CB/SSB Radio Use - I have a few questions.

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  1. gun runner

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    I have a Galaxy 959, thats peaked to about 30 watts.

    Shooter45 is right. Thats the best way to go when getting into radioland.
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    Just about every semi truck has 1 in it. Go to San Antonio or any other big city and you will hear lots of people talking. Especially by the truck stops.
  3. armedandsafe

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    Keep this in mind on your antenna tower:
    Keep this in mind when choosing your transceiver:
    http://www.csgnetwork.com/cbradiofreq.html

    Emphasis added.

    Pops
  4. armedandsafe

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    Also keep in mind that the older US Military "walkie talkies" run in the CB band, but are SSB only. The associated vehicle/desk mount units can pump a lot more power than is legal. They have many security features, but finding info on those features is difficult.

    To just monitor and talk in general, CB or 10 Meters HAM is marvelous. For tactical maneuvering, not so good. Those frequencies are too easy to intercept.

    Pops
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    Ham is the way to go. CB just ain't going to get you very far.
  6. JohnnyFlake

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    I really appreciate all the responses and suggestions. It's a lot of information to think through. Obviously, the thing to do is go into a 10 Meter Transceiver and I do understand the reasoning.

    What I am thinking I will do is buy a quality CB Radio to start with, so I can get set up. Maybe you guys can help me decide on one. I have been looking at a few that range between $50 and $155 and they all have very good reviews and ratings. The two lower priced units which are Uniden have numerous high ratings and seem well worth the price. These are what I am looking at. There is much praise about the Uniden PRO520XL at $50. Many compare it to the Cobra 29 and some say it's better. Your thoughts and suggestions will be appreciated.


    Uniden PRO520XL 40-Channel CB Radio - $45


    Galaxy DX-949 CB Mob ssb Swr Talkback Rog.bp Pa Mode - $130


    Cobra 29WXNWST Nightwatch 40 Channel CB Radio - $134


    Uniden Bearcat PC68 Elite 40-Channel CB Radio - $85

    After I am set up and save a few more $$$, I buy an Amateur 10 Meter Transceiver and get an FCC License. I have come up with these for thought.

    Yaesu FT-7900R Mobile Dual-Band Amateur Ham Radio 50W/45W VHF/UHF Transceiver

    RANGER RCI-2950DX 10 METER RADIO NEW GRN ON BLK DISPLAY

    Again, any help will be appreciated. I welcome your thoughts and suggestions.
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    Agreed! I used to get sooooo irritated with CB guys who made HAM operators look bad. :mad:

    The interference probably isn't as much of an issue in the digital age but i'm sure it's still there...
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    Yes amateur radio is better, CB just a backup for other emergencies.

    How hard is a ham licence now, I got my novice & tech together, 5 wpm code about 1964.
    Later the general with 13 wpm code in 1967.

    Do they still test and require Morse Code?
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    I have never ran a HAM radio, but I used to be into CB big time. From what I hear the HAM licence isn't a hard test at all these days. It doesn't matter what radio you choose, getting out, and receiving isn't about the raido, it's about the antena!
  10. gun runner

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    What if you operate a ham radio setup without a license?
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    "Do they still test and require Morse Code?"

    Nope. They really dumbed down the requirements but some of the questions are still out of the dark ages.

    "What if you operate a ham radio setup without a license?"

    One, it is against the law. If and when you get caught, you stand the chance of a hefty fine. Also you would need a call sign and with the technology now days, it is very easy to determine if a call sign is fake or not. There is a method by which the FCC issues call signs so you would have to do a little searching. You could give me a call sign and I can tell within seconds if it fake or not and if it is real, who it belongs to.
  12. JohnnyFlake

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    More interesting responses but no suggestions on the CB unit I will be buying or the 10 Meter unit I will also be buying.

    I do understand that the most important factor is the antenna. I will be going with either a FireStik KW7-B Seven foot or a Solarcon A-99 17' CB Base Station Antenna.

    I just wish I had some advice to help with my decision with the radios.
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    On a good day you might be able to talk 10 - 15 miles.
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    Wow, glorified CB I guess! My FCC General was the last test without any transistor theory in 1967. It was tubes, oscillators all that good stuff.

    I had my 13 wpm then, later the W1AW 15 wpm and when I got to 20 wpm I was going for my amateur extra BUT I moved into an apt in college....let my license lapse...regret it now.

    WA8WKX is gone. :(
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    Go with the Uniden, or Galaxy. I've had to much bad experience with the Cobra. My choice would be the Uniden. There's a Radio Shack on every corner!
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    WOW! they are super nice radios but very expensive and out of my range at this time.

    I see you from Texas. What do you think of the Texas Ranger CB/SSB Radios as an entry level radio?
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    I would like to thank all of you for your comments and suggestions. After a few days of research and speaking with a number of people online and joining a CB Online Club, I have made my decisions and have placed an order for the following items:

    Galaxy DX979, 40 ch. CB Radio w/SSB and Starlite NEW!

    SOLARCON A99 ANTRON 99 CB OR HAM BASE STATION ANTENNA

    RoadPro RP-8X18CL 18' Clear CB Antenna Mini-8 Coax Cable with PL-259 Connector

    Schumacher PC-6 120AC to 6A 12V DC Power Converter

    Schumacher XC6 Speed Charge 6 Amp Battery Charger

    Yuasa (Enersys) Genesis NP7-12T - 12 Volt/7 Amp Hour Sealed Lead Acid Battery with 0.250 Fast-on Connector

    I will appreciate any comments on the items I have ordered and suggestions, if I have forgotten to get something important. I should have all of the equipment within 10 days or so.
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    You do know that CB stands for "Constantly Broke", don't you?
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    Unfortunately, Yes!!!

    It is a slope, like others I am addicted to, Cigars, Guns/Reloading, Pipes, Bourbons & others.
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