What’s your current radio and new one coming.

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As stated. What’s your current radio and or next radio to purchase.

My current radio is a midland 1001z (cheap $30 to get me going) and an Antron 99 in the yard. I power it off a computer power supply. I’ve worked skip with it. My next radio is a Uniden bearcat 980ssb.


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My current radio is three of them: the 1001Z you mentioned, a Cobra 19, and a Uniden 520.

Yep, I like the little compacts because they fit in a bag when I get out of the car/truck and come in the house with me. Their mated antennas, a 35" K30, a 56" Wilson 500 or a 63" Wilson 1000, are all magnet-mounted so they too can come off the vehicles they are best mated to until the next highway trip calls them up for service.

With all those horses in the stable, I won't need another one for a while.
 
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in my ranger pickup i have a cobra 29 gtl that i bought at a yard sale for 2 dollars and ratroded used junk box stuff to fix up the case and bezel,,, redone the circiuts inside with help on line from a bunch of good guys on cb tricks,,,connex echo, old school roger beep, antenna is a antenna specialist i bought back in the late 1970s,, 6 inch military/police spring, 9 feet of belden rg 213 to the silver streak amp and 6 feet of belden rg 8x to radio,,, it actually out talks my base,,,, my base is a galaxy dx 2527 with a pdx 400 amp in to a 1978 realistic ground plane that i redid the loading coil on and restored the antenna,, mike is a beat up black turner plus 3b that i went thru and got to working nice,,,it seems to get out really well,,, my secondary base radio is an unmodified first generation president washington with a turner super sidekick,,,,i have many more radios that i pull out and talk on but these are main ones,,,,
 

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I have a Cobra 19DX IV at the house and a DX III in the barn. There is a DX III in the truck, a Midland in the farm truck, and two Maxon handhelds for portable use.

Everybody around here uses CB on AM, so there is no point even having a unit capable of SSB because it keeps everyone on the same page and within budget. You can get a CB, cable, and antenna locally for about $20 and you are ready to go. It attracts many people to the hobby using the "AM only" format.

About 5 or 6 channels are used regularly throughout the day and one of them is used when storms are in the area. Many of the CB users also have their Ham ticket, and some have GMRS licenses too.
 
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I just bought the Uniden PC68LTX.

Getting back onto the CB airwaves - assuming there are some - for the first time in 35 years.

r/Mike
 
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I have a Realistic (Radio Shack) handheld and mag mount antenna that I've used in my old pickup for road trips in the past.
Unfortunately, that pickup is long gone and I'm now sharing a vehicle, but if/when I acquire another pickup/SUV of my own, I'd like to purchase and install a Uniden 980SSB with a ball mount and spring and a quarter wave whip.

John
Peoria, AZ
 
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I have a Realistic (Radio Shack) handheld and mag mount antenna that I've used in my old pickup for road trips in the past.
Unfortunately, that pickup is long gone and I'm now sharing a vehicle, but if/when I acquire another pickup/SUV of my own, I'd like to purchase and install a Uniden 980SSB with a ball mount and spring and a quarter wave whip.

John
Peoria, AZ


Have you any experience with the Uniden 980ssb? Reason I ask is there’s one waiting for me when I get home.


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Well I have an E.F. Johnson Messenger 250 stored away...it hasn't been powered on in close to 40 years and I am sure it needs to be re-capped if I ever decide to light it up, LOL.

I will be looking for a new mobile though, I want something for the car for the annual Thanksgiving road trip to visit kin. Last year I got into a couple of traffic messes that I might have been able to avoid if I'd known about them. Going to have to be very compact or else have a separate head, there's not much room to mount a radio in my Terrain.
 
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Until last night, I had a Uniden PC122XL, I may be getting a Uniden 980, for my new truck, when I get it.

Since cell phone coverage was poor, I grabbed my CB, called out on CH9 four times, and called out on CH19 four more times.

Son was sitting behind me, wife & daughter were on the right side. Son was not injured, daughter got some good seatbelt bruising, wife has some seatbelt bruising and swelling in her right hand, AND I wound up with a broken foot, the same one that had just finished recovering from having a 2,000lb stand run over my foot.
 
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Until last night, I had a Uniden PC122XL, I may be getting a Uniden 980, for my new truck, when I get it.



Since cell phone coverage was poor, I grabbed my CB, called out on CH9 four times, and called out on CH19 four more times.



Son was sitting behind me, wife & daughter were on the right side. Son was not injured, daughter got some good seatbelt bruising, wife has some seatbelt bruising and swelling in her right hand, AND I wound up with a broken foot, the same one that had just finished recovering from having a 2,000lb stand run over my foot.


Ouch. Never had to use my radio in an emergency yet. But I have it if I need it. Not to mention. Talking on cb and driving is not illegal here yet. At least I haven’t been stopped for it.


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The 980 is a good radio, great receiver and its very frequency stable on SSB. You will never get much more than legal power from it but you can diddle the mod limiter and ALC a bit and it will sound better on transmit. Get a good aftermarket mic and they can sound really good on transmit.



Have you any experience with the Uniden 980ssb? Reason I ask is there’s one waiting for me when I get home.


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I have a UNIDEN 980, A VERY GOOD RADIO, AND HOME IS A GALAXY DX979 had it for years no problems, just operate ssb
DOCTOR CEF 795, CHNL 16
 
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Well for a stock 980 running a little bit of help (about 100w) on my first night I got over 1000 miles away. Stock mic, stock radio, just a bit of help and an Antron-99 in the yard. Today I got my first international from canada. (I’m in Illinois) the one mod I did today was to pull the little disk off the mic element to allow more modulation. I got reports of it sounding great well over 1000 miles away. I convinced my neighbor ( he’s what drove me to keep in cb for a while) to get one now. He came over and talked to his dad in Virginia on 16AM. Almost didn’t make it but it did. I was working 38LSB all the time I could. If you ever hear the bird/618 from Illinois it’s me.


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