As the old saying goes “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” and the masters of building on existing models Uniden, have taken this to heart when it comes to the Uniden 980 SSB CB Radio. With the same styling as the 880 model but with the welcome addition of sideband operation, the 980 has a whole host of interesting features that you would expect from a CB radio in its class.
The front panel of the radio looks more like a high end piece of car audio equipment with a large clear display which can be changed to any one of the preset color themes that Uniden have provided, ideal if you like to color match with the rest of your vehicles dashboard.
Uniden BEARCAT 980 SSB CB Radio
- 7 NOAA weather channels
- Built in SWR Meter
- Comes with a Noise Canceling Mic
- Large clear color changing display
- Mic and RF Gain
- Noise Blanker
As with most quality CB sets these days the crucial NOAA emergency weather channels are included as standard along with a good looking Uniden noise cancelling microphone. The 8.5 inch wide front panel gives a much better chance of being able to incorporate the 980 into your dashboard than some of the “big box” sideband sets without having to alter the vehicle interior too much.
Control Panel Layout
We really like the front control panel and the way Uniden have managed to keep the number of space hungry knobs to a bare minimum allowing room for that big display. The use of multifunction knobs has brought the most used features to our fingertips while putting everything else on the small unobtrusive flat buttons that surround the front panel display.
With the standard output of 4 Watts on AM and 10-12 Watts on SSB it ticks all the legal boxes and Uniden have been kind enough to throw in a mounting bracket for fitted the rig outside of the dashboard.
The overall look of this radio is a true testament to how far CB radios have come in the decades since their worldwide legalization. Gone are the chrome coverage metal boxes that did us so well for many years, to be replaced by CB’s with the type of styling and user interface that modern electronics can supply.
If the SSB option doesn’t interest you the 880 model may be a better fit for your needs but with the price not much lower than the 980 we would go with the SSB model just in case your CB radio habits change in the future.
That said, going for this model without the sideband function doesn’t mean you have to compromise on looks as the 2 sets come with very similar styling.