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Anyone using the Uniden Bearcat 980 SSB?

 
Old 08-27-2015, 06:43 PM
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Default Anyone using the Uniden Bearcat 980 SSB?

Just lurking around this forum looking for mounting options for the radio and antenna. Thought I'd see if anyone was using this radio. The reviews have all been pretty solid and the price point seems appropriate for the usage.

Anyone have any thoughts?
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I'm pretty happy with my 880 which is the same radio without SSB. Quadratec has a nice bolt on mount that I use goes by the passengers left leg and a mic holder that attaches between the grab handle and dash.
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Originally Posted by Kellen View Post
I'm pretty happy with my 880 which is the same radio without SSB. Quadratec has a nice bolt on mount that I use goes by the passengers left leg and a mic holder that attaches between the grab handle and dash.
Yup. I was looking at that exact setup. In fact, after pushing further with my research I'd pretty concluded I couldn't go wrong with the Uniden line. Earlier today I ordered my Bearcat and 3' firestick. Now, all the reviews said you should upgrade to a powered mic with this lineup, but I'm going to put that off until I can complete the powered mic research.

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I have the 980 and really like it. Easy to use, accurate, lots of cool features. I couldn't find a place to mount it, so I ended up chopping up the top of the dash to make it fit and used the Cooltech mic mount.
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Originally Posted by Offroad_Elements View Post
I have the 980 and really like it. Easy to use, accurate, lots of cool features. I couldn't find a place to mount it, so I ended up chopping up the top of the dash to make it fit and used the Cooltech mic mount.
But that's where I put my stuff! Seriously, I didn't realize it was that big. I think I'm going to put it on either side of the shifter in in of the foot wells. I'll just have to see if it bothers me on the driver's side. Will it fit in the center console? Maybe one of the tuffy consoles will have to happen now.
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Mine on the Quadratec bolt on.
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Originally Posted by Kellen View Post
Mine on the Quadratec bolt on.
Yup. I'm thinking this is probably going to be what I have to do. I might look into the center console idea first though.
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I love my 980, but never use the side band. Mine is mounted above the rear-view mirror, out of the way. I bought the Uniden wireless mic, so I don't have a bunch of wires running around everywhere. The CB wires are tucked into the windshield frame trim, too. The mic isn't great, but it works. Where it really works well, though, is when spotting for someone else. I can use it really far away from my Jeep and both receive and transmit to whoever I'm spotting for. Its a pretty cool way to use it.
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I love my 980, but never use the side band. Mine is mounted above the rear-view mirror, out of the way. I bought the Uniden wireless mic, so I don't have a bunch of wires running around everywhere. The CB wires are tucked into the windshield frame trim, too. The mic isn't great, but it works. Where it really works well, though, is when spotting for someone else. I can use it really far away from my Jeep and both receive and transmit to whoever I'm spotting for. Its a pretty cool way to use it.
How do they talk back to you if you have the mic out of the cab? I was thinking about this exact scenario and thought it might be best to get a PA speaker. That way I'm not broadcasting my spots all over the channel.
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Love it so far. Only use it for trails, not for daily driving as I'm in the city. I take my antenna off after each run as it hits the garage.

Overhead mount I built from another members idea on here and mounted to the tailgate with a ground strap from the tailgate to the tub. If I ever get tired of this mount, which I doubt, then I can move elsewhere. Have drilled a single hole yet to have it the way it is other than drilling out some of the delete plate in the back for the cable to come through.




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