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Galaxy-DX-959 40 Channel AM/SSB Mobile CB Radio with Frequency Counter
Galaxy-DX-959 40 Channel AM/SSB Mobile CB Radio with Frequency Counter

Galaxy-DX-959 40 Channel AM/SSB Mobile CB Radio with Frequency Counter

Galaxy-DX-959 40 Channel AM/SSB Mobile CB Radio with Frequency Counter
Galaxy-DX-959 40 Channel AM/SSB Mobile CB Radio with Frequency Counter
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Features

  • Large, easy-to-read meter with scales for power output, modulation, SWR and incoming signal
  • Five-digit frequency counter with large yellow digits , two-digit channel display with larger yellow digits, variable power output control, variable talkback circuit with on/off switch
  • Automatic SWR circuit and an SWR alert LED, Roger Beep with on/off switch
  • Variable dimmer control with push switch to turn off the meter lamp and display digits, 3-position tone switch for receive
  • Proprietary Galaxy Noise Filter (GNF) Circuit reduces noise to aid in the recovery of weak SSB signals

Description

Galaxy CB radios are designed with features that a serious CB operator can appreciate and a new user can easily master. The radio functions are laid out in a driver friendly format essential for ease of use while keeping your eyes focused on the road ahead. Each knob or button controls its own task, minimizing the need to look at a display or cycle through multiple menus. The DX-959 has been a solid performer for more than 15 years. It is at the top of our mobile CB line and is jam packed with big radio features. The Galaxy DX-959 Features AM/SSB and PA Modes. Large, Easy-to-Read Meter with: Power Output Scale calibrated for AM and SSB, Modulation Percentage Scale for use on AM, Signal Strength Scale indicates up to 60 dB over S9, SWR Scale Five-digit Frequency Counter with On/Off Switch Automatic SWR Circuit (no complicated calibration procedure) High SWR Alert Circuit with Warning LED Talkback Circuit with On/Off Switch and Volume Control Variable Power Output Control Variable Dimmer Control with On/Off Switch Roger Beep with On/Off Switch and LED Indicator Noise Blanker and Automatic Noise Limiter Circuits Galaxy Noise Filter (GNF) Circuit for use on weak signals White Meter Lamp Yellow Channel and Frequency LEDs Full-sized Chassis Side Mic Jack Clarifier Control 3-Position Tone Control Switch for Receive Green/Red LED Indicator for RX/TX Receive (RF) Gain Control Mic Gain Control Rear Jacks for External Speaker and Public Address Use Two Year Limited Warranty Dimensions:7-7/8"W x 9-1/4"D x 2-5/16"H (Depth does not include knobs or antenna connector) (Width does not include side mic connection) Radio Weight with Microphone: 4.4 pounds Shipping Weight: 5.8 pounds What's in the box beside the radio: Handheld Microphone, Radio Mounting Bracket and Microphone Mounting Hardware, Power Cord, Owner's Manual


Product Dimensions 9.25 x 7.9 x 2.35 inches


Item Weight 4.4 pounds


ASIN B00415KISO


Item model number DX-959


Customer Reviews 4.2 out of 5 stars 485 ratings 4.2 out of 5 stars


Best Sellers Rank #28 in Fixed-mount CB Radios


Is Discontinued By Manufacturer No


Other display features Wireless


Colour Black


Manufacturer GALAXY


Date First Available March 25, 2005


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Features

  • Large, easy-to-read meter with scales for power output, modulation, SWR and incoming signal
  • Five-digit frequency counter with large yellow digits , two-digit channel display with larger yellow digits, variable power output control, variable talkback circuit with on/off switch
  • Automatic SWR circuit and an SWR alert LED, Roger Beep with on/off switch
  • Variable dimmer control with push switch to turn off the meter lamp and display digits, 3-position tone switch for receive
  • Proprietary Galaxy Noise Filter (GNF) Circuit reduces noise to aid in the recovery of weak SSB signals

