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Master Virus



Posts : 88
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Join date : 2019-10-09
Age : 52
QTH or Location : Halifax
Call Sign : Romeo Echo 137
Equipment Used : CRT SS 9900 Antron 99

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PostSubject: Radio choice    Radio choice  Icon_minitimeWed Oct 09, 2019 3:41 pm

I've seen two radios I like and I would like your opinions.
The first is the CRT 7900 and the reviews say it stays on frequency and never mentions heat.
The second is the CRT ss 9900 and a few have said the frequency drifts and it gets very hot.
So you can see my dilemma so can I have your valuable opinions as I want to buy one.
Thank you
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Join date : 2019-09-05
QTH or Location : Carrickfergus / Northern Ireland
Call Sign : 68CT046
Equipment Used : Galaxy Saturn - President Lincoln - Vector 4000

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PostSubject: Re: Radio choice    Radio choice  Icon_minitimeWed Oct 09, 2019 7:24 pm

Not on your list is the popular 6900n, I have mine a few weeks and I know many others who have them and even keep them after an upgrade and still drop down to the 6900n every now n then.
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Age : 54
QTH or Location : Carrickfergus / Northern Ireland - UK
Call Sign : 68CT045
Equipment Used : (Magnum Delta Force) - (Magnum 257HP "80W" + K40 mic) (Major Excalibur 200) - (SIRIO Gainmaster) - (100w Linear Amplifier)

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PostSubject: Re: Radio choice    Radio choice  Icon_minitimeWed Oct 09, 2019 7:26 pm

Yup I like my 6900n Wink
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Call Sign : Romeo Echo 137
Equipment Used : CRT SS 9900 Antron 99

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PostSubject: Re: Radio choice    Radio choice  Icon_minitimeWed Oct 09, 2019 7:51 pm

The problem is we have too much choice and not enough money.
Ive seen videos of the6900n and the reviews say their an excellent little radio.
Then after I choose a radio it's the Ariel and power supply.
Thanks for the replies guys

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Join date : 2019-08-09
QTH or Location : Pendle, Lancashire
Call Sign : 26CT2069
Equipment Used : CRT-SS9900 / CRE 8900 / Motorola T82 Extreme (PMR)

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PostSubject: Re: Radio choice    Radio choice  Icon_minitimeWed Oct 09, 2019 8:15 pm

I've had my CRT-SS9900 for a couple of years and I've never had any problems with it. It has never drifted off frequency and the only time it ever got hot was when I used it in FM mode on full power for about 20 minutes a couple of weeks ago. In SSB mode it just gets slightly warm after a while. I think some of the early versions did have problems but mine works perfectly.
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QTH or Location : Portsmouth
Call Sign : 26TC62, 26CT2817
Equipment Used : Yaesu 891, 10m pole, wire 5/8, T2LT

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PostSubject: Re: Radio choice    Radio choice  Icon_minitimeWed Oct 09, 2019 10:20 pm

I've got a 7900. Nice rig, no performance issues, clear display. There isn't much to choose between the 6900/7900/9900 except for the high power of the 9900. Amps are cheap enough that I'd always use one personally with any of those rigs rather than (a) risk the output stage and (b) risk producing splatter by driving the rig hard.
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PostSubject: Re: Radio choice    Radio choice  Icon_minitimeThu Oct 10, 2019 12:42 am

The problem is we have too much choice and not enough money.
Ive seen videos of the6900n and the reviews say their an excellent little radio.
Then after I choose a radio it's the Ariel and power supply.
Thanks for the replies guys

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Join date : 2019-10-09
Age : 52
QTH or Location : Halifax
Call Sign : Romeo Echo 137
Equipment Used : CRT SS 9900 Antron 99

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PostSubject: Re: Radio choice    Radio choice  Icon_minitimeThu Oct 10, 2019 12:48 am

I can't really go wrong with either radios then.
Thanks to the last two posters as you've put my mind at rest.
I'd like to thank you all for taking the time to respond I really appreciate it.
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Equipment Used : CRT-SS9900 / CRE 8900 / Motorola T82 Extreme (PMR)

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PostSubject: Re: Radio choice    Radio choice  Icon_minitimeThu Oct 10, 2019 8:34 am

Master virus wrote:
The problem is we have too much choice and not enough money.
Ive seen videos of the6900n and the reviews say their an excellent little radio.
Then after I choose a radio it's the Ariel and power supply.
Thanks for the replies guys


