Xtreme XT1000 PMR 446

Base Station Review

Radio Supplied By Derek Watson of Watson's Hire Services Ltd

Features:

8 Channels (38 CTCSS), Auto Scan, Dual Watch, 

Key Lock, Backlit LCD Display, Signal Meter, 

Roger Beep, Keyboard Beep, Digital Volume Control,

 TX/RX LED, Power Save, External DC Socket, 

Battery Indicator.

NEW LOWER PRICE ONLY 57.00

(Multicom Version Also Available)

First Impressions

At the first glance the XT1000 looks more like a cordless telephone than a radio. It has a deceptively simplistic layout. But take another look and you'll find that there is certainly more to this radio than meets the eye. 

Pressing and holding the power button for 2 seconds brings the unit into life. 

At the top right of the unit we find a good sized LCD display which shows Channel, Output Power, Battery Condition and CTCSS code if selected.

The controls below are Channel/Volume up and down, Scan, VOX, Mode, Light/Monitor, Memory 1 and Memory 2.

The CALL and PTT buttons are located near the bottom of the unit.

Features

Channel Scan: The channel scan is operated by simply pressing the SCAN button. The radio scans through the 8 channels until a signal is found. It should be noted that each channel can be allocated a CTCSS tone separate from the others. The unit remembers each channels settings and the scan will operate according to these settings. I.E. If channel 1,2,3,4,5,6 have no CTCSS, channel 7 has CTCSS 01 and channel 8 has CTCSS 35 the unit will scan channels 1 to 6 for ANY signals but will only scan channel 7 for CTCSS 01 and channel 8 for CTCSS 35. 

Memories: The unit has two memory buttons for instant recall of a channel/CTCSS code. 

Light/Monitor: A quick press illuminates the LCD display. The monitor feature is selected by pressing and holding the light/monitor button. The squelch is opened so even the weakest of signals can be heard.

Key Lock: Pressing and holding the SCAN button activates the key lock. When activated all keys other than the Press To Talk  and Call button are disabled on the radio.

VOX: This radio can be operated hands free by selecting the VOX function. The VOX sensitivity can also be changed with FIVE different settings !

Battery Indicator: A clear representation of the current battery condition is located at the top of the LCD display.

Power Save:  The power save feature activates automatically when no key is pressed for more than 5 seconds.

Dual Watch: When selected the radio monitors 2 channels at the same time.

Key Tone: The key tone beep can be turned on or off on this radio.

Roger Beep: The roger beep can also be turned on or off on this radio.

Call Tone: The radio has 5 selectable call tones.

Power Supply: The radio can be powered with 4 X AA batteries or by using the supplied mains adapter which also doubles as a battery charger.

External Speaker/Mic: This radio has sockets for an external speaker and microphone.

Hi/Low Power: The radio has two output powers. HI = 500mw and LO = 50mw. A great way of preserving batteries when talking to local stations.

Performance Test

The radio is very easy to use and can be mounted flat on a desk or vertically on a wall. The antenna can be positioned at any angle.

Incoming and outgoing audio is excellent due to the good sized internal speaker and the very sensitive microphone which is able to pick up audio without any difficulty even at arms length. The available volume is far greater than can be achieved on a hand held radio. Volume control can be altered from 0 to 7 with 7 being the loudest. I found that number 3 or 4 was quite loud enough, but it was nice to know that if the radio was located in a noisy area there was still plenty of volume available.

Several local stations were contacted with the farthest being about 4 miles away and all reported a very loud, clear and distinctive audio from the XT1000. Receive audio was very good even on the weakest signals. 

The radio appears to have a low squelch level and coupled with the longer antenna (6 inches), it was able to receive very weak stations. I was able to determine that the radio had a good receive sensitivity by standing my Motorola T6222 and  Multicom Pro next to the XT1000. When a very weak signal was heard on the XT1000 the other two radios remained silent !

Conclusion

What a great radio !

The incoming and outgoing audio is far better than any handheld I have tried. It would also appear that this radio cannot be beaten for volume and receive sensitivity. 

Mains operation is great at home - No need to charge batteries, but the unit can be taken portable if you want !

When operating on mains power the unit seems have have a little extra output power compared to operation on batteries. This is due to the steady 12 volts supplied to the radio.

Theoretically you could mount this radio in the loft or in a box on your chimney -Running power, speaker and microphone leads down into your house. This would make a true base station although changing channels would be a bit of a bugger !

Overall this is a well made, good performing radio, NOW at a FANTASTIC price !

(This radio can be converted to operate on the 70cm amateur band - LINK)

Many thanks to Derek Watson of Watson's Hire Services who can supply this radio and many others.


Website: www.watsonhire.com

E-Mail: enquiries@watsonhire.com

Watson's Hire Services Limited
Unit 52
Evans Business Centre
Grangemouth
Scotland
FK3 8UU

Tel: 0870 162 5266
Fax: 0870 162 5267

 

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