Originally Posted by TIN_CAN
I just picked up a cobra 139XLR from original owner for $60 canadian, complete with box and manuals, great addition to my collection.
Wish I could get a deal like that...but every time I DO find one, I don't have the money for it!!
I got mine a while back, it's unmodified (main reason I bought it-as little as I know about radios, I DON'T want to try to "fix" them!!) Still waiting for the new final and driver transistors from eBay (cheaper buying from China, but wait about a month for shipping) so I can't comment on how MINE works (yet) but the people I've known over the years who had one (including one who had BOTH CB
and 10 meters USB on his-wonder how he did THAT??) haven't had any problems...actually, one guy I knew complained of bad TX
(but it SCREAMED on sideband) but who talks on AM
As with ANY 30+ year old radio, you'll want to have someone go through it (check the caps, tuning and alignment, ect) before you make it a daily talker, and BTW, if/when you DO have the caps replaced, MAKE SURE to use AT LEAST 25-50 volt caps (I've heard that was one of the weak spots-Dynascan only used 10-16 volt caps!) There's also a few service bulletins for the 138/139 XLR that you can look up on CB
As mentioned before, make SURE it hasn't been (or won't be) subjected to the dreaded "golden screwdriver" (no "extra" knobs/switches/holes) or AT LEAST know that the person who does/did it knows what they're doing (the local "tech" in my old 'hood was FCC
licensed-wish I could find one here) or you're likely to end up with an expensive paperweight...know one guy who had his 138 XLR channel modded by a guy at the local truck stop recently, since then it would blow the in line fuse every time you turned it on and keyed it up!! And of course, he hasn't seen that guy since...
Seems like every "good" radio out there gets screwed up sooner or later...