I just haven't heard any bad about them !I ended up with two of them. As I said I run one in the mobile, and the other is a backup. The first I traded for a Baofeng handheld. The other I found on fleabay out of Lake Havasu which is about 60 miles from me. I think it was around $60. I am happy. I also have the TRC-453 and the TRC-465. I think all three are about the last good radio Uniden made. Of course there are differences, but they are still the same for the most part.
Well today I decided to hook it up in my car finally to try it out and wouldn't you know the traffic on 11 meter slowed down from what it was so I accomplished nothing. It's that little black cloud that follows me around. But I did find the first flaw in the radio but it is usual, The LCD display is hard to see in the sunlight. One other thing I wanted to check out was my Stryker SR-10 antenna which has a perfect SWR but in a years time I haven't made any DX contacts with it which I blamed on the McKinley I was messing with. OH well maybe a few hours from now or tomorrow. This does get frustrating !
I think all three are about the last good radio Uniden made.
I actually had that mobile system and antenna tied into a KL-203 P for the longest time trying different stuff to get that McKinley to work until I decided the McKinley needed a total alighment. Then I put my 980 SSB in for a while and still made no DX on the antenna and then hooked up a external Dosy meter to it and got perfect SWR on the Dosy but bad on the 980 SSB internal test. Then I pulled the amp and got perfect SWR on the 980 SSB internal. Going to run a bench check on the KL-203 P before I re-install but personally I'm getting sick of the BS if you know what I mean. Radio is suppose to be fun not just 1 pissing contest after the other. Radio, antenna, & amp troubles beginning to think Who Needs IT !I bet with a little amp like a RM Italy 203 behind that radio you would have much better luck. It's difficult to compete with a base station running hundreds, if not a couple thousands watts, with a barefoot mobile.