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Galaxy DX-86v or Galaxy 979F for base?

Discussion in 'CB and Export Equipment and Accessories' started by CB590, Jan 15, 2020.

  1. CB590

    CB590 W9WDX Member

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    I'm trying to figure out the difference really between this and the 979F. When you do the "conversion" you get C/D/E which equates to LOW/CB/HIGH and basically 10m is gone.

    I know the 86v is dual final vs single in 979F

    This would be used as a base in a normal room that is 65-70'F. Short burst contacts and no long QSO's.

    I know the 86v after conversion isn't per se normal (like some exports) as you don't have the A channels.

    The boards do have different EPT numbers on them but look pretty close except for the add-on board on the 86v.

    The 979F has talkback and that's about all I can see.

    Did Galaxy just take a 99v2 board and cram it or is it another 55f/66v2 with 10m actually on that little add-on board??

    The 979F board ends in 92915Z

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    The 86v board ends in 99910A

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    I know a few on here have this so can anyone chime in??

    Already have a lead on a good and properly tuned 86v with only mod being fully open clarifier for fine/coarse and 10k switch on back.
     
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    CB590 W9WDX Member

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    Anyone??
     
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    9C1Driver Sr. Member

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    I don't think it matters really, both say Galaxy so both will drift some. I guess I would take the 86v since once tuned/converted it has 3 bands of channels. It appears they are the same radio but one is a cb set the other an export radio.
     
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    CB590 W9WDX Member

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    E4528160-9693-48F9-8895-676D05EF7EB4.jpeg Got my 86v in.

    If I post the main board pics front and back can someone possibly tell me how to wire up the FC347 freq harness? I prefer having 6 digits and not 5.
     
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    CB590 W9WDX Member

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    E26BD747-E78E-4181-967D-94AEFF2DA917.jpeg E83A0FA2-993F-4F6F-978C-575A4C00CB2E.jpeg 9079049A-3449-4949-B414-5CA88B040708.jpeg 19A93F45-14ED-424E-A2F7-7F9E1669A946.jpeg

    3rd pic shows fine clarifier mod and tone mod. 2nd pic shows closeup of side if I think the freq display?? Would that be tap able to get the FC347 working??
     

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    CB590 W9WDX Member

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    blue switch in right corner is 10k switch

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    CB590 W9WDX Member

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    Finally had a smidge of DX this afternoon and got 1414 Illinois. Said I was on freq and sounding good.

    I did some testing as well.

    Low AM dk was 1w, high was 12w
    Low SSB was 20w pep, high was 40w with 2400hz tone from my iPhone speaker to the mic. While not scientific at least I have a set of numbers and figured I'd share.

    Also note for LSB this was considered on freq by a guy with an Icom. Note how coarse is to the left a hair and the fine it to the right of TDC. Kinda annoying.

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    This was at .386. Not even one notch over to the right. (n)
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    And this was where .384 was on the fine. Way over yonder to the left on the fine knob o_O.

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    If I center both knobs TDC I get .386. And keep in mind this rig has been on all day in a pretty steady 68'F room.
     
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    ExitThirteen Grumpy and Cranky

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    Welcome to the world of mis-aligned, drifty Galaxy radios. Sorry. :(


    That radio will need a proper TX/RX alignment to reach its full potential.


    ~Cheers~
     
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    I'm working on getting it squared away and aligned. Didn't seem to drift at all once set. I had a fairly lengthy qso with a semi local about 15 miles away and he said I was sounding good thru the whole 15 min or so of talking.

    I figured I'd post to let others down the line know that simply lifting a leg on 2 things and putting a jumper wire on to get an open fine clarifier while it may work, would be better to have said alignment. I'm guessing the tech (for prior owner) literally just did the steps but not a full alignment.
     
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    If God had wanted you to have big booming AM audio AND stable SSB, there’d be no such thing as Starlyte knobs, decorated face plates, and chrome slip cases.

    Lets get priorities straight, son. After a few years of Art Bell on Coast-to-Coast, ever hand out on the road knows that s’er-b is full of inter-dimensional beings masquerading as humans.

    Ain’t nobody s’posed to sound like that!

    Galaxy is trying to witness, son.
    A giant fat clue. Take heed.

    I have several Galaxy radios. You need the tinted glasses to monitor the spectral shift in the knob lighting. Shut down, unplug, hide under bed sheets.

    You ever see a trucker pulled over on the shoulder middle of nowhar at 0300, you know he couldn’t resist temptation to flip that switch.
    Without his armor.

    .
     
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    I liked the V
     
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    CB590 W9WDX Member

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    Got it back today. Dead on holding. I like having the extra counter to be sure. Set to 1/9 AM dk and AM swings up at the 4:1, and SSB is set at 35w PEP also when on high.

    Now we just need skip conditions.

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  13. Slowmover

    Slowmover Elmer

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    And it’s holding up fine while mobile the past few months.

    Set & forget.
     
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  14. Handy Andy

    Handy Andy Do Your Research First, Then Decide...

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    I just like the "radio porn"

    Don't see too many radios - operating topless, er, bottomless(?) - or "Open Other End" Up sort of thing...
     
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  15. Handy Andy

    Handy Andy Do Your Research First, Then Decide...

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    Do not ever use one on a night-time Fox hunt in a convertible SUV with the top down...

    You'll attract bugs like it's Locust season in Africa...
     
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