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Old 12-17-2012, 11:43 PM   #1
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Does anybody know a good hand held cb radio? If there is such a thing as a good hand held?

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The cobra seems to be descent.

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I used a Midland 75-822 for years on the trails. Range was acceptable for the most part except on the highway. Could listen to truckers, etc. for highway reports, but generally couldn't talk back. Battery drained quickly, so definately get the cables for a lighter hook up. Might be talked into selling if you're interested. It's been modded with extra channels too.
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Handheld radios? Just one thing above all else ..... POWER. More power means more range. Get all you can afford.
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Cobra 75WXST here....
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By handheld, I assume you mean a walkie-talkie and I don't think any of them are worth buying as a primary CB for the Jeep. For primary use, you need to connect them to an exterior antenna since their "rubber ducky" antennas aren't suitable for anything but extremely short-range communications, and their batteries won't hold up for a weekend of wheeling so you'd also need to connect it to your Jeep's power. Not to mention they are heavier so you'll get tired of holding it for trail chatter... especially since it'd have antenna & power cables connected to it.

So I guess I'm saying I would only recommend a walkie-talkie as a secondary radio. For a main CB, get a good radio like a Uniden Pro-520XL or Uniden equivilent. I don't like/recommend the Cobra 75WXST because of its tiny (!) speaker in its microphone which at least in my TJ, would be all but useless unless stopped or driving slow enough that the interior is quiet... it needs an external speaker to be clearly audible in any Jeep with a higher than usual noise level like my TJ has.
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I recommend a Cobra side band radio with a 100 watt kicker/amp hooked up to a antenna on your jeep. I would also mount a external speaker.
Hand helds are not very reliable and need recharging!
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I recommend a Cobra side band radio with a 100 watt kicker/amp hooked up to a antenna on your jeep. I would also mount a external speaker.
Hand helds are not very reliable and need recharging!
Totally wrong advise.
Trail riders us AM, single side band is not needed. Amplifierers are illegal. If you are caught, it's a hefty fine.
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I recommend a Cobra side band radio with a 100 watt kicker/amp hooked up to a antenna on your jeep...
Linear amps with that much power are highly illegal in the U.S. for a completely valid reason. They cause problems for others on adjacent channels since that added power requires more bandwidth. That causes their signal to bleed over into adjacent channels which causes problems/interference for normal users trying to communicate legally. Nothing gripes me more than to be on channel 10, for example, and have some YAHOO running 100 watts on channel 12 bleeding his signal over into my channel. Not to mention that extra 100 watts of power does no good if the other guy too far to talk to with normal power tries to reply back with his legal 4 watt radio.

For those who want to run 100 watts, I recommend they do so legally after earning an amateur radio (ham) license.
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I like my Midland 75-822. It has a battery pack if I want to go portable, otherwise I plug it into the cigarette lighter and attach it to my 3' firestik. I can take it off so no one steals it too. I have plenty of range, and if I need to go further then that's what Ham radio is for.
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Old 12-18-2012, 10:42 AM   #12
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Friends and I quit using CB's and went to family band radios a few years ago. They work for us.
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Linear amps with that much power are highly illegal in the U.S. for a completely valid reason. They cause problems for others on adjacent channels since that added power requires more bandwidth. That causes their signal to bleed over into adjacent channels which causes problems/interference for normal users trying to communicate legally. Nothing gripes me more than to be on channel 10, for example, and have some YAHOO running 100 watts on channel 12 bleeding his signal over into my channel. Not to mention that extra 100 watts of power does no good if the other guy too far to talk to with normal power tries to reply back with his legal 4 watt radio.

