The GE "Superbase" has gained legendary
status via collectors and operators alike, but how legendary IS
it?? Let's take a look.....
2 large, well-lit
Antenna switch (A/B)
Built-in speech compressor
This radio was manufactured
for General Electric by Cybernet, makers of some quality products
in their day (Hy-Gain, Midland,Colt, etc.) and used the PLL-02A
chip, which as you've heard, was highly modifiable! It used a
two-PCB chassis (which you'll see in some other rigs) which made
it easy-to-fit in the case, but somewhat difficult to service.
From this side view,
you can see the top and bottom PCB's.
The transmit section
of this radio performed great - Good signal and very good audio
with only the stock hand microphone! As you know from my previous
reviews, I live near a major freeway with lots of Trucker traffic
(bleedover), and so I'm pretty picky on adjacent channel rejection
/ front-end overload. While this radio wasn't as bad as a Midland
79-290, it wasn't as good as my Stoner Pro-40, or ARF-2001.
I really liked the
radio, both the way it looked and worked, and if I was living
somewhere away from the main road, I definitely would have kept
it in the shack.
Is this radio for
you? I can't tell ya that - only what I like or don't like. This
is one nice looking Base station (not too large, not too small),
with a popular PLL chip, and nice features. As for me, I'm happy
to say that I've owned and operated one for a period of time,
but for now - it's back to the Stoner.