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Old April 7th, 2020, 03:03 PM #1
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CB Radio

This started to come up in the HF section, but I decided to split it out.

Probably not a bad idea to add a CB radio to the comm mix.

You may be able to tune your HF rig to the CB frequencies, however, under normal circumstances, that is not legal.

So what are good CBs on the market now?

Should you get one that does just AM? Or AM and SSB?

Good base antennas?
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link to info on CB from the FCC: https://www.fcc.gov/wireless/bureau-...o-service-cbrs

I have read a lot of positive reviews about the Uniden 980SSB radio: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Uniden-BE...h-SSB/20751014

I would probably get a CB that had both AM & SSB, if I were going to get one. A few more dollars, but might be worth it.

No clue on which antenna would be best.
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link to info on CB from the FCC: https://www.fcc.gov/wireless/bureau-...o-service-cbrs

I have read a lot of positive reviews about the Uniden 980SSB radio: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Uniden-BE...h-SSB/20751014

I would probably get a CB that had both AM & SSB, if I were going to get one. A few more dollars, but might be worth it.

No clue on which antenna would be best.
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Back in the 70s & 80s when I was into CBs, SSB was used for long range. Talked to a fella a couple times in Barbados, West Indies

Had mostly radio shack stuff then as they were into a lot of communications stuff. Heathkit and Lafayette were some others too. Don't know about nowadays though.
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Back in the 70s & 80s I was into CBs, SSB was used for long range. Talk to a fella a couple times in Barbados, West Indies
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Cobra 29 classic. Backed with a Texas star 667v 5 pill amp. Don't mess with my big radio... echo echo echo echo

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Cobra 29 classic. Backed with a Texas star 667v 5 pill amp. Don't mess with my big radio... echo echo echo echo

I was that guy years ago.
I had a ham radio friend, that got hit by the FCC for running high power on CB.

This was back in the 70s or 80s, and he got hit with a $10K fine.
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link to info on CB from the FCC: https://www.fcc.gov/wireless/bureau-...o-service-cbrs

I have read a lot of positive reviews about the Uniden 980SSB radio: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Uniden-BE...h-SSB/20751014

I would probably get a CB that had both AM & SSB, if I were going to get one. A few more dollars, but might be worth it.

No clue on which antenna would be best.
This is the one I have. Listens fine, no clue how TX is, especially with the factory mic. I was freaked out at first because there was a super-loud beep (independent of volume setting) every time I did anything, but finally figured out how to turn it off and all is well.
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Problem; Made in China, and promoting one of Americas largest corporation that supports primarily China.
Absolutely correct. Please recommend a current model.
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