View Full Version : new radio decision

the caveman
11-12-2013, 09:35 AM
alright guys im having a had time deciding what i want for my next mobile radio. im looking at a Galaxy DX 959, Mirage MX86HP, or a Uniden BC980. im leaning on the Mirage so far but i'd like to hear some opinions on these radios.:juggle:

11-12-2013, 08:08 PM
Mirage MX36HP and the MX86HP have the same case as a Cobra 29 Classic or the Chrome...I have a 36HP which is just the AM version and it's a OK radio. Dual Final does around 40w's after tuned...Comes stock with a Ranger SRA 198 noise cancelling Mic, so there's no reason to have to go out and buy a better Mic than what comes with the radio...The SRA 198's are not "junk" stock Mic's like come with most radios...

The 86HP is just like the 36HP, only difference being it has SSB.

The Uniden BC980 is suppose to be a real good SSB radio, but has SMT board so there's not much that can be done as for as Mod's, unless you know a real good tech that knows what he's doing with those boards.

Between those 3 radios, if I was looking for a radio to use mostly on SSB, I would go with the Uniden...IF I were looking for a radio that can be mod'ed easily on AM, I would go with the 959...I've seen some 959's that get tricked out every way you can think of...But I have also herd they tend to drift on SSB.

If I had limited space, but want a radio with a little more punch out of the box, and SSB, plus all the extra channels of a Export, then I would get the 86Hp...

Just depends on what your planning on talking most on...AM or SSB...Plus how much your willing to spend.

The Uniden would be the cheapest, followed by the 959, then the 86HP which sells over $200+.

Silverado 996
11-13-2013, 03:01 PM
Nice write up Jesse... I would get the Galaxy 959, because you can do a lot with them. I have the 949 it's the same radio minus the freq.counter, it will drift until it warms up after being turned on for a bit. I like my galaxy, but to each their own.


the caveman
11-14-2013, 06:36 AM
Thanks for the write up JJD! I'm thinking about going with the 959 so I can save some cash for mods by a good tech:300 (166):

Gordon Gekko
11-15-2013, 07:57 PM
You can modify the living snot out of a 959

03-28-2014, 02:23 PM
I would have to agree with JJD. I would also go with the Uniden & maybe add a RFX75 if you want a little more power in a small package.