Question on the Uniden Bearcat 980 SSB radio

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Question on the Uniden Bearcat 980 SSB radio

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I read that the display on these units were a problem. Did Uniden every resolve that problem. I am looking to put a SSB unit in my Truck.

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I know they had problems but I dont know if they fixed it for sure. I did hear that the newer year model 980ssb radio is OK !!
To tell if you have the new or old model look on the back of the radio and look for a screw next to or close to the coax connector. The newer model radio DOES NOT have a screw there and the older models do.
Because of this problem the cost of bad, no good or used 980ssb radios are high because of the parts.
If possible take the radio inside at night and dont let it freeze.

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Re: Question on the Uniden Bearcat 980 SSB radio

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i posted several times on this radio, it is a delicate radio, worked fine until it was put in a truck in Arizona heat, display completely blanks out after a few minutes, etc, etc, read my posts on it,
all in all i would not buy one. not even for $2 at a garage sale
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Re: Question on the Uniden Bearcat 980 SSB radio

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Most of the recent reviews still mention the screen display problem. The radio itself gets good reviews but I too would be reluctant to buy one. And SSB radios are more expensive than AM radios and I'm not sure the range is worth the extra money.
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Re: Question on the Uniden Bearcat 980 SSB radio

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The extra range is really fun especially if you want to talk skip.
There are lots of very good SSB radios out there but yes they do cost a bit more.
I had a 980 and talked to Germany and the UK. But I couldnt see the screen so I sold it
I am like 295 I wouldnt buy it for 2 dollars either. Unless it was at a garage sale !!!
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