I forgot to mention....if you get a CRT-SS9900 you will need a 15 amp (constant) or higher power supply as its a powerful radio......according to the instructions it draws "12 amps with modulation" so a standard 1980s style won't be enough as most of them can only provide 5 - 7 amps. I use a 30 amp supply but anything over 15 amps should be fine.
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Join date : 2019-10-09
Age : 52
QTH or Location : Halifax
Call Sign : Romeo Echo 137
Equipment Used : CRT SS 9900 Antron 99

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PostSubject: Re: Radio choice    Radio choice  Icon_minitimeThu Oct 10, 2019 1:59 pm

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Posts : 35
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Join date : 2019-08-09
QTH or Location : Pendle, Lancashire
Call Sign : 26CT2069
Equipment Used : CRT-SS9900 / CRE 8900 / Motorola T82 Extreme (PMR)

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PostSubject: Re: Radio choice    Radio choice  Icon_minitimeThu Oct 10, 2019 6:45 pm

Master virus wrote:
In that case then I will get a 30 amp supply.
Thanks Pagan
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nevada-PS-30M-Linear-Power-Supply/dp/B007CGBTOQ/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?keywords=cb+power+supplies&qid=1570712963&sr=8-3
Would this do?


Yes, that will be great. I have the QJE 30 amp version which is almost identical except for the dials.....mine has a digital readout of volts and current.


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Join date : 2019-07-03
Age : 75
QTH or Location : Yeovil
Call Sign : CT2201/FB855/UK164 + others
Equipment Used : Yeasu FT891 MFJ Atu/Swr K40 Tankwhip x2 Mob whips 80/40/20

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PostSubject: Re: Radio choice    Radio choice  Icon_minitimeThu Oct 10, 2019 7:50 pm

Hi. Phil / Master Virus.

I had a Nevada Ps30m with my 450d for over 2yrs. Until I went
Qrt with H/b. Due to high Qrm @ Qth. It was a good power supply
I only go mobile now with my Ft891 Uponthill. 2/3times a wk.
Good luck with ur new station. 73's Mike. p.s. bin on radio 60yrs.
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Master Virus



Posts : 88
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Join date : 2019-10-09
Age : 52
QTH or Location : Halifax
Call Sign : Romeo Echo 137
Equipment Used : CRT SS 9900 Antron 99

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PostSubject: Re: Radio choice    Radio choice  Icon_minitimeThu Oct 10, 2019 9:36 pm

A lot of people have said to spend a decent amount on the power supply and get a name brand.
I have to go by your recormendations because I haven't bought any cb equipment since the 80s
So much has changed and so many new brands it's a buyer's paradise.
Thanks for your advice it really is appreciated.
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Join date : 2019-10-10
QTH or Location : East Midlands, Lincolnshire
Call Sign : 26TM069 / 2E0FML
Equipment Used : Alinco DX-70

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PostSubject: Re: Radio choice    Radio choice  Icon_minitimeThu Oct 10, 2019 9:54 pm

you can find some nice powersupplys second hand for for much better price than brand new,
https://www.radioworld.co.uk/used_ham_radio_equipment/Power_supplies-c-5593

i'm not affiliated with them but they have a good selection of second hand stuff
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QTH or Location : East Midlands, Lincolnshire
Call Sign : 26TM069 / 2E0FML
Equipment Used : Alinco DX-70

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PostSubject: Re: Radio choice    Radio choice  Icon_minitimeThu Oct 10, 2019 9:58 pm

http://www.kcb.co.uk/sechand

knights have got a 20a kenwood jobby that would be good quality
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Posts : 63
Reputation : 13
Join date : 2019-07-03
Age : 75
QTH or Location : Yeovil
Call Sign : CT2201/FB855/UK164 + others
Equipment Used : Yeasu FT891 MFJ Atu/Swr K40 Tankwhip x2 Mob whips 80/40/20

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PostSubject: Re: Radio choice    Radio choice  Icon_minitimeThu Oct 10, 2019 10:42 pm

Hi. Master Virus.

Check out all 3 websites for Kcb/Radioworld/Nevada. I've used all
3 over the last 20/30yrs. Kcb is best for CB gear. Nevada for Ham
gear. Radioworld in between. Good luck. 73's Mike.
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Join date : 2019-10-09
Age : 52
QTH or Location : Halifax
Call Sign : Romeo Echo 137
Equipment Used : CRT SS 9900 Antron 99

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PostSubject: Re: Radio choice    Radio choice  Icon_minitimeFri Oct 11, 2019 12:23 am

Thanks to everyone your all a great bunch of guys.
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