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Old 04-28-2009, 09:37 AM   #1
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CB Radio Recommendations

Hey Folks,

In the market for a CB Radio. Any suggestions?

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Old 04-28-2009, 03:54 PM   #2
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Re: CB Radio Recommendations

For new the Cobra 29 with Bluetooth is pretty cool, but really big for the van. Uniden are supposed to be good out of the box (no need to tune), and I love my Radio Shack trc520s, but the model is long gone and I've only seen one on eBay while looking for CBs.
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Old 04-28-2009, 08:46 PM   #3
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I got a Galaxy and like it but its slightly more than 11 meter only radio. It can run above and below the CB range. Also transmits in AM/FM and single upper/lower sideband. You actually need a Ham radio license to work the 10 meter band but I just stay on the CB frequencies.
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Old 04-29-2009, 01:09 PM   #4
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Re: CB Radio Recommendations

I'm using a Cobra 75 WX ST and really like it. It's claim to fame, for me at least, is the fact that there is a remote mount unit about 1"x3"x4" that you can hide anywhere you want. The antenna, mike and 12v plug into that and all controls are in the mike. Takes up no space and easy to find a place to mount it.
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Old 05-01-2009, 01:16 PM   #5
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Re: CB Radio Recommendations

Ray,
I guess it depens on what your looking for. AM...AM/SSB...An actual CB or maybe a 10 meter that also covers CB frequencies..... Just depends on what your into I suppose. 10 meter can belt out some serious watts compared to a CB. Though with a nice peak & tune on a CB you can go well beyond 4 watts and maintain clear modulation. Again...it depends on your needs....

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stryker 440 or 490
Magnum S-9 or S980 (AM/SSB)
General Lee/Washington (classic AM export)
SS-158EDX (AM/SSB)
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galaxy 919 or 929 (same radio...one glows at night)
Uniden 78 Elite (solid AM)
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Re: CB Radio Recommendations

Ray,
I took out the Cobra that came with my SMB and replaced it with my Uniden 78 Elite that was tuned. It is big but seems to get great range and is easy to use. I spoke to daveb in Death Valley at nearly 50 miles apart.

If you want my Cobra (only used 2-3 times) I am happy to sell it or trade it. PM me if interested.

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Old 05-02-2009, 09:47 PM   #7
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Re: CB Radio Recommendations

A lot of us off roaders use Sparkys. They come with a max performance tune up for free. He sells all the good stuff as far as coax and antenna mounts. He talks a little funny but ask for Sparky.http://www.sparkyscbshack.com/Home.html
I use a General Lee from him. It's considered an import model but it's one of the most popular radios for truckers. A jumper or somthing is changed inside to get them to work as a regular CB but with a better reciver and a little more output. He custom tuned mine with a little more clarity on the output instead of for pure max power. That way if your close it's not loud but if your 5 miles you can still hear it clearly. Just ask him and he won't oversell you if you just want or need nicely tuned Cobra,Uniden or Galaxy.
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Re: CB Radio Recommendations

Thank you for all of your suggestions. I will most likely go to an entry level CB that is quite easy to use. Thanks again folks.

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Yep. Sparky is the guy you'd want to go with. He can put together what you need.
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Re: CB Radio Recommendations

I too use the Cobra 75 WX St. It is the all in one unit, in just the handset. The CB shop placed a 12 volt plug on it's power suppy cord so it plus in the cig. lighter outlet behind the drivers seat. The power unit is the size of a cigatette pack and sit under the seat, mounting is not even necessary. I just hang it above my left shoulder on the top of the plastic trim.
Best of all new in box, used for $89.
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