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Entry Level Radio

Post by mjackson92rs » Thursday, 06 August 2009, 10:58 AM

Just got in the 10 meter radio about a year ago and I think I am ready to upgrade to a radio with SSB. Right now I am running a Uniden 68. My question is what is a good entry level SSB radio for someone who has never used the sidebands before? Looking for a user friendly radio. Thanks.


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Re: Entry Level Radio

Post by T Rodd » Thursday, 06 August 2009, 11:23 AM

If you are familiar with 10 meter (and 11 meter) radios you will easily handle SSB. Just a "little" bit more to learn.. A lot of people recommend a Ranger SS-158 if you are a serious AM user and would like to have a "Good" SSB radio. However if you are Serious SSB operator and need "good" AM performance a Ranger 2950dx or 2970 depending upon how much you want to put into it.

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Re: Entry Level Radio

Post by Night Crawler » Thursday, 06 August 2009, 12:39 PM

mjackson92rs wrote:My question is what is a good entry level SSB radio for someone who has never used the sidebands before? Looking for a user friendly radio. Thanks.


Very easy to use entry level SSB radio and inexpensive.

http://www.gijoesradioelectronics.com/scripts/prodView.asp?idProduct=686

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Post by linx » Thursday, 06 August 2009, 15:15 PM

Those SuperStar's are nice, but my favorite is the RCI 29XX series of radios. The 2950 and 2970's are legendary in the SSB audio quality fields. I ran 2 2950's for a long time. 1 on the base, and a newer SWP 2950DX on the mobile. I wish I had kept that 2950DX, but we all make mistakes and sell stuff we don't want to sometimes.
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Post by 55builtit4me » Friday, 07 August 2009, 15:33 PM

linx wrote:Those SuperStar's are nice, but my favorite is the RCI 29XX series of radios. The 2950 and 2970's are legendary in the SSB audio quality fields. I ran 2 2950's for a long time. 1 on the base, and a newer SWP 2950DX on the mobile. I wish I had kept that 2950DX, but we all make mistakes and sell stuff we don't want to sometimes.


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Post by 55builtit4me » Friday, 07 August 2009, 15:37 PM

that was supposed to say...

what exactly is a swp?

also, the superstars are good radios, i'll second that motion. they work great on ssb, and still have that "punch" on AM. but i would get a variable dead key added if u ever plan to run an amp...

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Post by linx » Friday, 07 August 2009, 16:10 PM

The SWP is a Radio Active modded radio. It's the first radio I bought from him and I ran it for a year or so. It's just what he calls his modification. Everyone has their own "super tune" or whatever.
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Re: Entry Level Radio

Post by camino kid » Friday, 07 August 2009, 17:31 PM

I also am looking for a 11 meter ssb.I was looking at a few of them but don't know which one to choose from.GALAXY DX979-OR 959-or a texas ranger966ffc or a cobra 148gtl.What do you guys think would be the best bang for your buck.

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Re: Entry Level Radio

Post by va236 » Tuesday, 11 August 2009, 21:43 PM

camino kid wrote:I also am looking for a 11 meter ssb.I was looking at a few of them but don't know which one to choose from.GALAXY DX979-OR 959-or a texas ranger966ffc or a cobra 148gtl.What do you guys think would be the best bang for your buck.


Just thought I'd add my 2 cents worth in here. I have a Galaxy DX959 feeding a Wilson 1000 magnet mount antenna in my truck. This system does me a great job (I did have the clarifier unlocked, because I use it on sideband). I bought this setup from Sparky's (who I personally recommend), however I'm sure any of the other sponsors on this site would give you a good deal. I mentioned Sparky's because he has a Galaxy DX959 Refurbished available for $119.95, plus shipping.

I agree with what everyone says about the Ranger 2950DX/2970DX radios. I'm planning on purchasing a 2950DX myself (the only difference in the 2950DX & 2970DX is the 2970DX has the amp built in, and costs more). As I said, the Galaxy DX959 is doing me a fine job, but I operate mainly SSB and the 2950DX has features which make operating sideband a pleasure. I can't really say about any of the others. My radio previously to these was a Yaesu FT-101E (which I wish I still had).

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Post by Turbo-T » Thursday, 13 August 2009, 0:40 AM

camino kid wrote:I also am looking for a 11 meter ssb.I was looking at a few of them but don't know which one to choose from.GALAXY DX979-OR 959-or a texas ranger966ffc or a cobra 148gtl.What do you guys think would be the best bang for your buck.


I'd say an older 148 GTL.
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Re: Entry Level Radio

Post by camino kid » Thursday, 13 August 2009, 19:19 PM

Thanks guys I went with the dx959 and a wilson 1000 I think this will do the job for me.I'll add my palomar tube mobile power and I'll be cruzin.Thanks again I'll be findin ya on the flip side.

