I'll bet you're
saying "Holy Crap, you're EARLY with this issue, and yes
indeed I am! In this issue I'll cover part three of my "Rig's
I've Owned and Used" list, along with a humorous look at
the "Type" grouping of CBer's, and a review of the
motorola CB555 Am/SSB base station -
THE "Scientific Study" DEPT.-
41. Kenwoods TS-140S -
nothing really special about this one, except that it's fairly
42. Yaesu FT-209r HT -
Big, Heavy, but I liked it!
43. Yaesu FT290r 2m allmode
portable - I've owned a couple of these but the display was really
lacking and for the life of me, I don't know why Yaesu didn't
offer something else with 2m all mode capabilities.
44. Stoner Pro40 - absolutely
the BEST SSB 11m rig I've ever owned! Sure it doesn't have AM,
but if I'm going to talk AM I'm not going to use a solid-state
rig for that, I'll flip on a tuber!
45. Uniden PC122 - small,
hard-2-mod, but one of the best little units I've had the pleasure
to operate. A long time (ed. - make that "Long Suffering")
friend of mine once proclaimed it to have the most natural sounding
TX audio he had ever heard...and I was using the stock mike!
46. Palomar Skipper 71
- Nice looking, great chrome, but almost no adjacent channel
47. SBE Console V - Looks
B-I-G in the pictures, but really it's fairly small considering
all the knobs and buttons.
48. RCI-2980/Eagle 2000
- First one of these "rack mount" clone's I'd ever
used. Bought it for a review. It was easy to operate and I didn't
experience any of the usual RCI glitches.
49. RCI 2990 - Big powerful
splatter-beast. I sold it to a friend of mine who is still using
it, and he only suffers minor RCI glitches.
50. Demco Super Satellite
- Perhaps the loudest sounding AM tuber I've ever owned! With
the audio tube-type modulator, people thought was running an
amp behind it!
51. Realistic TRC-457
- Cool looking black and chrome! Uniden chassis underneath! Red
L.E.D. display and clock make you think back to the Heathkit
52. Uniden Pro810 - Basically
a PC122 in sleek box with a power supply. Too sleek for me -
I like my base units large.
53. TRS Challenger - Looked
better in the picture. Nothing memorable to write about it.
54. Sharp CB5470. Nice
size display and meter!
55. Sears Roadtalker 40
SSB - AC or DC, but not easy to modify I've heard. I got decent
audio reports though.
56. Sears Roadtalker 40
SSB - DC/Only model. What this rig lacked was an RF gain.
57. Robyn 510D - Got excellent
reports back on this stylish mobile. Not sure if it had been
"tuned down" by it's previous owner, but the receiver
(especially on AM) was one of the quietest I've ever heard (or,
58. President Madison
- also a nice rig. I didn't like the round meters though.
59. Motorola 555 - AM/SSB
Base. Nice compact unit. Too compact for me, and if I were going
to have a white box in the shack, I suppose it would be a CPI
60. HyGain V - 40ch model.
Liked it, but the NB wasn't as good as Uniden's!
Okay. I'm stopping at No.60, and will continue after I peruse
the list to see what's missing and wipe the tears from my face
(What a collection I would have today if I kept everything eh?)
(If you haven't
yet - see my video page for the Spring Issue of the Video Gazette.
I'm setting up another site so I can add the first video which
was deleted to make room for this one).
scientific study came across the CBG news desk, soon to be published
in the Lone Star Backwoods
the various "TYPES" of CBer's on the airwaves, written
by the esteemed scientific mind - Dr. Hermie Birmwad Jr. and
his associate, Professor Imma Wannabe.
As most of us are
aware, they (Scientists) have broken most humans down into types
(Example: "I'm a TYPE A", etc.) But it came to Dr.
Birmwad's attention that there were, indeed, a whole new variable
of "Types" to be found within the CB/11 meter family.
With the permission of Dr. Birmwad, I've listed but a few of
the intricate "types" his study group found:
1. Rag Chewer's - Doesn't matter if they're talking local
or Dx, the Rag Chewer prefers lengthy conversations on just about
any topic you could want to discuss.
2. Techno Rag Chewer's - Much like the above, DX or Local,
it doesn't matter. The Techno-Rag Chewer's prefer lengthy conversations
about equipment they've owned, equipment they own, and of course,
equipment they plan to own.