For those who want to run 100 watts, I recommend they do so legally after earning an amateur radio (ham) license.
WOW, I'm sorry guys, certainly didn't mean to upset you all! Jerry let's keep it professional YAHOO WOW..........
Amps have switches on them to turn them off and on. So they are only turned on when needed in a emergency situation! And yes they also work on AM frequencies, but bleed over and are not recommended.
As for a Ham operator, I have held a extra class licence for over 30 years and have also taught the classes and have graded the tests, so please don't lecture me on that one!
We can get into a lengthy conversation about illegal, example exhaust noise db factor, and other engine mods that won't meet emissions standards, but what is the point, because this discussion could go on forever and would never be resolved!!!
I will run equipment wise what ever I want in my Jeep and you run whatever you want in yours and let's all get along..........
So once again I apologize for any body that I have offended with my recommendation, It was meant to be helpful and not harmful!!!!!!!!!!
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WOW, I'm sorry guys, certainly didn't mean to upset you all! Jerry let's keep it professional YAHOO WOW..........
Amps have switches on them to turn them off and on. So they are only turned on when needed in a emergency situation! And yes they also work on AM frequencies, but bleed over and are not recommended.
As for a Ham operator, I have held a extra class licence for over 30 years and have also taught the classes and have graded the tests, so please don't lecture me on that one!
We can get into a lengthy conversation about illegal, example exhaust noise db factor, and other engine mods that won't meet emissions standards, but what is the point, because this discussion could go on forever and would never be resolved!!!
I will run equipment wise what ever I want in my Jeep and you run whatever you want in yours and let's all get along..........
So once again I apologize for any body that I have offended with my recommendation, It was meant to be helpful and not harmful!!!!!!!!!!
The OP asked about hand held radios and you tell him to run an amplified SSB. How is that helpful?
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Not to mention I can count the number of CBs with a SSB mode I have seen in a Jeep in the past ten-plus years on zero fingers. And unless your CB had a SSB mode, you wouldn't be able to understand anyone transmitting with a SSB signal which would sound like an unintelligible Donald Duck.
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:33 PM   #16
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LOL Jerry, you are a great guy for helping us with our jeep mechanical issues. I have learned a lot from you in that area and I want to thank you for that! But nobody knows everything about everything so we all have a opportunity to learn from each other. My side band radio has excellent bleed over rejection, which is another plus for having it. This is just another reason why I have purchased a high quality radio! It also has a outstanding AM mode.
Have a great day and enjoy your Jeep. We have about 12 inches of snow on the ground up here on the Rim in AZ.
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I'm wondering if the OP is talking about a CB where the unit itself is housed in the mic housing. We have one like that in our motorhome, and while it seems to work okay, it's kind of bulky in the hand. Here's a picture.
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Old 12-18-2012, 02:11 PM   #18
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Magnum S3 350 10 Meter Export CB Review
yes it is over the 4 watts by a little. and yes it is a 10 meter radio. that being said i had it properly tuned and set up for CB band withs. i can adjust it from 4 watts to 350. it is big and bulky and likes it power. has to be run right to the battery with a 50 amp fuse. i run 18 foot coax with a wilson 2000. i dont recomend it for everyone but i love it. cant wait to get my HAM so i can really open it up.
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That radio is totally illegal for use here in the U.S.
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WOW opened up a can of worms on this one! Im kinda likin the Uniden Pro 520XL(and the price). Problem solved, settled and done. No more to talk about. If we all want to argue lets take it to youtube and save the unique community of the WF!!!
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Im kinda likin the Uniden Pro 520XL(and the price).
That particular radio would be a very good choice, it is darned near bulletproof and performs very well.
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FWIW, weather band is mandatory for me as well. I left the radio in my CJ when I sold it as it was bigger than I wanted to mount in the TJ. I'm considering this one. I wish it had a forward firing speaker, but that makes the chassis too wide. I'll install a remote speaker.