Description

Galaxy CB radios are designed with features that a serious CB operator can appreciate and a new user can easily master. The radio functions are laid out in a driver friendly format essential for ease of use while keeping your eyes focused on the road ahead. Each knob or button controls its own task, minimizing the need to look at a display or cycle through multiple menus. The DX-959 has been a solid performer for more than 15 years. It is at the top of our mobile CB line and is jam packed with big radio features. The Galaxy DX-959 Features AM/SSB and PA Modes. Large, Easy-to-Read Meter with: Power Output Scale calibrated for AM and SSB, Modulation Percentage Scale for use on AM, Signal Strength Scale indicates up to 60 dB over S9, SWR Scale Five-digit Frequency Counter with On/Off Switch Automatic SWR Circuit (no complicated calibration procedure) High SWR Alert Circuit with Warning LED Talkback Circuit with On/Off Switch and Volume Control Variable Power Output Control Variable Dimmer Control with On/Off Switch Roger Beep with On/Off Switch and LED Indicator Noise Blanker and Automatic Noise Limiter Circuits Galaxy Noise Filter (GNF) Circuit for use on weak signals White Meter Lamp Yellow Channel and Frequency LEDs Full-sized Chassis Side Mic Jack Clarifier Control 3-Position Tone Control Switch for Receive Green/Red LED Indicator for RX/TX Receive (RF) Gain Control Mic Gain Control Rear Jacks for External Speaker and Public Address Use Two Year Limited Warranty Dimensions:7-7/8"W x 9-1/4"D x 2-5/16"H (Depth does not include knobs or antenna connector) (Width does not include side mic connection) Radio Weight with Microphone: 4.4 pounds Shipping Weight: 5.8 pounds What's in the box beside the radio: Handheld Microphone, Radio Mounting Bracket and Microphone Mounting Hardware, Power Cord, Owner's Manual


Product Dimensions 9.25 x 7.9 x 2.35 inches


Item Weight 4.4 pounds


ASIN B00415KISO


Item model number DX-959


Customer Reviews 4.2 out of 5 stars 485 ratings 4.2 out of 5 stars


Best Sellers Rank #28 in Fixed-mount CB Radios


Is Discontinued By Manufacturer No


Other display features Wireless


Colour Black


Manufacturer GALAXY


Date First Available March 25, 2005


Shipping

This product includes free shipping to all US addresses.


Delivery

Unless otherwise stated above, most products arrive within 2-3 business days. Larger items may take 6-9 business days. Tracking information will be automatically provided as soon as your order ships.


View our full shipping policy here.

Returns

This product can be returned within 30 days of delivery for a full refund. Please visit our returns center to begin a return.

View our full returns policy here.

Features

  • Large, easy-to-read meter with scales for power output, modulation, SWR and incoming signal
  • Five-digit frequency counter with large yellow digits , two-digit channel display with larger yellow digits, variable power output control, variable talkback circuit with on/off switch
  • Automatic SWR circuit and an SWR alert LED, Roger Beep with on/off switch
  • Variable dimmer control with push switch to turn off the meter lamp and display digits, 3-position tone switch for receive
  • Proprietary Galaxy Noise Filter (GNF) Circuit reduces noise to aid in the recovery of weak SSB signals

Description

Galaxy CB radios are designed with features that a serious CB operator can appreciate and a new user can easily master. The radio functions are laid out in a driver friendly format essential for ease of use while keeping your eyes focused on the road ahead. Each knob or button controls its own task, minimizing the need to look at a display or cycle through multiple menus. The DX-959 has been a solid performer for more than 15 years. It is at the top of our mobile CB line and is jam packed with big radio features. The Galaxy DX-959 Features AM/SSB and PA Modes. Large, Easy-to-Read Meter with: Power Output Scale calibrated for AM and SSB, Modulation Percentage Scale for use on AM, Signal Strength Scale indicates up to 60 dB over S9, SWR Scale Five-digit Frequency Counter with On/Off Switch Automatic SWR Circuit (no complicated calibration procedure) High SWR Alert Circuit with Warning LED Talkback Circuit with On/Off Switch and Volume Control Variable Power Output Control Variable Dimmer Control with On/Off Switch Roger Beep with On/Off Switch and LED Indicator Noise Blanker and Automatic Noise Limiter Circuits Galaxy Noise Filter (GNF) Circuit for use on weak signals White Meter Lamp Yellow Channel and Frequency LEDs Full-sized Chassis Side Mic Jack Clarifier Control 3-Position Tone Control Switch for Receive Green/Red LED Indicator for RX/TX Receive (RF) Gain Control Mic Gain Control Rear Jacks for External Speaker and Public Address Use Two Year Limited Warranty Dimensions:7-7/8"W x 9-1/4"D x 2-5/16"H (Depth does not include knobs or antenna connector) (Width does not include side mic connection) Radio Weight with Microphone: 4.4 pounds Shipping Weight: 5.8 pounds What's in the box beside the radio: Handheld Microphone, Radio Mounting Bracket and Microphone Mounting Hardware, Power Cord, Owner's Manual


