Well, if you are looking for a “big CB Radio” let me suggest to you the Galaxy Dx 98VHP.
This is one bad ass radio! I bought mine back last December, and had it installed in a 2008 Volvo 6 axle dump truck. The radio is huge, and weighs a lot, so we had to “fabricate” a mount, because the mount that comes with it, is just a stock mount. It would not work in my set-up.
This radio is pricey, but well worth the extra change if you really want to “reach out and touch someone.” I gave a few dollars over Five-Hundred dollars for mine, but this included shipping, and having it setup, and also the installation. BTW, this is not a typical install yourself kind of a radio unless, you know what you are doing. The power chord is a number eight gauge wire, that needs to go directly to the battery, it has a “fifty amp” fuse that connects to the battery to protect the battery. It also has a “fifty amp” fuse just before connecting it to the radio for protection of the radio.
I recommend running the “hot and ground wire” to the battery, you don’t necessarily have to connect the ground to the battery, it can go to any ground. But, Five-Hundred dollars for a CB Radio, I was not taking any chances. The best and cheapest I found for the “wiring” was a “car stereo amp installation kit”. It also has a quick disconnect built into the kit, which allows you to quickly remove the radio if need be.
I also recommend a “Wilson 5000 trucker antenna” for this setup. This is not a radio you want a “cheap” antenna on. Plus, allow the technician, that is installing your radio to install the antenna for you. If the tech has the right tuner he can get the SWR to a flat match most of the time on any specific channel, mainly the channel you will be talking on all the time.
OK, now for the specifics of this radio:
- 200 watt maximum power output (PEP) from eight IRF520 MOSFETs (This is what the factory says, it will do over 300 with ease.)
- 50 watts more than our DX95T2
- New power cord using an “SY” type quick disconnect,
- AM/USB/LSB modes, but no FM
- Side mic jack – not a front mic jack
- StarLite faceplate (all printing is backlit) The radio will light up green, but can be turned off as well.
- 8 gauge wire and an AGU gold plated 50 amp fuse
- New larger bottom heat sink with two internal fans (this radio weighs eight pounds)
- Blue LEDs for frequency and channel readouts
- Blue meter lamp on our signature large meter
- Red modulation LED under the meter, but no modulation scale on the meter
- Variable power output control
- Variable receive gain control
- Variable dimmer control for LEDs, meter lamp and faceplate lettering
- Switch to turn off the frequency digits
- Variable Talkback circuit with on/off switch
- Echo and Voice Changer like the old DX99V, but no Robot
- Echo/Voice Changer controls on the front panel, not inside the radio
- Roger Beep with on/off switch
- Automatic SWR circuit
- Standard clarifier circuit – no on/off switch
- Same main PC board as our DX95T2
- TWO YEAR GALAXY WARRANTY
This is one of the most powerful radio’s I have ever owned. It does talk and receive really well, and all who have heard it, say it is very clear and loud and proud! I have only received compliments on the radio. I would recommend this radio to any “experienced” CB Radio user. It is not for a “novice” in CB Radio’s.
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