Hello and Welcome to the High Desert Cobra 2000 GTL club Web site!
We are a small group of about 15 and growing C.B. friends that use the Cobra 2000 GTL as our main radio here in the High Desert of California mainly in the Victorville/Phelan area on C.B. channel 14 am. Give us a shout if in the area or dxing! on channel 14 a.m you might hear one of us. also we use 26.915 am for dx
We are always looking for more people to join our little club. If you have a Cobra 2000 GTL, please join and become part of this ELITE Group of owners of this unique radio, you don’t have to be in the High Desert to join, anywhere in the world will do. We just call it the High Desert Club because that’s where all of us friends live! Just leave me a note, you can Email me here: firstname.lastname@example.org please send a picture of your Cobra 2000 station so I can post it and a picture of yourself if you like, and I'll add that too!
We are all very proud of our radio hobby and our stations. Some of us have 30 plus years talking on the radio and we all feel that the Cobra 2000 GTL am/SSB base station radio was and still is, the best citizens band radio that was ever made by Uniden for the Dynascan Corp. or in fact made period!
The Cobra 2000 GTL am/SSB base station radio was ahead of its time when it came out on the market. People in fact, waited with great Anticipation for it, no other radio had a built in Frequency counter at that time it was the ELITE radio of the very popular C.B. craze in the late 70's and early 80's before the internet was born and killed the C.B. radio days.
The Cobra 2000 GTL am/SSB have super loud clean audio in stock out of the box form, a Astatic D-104 or silver eagle, or a Turner +2 ssb , +3 or +3B or superside kick desk mic really makes these radios come alive! There’s really no need to remove or clip the mod limiters on them, they are plenty loud with just adding the desk mic. They seem to really like a 2-3 watt deadkey and sound the best at that setting, 2 watt deadkey and swing up to around 15 to 20 watts p.e.p, superior dual superhetrodyne receiver, dual speaker option. An active 6 digit Frequency counter/clock both for transmit and receive with controls for either just the using the counter only, or the clock changing to counter while transmitting or just the clock its self a fine/coarse clarifier (voice lock) for single side band operation. An alarm clock to wake up to, with just the alarm beep, or have it turn on radio, or have it do both. And that brushed aluminum face and large knobs and those big square readable meters and real wood outer case.
COBRA 2000 GTL AND THE PRESIDENT/UNIDEN MADISON DIFFERENCES
For Years the Uniden Corp made all the C.B. radios for Cobra, Realistic ( radio shack), Robyn and most of the top named brands as well as their own President line of c.b. radios later they changed it to just the Uniden branded name on there c.b radios.
the President Line of radios called their top of line base station the President Madison, a radio similar to the 2000 but without the freq counter. The first Madison’s on the market had an roll over clock on these early models. They were out a few years before the Cobra 2000's came out and used a UNIDEN upd 858 pll chip and relay controlled keying of the transmit circuit (you could remove mic and still receive) and the 4 pin mic jack, same radio as the top of the line Cobra 139 XLR and the Realistic ( Radio Shack ) TRC457 Navajo (the 457 had a digital led clock) as far as the board all 3 were the same but both had more a few more features then the TRC 457 and the Madison had the dual speaker option where the 139 XLR and TRC 457 did not. Later, when Uniden was in the switch over changing the name from President Electronics to just Uniden Electronics,they changed to a newer and updated main board and used the MB8719 / MB3784 pll, the very first 2000's used the MB8719 PLL very very rare to find one that had this pll the later pll chip the MB3784 was used in the newer 2000's as per FCC rules. because The MB8719 was just too easy to modify for freebanding or EXTRA channels. (you can switch out the two plls they are interchangeable) they used Newer electronic switching (you had to have the mic inserted to receive) and that famous 5 pin mic plug, when the 2000's came out and during the name switch from president to Uniden, the Uniden branded Madison’s now had a modern newer digital clock, ( some of the president 5 pin Madison's have the digital clock this was during the name change) it was the same radio as the Cobra 2000's as far as board and features like external speaker with dual speaker option, dual meters for RF power S- signal SWR, modulaton , the only things that were really missing were the fine/coarse clarifier and frequency counter.
WHY UNIDEN DIDNT ADD THESE TWO FEATURES TO THE MADISON IS BEYOND ME. dont get me wrong the Madison is still a Great radio! I’m sure, if they had the active counter and fine/course clarifier. they might have sold more and of course the price diff from a Madison from the Cobra 2000 was almost $200.00 less It must have been some special deal with Uniden, for Cobra.