Product Dimensions 9.25 x 7.9 x 2.35 inches


Item Weight 4.4 pounds


ASIN B00415KISO


Item model number DX-959


Customer Reviews 4.2 out of 5 stars 485 ratings 4.2 out of 5 stars


Best Sellers Rank #28 in Fixed-mount CB Radios


Is Discontinued By Manufacturer No


Other display features Wireless


Colour Black


Manufacturer GALAXY


Date First Available March 25, 2005


abunda_amazon_reviews Let me start by saying that I've always been a fan of the Galaxy radios and especially the 959 model. Great radio and very easy to make loud and proud. This new made in Vietnam 959 has some issues. I'll explain what I've experienced. I ordered a Galaxy 959b starlite from Amazon. Arrived quickly as usual. Hooked it up, radio transmitted fine, however the receive wasn't correct. When first turned on receive was loud as it should be, but then gradually became quiet. So much so that it was difficult to hear a local with a thousand watts of power that usually blasts out of my speaker. This happened over and over again so I advised Amazon and they sent out another. The second 959b starlite was defective right out of the box as the face didn't light up (photos included) it almost looks as if a non starlight face was placed over the original face. There was also a light scratch on the meter and there was dielectric paste smeared all over the back of the radio. Called Amazon again and they sent another. I'm on the third 959b starlite at this point. Transmit is good, the starlite face lights up (photo included) however the receive if still iffy at times. When it works correctly the receive is great, however when it becomes very low it's worthless. I believe it's heat related as it seems to have the low receive in the daytime and it's 110 degrees where I live. At night the receive seems to be stable. This is a mobile CB radio meant for automotive applications so the heat shouldn't be a factor, but I believe it is. The radio is not installed on the dash in the sun, it's totally out of the sun, but it still gets hot in a parked vehicle. None of my older Galaxy 959's, 99v's or Connex CX-3300HP ever had this issue. I'm using a Wilson 5000 antenna and SWR's are low across the band using an antenna anylizer. Radio is grounded by negative power wire and by a chassis ground to the case of the radio. Your results may vary if you're not in such a hot climate. This is just my guess. Overall it's a good radio, I like the features and the starlite face. Hopefully the Vietnamese quality control will get better. You can tell the 959's are being made with cheaper internal components, but that's with all electronics these days.;;Reviewed in the United States on August 15, 2018;;3.0 out of 5 stars;;Great radio if you get a "good" one.;;Richard;;;The CB itself is awesome! I have a 959 with the green display and it is a great rig! I bought the 959b because of the starlite face plate.I'm here to tell you it is a let down on three levels. 1- The blue display is WAY to bright! Even turned down to minimum it is blinding at night. The glare in the cab is way to much. 2- The blue back light on the meter makes it almost impossible to read. I use the meter as a tool not as a novelty. 3- The power supply for the EL face plate back light emits a nasty 500hz whine. It's loud enough to hear in the vehicle even at highway speeds and downright annoying/unacceptable when stopped or parked. It would be impossible to use this rig as a base station. I thought the back light whine was a defect with the one I got but it was still there on the replacement. Upon investigation in the forums this issue is a problem with all of the 959b's. In short, Galaxy made a great radio useless by changing the color! STAY AWAY from the StarLight version!!!! I am not bashing the DX-959 as it is a great radio, but the blue StarLight version is crap! I hope this helps.;;Reviewed in the United States on March 10, 2019;;3.0 out of 5 stars;;Blue isn't the way to go!;;Amazon Customer;;;Received the item timely. Took it to a CB shop to have its abilities "enhanced". CB was hooked up by the tech and I was told it didn't work. I assumed the unit was NEW but the tech observed a sticker on the back indicated it had been opened, refurbished and supposedly re-inspected. I received a prompt refund, but still disappointed in the whole process.;;Reviewed in the United States on October 29, 2017;;1.0 out of 5 stars;;Is it really NEW?;;Mike dobson;;;I've been running mine out-of-the-box stock for several years now with no problems. I've been reading some of the reviews and had to add my own experience. After trying several setups my best results have been with a door mounted 5 foot Francis antenna, hand made cable, and a black Astatic mic. The case is larger than most, but I hung mine (will upload photos soon.) I'm occasionally tempted to have the radio tuned and tweaked but I've never really had a reason. Antennas I've tried: Firestik, Wilson oil cooled, stock (of course) and Cobra-the one with the coil inside a plastic see through can. Francis was recommended by an old timer who said those fancy high power antennae were inefficient for a stock radio. I don't know about the reasoning, but I get out a lot farther and it takes a beating from trees without breaking.;;Reviewed in the United States on December 12, 2016;;5.0 out of 5 stars;;Galaxy 959;;K. Simpson;;;The radio is perfect for anyone who doesn't care for menus and having to look down to operate it while driving. Haven't had the opportunity to use SSB yet but it appears to work. Love the built-in SWR meter as it makes it easy to tune the antenna and monitor its tuning as time goes on. The radio is five stars - I took off one star because it shipped in its retail packaging, which has some padding, but probably not sufficient for shipping purposes. Plus, the contents of the package are clearly visible, so it might be an irresistible target for package thieves. I would suggest arranging for post office pickup if this concerns you. (Full disclosure: When testing the radio, I couldn't get any power deflection on the meter in SSB mode. I even used a nearby oscilloscope to convince myself that the SSB function was broken. Amazon took it back no questions asked, paid for the return shipping, then cross-shipped the new unit; I had it in two days. When testing the new unit, I saw the same results - until I talked into the mike. When I did that, the meter flew to high power, but only when I talked. Then I realized the problem - SSB is shorthand for single sideband, suppressed carrier (SSB-SC), and it outputs no power unless modulated. As a retired radio and microwave engineer, I am understandably quite embarrassed at my oversight. Thanks, Amazon, for playing along with my ineptitude!) - "P. Knucklehead," Tucson, AZ. (That handle is a word-play on my favorite card game, not my engineering acumen!);;Reviewed in the United States on May 11, 2018;;4.0 out of 5 stars;;Great radio! Love it!;;Kathleen H.

