Barrett 2050 on 27mhz CB range can't TX

Submitted: Sunday, Apr 01, 2012 at 02:12
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Hi all

Just picked up a Barrett 2050 a few weeks ago, was wondering how one would get the standard 1-40 27mhz CB channels programmed with TX capabilities on their radio? Does it have to be done via software and programming lead?

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Reply By: Zebra400 - Sunday, Apr 01, 2012 at 06:14

Sunday, Apr 01, 2012 at 06:14
Whilst it is possible to program it via software, it is more a legal issue. Transmitting greater than 5 watts on 27Mhz is not very legal. Your Barrett transmits at 100 watts.
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Follow Up By: olcoolone - Sunday, Apr 01, 2012 at 11:17

Sunday, Apr 01, 2012 at 11:17
Try 12 watts on SSB.... most HF radios like the Barrett will only transmit 40 watts on AM and as you have said 100 watts on SSB but may be programmable for "LEGAL" power.

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Reply By: Member - Travelinglew - Sunday, Apr 01, 2012 at 06:30

Sunday, Apr 01, 2012 at 06:30

I believe that it will need to be done via software. My codan has the 40 CB Channels programmed. Part of the upload restricts the output wattage. I also have channels programmed that are listen only and transmit on those are denied by the software

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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Sunday, Apr 01, 2012 at 09:06

Sunday, Apr 01, 2012 at 09:06
It can be done by the owner without software on some models (maybe the 2050 too) from the radio's interface, but deviation from any of the CB regulated configs would of course be a crime. Anyway..... its still probably illegal** to set up CB channels on a radio "capable" of higher than 5W (12W sideband) output (even if it was possible to set it low).
**Its all in the Regs at the ACMA site, but finding the one you need is hell.
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Follow Up By: LeighW - Sunday, Apr 01, 2012 at 17:32

Sunday, Apr 01, 2012 at 17:32
The issue will be the license type, CB radios will be covered buy what is called a type license similar to what you need for the barrett to operate on VKS737 channels.

The type license specifies the type of transmission, the power level, the frequencies and if a operator license is required, ie a licensed ham can use the barrett to transmit on amature frequencies, a person with a type license for VKS737 can not legally. The sellers will enable amature frequencies for a ham operator but not for general user.

You will not be able to get a type license for the barrett.


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Reply By: Member - Davo - Wednesday, Apr 04, 2012 at 20:27

Wednesday, Apr 04, 2012 at 20:27
Thank you for all of your replies, it is very much appreciated.

I don't think there would be much advantage over having 1-40CH AM/SSB with transmit anyway, I don't think many people use the 27mhz frequencies anymore in the 1-40 range.

I can make them receive only frequencies on the radio itself but transmit does not work when programming it via the panel.

Reading the manual it shows you can programme a RX and TX frequency into the radio, but when doing it no matter what frequency it isn't possible... ? why does it differ on the manual to the radio does anyone know?

Thank again
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Reply By: Ozzi Traveller - Saturday, Apr 14, 2012 at 19:41

Saturday, Apr 14, 2012 at 19:41
To program your radio from the front panel hold down the clear key until it asks for a pin.

Enter 2468 and then it is unlocked.

Enter the channel you want to program

Press the program button and away you go

You must remember to select LOW power for 27mhz transmit.

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Follow Up By: Member - Davo - Saturday, Apr 14, 2012 at 21:28

Saturday, Apr 14, 2012 at 21:28
You are a legend, thank you heaps. Worked well.
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