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Old 01-31-2014, 11:17 AM   #1
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Your thoughts on handheld cb's

I need a cb for trail riding with the club and such. Also one of the places we are going requires a cb. I really don't want to hard install one. I was wondering if anyone has had luck running a handheld and if so what brands do you recommend?
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Old 01-31-2014, 11:27 AM   #2
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I have a handheld CB radio and its decent if the group size is small and tight together. I would say maximum effective range is 100 - 200 yards. I do not use the included antenna though, so your mileage may vary.

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Old 01-31-2014, 11:56 AM   #3
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Check out the Cobra 75. It's guts are mounted out of sight and the handset can be easily removed when you don't need it. It also has weather bands.
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Old 01-31-2014, 12:02 PM   #4
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if its required a handheld would be the easiest
for real world use frs or gmrs work better a license is required for gmrs tho
if you want privacy some old nextels using direct connect feature have decent range in the boonies and can be got cheap
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Old 01-31-2014, 12:54 PM   #5
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The midland is suppose to be very good. Midland 75-822 40 Channel CB-Way Radio: Electronics
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Old 01-31-2014, 01:06 PM   #6
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I use that Midland with a 4 ft mounted antenna and it works great. I didn't want a cb mounted either.
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Old 01-31-2014, 01:52 PM   #7
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With the handhelds, use an external antenna. The range is only about 50 ft with the attached antenna and inside the vehicle. If you run your Jeep without the top, you should get a lot more range. With an external antenna that's properly tuned, you can get out at least a couple of miles.
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Old 01-31-2014, 02:23 PM   #8
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There's nothing more frustrating than stopping a convoy and getting out to talk to the guy without a working radio. Usually "that guy" bought one and never bothered to test it. After following instructions, an easy way to test it is to get a radio check on the interstate with trucker. If you cant hear them or they cant hear you....

I'd get an external antenna at the very least and get this going well in advance. I prefer a mounted CB, that way you're not looking for it on the passenger floorwell. A portable can work well if you're out of your jeep spotting others over obstacles. They make brackets for $20 that go behind your spare tire, you can install and remove the whip in a couple of minutes.

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Old 01-31-2014, 04:59 PM   #9
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I vote for hard installing one.

The cobra 75 can be detached when not being used, and an antenna can be set up with quick disconnects also.

The puny little antennas on portable CBs are really terrible.
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Old 01-31-2014, 06:56 PM   #10
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I use a Midland 75-822 with the rubber ducky antenna it comes with. Works great on the trail even with my top up. The range isn't great but plenty good enough for a group running trails together. I was in a group of 20 Jeeps running around all over the place and had no trouble.
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Old 01-31-2014, 08:02 PM   #11
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Love my Portable

I run a portable Cobra 38 WXST and it works great. I use a 4 foot coiled magnetic antenna that I place on my hood, run the wire through the door jam. I have found that CB's only work for about a mile and that is line-of-site. I am in a club that has many Jeepers with hard mounted CB's. When we have about 20 Jeeps going and are on winding roads, hardly anyone from the middle to back can hear the front, whether that have a hard mounted or portable. There are some of us that work for search and rescue with the police department so we carry their units (not CB's but work just like them). We usually place one in front and one in the rear for the tail-gunner. We can then communicate a lot farther than a CB can.
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Old 01-31-2014, 09:01 PM   #12
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thanks guys...ill try the cobra

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