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Old 02-14-2008, 06:22 PM   #1
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Are CBs worth it?

I see many of you have CB radios. I was in the CB craze back in the mid 70s when everyone had one. I had a base station in the house, and one in my 4x4. I quit having a CB in the early 80s cause it got so noisy with static and rolling skip. In the mid 70s it was no problem talking 15 to 20 miles. When i got out of it, i had to have the squelch turned up to block all the static, and could only get a few miles. It seemed that the long distance talking was a thing in the past. How is it now? Is there still alot of static and rolling skip. For those who doen't know what skip is, its the signal bouncing and landing in another part of the country. Sometimes you would hear someone talking hundreds, even thousands of miles away.

anyway if its worth having again I would like to have a cobra 148 with SSB. I had always had SSB in the past and thats were i mostly did all my talking. What are your comments on this radio and being its so big where does a person mount such a thing so its not in the way.

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Not sure how big an SSB is but you could possibly use this as an option.


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I had the 148 GTL modified by my local CB shop. that sucker sure did put out. With an antron 99 base antenna i was taling to Ireland.
I now have a radio shack mini cb with instant weather in my jeep but I still have to get and antenna
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Old 02-19-2008, 12:22 AM   #4
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I had the 148 GTL modified by my local CB shop. that sucker sure did put out. With an antron 99 base antenna i was taling to Ireland.
I now have a radio shack mini cb with instant weather in my jeep but I still have to get and antenna
probably not hitting ireland anymore without an antenna?
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Old 02-19-2008, 12:26 AM   #5
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not familiar with these, but im looking into one. they look a little small for a 148 but maybe they will fit? i want to put my galaxy 48t in it. but i wonder how the cooling fins on the bottom and on the back of it will do in an enclosed box like that? dont want my radio over heating! maybe drilling holes could work. who knows, maybe it wont even fit!
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not familiar with these, but im looking into one. they look a little small for a 148 but maybe they will fit? i want to put my galaxy 48t in it. but i wonder how the cooling fins on the bottom and on the back of it will do in an enclosed box like that? dont want my radio over heating! maybe drilling holes could work. who knows, maybe it wont even fit!
Didn't think about that. Tuffy makes another overhead console that has boxes specifically for CBs. May want to give them a call and see what they can offer.
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Of course CB's are worth it. For caravan and city wide comms, and for getting road info.

If your really wanting to talk nationwide or even world wide, get your ham license. We're at the bottom of the sunspot cycle right now so conditions aren't great for riding the skip on 11 meters but they'll be improving all the time and this cycle is supposed to be really good.
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Another eason why CB's are worth it.

I have a Cobra 25 WX/ST. It has this alert feature for emergency broadcasts on ther weather channels. Even if the radio is off and an "alert" is sent out the radio beeps really loud. You turn on the radio, switch it to weather and listen for the alert.

This happen twice to me. Once in Montana for a tornado warning and just last Wed for a severe thunderstorm warning.

So even if you are not actively listening or talking on it it was still nice to know what was coming..weather wise.
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I finally had mine alert to the weather on the trail friday. Scared the hell out of me. Ive had that for 2 years and it had never alerted before. I was trying to figure out what in the jeep was getting ready to explode.
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Does anyone know if that overhead console will work with the factory soundbar on a '98 with the integrated dome light? I can't tell if that will clear it or not. Otherwise, does anyone have anywhere that they permanently mounted their CB radios? I already have enough stuff to take in and out of the Jeep, I'd prefer to be able to leave some of it in there!
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Worth it? well, I can't speak for everyone, but I had bought my CB originally when i was headed out to colorado (i live in jersey, and this was pre-jeep) anyhow, it paid for itself 3 times over just from talking to the truckers to find out where the "smokies" were. it's also nice when you're in the city as the truckers will be broadcasting where the detours are when theres heavy traffic.
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Old 07-29-2008, 11:46 AM   #12
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I see many of you have CB radios. I was in the CB craze back in the mid 70s when everyone had one. I had a base station in the house, and one in my 4x4. I quit having a CB in the early 80s cause it got so noisy with static and rolling skip. In the mid 70s it was no problem talking 15 to 20 miles. When i got out of it, i had to have the squelch turned up to block all the static, and could only get a few miles. It seemed that the long distance talking was a thing in the past. How is it now? Is there still alot of static and rolling skip. For those who doen't know what skip is, its the signal bouncing and landing in another part of the country. Sometimes you would hear someone talking hundreds, even thousands of miles away.

anyway if its worth having again I would like to have a cobra 148 with SSB. I had always had SSB in the past and thats were i mostly did all my talking. What are your comments on this radio and being its so big where does a person mount such a thing so its not in the way.
Yes, they are. You need them for trail riding and most of all IMO - weather alerts. make sure you get one that has the weather alert function. Also, make sure the antenna also has weather alert receiving capability.

The weather function is invaluable.
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Also, make sure the antenna also has weather alert receiving capability.
huh? ive never heard of this.
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If you have a radio that has weather advisory, the antenna needs to have a special coil to recieve the notification frequency.

I orignally bought a Firestick last year to support my Cobra radio..everything worked fine. However, last month, while off-roading in the Adirondack Mountain in NY state I broke it. When I went to Radio Shack last week they were out of Firesticks so I grabbed a generic whip antenna (1/2 wave I believe) and tried to test the weather advisory and no luck.

I returned the antenna and bought a KD-40 (which specifically mentions weather station compatability) I installed and tested it and no problems. The KD-40 has a choke coil that enables reception for weather service.

Next time you are in Radio Shack, look at the antenna and read the specs.
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