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Delivery

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Returns

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Top Amazon Reviews


3.0 out of 5 stars
By Richard - Reviewed in the United States on August 15, 2018
Great radio if you get a "good" one.
Let me start by saying that I've always been a fan of the Galaxy radios and especially the 959 model. Great radio and very easy to make loud and proud. This new made in Vietnam 959 has some issues. I'll explain what I've experienced. I ordered a Galaxy 959b starlite from Amazon. Arrived quickly as usual. Hooked it up, radio transmitted fine, however the receive wasn't correct. When first turned on receive was loud as it should be, but then gradually became quiet. So much so that it was difficult to hear a local with a thousand watts of power that usually blasts out of my speaker. This happened over and over again so I advised Amazon and they sent out another. The second 959b starlite was defective right out of the box as the face didn't light up (photos included) it almost looks as if a non starlight face was placed over the original face. There was also a light scratch on the meter and there was dielectric paste smeared all over the back of the radio. Called Amazon again and they sent another. I'm on the third 959b starlite at this point. Transmit is good, the starlite face lights up (photo included) however the receive if still iffy at times. When it works correctly the receive is great, however when it becomes very low it's worthless. I believe it's heat related as it seems to have the low receive in the daytime and it's 110 degrees where I live. At night the receive seems to be stable. This is a mobile CB radio meant for automotive applications so the heat shouldn't be a factor, but I believe it is. The radio is not installed on the dash in the sun, it's totally out of the sun, but it still gets hot in a parked vehicle. None of my older Galaxy 959's, 99v's or Connex CX-3300HP ever had this issue. I'm using a Wilson 5000 antenna and SWR's are low across the band using an antenna anylizer. Radio is grounded by negative power wire and by a chassis ground to the case of the radio. Your results may vary if you're not in such a hot climate. This is just my guess. Overall it's a good radio, I like the features and the starlite face. Hopefully the Vietnamese quality control will get better. You can tell the 959's are being made with cheaper internal components, but that's with all electronics these days.