3. Frequency Nazi's - One of the more "Tense" Type's,
the FN sole purpose is to let you know if you are off frequency
and by how much. Sarcasim is required, and you'll hear things
don't know WHO to talk to....I have 1 station off frequency below
me, and another station off frequency above me....maybe I'll
just tune inbetween them and talk to BOTH".
also very uptight if you forget to super size their fries....
4. Long Distance Preachers - When the DX rolls in, the preaching
rolls out. I'm sure that as long as you've been catching skip,
you have also heard 'bout the end of the world.
5. Sideband Stormtroopers - Guys who really
need to calm down, and take some Prozac, like Mr. Wonderful,
Leonard, etc. ('Nuff
6. Arizona Sidewinders - a small group, usually one or
two fellows who broadcast music, and obscene comments whenever
they get a day pass from the "home" (ED.- "on the bright side,
they also act as DX becons. It's easy to tell which way the skip
blows when you pick them up. 'Nuff said)
I stop. Partially from typing and partially from laughing too
much! Did I mention "DJ Wannabe's"??
THE "Website I visited" DEPT.-
I usually HATE documentaries, however my 16
year old son Chris brought home one about skateboarding, in particular
"Dogtown and the Z boys".
I found this pretty interesting
as it had plenty of interviews of the first famous skateboarders,
blended with still photo's and some old super 8 footage. Suddenly,
as if Moses had come down from the mountain and hit me on the
head, I knew what my mission was - to film a Documentary about
CB radio.....and work has already begun on it!!
Once it's finished, I
plan to submit it to the Sundance Film festival. Whether it makes
the grade or not, we'll have our story finally told. (here's
where you come in)
If anyone has video tape
footage of their shack or jamboree's from the 70's and 80's,
I'd like to get a copy from you (you'll be creditied in the film).
I'm also looking for any older footage - maybe 8mm or super 8
that was taken of a shack or antenna install, etc. If you have
this - contact me! Still photo's of early shacks are wanted
as well, and -
if you have a camcorder now and happen to be a Geezer from the
"Olden Days", have someone tape you as you recall how
it was "back then", and send me the tape.
I know I've been yakking
about writing a book about the history of CB, and believe I have
many pages written, but it just didn't seem right. This Documentary
though give me that funny feeling on the back of my head though,
and I think it will work well. So, if you'd like to help out
on this project, send me an email!
way through my "Timeline" and lining up people to visit
next year for the roadtrip. I still need photo's from days gone
by! If you scan a photo in of your old shack or maybe a jamboree
shot, please do it at 125dpi or better (Thanks!).
know of any CB Jamboree's still going on - please let me know
THE "Geez I'm sorry" DEPT.-
Just an update here:
Besides this August Column,
I've added a few New/Old reviews:
I've also added some photo's
to the A-Z page!
site not related to mine:
This website has some
real interesting pages, including some vintage CB recordings.
Well worth your while!
THE "REVIEW" DEPT.-
The lack of video's is a sore spot for you
and I alike, but currently I'm out of room on the website and
we're working on setting up another site just for the videos.
THE MOTOROLA CB555
On a whim, I bought this
off Ebay for $50 plus shipping. The radio arrived fairly quickly
and I hooked it up to my test station. This was a "stock"
radio, with no modifications (which would be difficult to do
Receive was clear, but
the small internal speaker was a bit tinny, which is understandable
due to the small cabinet. Transmit audio was low and fuzzy which
I attribute to the microphone. At first, I was a bit alarmed
because I didn't see a Noise Blanker switch on the front panel,
but as I found out, the NB function is automatic, and it did
indeed, do a pretty decent job.
Adjacent channel rejection
was average, which I expected, and for someone requiring a small
base station without extra channels or an unlocked clarifier,
this would make a nice rig (the SSB TX audio was pretty close
to where everyone else was, so for many communications it wouldn't
All-in-all, not a bad
little rig - too small for me and well....Unless it's CPI, "white"
just doesn't do it for me.
Okay, you've spoiled some
perfectly good web-surfing time reading this month's column,
and the new web updates, so it's time to let ya get on with your
E-bay bidding, or whatever makes your signal S-9,