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|Manufacturer Part Number||TXUS066|
|Maximum Output Power||4 Watts|
|Safety Features||NOAA Weather Alerts, NOAA Weather Channels|
President Andy USA CB Review
I received a new CB radio, the new President Andy USA. President is the most popular brand in Europe and now has a USA division. I have installed it and am now ready to review.
The Andy is a 40 channel AM radio, designed for the USA market. It has the following features:
Weather radio with weather alert.
Programmable Emergency channel
Automatic Squelch Control.
4-pin electret microphone.
First off, let's address receive and transmit. The radio transmits well. I like the Electret microphone, as I consider the audio quality much better than a dynamic microphone, at least for my voice. Receive quality is very good. The low receive signal volume matches the high signal receive volume. This means there is an automatic gain control (AGC) in play. There is no turning the volume level up and down. The squelch has no hysteresis, which means a signal can cut in and out as it goes above and below the threshold. This is a drawback. The automatic squelch control (ASC) also has this flaw. The ASC generally works well; but isn't perfect. A noisy channel will open the squelch at times and a weak signal sometimes will not open the squelch. We can't expect it to be 100% perfect at all times. I use it extensively, it's acceptable.
The LCD display can be adjusted for several colors. One may fit your tastes. I stick with red, for the time being.
The talkback works. All I can say. I don't use it. I don't need to hear myself.
The roger beep also works. I rarely use it. It is an inobtrusive multi tone beep. Less annoying than many out there.
The emergency channel can be programmed for whatever channel you want. It defaults to channel 9. You can set it to whatever you want, to access a commonly used channel instantly.
The scan function is invoked by cycling through all channels once. It'll stop on an active channel, and resume scanning when the channel is silent for a few seconds. Deactivating the scan can be tricky. You can push a front panel button or key the mic; but I have found the ptt keying doesn't always work.
The weather channel function works well. I can receive more than one of the channels, so it is nice and sensitive. The weather alert function constantly malfunctions. It alerts all the time. I do not know if this is a design flaw, or my radio has defects.
There is a transmit time out function. This will turn off the transmitter if the radio transmits longer than 5 minutes. This will protect the transmitter, in case the mic is accidentally keyed. This function can be disabled.
Circuit description: This radio has the typical 21st century surface mount design. There are, however, three adjustment points on the board. I'm unsure of what their purpose is.
I rate the radio as "Very Good" The squelch hysteresis, or lack thereof and the weather alert are the 2 cons of this radio. Everything else seems to be positive.
I hope this review has been of some use.