What's your fave old school multimode radio

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Re: What's your fave old school multimode radio

Post by astradyne » 24 Aug 2018, 14:17

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Jacko , yes I must say I do like the Jackson 1. Didn't they do a 6 band version too ?.

I just have this thing about the ss with frequency counter on.

Having variable ssb output would be nice too
Yes, there were six band Jackson's. They were produced from the mid 90's until production stopped. The very late models had an MRF455 output to replace the discontinued MRF577. A sub board was added to accommodate this.

Sadly the later Jackson's were pretty dire. Cheap components, bad build quality and still had the AGC issue. Not a good end to a classic radio.
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Re: What's your fave old school multimode radio

Post by Astro fantom » 02 Sep 2018, 21:12

Has to be the hygain v 2795dx for me although i owned a 2795 then bought the dx version and sold that for the 8795 with the four blocks of 50 channels which although was a nice radio it never had the same obvious bleep that people could distinguish it as a hygain..
First mutimide i owned was a knackered concorde 1 which i had repaired by a local radio tech and worked the world on it hooked to a sigma 2 antenna and bremi brl200 linear.
Loved the ham international stuff for a while bought a concord 2 and eventually settled on a mk1 jumbo but still kept the hygain till eventually selling the lot in 1986.
I still have a hygain 2795dx in superb condition along with the trusty old 148 gtl dx just for nostalgia purposes although do use the hygain quite a lot and it works exellent since nick worked his magic on it

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Re: What's your fave old school multimode radio

Post by 13EL121 » 02 Sep 2018, 21:23

President Grant 1, Superstar 360FM, President Jackson 1...all my favorits. Every Radio has its plus Points.

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Re: What's your fave old school multimode radio

Post by ghce » 20 Oct 2018, 03:27

My current favourite is my Galaxy DX 95T2, so many (useless) bells and whistles but fun all the same, not very old skool but old enough now to qualify, had so many different CB radio's over the years since the 70's but most of them were a bit so so.
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Re: What's your fave old school multimode radio

Post by Fireproof » 20 Oct 2018, 09:43

Lincoln MK1, Cobra 148GTL-DX, President Grant Silver, President Jackson Taiwan, Stalker 9.
Lots of greats radios were made between 1980 to 2000 ish.
Nothing in that bracket now, all rubbish.
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Post by M1JWR » 20 Oct 2018, 12:18

Colt 320fm black shadow, always liked the chrome and black together
but then again it was just a tristar 747/hy gain v in drag
but at least it looked good

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Re: What's your fave old school multimode radio

Post by ghce » 20 Oct 2018, 22:36

My 95T2 from above post as it came from the USA.

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Re: What's your fave old school multimode radio

Post by 108EH002 » 21 Oct 2018, 06:41

Fireproof wrote:
20 Oct 2018, 09:43
Lincoln MK1, Cobra 148GTL-DX, President Grant Silver, President Jackson Taiwan, Stalker 9.
Lots of greats radios were made between 1980 to 2000 ish.
Nothing in that bracket now, all rubbish.
Maybe the people who test these new radios on air,need to tell the manufacturers that the prototype being used,is not going to live upto the needs of the modern Cb radio users.

It must be someone with an amateur radio background who will test these radios on air Fireproof,not someone who is a pound short of a fiver,someone who is meant to know what they are testing,so you would be better to ask the testers how they think new CBs are good enough for them,but sh1t for the majority who think they are as you describe = rubbish.
You can talk worldwide on CB = not 10 - 15 miles,
some are too far up their own @rse to admit it = snobs,
but many freebanders just happen to know otherwise = test free.


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Re: What's your fave old school multimode radio

Post by Fireproof » 21 Oct 2018, 07:47

108EH002 wrote:
21 Oct 2018, 06:41
Fireproof wrote:
20 Oct 2018, 09:43
Lincoln MK1, Cobra 148GTL-DX, President Grant Silver, President Jackson Taiwan, Stalker 9.
Lots of greats radios were made between 1980 to 2000 ish.
Nothing in that bracket now, all rubbish.
Maybe the people who test these new radios on air,need to tell the manufacturers that the prototype being used,is not going to live upto the needs of the modern Cb radio users.

It must be someone with an amateur radio background who will test these radios on air Fireproof,not someone who is a pound short of a fiver,someone who is meant to know what they are testing,so you would be better to ask the testers how they think new CBs are good enough for them,but sh1t for the majority who think they are as you describe = rubbish.
I have tried the newer Radios hoping I would be proved wrong but unfortunately the sadness starts at the unboxing process. Firstly the build quality tends to shine through as poor, plastic and feeling of low quality. The only modern Radio I actually thought was quite good is the Jackson 2 first version in black but with a quite expensive retail price. Now days I think looking for New Old Stock is the way forward, least that way if you do sell it later on down the line you have a product which is in demand and will most probably command a decent sell on fee. I would imagine back in the day when CB was in its hay day budgets for manufacturers would have been massive due to global demand, also radios then were very expensive compared to weekly or monthly wages. Nowadays you can buy a cheap multi standard rig for around £40 new!
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Re: What's your fave old school multimode radio

Post by 13EL121 » 21 Oct 2018, 08:32

Nearly all new radios sounding awfull on RX and TX. No dynamics in audio, just flat and most times noisy. Speacialy in SSB RX. Compares Jackson 1/2, Lincoln 1/2, Grant 1/2, Superstar 360/3900 against 6900 etc...
New Radios often have more TX power, but thats it...

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