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Is a 40 channel SSB worth the money?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio - CB - Trail Communications' started by Big Bear Bob, October 10, 2002.

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    1. Big Bear Bob

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      Basically this is my question. Is a 40 channel SSB worth the money?
      In the old days you could use channels 16, 17. 35,36,37,38,39,40. Is there any reason to buy one now or has A.M. taken over the entire 40?
       
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      My opinion is: (Wow Sandy has an opinion) ha ha !

      Yes and No on the SSB.

      I always believe that you buy what you need to perform the function you need done.
      If you want to talk to your bud in the next vehicle or a mile down the road a standard CB with 4 watts will do fine. If you want to talk to your bud 15 mile or so away and want to remain legal, w/FCC, then a SSB could do the trick, of course your buddy will have to have one also.

      If you are just into talking to anyone that will listen, we don't have any of those type here, then an SSB CB could be a nice thing to have, also a good antenna is required with an SSB setup.

      Your Choice on your use...

      Good Luck,

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      i say the side band is worth the money, u can push 12 watts on it, u can easily talk to people several miles away, ive talked with my friend 30 miles away several times, and we were on opposites sides of houston, tx (a big city with a ton of interference) if the conditions are right u can talk some incredible distances with ssb. even if u dont see an use for it now, it might be well worth it down the road. ive gone through about 4 radios and countless antennas and cables, ect. before i got my current radio. if i knew then what i knew now i would have gotten the ssb radio and antenna set up the first time around and saved myself alot of money. to your question about am on all 40, ssb is what youll mainly here in the upper channels, channels 30 and up are pretty much so ssb. go for the ssb!!! :)
       
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      Thanks Austin
      I wanted a SSB radio, but last time I heard one (which was awhile ago) people on AM were everywhere. It was a mess. I did hear some things just above 40 on SSB that were pretty cool. Things like people making contact across the country without having extra power. But all the noise I heard on 32-40 sucked. People on AM keying up whistling and just being jerks, making it really hard to hear anything.
      But later that might I hear the guy making contact with people like you said 20-30 miles away in the next city over from us, and it was really very clear. I live up in the mountains, and have a couple of friend with older radios they don't use much, but they say they go out and check to see what's happening every once in awhile, but there radios have been modified with extra channels.

      I've been checking e-bay trying to find a good deal on a 40 channel ssb, but every time I get close people jump the price out of my range, at least for the next couple of months.

      Thanks again, and I appreciate the info
      Bob
       
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      With the right setup and weather conditions you can talk hundreds of miles on am. Ive talked to people in virginia, ohio, and farther. It mostly depends on the weather. when the conditions are right your signal can bounce of the atmosphere and thats what allows you talk real far. aka skip.
       
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      I just bought a 23 channel SSB with the extra channels added. It goes a few over 40,to about 50 because its doesn't have all the channels in between.It's old Browning LTD and was cheap so..

      I kind of wanted a 40 channel SSB, but the prices are just too high.

      Thanks all

      Bob
       
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      big bear bob-
      you can get a pretty good ssb rig for under 150 bux new, and if ya shop around you can often times find a good used one for under 100 bux from a local cb shop.
       
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      I keep checking e-bay and at the last minute they jump form about $50.00 to beyond I am can afford to spend for the next month or so anyway. Last night they had a New 40 SSB I think it was a Cobra or Uniden that had extra channels in it and had been peaked and tweaked. I knew it would go for more than I could afford, so I didn't watch it.

      But in the next couple of months I should be able to get the money to gether to get something decent. I have a Cobra 29 ltd WXD in the X right now, and will probably leave it there for awhile. It's a refurb and the Vendor is Maxon, so I feel like I kinda got ripped off. But it was only $59.00 and it has weather channels and built in SWR meter, so its aan ok radio and with the 3 foot Firestick 5/8ths wave antenna it seems to do a pretty decent job.


      Thanks
      Bob
       
      Last edited: November 3, 2002

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