Unlike cellphones, CB radios do not use towers to communicate. They send radio waves into the air which allows anybody with the same frequency in a nearby area to catch the waves via CB radio. CB radios will work when cellphones will not, but their reach is limited. The CB radio nowadays is used by drivers who need to constantly keep tabs on road conditions, traffic, etc. For those who are looking for a CB radio that will be used specifically for your vehicle, the Uniden BEARCAT 980SSB may be the one for you.

The Uniden BEARCAT 980SSB CB Radio is designed for those who want to use radio communication on the road with a slightly better reach as opposed to that of a normal portable CB radio.

Features

  • Color changing LCD display (backlight included)
  • Noise cancelling microphone
  • RF gain control
  • 40 channel AM operation
  • Memory scan
  • 4 1/2″W x 7 1/2″L x 1 3/8″H
  • Squelch control
  • 8oz.

Advantages

The 980SSB is visually appealing and offers good quality communication with its microphone. Other than that, it is also physically perfect for car use.

One of the radio’s best features is the adjustability of its display. It has a color changing LCD display that allows the user to change colors so that he/she may be able to see the data better in different situations. Aside from this, the backlight is also adjustable which makes it a good feature especially in very dark or very bright areas.

Another good feature of the product is its audio input and output quality. Its speakers are loud and make for a decent PA system. It has a noise cancelling microphone that is just as good as an amplified microphone. Reviews have stated that with the right settings and a good tweak, users have gotten positive feedback on their audio quality.

In terms of size, the BEARCAT is ideal as it is small and compact, and fits in a DIN opening.  It can also be installed in other several areas of a car without being a hassle to the driver and passenger.

To sum it up, the unit is good for constant CB users, especially those who travel at night. The 980SSB presents good quality audio and has a decent reach.

Disadvantages      

The BEARCAT 980SSB, as reviewed by CB radio users, both new with the technology and avid CB radio users, has failed to perform in certain expected areas.

One of the most common things mentioned in reviews is the unit’s lack of accessories. One review stated that the BEARCAT 980SSB is a hassle because for it to perform, you have to buy an antenna and an antenna cable.

For some, its size is also an issue. The unit is made to be mounted and is not a built to be taken out of the vehicle. There are also reviews stating that the unit did not fit in their DIN opening and claimed that those who successfully fit their units in their DIN openings were just lucky.

Avid users, who often use their CB radio as PA systems, expressed their dissatisfaction regarding the unit’s speaker. They claimed that it was not loud enough and an external speaker would have to be bought in order for it to be loud enough. Another concern about the speaker is that the volume is not controllable, which means that there is no way to turn the built-in speaker’s volume down.

To summarize, this product failed to meet the expectations of veteran CB radio users who were looking forward to getting more from the unit.

Verdict

Overall, the CB Radio is a promising unit. Its size is perfect for, but is not limited to vehicular use. However, the unit’ composition makes it impossible for it to be constantly moved. With this, one may consider this product as something that is not fit for anything other than a car.

However, for a unit that is bound by such narrow applications, it does not disappoint with its other features. Visually, it is adjustable and it caters to different situations. Audio wise, it has gotten nothing but good feedback. Its reach is good, going 5 miles and more.

If you’re looking for a good unit with quality and are not afraid to put in cash for the added accessories, the Uniden BEARCAT 980SSB is perfect for you.