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Looking for new ssb radio

Post by John345 » 18 May 2014, 20:11

Hi all
Have 2 questions 1 I have a midland 8001 xt for the car, can I get uk channels on it. 2 I'm looking for a radio for the house I use ssb can anyone recommend good one budget around £400.

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Re: Looking for new ssb radio

Post by Panteneman » 17 Jul 2014, 21:01

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think these radios are on CEPT block (26.965-27.405nhz) with FM, AM and SSB. They're on the European frequencies, and not on the UK40.

This said, I think the removal of a jumper/wire 'widebands' the rig to cover 26-30mhz which will then cover the UK 40 and all other channel blocks from super low to super high.

Someone on here will come along an add some further input who know this particular rig better than myself.
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Re: Looking for new ssb radio

Post by bigpimp347 » 17 Jul 2014, 21:53

what he means is, is it legal to use in EU mode and if you can get UK40 it's illegal to use..

but no one cares..
and if you have £400 to waste on a CB then you either need to get a HF set or see a doctor :)

i'd get a HF set, even a decent Kenwood 450S you'd have change, or you could find a cheap Yaesu FT-990 if you look around.
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Re: Looking for new ssb radio

Post by Panteneman » 17 Jul 2014, 22:17

bigpimp347 wrote:what he means is, is it legal to use in EU mode and if you can get UK40 it's illegal to use..

but no one cares..
There's no mention of legality. The poster asked if it could go onto the UK40 - it could if it was widebanded, but I'm sure these are only on CEPT block in FM, AM, and SSB.
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Re: Looking for new ssb radio

Post by bigpimp347 » 18 Jul 2014, 08:35

depending which 8001XT you buy one is only mid block, another is export but has no Kc shift,
the guys on ebay selling them 'UK legal' are selling you a mid band radio, yet to get UK40 they suggest turning a trimmer to 27.**1 un ware this is the TX frequency adjustment and the radio will sound awful on RX..

another seller without a clue selling radios to peole that get fooled into buying them.

just get an earlier 8001 and you get a 3900 in a midland box, won't go wrong then :)
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Re: Looking for new ssb radio

Post by jkb » 18 Jul 2014, 19:16

What about a Yaesu ft450 at if you only want to use 1 antenna( they only have one antenna connection)??

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Post by dcwuk » 18 Jul 2014, 22:05

:wtf:
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Re: Looking for new ssb radio

Post by Admiral » 19 Jul 2014, 10:27

I'm with the pimp on this one, £400 can get you a lot of HF set, great for 11m, half decent SW set and future proofing if you take your ticket.

Or you could buy a mint Jumbo from eBay.
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Post by TheCaptain » 19 Jul 2014, 14:54

You should certainly have lots of choice with £400 and a looked after second hand HF set would be my view, take a look at the Yaesu FT-840, compact, no menus, easy to use, variable power a great little HF set that does the business. You can pick a really nice one up for between £300 - £350, Of course there are lots of other brands to consider but having used this particular set they make a great first HF radio that has all the other bands on that you can SWL on and of course as already posted if you take your ticket then your good to go, good luck with it John and let us know what you go for.
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Re: Looking for new ssb radio

Post by TheBigDawg » 09 Aug 2014, 21:51

I sometimes think to myself with all these old junkie ssb rigs I keep buying on ebay I could have got myself a couple nice HF sets with all the money that I've spent on junk but I can't help it I see a cheap multi mode cb on auction and just have to have it even though I don't really need it {bnghd} I'm going to buy just one more and then I'm saving my money for a HF set something like the Yaesu FT-840 will do me nicely.
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Post by TheCaptain » 10 Aug 2014, 09:22

TheBigDawg wrote:I sometimes think to myself with all these old junkie ssb rigs I keep buying on ebay I could have got myself a couple nice HF sets with all the money that I've spent on junk but I can't help it I see a cheap multi mode cb on auction and just have to have it even though I don't really need it {bnghd} I'm going to buy just one more and then I'm saving my money for a HF set something like the Yaesu FT-840 will do me nicely.
I have one bigdawg and it's a keeper, mint condition, dust covered, and the best thing is they are so easy to use unlike the more modern Yaesu radios when your trying to get used to them that use the menu system.

Don't get me wrong those radios that have menus are also really impressive, I have a few myself 857d, 1000MP and they do the business but it's nice just to navigate around a radio the good old fashioned way with buttons and knobs that have one purpose. 840's are such a good choice if you haven't used a HF set before as you can't get lost or change something that can't be reset easily. They are quite a compact radio to, they don't take up too much radio room on your shelves...loads of good reviews on youtube which I'm sure you've seen so you get a feel of them.

Let us know how you get on if you get a good one :thumbup:
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Re: Looking for new ssb radio

Post by andrew013 » 11 Aug 2014, 17:50

i have a ft840 bought it new in 94 as it was the upgrade from the ft 747 yes i had 1 and sold it to get the 840 , i got some extras for it at the time sold it twice and bought it back twice both times it came back more scratched than it left (i never scratched it ) :(
i bought the ft890 with built in tuner 2nd hand to replace the 840 but still got both and i still use 840 more than the 890 but i must admit the variable nb and notch and shift works a treat when my local interference gets to much BUT the 840 is still my fav of the 2 in the motor i had the ft857 now that is a cracker bought new but needs a bit of tlc my back up back up radio is the kenwood ts50 that gets very little air time now
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