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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-13-2002, 10:46 PM Thread Starter
 
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quick CB question

im looking to get a CB radio shack has the TRC 446 on sale right now. is this a ok radio? i just want it for talking on th trail and for long trips with my friends so we dont have to stop. i do need a little power though thats why im looking at their "high line" radio. im in a real mounteness area when im going to be useing it and not allways in sight of the other person

thanks for any info.
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Re: quick CB question

The max. transmission power allowed for CB radios in the US is 4 watts. Any CB you buy (legally) will be capable of that output. The most important thing is to get a good antenna and install it properly.
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Re: quick CB question

My Wilson"lil Will"antenna gets out great for the $$.At only 38" it doesnt tickle too many tree limbs either.
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Re: quick CB question

be wary of rat shack Cbs.

ive owned, and tested alot of CBs, the radio shaclks almost always come in UNDER 4 watts output.

push the button on a radio shack CB, often get 2.5 watts, then when you speak it MIGHT reach 4 watts.

most Unidens push the putton, get 4 watts, speak get closer to 6 watts.

it doesnt make THAT much of a difference really, BUT they are pretty cheap radios.

get a UNiden pro510xl, or somthing similar, dont stray from Uniden if you just want a basic 40 channel CB, they are about $40 new, and uniden sells refurbished units on their website.

spend the money on an antenna, and learn how to tune, and mount it ( or have some one else do it) that makes the most difference.
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Re: quick CB question

I had a few radio shack cb's and they didn't get out very good. The best mobile CB I owned was a Euro 10 Meter that was converted down to CB channels (easy mod) it also had good power...started at 4 watts and modulated a little higher. Other than that Uniden makes a good CB, some of the Cobras aren't bad either...but I've been kinda out of the radio stuff for a few years now...so I dunno what's out there anymore
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Re: quick CB question

often a good antenna and swr meter will make a bigger difference than the radio... make sure you get your impedance as close to 1:1 on Ch 19 as possible.
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Re: quick CB question

I run the converterd 10 meter radios attitude,

much more bang for the buck!
( about $100 for radio alone)
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Re: quick CB question

One thing to keep in mind when getting a radio is some of the other features they have. My Cb has a weather band, and man is that nice. I have a think about liking to know the weather report. And having a weather band is a perfect way to make sure I know what is up. I would say that I use the weather part the radio two to three times more than I use the CB function.
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Re: quick CB question

if you are worried about power.. seek out a local short wave radio/cb guru in your town... you can then pick up a linear.. im running a 250W linear with my cb.. but with these amps.. you must detune your stock cb.. mine is pushing .9W now.. so i dont burn up my amp..
i did this also since we run some nasty swamp land out here.. and its about 20 miles to the nearest house.. let alone a friend with cb.. i can reach my guru from out there.. so i always have someone watching my back..
keep in mind these amps are also illegal... [img]images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img]
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Re: quick CB question

amps work best with a radio with external variable RF power I would think on the trail.

down low enough to drive an amp cleanly, and youve got a weak radio on the trail ( amp off)
with amp on, your killing the other guys on the trail without amps, and ikely splattering to 1 or 2 channels above and below.

its great if you need to reach someone 30 miles away and they happen to be listengin for you, SSB is better for this than AM.

Im probably confsing the poor guy, he simply wanted a cb to yack on the trail!
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