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Magnum 257 Vs Lincoln 1

Postby Mudslinger » 14 Dec 2016, 20:55

I recently got hold of a Magnum 257 (earlier yellow screen version with 30 watts output) for a good price, and I have been using it briefly in the shack along with my well used President Lincoln Mk1.

First impressions are that the Magnum works better on receive and of course has more output power, but isn't built as well (wobbly controls etc). It is also a bit more fiddly to operate, but that might be because I am not used to it.

I get very good audio reports on both of them when coupled to the Silver Eagle, in fact they sound quite similar I am told.

Has anyone else had both of these radios and how did you find that they compared?
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Re: Magnum 257 Vs Lincoln 1

Postby beamer320i » 14 Dec 2016, 21:21

Hi Simon,

I had the yellow screen 257 at the same time as my Lincoln 1. I found transmitted audio to be quite similar as you say, but I also found the receive to be similar - in fact, the only thing that put me off the 257 was the rubber controls.

Regarding the Lincoln receive, I've often seen people say that the receive is better on other radio's such as the Jackson but I've never had any qualms about it. I must have one with a really good set of ears!

Going back to the Magnum, I've had various incarnations of this set (yellow and blue, hi power) and also the Albrecht 485 version which worked well. The only one which was junk was the Jopix Itaca, absolutely woeful!

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Re: Magnum 257 Vs Lincoln 1

Postby Mudslinger » 14 Dec 2016, 21:30

I find the Lincoln works well, but on SSB it is slightly worse at picking out weak signals on SSB than the Mk2 Superstar 360FM which I also have. I also expect the Magnum to be a bit better. The only station I spoke to on SSB was just across town, but I did managed to listen to some weak FM stations which it picked out very well.

I don't use AM much, but I also find the AM RX audio on the Lincoln rather flat. The Magnum sounds really good on AM receive.

If they had built them a bit better I would have thought they would have sold by the bucketload.
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Re: Magnum 257 Vs Lincoln 1

Postby stanogs68 » 14 Dec 2016, 21:44

i promised my self im going to get the best CB you friendly lot can supply me i want it tweeked to death ,i know your good rig doctors .can you help me now whilst i treat my self im looking round the £150 mark ,chhers
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Re: Magnum 257 Vs Lincoln 1

Postby dt307 » 14 Dec 2016, 22:24

Best is a chipswitch Lincoln
Blue 257 stunning tx audio and ssb and am
Yellow 257 audio is good on ssb and am
Lincoln good tx audio on ssb is good am is crap
257 is more user friendly for the memories esp mobile
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Re: Magnum 257 Vs Lincoln 1

Postby andymuza » 14 Dec 2016, 22:45

stanogs68 wrote:i promised my self im going to get the best CB you friendly lot can supply me i want it tweeked to death ,i know your good rig doctors .can you help me now whilst i treat my self im looking round the £150 mark ,chhers


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Re: Magnum 257 Vs Lincoln 1

Postby andymuza » 14 Dec 2016, 22:50

I had a blue 257, regret selling it.
Found everything to be really good with the exception of FM modulation which was a bit low, it was an easy fix though.

I haven't owned a Lincoln 1 but have used one and although I thought it was a good radio I found the 257 better.

You are right though Simon, the Lincoln 1 has better build quality.
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Re: Magnum 257 Vs Lincoln 1

Postby cb4ever104 » 15 Dec 2016, 09:44

andymuza wrote:I haven't owned a Lincoln 1


These types of members should be banned ! :) Only joking Andy m8 :) Saying that you must be one of a minority on this forum :)

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Re: Magnum 257 Vs Lincoln 1

Postby Mudslinger » 15 Dec 2016, 17:40

Just out of interest how different is this radio to the Magnum 257?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/AM-FM-SSB-Alb ... Swa-dWij~N

I wouldn't mind getting a new equivalent of the 257 at some stage.

I am not keen on the Optima's I have read too many bad things and someone near me has one. It sounds dreadful.
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Re: Magnum 257 Vs Lincoln 1

Postby Kaos » 15 Dec 2016, 18:42

Mudslinger wrote:Just out of interest how different is this radio to the Magnum 257?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/AM-FM-SSB-Alb ... Swa-dWij~N

I wouldn't mind getting a new equivalent of the 257 at some stage.

I am not keen on the Optima's I have read too many bad things and someone near me has one. It sounds dreadful.


Owned an Optima Mk2B and it blew the L1 away.....unfortunately. I still have my L1 though and my Optima has moved on.

Optima seemed easier to use, and the layout on the front not like the L1 taxi radio. Nice big LCD. S meter behaved itself too.

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Re: Magnum 257 Vs Lincoln 1

Postby stanogs68 » 15 Dec 2016, 19:47

so im geeting back is the magnum 257 or the lincoln 1 exept anndy mussa who thinks i should be shot ,cheers for the help everyone and if any one has something decent for sale let me know cheers lads (and girls )
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Re: Magnum 257 Vs Lincoln 1

Postby Oggy » 15 Dec 2016, 20:22

I have a Magnum 257HP and I think it's a great radio and really does work well. :D
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Re: Magnum 257 Vs Lincoln 1

Postby stanogs68 » 15 Dec 2016, 20:33

thanks oggy
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Re: Magnum 257 Vs Lincoln 1

Postby stanogs68 » 15 Dec 2016, 21:45

look want if possile? an 80s ,90s cb with ssb usb am fm sab ,puts out loads of whatts any one got one for sale please
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Re: Magnum 257 Vs Lincoln 1

Postby stanogs68 » 15 Dec 2016, 21:56

not a big want lol
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