COBRA 1000 GTL and 2000 GTL
The 2000 GTL and the 1000 GTL ( the am version that looks like a 2000) has the same wood case, and faceplate A few changes on the control configuration 1000's have a alarm clock but no counter for frequency, same board as the Cobra 89 gtl am base with a clock and wood case both the Cobra 1000 GTL and Cobra 2000 GTL are the only two cobra radio's that say Dynamike plus all other cobras say Dynamike on the mic gain.
For many years the Cobra 2000 GTL, was Cobra's flagship and the dream radio of many. It was a quality radio that worked as well as it looked. Features like the fine/coarse clarifier and 6 digit frequency counter made it a desirable out of band radio. Clarifier swing of 20KHz was easily controlled and monitored.
the Cobra 148 GTL, the mobile version of the 2000 was also Cobra's top of the line Am/SSB Mobile radio, but it did not have the freq counter and used the Mb8719 Pll and not the MB3784 same board, same features, Later after a few years came the 148 GTL F, that stood for Frequency counter but wasn’t a 6 digit it only had 5. (It also was made by ranger communication's AKA RCI of the 2950/2970 fame not uniden)
The 2000 GTL has been out for around 30 years now, it came on the market around 1979 or 1980, depending on who you ask, some say 79, and some say 80. New it retailed around $550.00 to $600.00.i recall a place back home in Portland oregon that was selling them for $700.00 Uniden stopped making them sometime late in 80's, closer to 90's if I remember correctly more on that below.
Some Cobra/Uniden history and how RCI came to make Cobra radios.
Back in the late 1980s, rumors were floating around that Uniden told Cobra that they would have to find a new manufacturer for their CB radio line. First came the Plus line of C.B.s. These were all Korean made, low cost AM radios, and sold through mass merchants as well as dealers. These radios performed OK but meter & channel display burnouts were common the Korean manufacturer wouldn't or couldn't design a SSB radio.
Suddenly without warning, dealers across the countries were receiving Cobra 148 GTL's (The mobile version of the 2000 without a counter.) radios that were imprinted Made in the Malaysia. They even copied the label Made in the Philippines replacing Philippines with Malaysia. It shows they were in clone made by not omitting the word "The" before Malaysia. Uniden no longer makes Cobra C.B.s. Cobra has Ranger Communications Inc. (RCI) cloning the GTL mobiles. now they are made in china and terrible
The Cobra 2010 wx base:
In the early 90's Cobra, after Uniden called it quits, had RCI (Ranger) make a newer more ""modern"” version called the 2010 WX. With it came a new look, a new 5 digit LCD counter, instead of the 6 digit LED counter as on the 2000, counter was in the center of the radio, a internal speaker, gone was the matching external speaker as on the 2000, rubberized knobs, white front lit meters on both sides of the LCD frequency counter/ display and using the same board as the RANGER made 148 GTL's Made In The Malaysia "Uniden clones" and using the PLL chip that was in the original Cobra 2000 GTL the MB 3784 PLL. That had to be replaced with the mb 8719 to extra channel the 2000 GTL and 2010 GTL they for some reason did not use the Ranger mb 8719 or the unmodifiable RCI 8719 PLL you could if it could be found use the Original mb 8719 that was in the Uniden made 148 GTL and President Washington/ Madison or any other cb that used the MB8719 pll and replace the mb 3784 PLL to "channel" it out with the extra channels.
People said it just wasn’t the same as the 2000 GTL (quote from a review on the 2010) (This was Cobra's attempt at a cheaper and newer style replacement for the Cobra 2000. As everyone knows the Cobra 2000 was one of the best radios ever, and is very sought after. The Cobra 2010 is a nice radio, but fell short of being comparable to the Cobra 2000.)
They still go for around $250 to $350 dollars on E-bay used, some even higher and that says a lot about a 30 year old radio when the newer EXPORT radios labeled as 10 meter ham radios are going for that much. ( Galaxy/ connex/ mirage/ magnum ) Yes, the EXPORTS do more watts with dual finals or the new higher output mosfets , yes, they come stock with extra channels after the export mod done by moving a jumper or wire being rehooked up and FM and or CW and other bells and whistles like roger beeps and echo built in variable RF power some do have freqency counters like the Ranger made Galaxy’s, but not active like the 2000's were. The only radio I know of that does this and is a real active are RF Limited’s Magnum S-series radios but remember the 2000 GTL can and still out talks most of them. as far as clarity of modulation and ssb sound and receiver sensitivity
When you tell people your talking on a Cobra 2000 GTL they still say "DAMN NICE RADIOS!"
We say the GTL stands for "Getting Too Loud"
Owning and talking on the Cobra 2000 GTL doesn't make you a status symbol.
"It makes you the Elite!"
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