Inspired by GM4ULS, who purchased an Anytone AT-5555 for use on 10 meters, I retrieved my Albrecht AE497 from the storage and dusted it off. It’s a nice looking base station, and the power output of 25 Watts should be enough to make radio waves travel around the world. Although the radio looks more like a CB radio than anything else, two options are signs that the radio was designed with hams in mind: a 1750Hz burst tone and a customizable repeater shift.
If you want to know more, the AE497W Manual plus specs can be downloaded from this blog. I will try to hit the NYC repeater on 29.620 MHz this afternoon, and make some SSB contact as well. I’m aware that the stock microphone isn’t the best ever and sounds real tinny, but it should be good enough for a test. I’ll keep you posted.