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Uniden 980 Back light Colors

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riverrat373

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I recently purchased a Uniden 980 SSB and It does not have seven different back light colors. It has two green ones and no amber color like shown in their ads. Have they changed the back light colors? Has anyone else had this same problem?
 

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I watched the demo mode and noticed that as the colors cycled, they chose that dark enviorment coral color instead of red that I had mentioned in the other post as an available backlite color. Somebody in development has been doing some research. I don't recall any Bearcat scanner that usually is the focus of most of their R&D having that feature, or at least none I've known. Nice looking radio though.

Some of the posters have commented on this and the other radio as being "off" right from the box. I'd be more interested in what specifically is out of spec. Are you speaking of the carrier frequency, carrier point injection into the balanced modulator/demodulator in SSB? Carrier leakage/surpression? Is voice color simply not obtainable in either sideband or is obtainable, but idling too high or too low as to make the recovered audio too bassy or too high, but still intelligible? Simply saying it's off out of the box doesn't convey any useful information to correct a problem if any. I didn't pay attention to the board layout or stopped the video to see if there are free running crystal oscillator stages or if everything is derived from a master source. Please substantiate these claims. Not the claims of some hack artist that's trying to make an extra 50-100 bucks claiming these radios need a recommended performance enhancement. The QC on their other products such as scanners is extremely high to ISO standards. I wouldn't expect any different on a CB radio made by them.
 

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The radio sounds good on receive and so far I have gotten positive reception reports on audio with the stock mic from other local CB'ers.
 

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The radio sounds good on receive and so far I have gotten positive reception reports on audio with the stock mic from other local CB'ers.
Ok thanks. I'm fixing to buy a radio and cant make up my mind between this one and a Galaxy 959. I will be running it as a base on a Antron-99. I'm hoping to get out a few miles.
 

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I watched the demo mode and noticed that as the colors cycled, they chose that dark enviorment coral color instead of red that I had mentioned in the other post as an available backlite color. Somebody in development has been doing some research. I don't recall any Bearcat scanner that usually is the focus of most of their R&D having that feature, or at least none I've known. Nice looking radio though.

Some of the posters have commented on this and the other radio as being "off" right from the box. I'd be more interested in what specifically is out of spec. Are you speaking of the carrier frequency, carrier point injection into the balanced modulator/demodulator in SSB? Carrier leakage/surpression? Is voice color simply not obtainable in either sideband or is obtainable, but idling too high or too low as to make the recovered audio too bassy or too high, but still intelligible? Simply saying it's off out of the box doesn't convey any useful information to correct a problem if any. I didn't pay attention to the board layout or stopped the video to see if there are free running crystal oscillator stages or if everything is derived from a master source. Please substantiate these claims. Not the claims of some hack artist that's trying to make an extra 50-100 bucks claiming these radios need a recommended performance enhancement. The QC on their other products such as scanners is extremely high to ISO standards. I wouldn't expect any different on a CB radio made by them.
I have read on a couple of CB Forums about 980's that showed 3 watts AM and 8 watts SSB out of the box. Not all, not most, but some. More common has been the complaint about low modulation which has been solved by users adding a power mic. I have also read a lot of posts where the radios seem to fine right out of the box and users are happy with it's performance.
I have been ready to jump on a 980 for some time, but I am reading all I can before do. I'm not looking for the performance of a 400 watt Stryker just want the radio to perform at it's factory peak.
 

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Ok thanks. I'm fixing to buy a radio and cant make up my mind between this one and a Galaxy 959. I will be running it as a base on a Antron-99. I'm hoping to get out a few miles.
Not to throw a wrench into your plans, but I've been reading about the new President series Grant II, made by Uniden, which is available in the U.K. right now. On other CB Forums others have been advising me to wait on a 980 SSB till a U.S. version is released. Simon the wizard has several videos on his website.
As far as Galaxy vs. Uniden, the Galaxy has more tweaks & tricks that can be added. I can't use a Galaxy in my work vehicle cause it's heavy rough service truck & I see the other guys with Galaxy's breaking solder joints or boards from the pounding.
Not too far off-topic, but I have 4 Radio Shack Pro-197 scanners with LED lights and some don't have all the available colors or two shades of blue or green, but otherwise are perfect. This I chalked up to a factory build/programming defect.
 
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