Newegg.com - MIDLAND 1001LWX Full Featured CB Radio with Weather Scan Technology

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That Uniden 520 looks like a nice radio for the price, but no WX.
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I have the Uniden 510, I think it's the same as the 520 with no PA option is all. My daughter has a Midland 75-822 that she uses plugged into the accessory outlet. It works OK with it's little antenna as long as we are sticking close. We throw on a magnetic antenna for longer range but there is no good place for it on the Jeep. At least none that I could get a decent SWR reading other than on the front fender. I will eventually help her get a permanent antenna. The hand held is nice option if you need to send someone scouting ahead on foot, assuming you have a charged battery pack as well.
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I didn't even know that they made CB Radio's, or walkie talkies anymore. I thought they went out of style 15 years ago.
The one and only one that I ever owned about 20 years ago was a cheap Radio shack CB. I did have them install the best antenna made, it was a 1/4 wave steel wip antenna. The salesman at RS set the I think it was called SWR'S to zero and boy would that Radio ever talk. One time I seen some horses had gotten loose and were running down the highway. I got on channel 9 and asked for help and surprisingly I was talking to a New Jersey channel 9 operator from Indiana. That Radio had a terrible receive, "very noisy", but it was a real power house. Some of the other fellows were running the power boxes with their radio's, but mine could talk with the best of them.
When I need help today, I just use my cell phone. There are very few places that it doesn't work and I have unlimited minutes.
I see that there has been some good discussion regarding this topic.
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I didn't even know that they made CB Radio's, or walkie talkies anymore. I thought they went out of style 15 years ago.
The one and only one that I ever owned about 20 years ago was a cheap Radio shack CB. I did have them install the best antenna made, it was a 1/4 wave steel wip antenna. The salesman at RS set the I think it was called SWR'S to zero and boy would that Radio ever talk. One time I seen some horses had gotten loose and were running down the highway. I got on channel 9 and asked for help and surprisingly I was talking to a New Jersey channel 9 operator from Indiana. That Radio had a terrible receive, "very noisy", but it was a real power house. Some of the other fellows were running the power boxes, but mine could talk with the best of them.
When I need help today, I just use my cell phone. There are very few places that it doesn't work and I have unlimited minutes.
I see that there has been some good discussion regarding this topic.
It's tough for 2,3,4,5 or however many drivers to talk to each other at the same time with a cell phone. Especially when there's no cell service.
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It's tough for 2,3,4,5 or however many drivers to talk to each other at the same time with a cell phone. Especially when there's no cell service.
I live in the desert and don't normally loose cell service, but you make a excellent point about group conversations. I may go back down to Radio Shack and see what they have to offer in a cheap in-expensive model. Do you know if they still make the 1/4 wave wip antenna's? From what I remember, the antenna seems to be the key element.
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I live in the desert and don't normally loose cell service, but you make a excellent point about group conversations. I may go back down to Radio Shack and see what they have to offer in a cheap in-expensive model. Do you know if they still make the 1/4 wave wip antenna's? From what I remember, the antenna seems to be the key element.
Probably, but a 108" (9ft) antenna is mighty long. I guess if you're in the desert (no trees) it wouldn't be an issue. I used to run one on one of my Blazers.
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Probably, but a 108" (9ft) antenna is mighty long. I guess if you're in the desert (no trees) it wouldn't be an issue. I used to run one on one of my Blazers.
I do take it up in the mountains sometimes so there will be some pine trees. The one that I had years ago had a large coil spring at the base so when the wip hit a tree branch it would just bend over and deflect. From what I remember the wip antenna was very durable, I think stainless steel maybe.
I think that a CB Radio would be a good early Christmas present. I will have to try that one on for size and see what my wife has to say about it???
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It's tough for 2,3,4,5 or however many drivers to talk to each other at the same time with a cell phone. Especially when there's no cell service.
Exactly. Cell phones just don't work for typical multi-vehicle off road chatter. And in the majority of places I wheel, we aren't even close to cell phone coverage.

And yes I would avoid a 102" whip antenna. Most offroad clubs and organized 4x4 events banned anything taller than 48-52" years ago for safety reasons.

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