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Uniden 510/520?

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Is it just my dumb luck or does it seem that little Uniden 510 and 520 are better than the big Cobra GTL, etc.? Even with the.....AHEM!....insides played with, (and the guy that did it could probably take one apart and put it back together blindfolded, if you will), I've been told that people don't really hear me any better (range of about 10 miles if I recall) regardless of the antenna I used -anything from a little mag-mount to a K-40 or Wilson 1000. But when I had my 510 and 520 (I sizzled the 510 finals by not fully understanding how the power output screws in the back -or whatever they're called- work.) people tell me that even with the modulation turned up to 5 or 6 watts, I was being heard about 20+ miles away....walking over, or at least blending in, with people. Are those things better than they're made out to be for their size and cost?
 

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Hello Steve Dogan:

I woild think not, as I haven't heard any thing talked about a 510/520 being a better radio on any of the forums. Testing at 10 to 20 miles is only a a 6 dB diference or one S-Unit ( and on most cb radios probably 3 to 4 dB per S-Unit) plus obsticals and the cureature of the earth.

When you ask for a radio check sometimes you get a bumch of differnt answers, so you have to watch this.

I suggest the Wilson 1000 be mounted in the center of the vehicle.

If the mobile radio is getting out at tem miles I'd say its ah hummin and ah buzzin.

Jay in the Mojave
 
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I have a 510 and 520 and the stock modulation was great. However if u turned up the modulation and added a power mic it got out! Compared to my buddies Cobra 19, the Uniden beats it in modulation.
 

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I have a 510 and 520 and the stock modulation was great. However if u turned up the modulation and added a power mic it got out! Compared to my buddies Cobra 19, the Uniden beats it in modulation.
It just seems weird that a little, compact $30 or $40 radio could do better than a $150+ one with many more buttons and settings!
By the way, I forgot to mention....I didn't ever have a power mic. and it was doing this.
 
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I have a 510 and 520 and the stock modulation was great. However if u turned up the modulation and added a power mic it got out! Compared to my buddies Cobra 19, the Uniden beats it in modulation.
It just seems weird that a little, compact $30 or $40 radio could do better than a $150+ one with many more buttons and settings!
By the way, I forgot to mention....I didn't ever have a power mic. and it was doing this.
Yeah, before I modded the Uniden people thought that the stock modulation and stock mic was decent. If only they made a radio of that size SSB.....
 

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Yeah, before I modded the Uniden people thought that the stock modulation and stock mic was decent. If only they made a radio of that size SSB.....
"modded up"? What'id you do to it? I was always told there really wasn't anything you could do with those given the "basic" style or "simplicity", if you will, of those -as opposed to GTL, etc.- I figured there ain't room enough inside a Uniden like that to weld anything else in.
 
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Yeah, before I modded the Uniden people thought that the stock modulation and stock mic was decent. If only they made a radio of that size SSB.....
"modded up"? What'id you do to it? I was always told there really wasn't anything you could do with those given the "basic" style or "simplicity", if you will, of those -as opposed to GTL, etc.- I figured there ain't room enough inside a Uniden like that to weld anything else in.
There was a YouTube link on how to improve modulation. I don't know if it's on there anymore.
 
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