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  1. ThirstyBoots440

    ThirstyBoots440 Local Trash Talker

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    If you could see one radio come back from the past, updated and redesigned, what would it be?



    My vote would be for a new Uniden Grant, or even a little competition for the Galaxy DX979, the Uniden PC122. We're in dire need of a new SSB rig, these exports taking over is fine, but I wanna see something smaller and full digital display without it being an export radio.

    Or how cool would it be to do a retro style radio? Something with a large channel dial like the old 23 channels, maybe a sideways meter readout, obviously side mic instead of through the front...I'd be in the stores for sure
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  2. AudioShockwav

    AudioShockwav Extraterrestrial Admin Staff Member

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    SuperStar 360FM.
    Uniden PB010 Board.
    AM/FM/SSB
    One band up, one band down.
    If this radio was in production today it would outsell the 148/Grant ( new or old Production) hands down.
    By far one of the best mobile radio chassis ever built, and the radio that almost every single export was cloned from.......and they never got any of them to be any better.

    Ok I went off there.
    The old 148 was a great radio, but if there was just one, and only one...
    ( please bear in mind that SSB is my Mode of choice)
    Donald L Stoner built some radio`s that were years ahead of there time,
    Stoner Pro 40 Best Ever SSB CB Radio ever built.


    http://www.worldwidedx.com/hf-bands-hf-rigs/28039-2-stoner-pro-rigs.html
    73
    Jeff
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  3. binrat

    binrat W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    My 2 cents, Uniden grant. I got one given to me last summer and its rock solid on ssb.
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  4. Black_Bart

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    this one:

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  5. AudioShockwav

    AudioShockwav Extraterrestrial Admin Staff Member

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    CPI in Partnership with Palomar ( the real Palomar electronics in Ca) Started to build some really nice Programmable Radios under the Digi-Com Label until Cobra and EF Johnson moaned and cried to the FCC and they pressured CPI/Palomar to stop production.....even after the Radios`s had been Type Accepted by the FCC themselves `s before allowing the sale of the radio.
    I think Cobra knew that the 2000B would strip the sales of there cobra 2000.
    The CPI 2000B base radio was a great radio before they stopped building them in the mid 80`s.
    They included a built in , low noise pre-amp ( that same circuity was used in the stand alone Model CP-1 Range Plus Pre Amp) as well as a 8 pole crystal filter that gave the rig great adjacent channel rejection.

    The TX had a switchable Built in Speech Processor/Compressor ( again the same circuity was used in the stand alone CPI "Talk Power" speech processor that was very popular) fet mic pre-amp, And another great feature is the radio was built with modular construction that was easy to work on .....not that they broke down much, these radios would work into high SWR all day long and not break a sweat because they built the radio to be almost bullet proof.
    The Owners manual stated the radio`s TX mismatch tolerance was "infinite VSWR at all Phase angles".
    You could unhook the coax, and tie a rubber band around the mic transmit into nothing.....walk away from the radio, come back an hour later, hook up the coax and the radio still worked just fine.
    The one down fall I found with the CPI Base station was that the used a single conversion RX.
    I think this was cost driven, but having said that they still had good sensitivity in the receiver and did a great job with the radio over all.
    The Base along with the BC 2000 Base Console ( 7-digit frequency counter for both AM and SSB, and in both transmit and receive modes,built-in receive pre-amp, an antenna tuner, a TVI filter, an auxiliary antenna switch and a 6-digit LED quartz crystal clock is an awesome radio station.
    Add the CPI HF-150 class B solid state Amp with switchable filters for 10-80 meters...Ah hum ah OK well it was built for Ham radio, but ...well you know.
    Yes, another great rig.
    Thanks for the Picture.



    73
    Jeff
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  6. Atlasta

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    Can we resurrect Don Stoner and have him update his masterpiece? No? Damn.

    In that case I'll take a well-maintained original Stoner.
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  7. Se7en

    Se7en Well-Known Member

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    This one please.
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  8. mackmobile43

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  9. n0zna

    n0zna W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    Browning mk3 or 3a or mk4

    Or Siltronix1011d,i have 5 1011d.CPI was great also.The Siltronix was realy the first export radios.Made in USA and to be 10 mtr tr/rec on 11 or export for 11 mtr transmit.Stoner was good,DAK was a good try,hehe.73 de JW
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  10. grimace

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    my vote for the browning mark 3 or maybe a mark 5 lol
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  11. Captain Kilowatt

    Captain Kilowatt Professional Amateur Staff Member

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    I'm in agreement with Mack on this one. The Johnson 500 had both class and punch to boot. (y)
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  12. DJboutit

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    Uniden Grant or Cobra 2000 GTL
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  13. ghutch

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    SSB Tuned Radio

    What we need is a radio designed for 11 meters SSB....period. OK maybe 11 and 10 to have a larger market? base.
    I for one would buy a radio slanted for SSB operation. Kenwood-Yeasu-Icom do it everday for ham operators. Don't care much for the AM Monsters, i do not need radios with echo, noise toys, talkback, flashing lights, buzzers, and bs. I know these are fun running the road, at the truck stops. Add 1500 watts on AM just to kick some butt at the truck stop or play in the Super Bowel is not me. :bored:
    But for me:whistle: Someone needs to design a radio for serious ssb specs built with SSB operators in mind....I think they would sell...worldwide
    what I would like to see is......
    1. Double or triple conversion receiver
    2. Selection of filter modes, (wide/ narrow or variable) with Real Good Filters for SSB operation.
    3. DSP
    4. 6-7 point freq counter.... maybe a clock? would be nice to monitor UTC?
    5. RIT
    6. Scanning
    7. 40-50 watts....ok maybe 100? why do we need 400watts in a mobile....they make kickers for these power outputs. they are cheap...put that money in the receiver/filters/??. buy a kicker if you want 400 watts. how many folks do we talk everyday that are running even 200 wts and up? most folks i have talked with use 100 or less... most use less. Is it just me or is any mobile radio with 400 watts designed for SSB or is it just a way to build and market another AM monster?
    8. Computer connections for running software controls (HRD type screens)
    9. Screens are cheap now....put a decent size screen for blind suckers like me?? touch screen??. detachable face? or remote radio (TCB R 2000 style) with a touch screen operation. I'am really a switch and knob guy but know what the world is going to and likes.....i could deal with a computer software controlled rdaio IF i had the things I want?
    10. built it as a computer board type chassis the radio could be made for plug in play boards to make upgrades easy, add features, or add FM,AM, Weather bands if wanted, Whistles bells and dog calls,,,,just plig and play...????

    I guess I'am lookin to build a Elecraft for 11 meters....they took a good idea an transformed it into a very good product. I think with as many foks running HF rigs on 11 mtrs there is a market for real radios....but what do i know?:redface: I do know I would Buy a new radio next week if it had half these type features....I buy one next week if it had a decent ssb filter set and selectivity. I guess I need to buy a HF rig and shut up?
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  14. Se7en

    Se7en Well-Known Member

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    All export radios should be banned.

    Sent from Outerspace, on the DarkSide of X.
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  15. mackmobile43

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    Give that man a ceegar
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