and the graduated bar next to BAT indicates the battery 
strength.  If the batteries are weak, the battery symbol shows less than 4 
bars.  Replace both batteries as soon as possible.

CAUTIONS:  Dispose of old batteries promptly and properly.  do not burn or
           bury them.

           If you do not plan to use the transceiver with batteries for a
           two week period, remove the batteries.  Batteries can leak
           chemicals that can destroy electronic parts.

Using Vehicle Battery Power

You can operate the HTX-200 from your vehicle's battery using a DC adapter 
such as RadioShack Cat. No. 273-1815.

CAUTIONS:  You must use a power source that supplies 9 volts DC and
           delivers at least 800 mA.  Its center tip must be set to
           positive (+), and its plug must fit the transceiver's DC 9V
           jack.  The recommended adapter meets these specifications.
           Using an adapter that does not meet these specifications could
           damage the transceiver or the adapter.

           Always plug the adapter into the transceiver before you plug it
           into the cigarette-lighter socket, and unplug the adapter from
           the cigarette-lighter socket before you unplug it from the

1.  Set the adapter's voltage switch to 9V.

2.  Insert the 3.8 mm outer diameter/1.1 mm inner diameter plug (Cat. No.
    273-1712, not supplied) into the adapter's cord, so it reads + TIP.

3.  Insert the plug into the HTX-200's DC 9V jack.

4.  Plug the other end of the adapter into the cigarette-lighter socket in
    the vehicle.

Connecting The Antenna

Place the threaded base socket of the supplied antenna over the antenna 
connector on top of the transceiver and turn the antenna clockwise to 
tighten it.

CAUTION:  Do not overtighten the antenna.

Attaching The Belt Clip

Use a Phillips screwdriver and the two supplied screws to attach the 
supplied belt clip to your transceiver.  Do not overtighten the screws.

Attaching The Wrist Strap

Attach the supplied wrist strap to the top of the belt clip, thread the 
strap's small loop through the opening in the top of the clip.  Then 
insert the longer loop through the smaller loop.  Pull on the strap until 
the loop is tight.

Connecting a Microphone/Speaker

You can connect an external communications headset, consisting of a 
microphone and speaker, to the transceiver so you can use it privately.  
Lift the hinged, rubber dust cover from the MIC and SPK jacks on the top 
of the transceiver, then insert the plug of an optional voice activated 
headset with microphone, such as Cat. No. 19-312, or an optional 
communication headset, such as Cat. No. 19-316, into the jacks.

CAUTION: Use only microphone speaker accessories that do not share a
         common ground for the speaker and the microphone.  Doing
         otherwise might damage the transceiver.

Note:  Inserting the headset plug automatically disconnects the internal
       speaker and the push-to-talk (PTT) button.

You can also connect an optional mono earphone, such as Cat. No. 33-175, 
into the SPK jack.  This lets you use the transceiver's push-to-talk 
button to transmit as usual.

(EB 4/9/99)

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