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Uniden 980

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I’m looking for a new cb I’m thinking the 980 thoughts.


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I like it, although a cobra 148 is on my list. The 980 is good out of the box, but sees marginal gains from “peak and tune” or hopping it up. My biggest complaint is some of the adjustments on the radio are stages, not the dial so you lose some adjustability there. Last summer I could work skip 3 nights a week, Texas to Maine, through canada and occasionally Alaska all from the stlouis area.

I’ll gladly answer any questions I can about the radio.


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noaim

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I like it, although a cobra 148 is on my list. The 980 is good out of the box, but sees marginal gains from “peak and tune” or hopping it up. My biggest complaint is some of the adjustments on the radio are stages, not the dial so you lose some adjustability there. Last summer I could work skip 3 nights a week, Texas to Maine, through canada and occasionally Alaska all from the stlouis area.

I’ll gladly answer any questions I can about the radio.


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Good to know the 148 may be an option too. I really want ssb.


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The 980 is a good radio overall, great receiver and with minor adjustments and a new mic it does really well on transmit. I find its much more frequency stable on SSB than older designs like the Cobra 148, etc.
Thanks for the input.


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jassing

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I have a 980. it works ok. It's a good modern radio with good ssb output. AM is just so so. Don't bother with a "peak & tune"; there is no real difference between 3watt output and 3.5watt or 4.
The 148 is a better radio, but I think "out of the box" the 980's ssb is better buying a used 148 is iffy, unknown mods & competency of hacker is something to consider.
There are other illegal radios out there with ssb support. but for the money, I would get another 980.
 
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I own 2 980's. An early build then a leter build.if you buy 1 try to get newer build as via a button push you can end that annoying beep for every function.
1 easy modulation improvement its easy is take mic apart.inside there is a round patch over speaker hole,remove it then use a 3/16" drill bit and open the hole in the baffle.dont go any bigger but after that mod i get reports of how clear my voice is.
If needed id buy another.
Good luck with whatever you buy
 
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I experimented with my 980 mic drilling a larger hole and measuring the results and I published my results, so you might be using my mod. The radio also benefits from a simple adjustment of the mod AM mod limiter All that Is definitely better than stock but an aftermarket preamp mic is what will really wake it up on transmit.

I tried a bunch of stock dynamic mics I had laying around and they didn't do any better than the stock. I then tried an old Shure 526T preamp base mic and it sounds as good, loud and punchy as any radio out there. I finally settled for now with a preamp D104 mobile version which I had to equalize due to its shrill sound. I used about a .05uf disc ceramic cap right across its piezo mic element and that calmed it down. This setup is really loud and will cut through anything and might even cut the guys hair off at the receive end.

I don't think you can buy a better performing currently made stock SSB CB right now than a 980 and they are only a little over $100 on sale.



I own 2 980's. An early build then a leter build.if you buy 1 try to get newer build as via a button push you can end that annoying beep for every function.
1 easy modulation improvement its easy is take mic apart.inside there is a round patch over speaker hole,remove it then use a 3/16" drill bit and open the hole in the baffle.dont go any bigger but after that mod i get reports of how clear my voice is.
If needed id buy another.
Good luck with whatever you buy
 
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Northeast jasper county,missouri
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I experimented with my 980 mic drilling a larger hole and measuring the results and I published my results, so you might be using my mod. The radio also benefits from a simple adjustment of the mod AM mod limiter All that Is definitely better than stock but an aftermarket preamp mic is what will really wake it up on transmit.

I tried a bunch of stock dynamic mics I had laying around and they didn't do any better than the stock. I then tried an old Shure 526T preamp base mic and it sounds as good, loud and punchy as any radio out there. I finally settled for now with a preamp D104 mobile version which I had to equalize due to its shrill sound. I used about a .05uf disc ceramic cap right across its piezo mic element and that calmed it down. This setup is really loud and will cut through anything and might even cut the guys hair off at the receive end.

I don't think you can buy a better performing currently made stock SSB CB right now than a 980 and they are only a little over $100 on sale.
we must had same ideas.i adjusted my mod too then did the mic thing.i currently have a turner roadking 70j on my newest 980.
 

noaim

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Anyone have experience with the galaxy 959 just curious how it is against the 980


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I had my galaxy 99V modded by a tech.he did lots to it. Now after he did his magic let it warm up maybe 5 minutes and it dont drift.
The group i chat with will definatly let you know if your off frequincy.i havent adjusted my clarifier in quite a while.
Galaxys are ok if you get them fine tuned,but out if the box lots to be desired
 
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