This time around we are looking at a Colt485DX SSB which as the name suggests is a classic Sideband Radio. We’ve looked at a couple of Colt Rigs before with the Colt 210 which is an AM CB Radio we reviewed last year and we’ve seen quite a lot of the Colt 295 which is the little FM CB Radio that I have used a lot over the summer on the various DX Activation I did last year.
I’ve had a few Sideband Radios over the years including a HAM International Multimode II as well as a Tristar 777 which I used a lot last year and took with me on a couple of the Sideband Nets that did last Summer. Most recently I had a President Lincoln which I only recently sold.
As I am planning some trips out this Summer I got hold of this Radio because it is quite a lot smaller than the other Radios I hsave had which means it should be a lot easier to carry when out on a CB Radio DX Activation. I actually got hold of this Radio from a guy in France and have so far been really impressed with it.
The other Radios I had also had some other Modes on them that the Colt 485DX doesnt have. The other rigs came with both CW and FM Modes where this Colt Radio has only LSB,SSB and AM Modes.
I really like the design of the Colt 485DX with it’s black fascia and chrome dials, it looks very similar to the other Colt CB Radios we mentioned earlier.Its a really nice Retro style CB Radio. The Colt 485DX is built around a Cybernet board and was made in Japan. It has a standard 4 pin Mic which has a good weight in the hand. I was fortunate that mine came with an original Colt Microphone.
The Colt 485DX comes with a standard swing needle Signal Meter and then has three switches covering CB/PA, a noise Blanker switch and then a Hi/Lo switch which gives you access between channels 1-40 and channels 41-80 covering 26.965 – 27.853Mhz. It also has an RF Gain knob which allows you to trim any incoming signals so that they are easier to distinguish.
Along the bottom row of knobs on the Colt 485DX provides the standard on/off volume control and squelch control along with a clarifier to enable you to tune in incoming sideband signals.
Ive bot had a chance to test it’s receive yet as I have some work to do on my home base antenna which has taken a bit of a beating over the winter and needs some attention before I can use it safely. So I can’t fully test this rig properly at the moment.
As I said, I’m planning to be taking this CB Radio out with me this summer for the Sideband Nets so I’m looking forward to giving it a try this summer.
I’ve also got a new FM Rig which I’ll be during a review of in a later post which I also want to try out for this summer the Colt 485DX will be the CB Radio I will be using for the weekly Sideband Nets.