Hey Guys, Happy to be a new member to this forum, and have a quick question to throw out there. Got a Magnum 257 HP (80W) a few weeks back and have it nicely installed in my Explorer wired directly to the + - of my 12V car batt. AM is AMAZING! on this unit, I've been making contacts all up & down the east coast from the CA/NV border here in Lake Tahoe... But both sideband modes have not worked for me at all. Here's what happens in either USB or LSB when transmitting: when keying the mike on medium variable power the tx bar meter briefly spikes a few bars & then will drop off to no bars or just 1 (whereas on AM all bars are illuminated and stay so through tx). When I speak into the mic it may bump up to 1 or 2 bars on the TX meter. When I increase the variable power to full or near full I will get 3-4 bars on TX dropping to 0 when not talking. I also basically have to yell into the mic to get the 3-4 bar 'swing' on the TX meter when it's at max variable power. As of yet I've made no contact at all on Sideband... Anyone ever experienced this problem or have an idea what it may be? Thanks, love to hear your opinions!