This little rascal is a very compact transceiver for mobile use.
Covers 28-30MHz , but can be modified to cover 25-30MHz. (60 channels in each band.)
First some information about the programming cable. This transceiver is equiped with a mini-USB jack on the backside.
That does not mean that this radio is an USB-device. No, this jack is a RS232-port camuflaged as a USB-port.
You need a special USB-cable that is also a USB-to-Serial converter. (Profilic type.) (Some webbsites is selling standard mini-USB cables to this rig. I tried that but it didnt work.)
First thing YOU MUST set is lowering the beep when turning channelselect or press any button. (beu off)
Then I found out, the beep-volume is wrong in the Programming software (3.1.0) you must set the CW-SIDE-VOL, and you do set the BEEP-VOL.
I reprogrammed my band data to get most of the 10m band in addition to the most important on CB.
Skipped the 25MHz band. Going from CB ch -40 up to 28Mhz. Then from 28 to almost 30MHz
Band Frq from Frq to Channels Description
A 26,515 26,955 40 Minus 40 CB
B 26,965 27,405 40 Normal CB band
C 27,415 27,995 54 CB 80 +, up to 28Mc
D 28,015 28,605 60 10 meter
E 28,615 29,205 60 10 meter
F 29,215 29,805 60 10 meter
Some links to important videos on YouTube:
Export mode/10m mode modification
CRE8900 on air audio test
Above: cottage with vertical antennas. in middle GPA 27 1/2 reduced by 30cm to get better SWR on 10 meter band.
Underneath: Hurum shack in june 2013 with 10m and 11m stuff. :-)