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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-24-2000, 02:23 PM
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Recomendations for a CB

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I was wonding what you all use for cbs. I was looking into getting one,but I would like some opinions on what you use. I don't want to break the bank but I do want a decent cb.

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Re: Recomendations for a CB

I have a simple Uniden 40 channel CB - cost about $50. Easy to install, seems to hold up well to all the shakes and bounces on the trail, and I didn't spend an arm and a leg on it so my worries about damage or theft is lower too. It's small so can mount about anywhere. I take it out when not using it so it doesn't attract attention. Power is via a simple cig. lighter adapter. Takes about 5 min to put in, attach power, antena, ready to ht the trail.

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I really like the Galaxy line of 11 meter radios(10 meter with CB channels included). There is an internet connection where once you sign up as a member you can order them for much cheaper than anywhere else, and they are sent out with all of the high tech mods done to them that is not allowed to be sold retail. I use a Galaxy DX55V with the clarifier opened, and some tweaking done to the ouput amplifier. This unit usually goes for $299, I got it delivered for $199, (with the mods and helpful tips not allowed normally). I also purchased a Texas Ranger 500 watt linear amp, with recieve amplification as an added modification(club members only, and to be used only by licensed radio operators). Ill tell you what, this thing can talk through mountains. We came upon a broke down rig in the middle of Claw Hammer, he had a buddy with everything he needed back at base camp. But no one could get a signal out, I had everyone turn off there CBs and fired up the linear and got a hold of someone in camp like they were next door. Like my Radio Guru at this web site says(and with a real southern draw) "that babe cun bloww bluue smoke" I take it that its radio guy lingo for a very powered up unit. His prices are very good on the entire spectrum of all the major manufacturers. E mail me for his web site I know he is always under the watchfull eye of the FCC, and he really is a very nice guy.
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Uniden 510 or 520 is a great radio. My family has a trucking company and that is all we use. They are only about 35 dollars and they will talk
farther than alot of big expensive radios. They also stand up to the dusty and dirty environment that we put them through. At that price, you
arent gonna cry if someone snags it either. I put quick disconnects on mine, and it mounts with big knobs, when I leave I just unhook it and
throw it in my tuffy box. My opinion, I wouldn't buy a cigarette lighter style or the hand held portables. There is a site called cyberrebate.com
they have a GE handheld that costs like 80 dollars, and then there is a full 80 dollar rebate. A few guys on other boards have bought it and
they got their rebate.

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I like the Cobra 19, a little 40 channel unit that cost $50.00 is very small and works very well. Put a good top load antena on and set the SWR's and you can talk for miles,,, I have one of these in my motorhome and one in my YJ, I have a hand held GE in the Cherokee,, the wife did not want a radio hanging down anywhere in sight in her Jeep.
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<font color=purple>Have had them out of the vehicles for so long, I'm not even sure where they're stashed. BUT, I have a couple of old Cobra units that worked VERY well when in use & were real easy on the pocketbook.</font color=purple>

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I've just about given up on CBs because of all the noise and garbage on the channels. Most of the fellow members of the club I'm in have
gotten thier amateur radio license. The 2 meter band is much better for communications. I still have a CB though, because not all members
have thier license.

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The 10 meter radios are pretty entertaining sometimes also. If you get up on top of a mountain. A lot of the sideband channels are still used quite a bit by the FCC,Nasa,Navy, and who knows who else. Sometimes you can catch a couple of these guys just yammering away in the middle of the night, talking uncoded about some interesting things for hours. I have a list of designations for the different channels somewhere if anyone is interested.

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I've got a Cobra 75WXST(I paid $90). As far as I am concerned it is the best CB on the market for Jeepers. The whole CB is contained in the "mike". There is a smal junction box you mount in your vehicle that hooks to power and the antenna, as well as jack for an optional external speaker (I highly recommend using an aux speaker). The great part about this is: 1- The valuable part can be removed from the vehicle in about 5 seconds, great for us open top guys. 2- You can mount extra junction boxes(about $20) in all your vehicles and move the CB from Jeep to truck to car very easily. Thius model also has some pretty good features ( dual channel monitoring, 10 NOAA weather channels, etc) and performs well.

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Most of the basic CBs from decent manufacturers (cobra, uniden, etc.) are relatively comparable. A lot of cobras and unidens even use nearly the same chassis. Buy a decent radio, and take it to a CB shop to be tuned up. A $40 radio with $20 of tuning can put out 20 watts or more...far better than a $140 stock radio putting out 5 watts. Just as importantly, get a good antenna and mount it in a good spot (depending on body style, soft/hard top/etc.) Play with the antenna and a SWR meter until you get the SWR down below 1.5...tops. That's the only thing holding back my CB install...Can't figure out where to put an antenna on a soft-top, fiberglass body jeep. Maybe I'll put a 1/4 wave whip on the back bumper... we'll see.

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