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

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by JohnnyFlake, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. JohnnyFlake

    JohnnyFlake New Member

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    OZO,

    Al I can say is OMG! I am seriously impressed!!!

    Love the photos and I especially love seeing that SAA. It's not too clear in the photo but looks like a Ruger Bearcat .22 LR.

    You are one crazy guy my friend!

    I am still waiting for the radio I ordered and the antenna. The other stuff has already arrived. Since I ordered the stuff listed above, I also ordered another radio, based on research and speaking with a few people, with the belief that SSB is really where it's at, and a power supply. The radio is a Magnum 257 HP which I requested expanded, alined and tuned. The power supply is a Jetstream JTPS31MB - 4-16 Volt, 30 Amp Switching Power Supply.

    Any comments or suggestions you have will be appreciated.

    Would it be okay to come to you with any serious questions I may come up with?

    Johnny
  2. mjp28

    mjp28 Well-Known Member

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    OZO, I see you do it right, right down to the SWR meter.

    When I was about 12 (1962-63) my uncle had an electronics business, when he closed it down and moved for a better job we got a TON of stuff from him, a small tractor, a crappy 61 Comet car -and- a whole lot of wire, insulators, our heavy duty tower and more.

    I had two Astatic D-104 mics and took them to a hamfest to sell with other stuff, well some slickster got them from me for next to nothing.....I found out later what they were worth.

    One hamfest my dad won a Hustler 4 BTV vertical antenna, nice for a vertical.
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    " a crappy 61 Comet car -"---mjp28
    I would like to have that crappy car today.......
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    mjp28 Well-Known Member

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    Yeah but not when you turn 16 in 1966....UGLY! Those wierd tail lights and no power.
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    The Magnum radios have had their share of problems. Make very sure that you keep the antenna tuned to less than 1.5 VSWR to keep the finals from overheating. A couple of friends with Magnums have had to have final power transistors changed because they overheat and fail. One had his done 3 times before he finally dumped the radio. His antenna was checked repeatedly but it still failed.
  6. JohnnyFlake

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    Thanks for the heads-up. I'll have to watch for that. Your comments are the first I have heard about that issue. I did a whole lots of research, and spoke with a number of people about that radio and that issue never came up.

    Thanks again.
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    mjp28 Well-Known Member

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    I swear with the old tube finals we didn't or rarely had that problem...way back when, when we also built stuff. I still have my old Heathkit DX-60 (or is it DX-90?) in my mom's cellar with my old Swan 350 (not built my me :) ).

    High power SSB just pushed the old AM sets right off the airways.
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