3.0 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer - Reviewed in the United States on March 10, 2019
Blue isn't the way to go!
The CB itself is awesome! I have a 959 with the green display and it is a great rig! I bought the 959b because of the starlite face plate.I'm here to tell you it is a let down on three levels. 1- The blue display is WAY to bright! Even turned down to minimum it is blinding at night. The glare in the cab is way to much. 2- The blue back light on the meter makes it almost impossible to read. I use the meter as a tool not as a novelty. 3- The power supply for the EL face plate back light emits a nasty 500hz whine. It's loud enough to hear in the vehicle even at highway speeds and downright annoying/unacceptable when stopped or parked. It would be impossible to use this rig as a base station. I thought the back light whine was a defect with the one I got but it was still there on the replacement. Upon investigation in the forums this issue is a problem with all of the 959b's. In short, Galaxy made a great radio useless by changing the color! STAY AWAY from the StarLight version!!!! I am not bashing the DX-959 as it is a great radio, but the blue StarLight version is crap! I hope this helps.

1.0 out of 5 stars
By Mike dobson - Reviewed in the United States on October 29, 2017
Is it really NEW?
Received the item timely. Took it to a CB shop to have its abilities "enhanced". CB was hooked up by the tech and I was told it didn't work. I assumed the unit was NEW but the tech observed a sticker on the back indicated it had been opened, refurbished and supposedly re-inspected. I received a prompt refund, but still disappointed in the whole process.

5.0 out of 5 stars
By K. Simpson - Reviewed in the United States on December 12, 2016
Galaxy 959
I've been running mine out-of-the-box stock for several years now with no problems. I've been reading some of the reviews and had to add my own experience. After trying several setups my best results have been with a door mounted 5 foot Francis antenna, hand made cable, and a black Astatic mic. The case is larger than most, but I hung mine (will upload photos soon.) I'm occasionally tempted to have the radio tuned and tweaked but I've never really had a reason. Antennas I've tried: Firestik, Wilson oil cooled, stock (of course) and Cobra-the one with the coil inside a plastic see through can. Francis was recommended by an old timer who said those fancy high power antennae were inefficient for a stock radio. I don't know about the reasoning, but I get out a lot farther and it takes a beating from trees without breaking.

4.0 out of 5 stars
By Kathleen H. - Reviewed in the United States on May 11, 2018
Great radio! Love it!
The radio is perfect for anyone who doesn't care for menus and having to look down to operate it while driving. Haven't had the opportunity to use SSB yet but it appears to work. Love the built-in SWR meter as it makes it easy to tune the antenna and monitor its tuning as time goes on. The radio is five stars - I took off one star because it shipped in its retail packaging, which has some padding, but probably not sufficient for shipping purposes. Plus, the contents of the package are clearly visible, so it might be an irresistible target for package thieves. I would suggest arranging for post office pickup if this concerns you. (Full disclosure: When testing the radio, I couldn't get any power deflection on the meter in SSB mode. I even used a nearby oscilloscope to convince myself that the SSB function was broken. Amazon took it back no questions asked, paid for the return shipping, then cross-shipped the new unit; I had it in two days. When testing the new unit, I saw the same results - until I talked into the mike. When I did that, the meter flew to high power, but only when I talked. Then I realized the problem - SSB is shorthand for single sideband, suppressed carrier (SSB-SC), and it outputs no power unless modulated. As a retired radio and microwave engineer, I am understandably quite embarrassed at my oversight. Thanks, Amazon, for playing along with my ineptitude!) - "P. Knucklehead," Tucson, AZ. (That handle is a word-play on my favorite card game, not my engineering acumen!)

Recent Reviews


3.0 out of 5 stars
By Richard - Reviewed in the United States on August 15, 2018
Great radio if you get a "good" one.
Let me start by saying that I've always been a fan of the Galaxy radios and especially the 959 model. Great radio and very easy to make loud and proud. This new made in Vietnam 959 has some issues. I'll explain what I've experienced. I ordered a Galaxy 959b starlite from Amazon. Arrived quickly as usual. Hooked it up, radio transmitted fine, however the receive wasn't correct. When first turned on receive was loud as it should be, but then gradually became quiet. So much so that it was difficult to hear a local with a thousand watts of power that usually blasts out of my speaker. This happened over and over again so I advised Amazon and they sent out another. The second 959b starlite was defective right out of the box as the face didn't light up (photos included) it almost looks as if a non starlight face was placed over the original face. There was also a light scratch on the meter and there was dielectric paste smeared all over the back of the radio. Called Amazon again and they sent another. I'm on the third 959b starlite at this point. Transmit is good, the starlite face lights up (photo included) however the receive if still iffy at times. When it works correctly the receive is great, however when it becomes very low it's worthless. I believe it's heat related as it seems to have the low receive in the daytime and it's 110 degrees where I live. At night the receive seems to be stable. This is a mobile CB radio meant for automotive applications so the heat shouldn't be a factor, but I believe it is. The radio is not installed on the dash in the sun, it's totally out of the sun, but it still gets hot in a parked vehicle. None of my older Galaxy 959's, 99v's or Connex CX-3300HP ever had this issue. I'm using a Wilson 5000 antenna and SWR's are low across the band using an antenna anylizer. Radio is grounded by negative power wire and by a chassis ground to the case of the radio. Your results may vary if you're not in such a hot climate. This is just my guess. Overall it's a good radio, I like the features and the starlite face. Hopefully the Vietnamese quality control will get better. You can tell the 959's are being made with cheaper internal components, but that's with all electronics these days.

