Smallest SSB capable set?

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Smallest SSB capable set?

Post by ghost123uk » 06 Dec 2016, 14:40

With my new vehicle, I won't be able to fit anything like my Stalker 9FDX, or indeed anything close, such as the new President Grant etc.
I've had a quick scout around, but cannot find any "new generation" sets that are both small AND have SSB. Any suggestions folk?
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Re: Smallest SSB capable set?

Post by Tigersaw » 06 Dec 2016, 14:42

Yaesu 857 remote the head?

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Re: Smallest SSB capable set?

Post by ghost123uk » 06 Dec 2016, 14:56

I'll have a look at that ^^^

I just got a reply from Knights and they are suggesting a "CRT SS9900" - It looks like just what I am after = https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=CRT+S ... gAaes4zQCg 8)
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Re: Smallest SSB capable set?

Post by ROTEL240 » 06 Dec 2016, 15:04

Yeticom optima and the magnum 257 are the same size as the ss9900 and are very good reliable radios ,the 9900 does suffer from power outputs failing mainly because they are run full power on fm..

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Post by MrWeetabix » 06 Dec 2016, 15:10

Icom 706MK2 with remote head and gubbins in the boot. I have mine Bluetac'd to the centre console. Has a local headphone jack and a mic plug on remote head, so a single cable needs run. Can even be mounted on a mobile phone suction-cup screen mount jobby..... should tick a lot of boxes in terms of easy access. Older versions of the same radio can also be found a bit cheaper than the MK2g, i you're only bothered about 11m that is :thumbup:
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Post by ghost123uk » 06 Dec 2016, 15:16

Oh, I'm liking the look (and reviews) of that Magnum 257 :) ( http://www.cbradiomagazine.com/Radio%20 ... 7%20HP.htm )

Off now to look at the Icom 706 ;)
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Re: Smallest SSB capable set?

Post by ghost123uk » 06 Dec 2016, 15:22

Icom 706 = too expensive for me.
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Post by 2E1IIP » 06 Dec 2016, 17:15

The 706 is overpriced and old and generally a crap rig - not worth more than £100-£150 for a MK1 and around the £200-£250 for a MKII.
For some bizarre reason they seem to fetch hollywood money on Ebay and the like....

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Post by ROTEL240 » 06 Dec 2016, 17:26

ghost123uk wrote:Oh, I'm liking the look (and reviews) of that Magnum 257 :) ( http://www.cbradiomagazine.com/Radio%20 ... 7%20HP.htm )

Off now to look at the Icom 706 ;)
are you only interested in 11m if so have a look at the optima a great all rounder with no daft lights echo roger bleeps and no messing with a computer to programme them..

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Post by lambrettadave » 06 Dec 2016, 17:29

I have a Alinco dr135uk witch is small and a Albrecht Ae485s which is also a small compact rig.
I own a dragon ss201 which is a handheld ssb rig and will mount anywhere
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Post by Buick Mackane » 06 Dec 2016, 17:37

theres an auld skool SSB rig called a skyarrow thats very small, There was one on the bay last week, But they dont come up for sale very often.
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Re: Smallest SSB capable set?

Post by mof000 » 06 Dec 2016, 17:43

ghost123uk wrote:I'll have a look at that ^^^

I just got a reply from Knights and they are suggesting a "CRT SS9900" - It looks like just what I am after = https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=CRT+S ... gAaes4zQCg 8)
I have the Anypile version and it's very good. I've been very happy with mine!
I'll pay whatever i think it's worth...:-)

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Post by Admiral » 06 Dec 2016, 18:38

Your options are only limited to the size of your passenger seat. I haven't permanently fitted a radio to any of my cars for 30 years, get the right connections in there and it takes less than a minute to get it going and uncouple for removal too.
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Re: Smallest SSB capable set?

Post by dt307 » 06 Dec 2016, 18:59

I use a magnum 257 (yellow screen not the mosfet ver)
Great for the car just enough memories to keep everything at hand.
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Re: Smallest SSB capable set?

Post by gouda » 07 Dec 2016, 12:36

the Magnum 257 is what i use too .. its the only ssb radio i have found with an easy to find in most shops
din frame to mount it in a free din slot in the dash if you are lucky enough to have one.

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