Ham International Concorde II – CB Radio Review
In front of us today is a nice old Sideband radio from the early eighties from Ham International. When I first started the channel one of the first Sideband Radios I reviewed for the channel was another Ham International Radio called the Multimode II and this is the Ham International Concorde II.
Similar in some ways to the Multimode II the Concorde is somewhat smaller than its counterpart but also has some features that the Multimode doesn’t have. This particular example is showing some general signs of wear particularly around the channel dial but is still a very serviceable Radio.
As always I picked this up on Ebay for a very reasonable price although it came without a Mic or a power lead so had to make some additional investment to get it into a workable condition. Since it is a cybernet radio it wasn’t difficult at all to find the right mic for it and when I come to sell it some lucky person is going to get a brand new mic and power lead with it.
New SSB Radios are often well over a hundred pounds and although these older radios wouldn’t genuinely considered legal where the more modern radios are, these older rigs are often the cheapest way to get started on Sideband.
Like most CB Radios the Concorde II has a traditional Swing Needle Meter showing signal strength and Power but as this rig has an integrated SWR Meter there is also a scale for an SWR reading which can be accessed by one of the switches below the Signal Meter which allows you to switch between Signal/RF, SWR and calibration readings on the Meter.
The middle switch allows you to switch between Automatic Noise Limiter and Noise Blanker which helps to cut out some of the background noise in a signal where the last switch is a tone control between high, mid and Low again to help make an incoming signal more readable.
The dials on the Concorde II would be similar to most CB Radios with a power and volume dial, squelch control with the addition on the Concorde 2 to adjust SWR calibration when setting your SWR.
Similarly like on most Sideband radio the third dial on the top allows you to switch between modes giving you access to FM, AM, Upper Sideband, Lower Sideband and CW or Continuous Wave which is generally used for Morse Code transmissions. This same dial also gives you access to the PA or Public Address if you have an external speaker attached
Along the bottom we have another common feature on any SSB radio which is the clarifier which is used normalise the sound of someone’s voice which in sideband transmissions can either sound too slow or two fast and end up sounding like donald duck. On the Concorde II you also have the option to turn off the clarifier by pushing the dial in
Next to the clarifier dial there is a tune dial which allows you to make fine adjustments to a received signal in terms of frequency and lastly along the bottom is the RF Gain which can be used to clean out any background noise in a received signal and make it more readable. And then obviously we have the large channel selector under the channel indicator window
Most modern Sideband CB Radios come with a frequency counter but as you can see on the Ham International Concorde 2 we have just the channel indicator so with these older radios it is useful to have a frequency chart on hand as it will show you what frequency lines up with which channel numbers on your old school sideband radio although once you get a handle on specific calling channels you will likely become quick familiar which which channel numbers you are most likely to use on a regular basis
I haven’t had much chance to give this Ham International through its paces so am hoping that the bands open up for me in the next few days so I can put it to use before I need to put it up on Ebay and send it on to its next owner and if you are interested in it when I do put it on ebay I’ll add a link to the auction in the comments below this video