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Mobile CB Radio

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AM/SSB Mobile CB Radio


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Your Uniden Bearcat 980 SSB represents the highest quality
communications device designed for use in the Citizens Band Radio
Service. It will operate on any of the 40 AM frequencies authorized by the
Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

  • 7-Color Backlighting
  • Noise Cancelling Mic
  • Talkback
  • Radio Diagnostics
  • 6 Pin Noise Canceling Mic
  • Wireless Mic Compatible
  • Digital SRF / SWR Meter
  • Frequency Display
  • NOAA Weather
  • Squelch Control
  • ANL / Noise
  • Blanker
  • Memory Scan
  • RF Gain
  • Microphone Gain
  • Instant Channel 9/19
  • Channel Indicator
  • Includes 6 Pin to 4 Pin Adapter
  • Laser Etched Keys
  • Extra Long Mic Cord
  • Dimmer Switch Day / Night


Bearcat 980 CB Radio




Your Bearcat 980 SSB contains the following:

  • Bearcat 980 SSB CB 2-way mobile radio
  • Microphone
  • Mounting Bracket Kit
  • DC Power Cord
  • 6-pin to 4-pin microphone adapter
  • Owners Manual
  • Part 95 Subpart D (FCC Rules)



Tune-up Reports and Custom work done here at BellsCB:
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...AM/SSB Mobile CB Radio... $169
Optional Accessories
Dead Key
 Tune-up. (perform a tune-up to radio to increase power, audio and performance) $29
BC980 with RFX
RFX-95HD2 Final. Final. Install a completely new final section consisting of a high power MOSFET and perform a tune-up to the entire radio to increase power, audio and performance with an AM carrier of 12watts with 60+ watts peak power. Amp on/off switch in the back $189
 Add a "Slider" option to your frequency conversion Modified the Clarifier for ability to control frequency on TX as well as RX, requires frequency realignment This mod is available to some who want it, but I don't necessarily recommend it) $25
 Turner RK-56 Noise Canceling microphone. (wired for this radio with a 4 pin plug) $46
 Astatic 636L Noise Canceling microphone. (wired for this radio with a 4 pin plug) $29
 Astatic RD104-E Amplified microphone. (wired for this radio with a 4 pin plug and a battery installed) $46

Sound byte link

 Install a Noise toy
(wired inside the radio with a switch or pushbutton to trigger any 30 second sound byte you want)

Sound byte link

 Install a Noise toy as a background theme music
(wired inside the radio with a switch to play any background music at very low volume so you can talk over it.)
 Add a Small External Speaker
(plugs into back of the radio for improved sound)
 Add a Large External Speaker
(plugs into back of the radio for improved sound)
Tuned up values on these watt meters
Dosy Bird RMS *Bird 43P
AM 5w 5w 5w
SSB  13w 8w 18w
PEAK AM 14w 6w 21w
* The most informative meter and the one we use.

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Channel: 40 AM/USB/LSB

Frequency Range: 26.965 - 27.405 MHz
WX : 162.400 - 162.550 MHz
Frequency Control: PLL Synthesizer
Antenna Impedance: 50 ohms
Power Input: 13.8VDC
Current Drain

TX: AM full modulation 2.2A (max.)

SSB full power output 4A (max.)

RX: At no signal: 650 mA

Operating Temperature: -22F to 140F (-30C to 60C)
Accessories: DC Power Cord
Microphone Hanger
Mounting Bracket
Size (W x D x H): 7.25 in. x 7.5 in. x 2.25 in.
(184.149 mm x 190.50 mm x 57.15 mm)
(without knobs and jacks)
Weight: 2.2 Pounds
Output Power: AM: 4 watts; USB/LSB 12 W PEP SSB
I haven't seen over 15W peak (PEP) even after a tune-up.
Emission Type: 6A3
Hum and Noise: Better than 40 dB
Frequency Tolerance: 0.002%
Modulation Percentage (Peak): 100%
Spurious Rejection: -70 dB
Output Impedance: 50 ohm, unbalanced
Unwanted Sideband -55 db
Sensitivity at 10 dB S+N/N: AM: 0.5 μV; USB/LSB: 0.25 μV
Sensitivity at 500 mW Audio Output: 0.5 μV
Sensitivity at 500 mW Audio Output: 0.5 V
Squelch Threshold: 0.5 V
Antenna Impedance:  50 ohms
Squelch Tight: 1000 V
Signal Meter S-9: 100 V
Audio Output Power (max.):  3 watts
Audio Output (10% Dist.): 2.5 watts
Clarifier Range 1.0 kHz
Adjacent Channel Rejection: 60dB
Image Rejection: 80dB
Internal Speaker Impedance: 16 ohms
External Speaker Impedance: 8 ohms
Output Power at 10% Distortion: 2.5 watts
Specifications shown are typical and subject to change without notice.
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