Back in the pre-40 channel days, Dynascan’s Cobra 29 was quite possibly the best AM mobile CB radio you could buy. This radio was extremely well made. Audio was very strong, courtesy of Cobra’s exclusive DynaMike.
The Cobra 29 was a very nice looking radio with plenty of knobs, bells & whistles. Power/volume, DynaMike, squelch, RF gain, delta tune, automatic noise limiter, noise blanker, and CB/PA controls were provided on the Cobra 29’s front panel. Lights for transmit and modulation were also included. On the rear panel, the standard connections for 12 volt DC power, SO239 antenna connector, external speaker, and PA speaker. A 5 pin microphone connector is mounted on the left side of the radio. The Cobra 29 was a strong performer and a great seller in it’s day.
The Cobra 85 was Dynascan’s entry-level 23 channel base station. This is a very simple CB radio with only 3 controls: power/volume, squelch, and channel selector. It features a large S/RF meter and standard 4 pin Cobra microphone connector. Though simple, the Cobra 85 was also a good performer, priced right at $150-160 in the mid-1970s.
This is the Dynascan Cobra CAM 89 base station. It looks like a Cobra 139, but doesn’t have SSB (single sideband.) Basically, it’s a Cobra 29 with the addition of a built-in power supply. That’s not a bad thing since the 29 was a great performer. When 40 channel CB radios became legal in 1977, the CAM 89 was upgraded from 23 to 40 channels and became the Cobra 89XLR.
The mighty Cobra 135! This deluxe base station was top of the Dynascan line in 1975 with a price to match ($400-450.) Features AM/SSB, digital clock and alarm, plus everything else that was available on a CB radio in the mid-1970s. Strangely enough, when 40 channel radios were introduced on January 1, 1977, there was no direct replacement for the Cobra 135. The new top banana was the Cobra 139XLR, an update of the 23 channel 139.
This Cobra 138 is the upscale cousin of Dynascan’s most excellent Cobra 29. These two CB radios are very similar with one important difference: the 138 adds upper and lower sideband capabilities. Appearance and performance are both excellent. This was one of the “Classic Cobras” that made this brand so successful back in the 1970s.
The Dynascan Cobra 139 base station is a 23 channel AM/SSB radio with plenty of features. It was considered to be the next best thing to it’s big brother, the Cobra 135. Shown here with the optional Cobra DynaMike Plus amplified desk microphone. Upgraded to 40 channels in 1977, it’s successor was the Cobra 139XLR.
This is a Dynascan Cobra 139XLR with the addition of a Digi-Scan 400. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, this was considered the ultimate in CB frequency expansion capabilities. Sure, you could buy a Siltronix VFO, but now, you could digitally select the frequency of your choice! At the time, this Digi-Scan was cutting edge technology. It did not come cheap, however. The Digi-Scan unit sold for around $400. That’s in addition to the cost of the radio and conversion/modification expenses.
Cobra’s 142GTL was a successor to the Cobra 139XLR. Styling was nearly identical but the electronics were much more sophisticated. Dynascan’s 142 used an advanced PLL which allowed it to be more ‘capable’ of frequency modifications. I used a Cobra 142GTL as my main base station from 1982 until 1984. It was great radio with a very sensitive receiver, strong transmitter, and very clean audio.
The Cobra 1000GTL is basically a Cobra 2000GTL without sideband. “Why was this radio ever made” would be a logical question here. Since these radios were fairly expensive, it didn’t make sense to shell out that kind of money and not have USB/LSB capability. It sure looked nice, though. Performance was solid, as you would expect from Dynascan CBs of this era. Contrary to popular rumor, the external speaker shown here was NOT an optional accessory. It came standard as part of the Cobra 1000GTL package.
Here is the famous Cobra 2000 base station. Introduced in the early 1980s, this radio has been a favorite of serious CB operators ever since. The built-in frequency counter makes it especially popular with freebanders/outbanders. A very attractive radio, shown here with both matching speakers. Most of the Dynascan 2000s found today on the used market are missing one or both of the speakers. New, it sold for around $400. Even today, a used Cobra 2000 in good condition fetches $200-300 on eBay. Those which have NOT been modified and are in stock original condition are worth the most money.