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OT: Good CB prices ?

Anybody know a good place to get CB radios for cheap?

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Re: OT: Good CB prices ?

I bought my CB at Wal-Mart for about $25.00. It works great, but I believe a big part of it is the antenna you get. I bought a K-40 at a yard sale and I can talk from my drive way to I-44 which is about 5 miles away.

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http://www.bills2way.com

I`ve bought from these guys a couple times and have had good service and prices.They are a family owned and operated business.

If I could only talk 5 miles on my radio I would put it in the trash . My last setup ( stock 2950) could do 40 -50 miles . Wilson 1000 antenna and PROPER install . Good Luck



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5 miles distance is fine for a cb especially if you're talking mobile. That 2950 is a converted 10 meter and is putting out a lot more power than your typical cb.
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I concider anything that will talk and receive with in a 1 mile limit good. When you get into the canyons and passes out here in the mountains you could have a radio that talked 50 miles on the flat but wouldn't talk 2 car lengths away. You have to get a good balance. Have the radio, which ever you get and the antena calibrated out to match. This will get you the best possible set up for cheap. Find you a good radio dealer and have it set up. You can buy anywhere and then have the radio and antena matched.
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I run a weatherproof one from Radio Shack, works fine for us. Do a search on this as well, it's been brought up before a few times.

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I'll second Jeepzilla's post. I've used Bill's a few time and I've been happy with what I've got every time. Even if their site sounds like a porno :-)

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I did the conversion myself . On AVERAGE audio its only putting out about 15 watts on SIDEBAND . Its really the audio that gets you heard . If I couldnt have this radio I would buy an older used SSB rig with good ASTATIC M6B mobile mic. SSB is the ticket for communication . More power and a lot less kids and idiots on that unofficial section of the band compared to AM . Around here anyways .

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If you buy an older stock ssb cb you're not on any unofficial bands. It's only with the converted 10 meter and export radios that you can wander off the designated cb freqencies. As I said a STOCK cb. You can have some stock cbs modified to what they call upper and lower channels (above or below legal cb channels). This can be done on some cbs whether or not they have sideband. I'm surprised your 2950 only swings 15 watts pep on sideband, my 20 yr. old cobra (which is peaked and tuned) swings 15 watts on am and my uniden grant swings almost 20. I've got a friend with a 2950 and I was pretty sure his had some pretty big finals in it and I thought it was putting out about 30 watts. I agree tho that the audio can make all the difference in the world.
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I am still learning about the technical issues of CB's, but if you want an "in the mean time" radio, go to your nearest interstate and follow the truckers (usually to any large exit, outside of a city). The truck stops always have some good stuff. And while you're in there, grab a trucker and talk to him about it. They're usually extremely friendly and willing to help. I did this in South Carolina while on a business trip, and the guy took me outside to show me how he set it up and everything.

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