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Old 09-13-2017, 10:17 PM
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Default What is a good sounding export radio I should look for?

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I'm wanting to buy an export transceiver that covers the CB band, the "Freeband" and the 10-meter amateur radio band all in one radio along with multiple modes such as AM,FM, SSB, etc.. However, I'd like to find one that has much better than average audio quality. I'm guessing this probably means I should look for an older radio, as newer radio's frequently don't sound very good, especially compared with older radios. I'm just not sure which rigs I should have a look at and could use some suggestions.
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Sounds great as long as you take out the ALC audio clipper transistor.Try a Magnum one or President Lincoln 2 Version 3 or higher.
Stock microphones are usually dogs, get a D104 or other power mic like a Turner.
The Connex and others out there are not as "frequency stable" and may drift off frequency on Sideband making you sound like Donald Duck.
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Old 09-13-2017, 11:54 PM
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The President Grant 2 has gotten rave reviews, and the President Lincoln 2 is a very good radio as well! Check out their reviews on CBRadioMagazine.com - The only online CB Magazine in the world
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I have a President Grant 2. Great radio, I use it in the mobile now. I also have an Anytone 6666 which I use as the home base, another nice little radio. Both radios I've had excellent audio reports from.
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Playing with those radios on freeband is a great way to lose your ham license and easily get a $10k NAL
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Stryker 955HP. No "golden screwdriver" needed, or external amp. It has an adjustment knob to turn the power down when you don't need 80 watts.
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The president Lincoln or Grant have Loud audio.....
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Playing with those radios on freeband is a great way to lose your ham license and easily get a $10k NAL
There's a guy at work that does the same thing. I don't get the freeband allure as CB around here is pretty much dead so why bother. But, I guess everyone needs a hobby.....
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I don't get the freeband allure as CB around here is pretty much dead so why bother. But, I guess everyone needs a hobby.....
It depends where you are. Here in Ottawa Canada there are a lot of CBers and freebanders right across the river in Quebec. I've been CB'ing for maybe 2 weeks and have made local contact with probably 15 different people. That's just in the local area served by my little K30 antenna.
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I'd like to find one with 10-meters, 11-meters and the Freeband slots inbetween and above and below 11-meters. If I can't find one like this, than just 11-meters with the Freeband slots is fine.
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The Anytone AT-6666 is worth looking at. I just got a lightly used one and am quite impressed by it.
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Stryker 955HP. Properly configured it will tune anywhere from 24-30MHz.
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There's a guy at work that does the same thing. I don't get the freeband allure as CB around here is pretty much dead so why bother. But, I guess everyone needs a hobby.....
Well when the band opens up, they go wild! You'll hear all kinds of activity above and below the CB frequencies, on AM, sideband, and even on FM!!
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Stryker 955HP. Properly configured it will tune anywhere from 24-30MHz.
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Same thing with the President Lincoln 2 and Grant 2!
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At some point you can get a good used amateur HF rig that does 100w all day long on these freqs with a better receiver. I bought a very nice used Yaesu FT-857 and an Icom 706MKIIG for $400 each and a really cool Kenwood TS-50 for much less. All of these should run circles around some of the silly freeband rigs that cost waaaay too much for a glorified CB and they are smaller in many cases.
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Stryker 955HP. No "golden screwdriver" needed, or external amp. It has an adjustment knob to turn the power down when you don't need 80 watts.
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At some point you can get a good used amateur HF rig that does 100w all day long on these freqs with a better receiver. I bought a very nice used Yaesu FT-857 and an Icom 706MKIIG for $400 each and a really cool Kenwood TS-50 for much less. All of these should run circles around some of the silly freeband rigs that cost waaaay too much for a glorified CB and they are smaller in many cases.
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But can the Yaesu FT-857, Icom 706MKIIG or Kenwood TS-50 be modified to transmit on the 11-meter Freeband slot frequencies?
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President Lincoln II+ am/fm, ssb, 10 & 12 meter. 50 watts pep and excellent audio..
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Absolutely, all mine will although I have no reason to transmit there. If you do it you will have 25 to 30w carrier in AM mode for 100w peak and also 100w SSB. The receive filters in most modern amateur radios are far superior to what's used in CBs including $500 freeband versions. Plus you have full amateur capability if you choose to upgrade.

To me its a no brainer buying a good used 100w HF amateur rig if your shopping for an illegal freeband CB because you will get a lot more for your money and less of the pimp style lights and stupid noise makers. But if your only into pimping and making noise and have no need for any radio performance, then go for the Stryker or other goofy and expensive CB.
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But can the Yaesu FT-857, Icom 706MKIIG or Kenwood TS-50 be modified to transmit on the 11-meter Freeband slot frequencies?
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An old HR2510. I think they're the same as the Lincoln. I have two re-capped and tuned. Very nice!
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