CB Radio ideas.

mike smith Mar 12, 2018

  1. mike smith

    mike smith Member I am in australia

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    I want to put one in my truck, i have convinced my wife to let me keep it. I showed her i can drive it like a heavy vehicle and not a car.

    Anyway, come on guys give me some idea of brands and pros and cons, all i seem to find on the net is bad reports, i would like to here from guys who use them and what brand and the range etc.
     
  2. Paddler Ed

    Paddler Ed Well-Known Member I am in australia

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    I've got a uniden in my 4Runer, and am looking for another for the Land Cruiser. Mine run with a remote mic, so all the controls are on there, as well as it being a speaker mic.

    I try to find a kit deal with antenna(s), so they come in around $350 from people like Ryda.com.au or Pocketronics. I've dealt with both of them over the years.
     
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    Paddler Ed Well-Known Member I am in australia

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    Shayne Well-Known Member Guru

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    CB is ancient technology now so i just looked for one that fitted where i wanted to put it .
     
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    Towpack Well-Known Member I am in england

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    Pretty much as Shayne said. Getting it fitted correctly with a decent and well sited antenna are probably more important than which particular model you choose.
     
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  6. Chas

    Chas Well-Known Member I am in england

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    On the subject of CB's, I've got a President Johnson model which I think is the top of their range I was attracted to the fact that it has a front mounted built in speaker, it also has a socket on the back for an extension speaker. Unfortunately the built in speaker is a bit too quiet, so my question is can any speaker be used as an extension?
     
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    Towpack Well-Known Member I am in england

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    Usually any speaker of 4 to 8 ohms impedance will be fine but it should say in the specs/handbook.
     
  8. StarCruiser

    StarCruiser Well-Known Member Supporter Guru I am in uk

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    Extension speakers are readily available for not much dosh on eBay and the like.
     
  9. Paddler Ed

    Paddler Ed Well-Known Member I am in australia

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    CB is dead here in Aus (27MHz) but UHF is still used, especially the further out you go and the more time you spend on the road.

    Mine is set to 18/40 (general road traffic/trucks) and flicks between the 2 all the time. There's been a number of times where I've been able to call the trucks to let them know that there's a problem ahead of them - most recently was at the top of a 16km climb there was a lane out, but it's a blind corner and the trucks crawl up there, so the ability to get out to the other lane in advance was worth them knowing about - or just to say thank you to them for pulling over when they're an oversize load.

    The Uniden I linked to earlier has a speak mic, so the speaker is built into the mic as well as the unit - this works really well and is nice and clear in use; doesn't need an extension speaker to get the noise out. Set loud enough I can run it from in the car and be out the car and still hear it.
     
  10. mike smith

    mike smith Member I am in australia

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    Ok so im old and i remember CB radios, so you know what i mean, but i want something that can mount to an overhead console, if i am to still keep this truck, its debatable at the moment as er indors is still not happy.
     
  11. ratchettt

    ratchettt New Member I am in united_states

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    I use and highly recommend this Midland model.

    https://midlandusa.com/product/75-822cb-radio/

    The mike-head acts as speaker/mike/and houses all controls. There is no separate "box" to hard-mount. It can be moved from vehicle to vehicle with power from cigarette lighter. You will need a hard wired external antenna for best performance. It comes with an adapter to make it completely portable with "floppy" antenna ( only good for short range, such as spotting another vehicles ). I have this unit and a quick disconnect Firestick antenna with cable from it to my cabin. I easily disconnect the Midland from coaxial cable, unplug power from cig-lighter socket, and with a quarter turn remove the Firestick. Eliminates all theft issues with a hard mount box.

    Just my opinion. I use this set-up on trail/road with no range issues.
     
  12. Chas

    Chas Well-Known Member I am in england

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    I've got one of these as a back up or for anyone in the convoy who doesn't have a CB, I got mine from http://www.4x4cb.com/index.cfm it was bought a while ago for £98.
     
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