The CommRadio CTX-10 has landed

Yesterday, UPS delivered a much-anticipated package: the CTX-10 QRP transceiver from CommRadio.

CommRadio dispatched this loaner CTX-10 for evaluation and I’m excited to get my hands on it since it’s not everyday I get to evaluate a transceiver designed around field portability (my favorite category of gear).

Yesterday, I took a few shots of the CTX-10 as I unpacked it:

I’ll need to build a fused power cable with the supplied pigtail and also sort out an 8 conductor (Yaesu compatible) modular plug microphone. Of course, I’ll give this radio a thorough review testing it on SSB, CW and digital modes (especially FT8).

Since the CTX-10 is built on the CommRadio CR-1 and CR-1A I anticipate a capable receiver section (in other words, expectations are high). Of course, I’ll test the CTX-10’s ability as a broadcast receiver as well.

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10 thoughts on “The CommRadio CTX-10 has landed

      1. Dan

        Yeah, Elecraft, pretty much the same overpriced stuff…
        I’ll just stick with a uBitX or any homebrew hands down, don’t need all this bells and whistles.

    1. Thomas Post author

      QRP rigs really vary in price. It all depends on the number of features, frequency range and modes.

      There are some amazing kits out there for less than $100 that’ll get you on the air, but many are limited in frequency coverage (most are crystal, in fact).

      There are some brilliant designs by Steve Weber that’ll only set you back $300 – $400 or so. They have excellent receiver characteristics, but are CW only and limited to three or four bands. I highly recommend them!

      When you’re looking at full-featured QRP radios with general coverage receivers, all modes, built-in ATU and batteries, then you’ll be looking at prices north of $1,000 typically. The Elecraft KX2 (a favorite of mine) can be acquired for less that $1000 if you use a resonant antenna or external ATU.

      I would say that the CTX-10 is pretty much market price for how it’s loaded.


  1. Mario

    Thanks for the post Thomas. Like the fact it has internal batteries. Interesting about the preselector for longwave, wonder how it’s going to receive in that part of the spectrum. All in all, with it’s small footprint, internal batts, general coverage receive, pretty much all ham-band coverage and smart looks, would say you are in store for a jolly good radio time with this radio. Have fun.

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