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Old 09-24-2009, 08:15 PM
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CB question..

Well I searched and read 3 pages deep and didnt really find an answer. I am looking to install a CB in the jeep. Is there really a huge dif between a CB that I pick up for $35 off amazon to one for $200? I just dont want to waste time and $ and want to do it right the 1st time.

Here are 2 that I am considering that are pretty dam cheap.

Amazon.com: Uniden PRO520XL CB Radio: Electronics

Amazon.com: Midland 1001Z 2-Way CB Radio: Electronics

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Old 09-25-2009, 01:46 AM   #2
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I'm not a huge cb buff, but there are some in here who will share more info than I have...however, I do have a cobra 29 in my jeep...love it. Uniden is a great brand, that radio would probably do just fine for you. Typically the more expensive just means more and bigger knobs, lights for easier veiwing...etc. But won't net you any more distance/reception. A smaller one like that would probably be easier to mount anyway. Keep in mind, the important part is your antenna. An expensive radio with a crappy antenna set up won't do you any good

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Old 09-25-2009, 08:17 AM   #3
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uniden makes a great cb. i have the pro510xl, and i love it. the uniden you are looking at is the next step up from mine. it has more bells and whistles. i would definitely recommend uniden.
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well, I do believe the more expensive ones will get you further. They also have more tuning options which will allow you to get broadcast clearer and clear background music. Also the models which are usually $40+ have a built in SWR meter.

Also the $200 models are the ones which truckers use, they have more than 40 channels, channels which on the far end can go hundreds of miles from what someone told me.
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Maximum legal transmission power for a citizens band radio is 4 watts, the radios you posted will transmit 4 watts. A $200 radio will transmit 4 watts unless it's been illegally modded or is not a citizens band radio to begin with. Whether or not you choose to run an illegal radio is your business and yours alone.
What the more expensive (legal) radios give you is better filtering, your transmitted and received signals will be somewhat clearer and easier to understand. I've run expensive radios and didn't find the benefits worth the price and I use my radios for work.
Right now I'm running a Uniden PC68 in the semi and a Midland 1000 for the Jeep.
Your range will typically be between 2 and 5 miles unless you tweak things or you ride the skip.
The citizens band is in the 11 meter HF band, this band is great for propagation when conditions are right. I've been able to pick up signals as far away as Texas from Washington using a legal radio and a long wire up in the mountains.
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Check e bay out. I got a used cobra classic for $20 and it was like new.
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the Midland model you have listed above is gettin awsome reviews, they say bang for buck its one of the best. read the reviews on amazon.


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