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Re: Entry Level Radio

Post by Capndave » Saturday, 15 August 2009, 4:47 AM

Top gun mods for that 959 would be a fine addition for that radio,I have one with these mods and a I could not believe the result.Clarity I could not believe.My first choice would have been th e148GTL but I got this one for eighty bucks In great shape.

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Post by camino kid » Tuesday, 18 August 2009, 16:14 PM

Got the 959 installed swr with a 1000 wilson mag mount is 1-1.5 ch1 and 40.Hope to try it out tonight listen for the kid if ya get a chance.You guys are the best bunch a person could run into.Now on to my base unit.Thanks again. :biggrin:

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Post by alpha » Friday, 28 August 2009, 17:26 PM

got a rci 3900hp loud on AM and clear on SSB no drift on this radio , it got lo ,medium ,hi good for ad a amp this one of the best radio for your money

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Post by [byuslim09] » Friday, 11 December 2009, 13:50 PM

It's nice to hear good reports on the rci2950dx,I spoke with ra yesterday as I am interested :cheers: in a new radio but couldn't decide between the galaxy 94vhp or the 2950dx,he recommends the 2950dx hands down.
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Re: Entry Level Radio

Post by Capndave » Wednesday, 16 December 2009, 9:45 AM

If you can find one,a good base is the GE Super Base.That was the best one I have ever used,but to get one on your bench will cost you quite a sum.

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Re: Entry Level Radio

Post by Mobile 25 » Wednesday, 16 December 2009, 19:54 PM

Since you stated you had a primary interest in ssb I'd recommend a 2950/2970 ,either unit is a tri bander and I always get top shelf reports on my 50(nondx) for 15 years now.

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Re: Entry Level Radio

Post by rbodenbender » Saturday, 23 January 2010, 7:35 AM

if you are wanting a serious SSB rig, you need to get a Uniden President HR2510 or the Lincoln HR2600. those were probably 2 of the best sideband radios built without dumping serious cash for a Yaesu or an ICOM rig.

from my years around CBs, the "export radios" (galaxy, superstar, northstar etc) had lackluster performance on sideband. they talk ok on there, but the quality of the radio just does not compare to the 2510. that is an honest user opinion, and dont get me wrong, i love my Pluto. it is am AM audio monster, but on SSB, it isnt that fabulous.

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Re: Entry Level Radio

Post by De_Wildfire » Saturday, 06 February 2010, 1:55 AM

Icom 718. You wouldn't believe the price if you can get one new. Same price as the 2995DX but you get all the shortwave bands and more.

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Re: Entry Level Radio

Post by goatboy » Thursday, 16 September 2010, 19:33 PM

I would go with the early 148GTL, 1990-1995 models are rock steddy units and stay on freq, my with no mods dose 6.5W AM/ 16.5W SSB. Iget it retuned evey year but it needs little if any adjustment.

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Re: Entry Level Radio

Post by 12 gage » Wednesday, 06 October 2010, 5:47 AM

If you want a good SSB radio and 10 meter the RCI2950DX or 2970DX are both great radios. Get the SWP/SRX from Radio Active Radio and you have a great radio that is clear and loud.

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Re: Entry Level Radio

Post by goofy » Wednesday, 06 October 2010, 6:30 AM

I'm liking my 257HP, a good little radio. The controls take a little time to use, but its not rocket surgery. Very small so that means they had to cram alot in a small shape

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Re: Entry Level Radio

Post by 19dt2120 » Monday, 01 November 2010, 3:24 AM

Very Soon there will be a new radio on the market called Maas DX5000 aka CRT SS6900/AnyTone AT5888/comtex cs-1000dx/hannover br9000 and maybe under some other names .
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Re: Entry Level Radio

Post by mat_me » Friday, 12 November 2010, 19:03 PM

I am glad to hear such good reports about the cobra 148GTL. I am going to pick one up tomorrow moring.... I dont think i will sleep well tonight :compress:
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i've bought one of those Anytone AX-5555 just over $200
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Re: Entry Level Radio

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Re: Entry Level Radio

Post by Radio Pig » Monday, 24 January 2011, 3:45 AM

This past friday night I just purchased a refurbished Galaxy DX 959 for $124.49 with free shipping on Fleabay. It will be my first SSB and i'm really looking forward to getting it and hooking it up. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

If anyone in the Couer D' Alene, Idaho, or Spokane Wa. area knows of a good reputably CB shop that i can take it to and get it tuned up to it's fullest max potential and possibly some mods done to it, I sure would appreciate hearing from as to where I can get this done :?:


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