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Old 12-16-2015, 09:50 AM
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CB Weather stations??

I am looking at CBs trying to decide what I want/need to get if I want to start going out and running trails around and I keep coming across NOAA weather and emergency stations on some of the CBs. Being a complete newbie to this I have no idea what this is. Can someone help explain this to me.

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NOAA weather is just a continuously playing weather forecast that some CBs and ham radios can receive. I'd only want it if I lived where the weather can turn dangerous in minutes. We don't have that issue here in SOCAL so it wouldn't be a feature that I'd be all that interested in. My 2m ham radio can receive NOAA weather but I never tune it to that channel.

One very good CB that is nearly bulletproof I recommend is the Uniden Pro520XL. It doesn't have weather but it's a solid radio and can be easily found all over the internet for <$50. A radio I would not recommend is the Cobra 75WX ST. Its speaker is in the mic and as such, it's so tiny you can barely hear the audio in a noisy Jeep.

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The weather geek in me thinks that access to NOAA (parent organization to the National Weather Service) is a good thing, especially if you live in an area where weather conditions can change on a dime. Having access to weather alerts has saved my bacon more than once. Between severe weather, tornadoes, hurricanes and blizzards, I have seen it all in my area and the alerts are a must.
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I put a marine radio in my Jeep and pick up a NOAA transmitter from about 80 miles away. A friend has a base and one in his truck and we have communicated from at least 15 miles apart.
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I put a marine radio in my Jeep and pick up a NOAA transmitter from about 80 miles away. A friend has a base and one in his truck and we have communicated from at least 15 miles apart.
Are you aware that using marine frequencies on land is illegal.
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I am also a newbie and am looking for something for trails and perhaps long road trips to break up the trip and I settled on the Cobra 75 ... there are many threads discussing CBs on here and each person has their opinion ... if you are looking for something that doesn't take up space and can be put away until you want it, I would suggest the Cobra 75 there is also an audio jack for an external speaker on the cobra unit if it is needed by you ... if you are looking to keep the CB out and permanently mounted then the Uniden 520 as mentioned above appears to be a favorite as well. Again it is based on wants / needs.

The cobra is now selling for $76 on Amazon ... this is a great price for this unit.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ilpage_o03_s01
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I only use for picking up NOAA and emergency.

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