If you recently passed your technician class amateur radio test, then you probably know that your new license gives you CW operating privileges on several HF bands. You also just earned yourself 200KHz of SSB voice privileges in the 10 meter band.
The Stryker SR-955HPC covers a frequency range of 28.000 – 29.700MHz, has an output power of 70+ watts, and is capable of the following operating modes: SSB, AM, FM, & CW. It also is PC programmable via the mini USB port on the back of the radio.
By putting all its controls on the front panel in the form of knobs instead of hiding them away in a confusing labyrinth of menus, Stryker has made the SR- 955HPC user interface easy to use and even quicker to learn. This should make the SR-955HPC very attractive to new hams who might prefer actually getting on the air after passing their test instead of reading a encyclopedia-sized radio manual.
There were several functions, however, that I found to be quite unnecessary for ham radio operations. These include digital voice echo, customizable roger beeps, and variable talk back control. Luckily, the controls for these features do not really get in the way of operating the radio and can be easily ignored.
For a rig that sports only a single band, it seems a little on the expensive side, but considering it can put out 70 watts of power, is capable of utilizing 10 meter FM repeaters (with optional CTCSS module), and has an easy to use interface, this may be just the radio you have been looking for.
During my testing, I was easily able to make several contacts across the country. Most of these gave me a glowing signal report and some even mentioned how impressive my audio quality was even though I was using the included stock microphone. I mostly utilized the SR-955HPC in a base station configuration powered by a car battery and 12v trickle charger since I currently don’t have any extra room for another rig in my car.
There are all kinds of other great uses for the SR-955HPC. It’s especially well suited for mobile operations since it comes with all the necessary mounting hardware. It could even be utilized as a simplex or cross band repeater with the proper additional hardware. Plus, don’t forget that there are still several ham radio satellites that use the 10 meter band. Personally, I think this would be a great radio for a faraday cage emergency box. It’s simple to use and has plenty of power output. If you have the skills and are feeling really adventurous, this rig can be fairly easily modified to also operate on the 12 meter band as well. Just remember that you will be voiding your warranty by doing so. All you have to do is search the web for “SR-955HPC modification,” and you will find several sites detailing the procedure. Also, be sure to not transmit outside of the ham bands as that would be breaking federal law.
The Stryker SR-955HPC is a nice option for those technician class ham operators looking to take advantage of their newly earned HF voice privileges without breaking the bank or spending hours reading a user manual. It’s also a nice option for hams who prefer single band HF rigs who might be missing 10 meters from their shack. Either way it’s easy to use and has plenty of power output. If you are looking for a 10 meter rig this radio is definitely worth taking a look at.
73! from James Hannibal – KH2SR
Price: $324 – $445
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7-Color Frequency Display – The SR-955HPC features a 7-Color frequency display
Brilliant 7-Color LED Backlit Face Plate – Choose from 7 colors with the push of a button or let the CPU controller scan through all of the colors on its own. Provides operators with backlit controls, making adjustments even in the darkest conditions easy.
Dimmer Control – 32 position dimmer circuit with the lowest position turning the lights all the way off. If your eyes are sensitive to certain lights in the dark.
Clarifier – Gives you the option of choosing if you want the fine control to be used only on receive or also on transmit. You can also select how much range the fine and coarse clarifies have.
Band / VFO – Choose between using traditional band mode or VFO mode for continuous operation throughout the frequency range.
PC Programmable – Further customize your radio using your PC!
Digital Echo with/ Dual Front Mounted Controls – Provides the operator a much wider range of effects and control than typical factory or aftermarket echo boards. Can reproduce the human voice with virtually no distortion providing maximum clarity and enjoyment.
Six Roger Beeps – Six different roger beeps are included with the SR-955HPC. These are controlled using a switch that is located on the front panel. You can create your own customizable roger beeps using PC software and then load them on to the SR-955PHC’s on board memory!
Variable Power Control – Allows the operator to adjust or vary their carrier from a 2 watt to over 70 watts PEP.
Variable Talk Back Control – The infamous talkback squeal is virtually eliminated with an independently controlled talk back circuitry. The operator can adjust the volume to the perfect level as operating conditions require. Best of all, the user no longer has to turn down the microphone gain to stop the annoying squeal that is often the result of poor design or cost cutting at the production level.
Up-Armored Receiver – Receiver protection works even under the harshest conditions, such as those experienced at a busy truck stop with many operators running high power radios. Receiver filtering is tighter than most radios on the market. This means adjacent channel rejection is improved.
- Scan your favorite channels or frequencies
- Large Square S/RF & SWR Meter
- Advanced NB/ANL Circuit Reduces Interference
- AM/FM/SSB Operation and PA Circuitry
- Automatic calibrating SWR meter for precise measurements
- Hi-Cut Noise Filter
- Front microphone connector for easy mounting in tight spaces
- Receive and Microphone gain controls
- Optional CTCSS Module