The last time Uniden manufactured a new SSB CB radio despite everything we bought radios via mail request and we had never heard of something called the iPhone.
The Uniden Grant XL and Stryker SR-955HPC were some of the most adored and trusted mobile SSB CB radios ever made. The SSB CB market was requesting a radio that was steady on SSB – the Galaxy radios weren’t cutting it and even the newer style Cobra 148’s were experiencing from frequency drift issues.
Since it was 2012, they additionally needed to release a radio that could offer features that would mix well with the technology of the present world. Ultimately they expected to make a radio that could talk well and really perform.
This radio has an attractive LCD display that shows your RX/TX status, current channel (alongside with a readout of the frequency, a S/RF meter (which can also indicate SWR), and mode of operation.
The display likewise will show your menu options and features as they are flipped on and off. The display is bright and is substantially more readable in daylight than many previous displays.
The menu on this radio is same as the 880 model and rather than to talk about all of the functions here you can either read the manual.
The menu is also fundamentally the same as the Cobra 29 LX model, for those that know about that radio. A lot of CB’ers nowadays have become used to radios that can easily be tuned up for 20 watts output with a few of adjustments inside (Stryker SR-655 as an example).
Out of the box, you’ll see possibly 5-8 watts AM peak and 10-12 watts SSB peak. With a little bit of tuning, you’ll see peak output of around 10 watts on AM and 15 watts SSB, yet that is about it.
The receiver on the Uniden 980 is touchy and does border on the oversensitive side with some hiss, however overall it has much better out-of-the-box properties for receive than a portion of the newer export radios.
Much like those other radios, however, it still has issues with noise when driving through areas with electrical interference and bleed over from close-by drivers talking on AM.
As mentioned before the stock microphone has must go. Even after making adjustments to the modulation pot inside the radio (which didn’t yield much change in modulation) the stock microphone simply wasn’t capable.
Reports returned that I was quiet and difficult to hear on both AM and SSB. Including a solid power microphone was a game changer on SSB and brought about positive remarks from everybody I talked to on the air.
Indeed when talking SSB DX, I had various stations comment out of the blue on the quality of the audio and what an incredible sounding radio I was using.
I made some audio recordings, and I additionally was impressed with the quality of the audio on SSB.