3.0 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer - Reviewed in the United States on March 10, 2019
Blue isn't the way to go!
The CB itself is awesome! I have a 959 with the green display and it is a great rig! I bought the 959b because of the starlite face plate.I'm here to tell you it is a let down on three levels. 1- The blue display is WAY to bright! Even turned down to minimum it is blinding at night. The glare in the cab is way to much. 2- The blue back light on the meter makes it almost impossible to read. I use the meter as a tool not as a novelty. 3- The power supply for the EL face plate back light emits a nasty 500hz whine. It's loud enough to hear in the vehicle even at highway speeds and downright annoying/unacceptable when stopped or parked. It would be impossible to use this rig as a base station. I thought the back light whine was a defect with the one I got but it was still there on the replacement. Upon investigation in the forums this issue is a problem with all of the 959b's. In short, Galaxy made a great radio useless by changing the color! STAY AWAY from the StarLight version!!!! I am not bashing the DX-959 as it is a great radio, but the blue StarLight version is crap! I hope this helps.

1.0 out of 5 stars
By Mike dobson - Reviewed in the United States on October 29, 2017
Is it really NEW?
Received the item timely. Took it to a CB shop to have its abilities "enhanced". CB was hooked up by the tech and I was told it didn't work. I assumed the unit was NEW but the tech observed a sticker on the back indicated it had been opened, refurbished and supposedly re-inspected. I received a prompt refund, but still disappointed in the whole process.

5.0 out of 5 stars
By K. Simpson - Reviewed in the United States on December 12, 2016
Galaxy 959
I've been running mine out-of-the-box stock for several years now with no problems. I've been reading some of the reviews and had to add my own experience. After trying several setups my best results have been with a door mounted 5 foot Francis antenna, hand made cable, and a black Astatic mic. The case is larger than most, but I hung mine (will upload photos soon.) I'm occasionally tempted to have the radio tuned and tweaked but I've never really had a reason. Antennas I've tried: Firestik, Wilson oil cooled, stock (of course) and Cobra-the one with the coil inside a plastic see through can. Francis was recommended by an old timer who said those fancy high power antennae were inefficient for a stock radio. I don't know about the reasoning, but I get out a lot farther and it takes a beating from trees without breaking.

4.0 out of 5 stars
By Kathleen H. - Reviewed in the United States on May 11, 2018
Great radio! Love it!
The radio is perfect for anyone who doesn't care for menus and having to look down to operate it while driving. Haven't had the opportunity to use SSB yet but it appears to work. Love the built-in SWR meter as it makes it easy to tune the antenna and monitor its tuning as time goes on. The radio is five stars - I took off one star because it shipped in its retail packaging, which has some padding, but probably not sufficient for shipping purposes. Plus, the contents of the package are clearly visible, so it might be an irresistible target for package thieves. I would suggest arranging for post office pickup if this concerns you. (Full disclosure: When testing the radio, I couldn't get any power deflection on the meter in SSB mode. I even used a nearby oscilloscope to convince myself that the SSB function was broken. Amazon took it back no questions asked, paid for the return shipping, then cross-shipped the new unit; I had it in two days. When testing the new unit, I saw the same results - until I talked into the mike. When I did that, the meter flew to high power, but only when I talked. Then I realized the problem - SSB is shorthand for single sideband, suppressed carrier (SSB-SC), and it outputs no power unless modulated. As a retired radio and microwave engineer, I am understandably quite embarrassed at my oversight. Thanks, Amazon, for playing along with my ineptitude!) - "P. Knucklehead," Tucson, AZ. (That handle is a word-play on my favorite card game, not my engineering acumen!)