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Old 08-22-2012, 05:51 AM
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Portable/Handheld CB's

From reviews of handheld's it seems a decent unit doesn't exist. I'm new to 4x4 and want a CB for use on trail rides only. I'd rather not make permanent installation of either antenna or unit. Not looking for long range highway use.

Any recommendations??

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You can get a handheld, with a magnetic mount antenna, and place the antenna on the hood. That way you can take the antenna off when you are done. There are decent handheld CBs out there. The Midland 75-822 and Cobra HH38 are supposedly the best two on the market.

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As bbtj said, there are a few out there that are fine. The problem with the handheld is the short antenna limits range. Using the magmount helps with that. The other problem is where do you put it. You don't want to be holding it while driving, if you lay it on the seat they are hard to hear. The handheld do not have a lot of volume.

If you are worried about theft or it being in the way, the small Uniden have mounting brackets with slots. Use a disconnect on the power cord and a mag mount antenna, you can have it ready to use in a minute. It will come out just as fast.
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Or if you want a regular CB, but something compact, consider the Cobra 75WxSt. Base unit installs in a small spot (behind dash or under seat), then you can remove the mic/rest of the unit when not in use.
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If not mounting an antenna is a must:
Midland 75-822
Wilson Lil'Will magnetic antenna
The radio has a removable battery that is replaced with a 12V plug and external antenna connector for a standard antenna. Like Sparky said, you can mount it on the hood and the Lil' Will is a great performer for it's size plus with the 12V plug you don't have to worry about batteries.

If you consider a permanent mount but want very low key:
Cobra 75 and a 4 foot Wilson Flex. I just installed a Wilson Flex on my brake light riser and getting 3 miles out if it.
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If not mounting an antenna is a must:
Midl
and 75-822
Wilson Lil'Will magnetic antenna
The radio has a removable battery that is replaced with a 12V plug and external antenna connector for a standard antenna. Like Sparky said, you can mount it on the hood and the Lil' Will is a great performer for it's size plus with the 12V plug you don't have to worry about batteries.

If you consider a permanent mount but want very low key:
Cobra 75 and a 4 foot Wilson Flex. I just installed a Wilson Flex on my brake light riser and getting 3 miles out if it.
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Thanks to all! Seems after all suggestions the permanent low-key will work. Great input to help sort it all out
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anyone have a review on this?

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If not mounting an antenna is a must:
Midland 75-822
Wilson Lil'Will magnetic antenna
The radio has a removable battery that is replaced with a 12V plug and external antenna connector for a standard antenna. Like Sparky said, you can mount it on the hood and the Lil' Will is a great performer for it's size plus with the 12V plug you don't have to worry about batteries.

If you consider a permanent mount but want very low key:
Cobra 75 and a 4 foot Wilson Flex. I just installed a Wilson Flex on my brake light riser and getting 3 miles out if it.

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