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Uniden BEARCAT 980 Owner's Manual

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980 SSB
Owner's Manual
Printed in China



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  • Page 1 980 SSB ® Owner’s Manual Printed in China U01UT561ZZZ(0)
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Connecting the Power Cords ..............8 Ground Information ................... 9 install 6-pin to 4-pin aDapter ............. 9 marine installation ................9 Using yoUr BearCat 980 ssB ..........10 CB moDe ...................... 10 BasiC settings..................10 all Channel sCan ................... 10 Weather moDe (WX moDe) ..............
  • Page 3 ................ 18 tWo-year eXtenDeD Warranty ........20 raDio CoDe DeFinitions ............21 Uniden is a registered trademark of Uniden America Corporation. Bearcat is a registered trademark of Uniden America Corporation. Features, specifications, and availability of optional accessories are all...
  • Page 4: Unpacking

    If any items are missing or damaged, contact your place of purchase immediately. DesCription Your Uniden Bearcat 980 SSB represents the highest quality communications device designed for use in the Citizens Band Radio Service. It will operate on any of the 40 AM frequencies authorized by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
  • Page 5: Controls And Functions

    All channels except Channel 9 may be used for normal communication. The FCC reserves Channel 9 for emergencies involving the immediate safety of individuals or protection of property. Use Channel 9 to render assistance to a motorist. This is an FCC rule and applies to all CB radio operators. Controls anD FUnCtions 1.
  • Page 6: Microphone Socket

    modulation. With MIC Gain active, press and hold the PTT button and adjust the gain levels with the Channel Selector knob. (Levels 00 - 04). The LED will stay on for 5 seconds after you release the PTT button. ƒ Weather: Press to toggle between Weather and CB channels. Turn Channel Selector to cycle through the 7 weather channels.
  • Page 7 channel 19, and standard CB channels. 13. Frequency Display: Displays the MHz of the selected channel. Also displays menu options. 14. ANL/NB: Provides 3-way control of ANL (Automatic Noise Limiter) or NB (Noise Blanker) features — ANL on, NB on, or both ANL and NB on or off.
  • Page 8: Installation

    Only a properly matched antenna system will allow maximum power transfer from the 50-ohm transmission line to the radiating element. Your Uniden dealer is qualified to help you select the proper antenna for your requirements. A whip style antenna may be used for automobile installation.
  • Page 9: Ground Information

    6-pin microphone jack to an aftermarket 4-pin microphone. 1. Insert the 6-pin side of the adapter into the Bearcat 980 SSB 6-pin microphone jack connection. 2. Plug a 4-pin microphone connector into the 4-pin side of the adapter.
  • Page 10: Using Your Bearcat 980 Ssb

    Using yoUr BearCat 980 ssB CB moDe Be sure that the power source, antenna, and microphone are properly connected before proceeding. BasiC settings 1. Turn unit on. Set volume to a comfortable level. 2. Select channel. 3. Set noise limitations as desired (ANL or NB or both).
  • Page 11: Weather Mode (Wx Mode)

    Selector clockwise to move to the next channel or counter- clockwise to move to the previous channel. The radio continues scanning in the selected direction. • To change to Memory Channel Scan mode, press MEM/SCAN while in All Channel Scan mode (see page 10). 3.
  • Page 12: Set Weather Alert Mode

    Left at these settings (WX mode, WX Scan), you will hear only weather broadcasts and Weather Alert signals. To use your CB radio normally while monitoring weather alerts, press WEATHER again. Set Weather Alert Mode Weather Alert mode only operates when you are in CB mode; it does not operate in Weather mode.
  • Page 13: Menus

    menUs Access menus by pressing MENU/OK. The first menu selection is Day or Night setting. Turn the Channel Selector knob to change the Day or Night setting. Press MENU/OK again for: ƒ Day/Night - display intensity ƒ COLOR - Backlight color ƒ...
  • Page 14: Set Lcd Contrast

    Option Option Color Color Green Yellow Cyan White 6. Press MENU/OK to select a color. COLOR displays. 7. Repeat these procedures to set the NIGHT backlight color. Set LCD Contrast 1. Press MENU/OK to activate the menus. Turn Channel Selector until CONT displays.
  • Page 15: Battery Check

    Battery Check Check the DC power levels if you feel your radio is not performing properly. 1. Once DIAG displays, press MENU/OK; VOLT displays. 2. Press MENU/OK; the battery voltage displays for 2 seconds and then the battery voltage condition displays: –...
  • Page 16: Other Features

    S/RF/CAL/SWR Meter You can check your incoming signal strength and output power as you use your Bearcat 980 SSB. The 12-column LCD display (refer to item number 3 on page 5) displays this data. Press and hold PTT on the microphone to see the RF output power levels. Release PTT to see incoming signal strength.
  • Page 17: Maintenance

    2. Remove the fuse and inspect. If blown, replace with the same type 6-amp fuse. Use only the fuse specified for your Bearcat 980 SSB. Failure to do so may void your warranty. troUBleshooting In the event of system malfunction, perform the following procedures:...
  • Page 18: Servicing Your Transceiver

    Check the antenna connection on the back of the radio. Be sure it is tight. If you do not get satisfactory results after performing these checks, call the Uniden Customer Service Center at 1-800-297-1023, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST, Monday through Friday. serviCing yoUr transCeiver Technical information, diagrams, and charts are provided on request.
  • Page 19 Emission Emission AM/USB/LSB Frequency Control: PLL Synthesizer Antenna Impedance: 50 ohms Power Input: 13.8VDC Current Drain AM full modulation 2.2A (max.) SSB full power output 4A (max.) At no signal: 650 mA Operating Temperature: -22°F to 140°F (-30°C to 60°C) Accessories: DC Power Cord Noise Cancelling Microphone...
  • Page 20: Two-Year Extended Warranty

    Warrantor: UNIDEN AMERICA CORPORATION (“Uniden”) elements oF Warranty: Uniden warrants, for two years, to the original retail owner, this Uniden Product to be free from defects in materials and craftsmanship with only the limitations or exclusions set out below. Warranty DUration: This warranty to the original user shall terminate and be of no further effect two years after the date of original retail sale.
  • Page 21: Radio Code Definitions

    Product. Include evidence of original purchase and a note describing the defect that has caused you to return it. The Product should be shipped freight prepaid, by traceable means, to warrantor at: Uniden america Corporation Parts and Service Division 4700 Amon Carter Blvd Fort Worth, TX 76155 (800) 297-1023, 8 a.m.
  • Page 22 Code Meaning Code Meaning 10-12 Visitors present 10-50 Break channel 10-13 Advise Weather/ Road con- 10-60 What is next message number ditions 10-16 Make pickup at 10-62 Unable to copy, use phone 10-17 Urgent business 10-63 Net directed to 10-18 Anything for us? 10-64 Net clear...

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