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TIMZTOY
05-14-2010, 04:26 PM
I'm looking to buy a really nice cb. But don't know which brand or model to get. Any help would be great. I don't want to cost more than my ham I plan on buying. But don't want a cheap walmart POS. Possibly high end of medium. Or if there cheap enough the best one.

FJBRADY
05-14-2010, 04:27 PM
They all suck get a HAM radio.

RicardoJM
05-14-2010, 04:33 PM
I picked up the Uniden 510. It is the least expensive model in the Uniden line. With the antenna tuning the SWR is good and is worked fine on the trail runs where I used it. On the Bill Moore Run where we had 20+ trucks and were spread out, I did need some assistance in relaying communication to the trail lead - but from what I understand this is not uncommon with CB. Of course, with HAM I've never found the number of trucks and the spread to be an issue.

Caribou Sandstorm
05-14-2010, 04:33 PM
cobra 75, standard issue..

http://www.amazon.com/Cobra-75WXST-Handset-Mobile-40-Channel/dp/B00005N5WW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=automotive&qid=1273872766&sr=8-1

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41UZlLzjDjL._SS500_.jpg

wesintl
05-14-2010, 04:33 PM
I don't have a cb in either vehicle anymore. I do have the wiring and I can put it in temporary for cm but that's it. no more cb for me.

Right channel radios posted on our forum and they seem to have good prices and customer service.http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/showthread.php?t=7861

wesintl
05-14-2010, 04:35 PM
They all suck get a HAM radio.

life is to short for qrp :D

nakman
05-14-2010, 04:50 PM
Yeah I've got that Cobra 75 too and it's actually pretty solid, as far as CB's go.

http://www.gamiviti.com/images/micholders1_small.jpg

In an ultimate moment of supreme geekness, I'll occasionally flip it on to hear the weather bands, which is faster than tuning to those on the Ham, and it'll pick it up in town even with the CB antenna flipped down. Other than official runs at CM, that's its only use anymore..

Air Randy
05-14-2010, 05:10 PM
CB's don't suck, they work exactly like an inexpensive 5 watt radio in low band frequencies are expected to work.

Find the least expensive CB you can and get it, any differences in price have little to do with real quality and are due more to bells & whistles that you probably don't need. It's much more important with CB to make sure your antenna has a good ground plane, and is correctly installed and tuned.

HAM is nice but if you do a lot of runs with Front Range or CO4x4 you'll find that few of them have Hams and most do have CB's.

corsair23
05-14-2010, 05:19 PM
I'll occasionally flip it on to hear the weather bands, which is faster than tuning to those on the Ham, and it'll pick it up in town even with the CB antenna flipped down.

Mine in the 40 picks up the Wx even with no antenna installed :hill: - When the radio goes out, that's all I have to listen to :lmao:

Tim, I'm with the others. I have the Uniden 520 - I based my decision solely on what would fit in the ashtray location of an 80 (Uniden 510 or 520). I'd decide where you want to install the CB and then go from there looking for units that will fit.

RockRunner
05-14-2010, 05:49 PM
cobra 75, standard issue..

http://www.amazon.com/Cobra-75WXST-Handset-Mobile-40-Channel/dp/B00005N5WW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=automotive&qid=1273872766&sr=8-1

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41UZlLzjDjL._SS500_.jpg

I agree with this one $100 and it is out of the way. You have a small cab so size does matter:rolleyes: I am getting one for the Dodge for trips etc. and to talk to people in the club who do not have a ham when driving to trails or Moab.

rover67
05-14-2010, 06:34 PM
I have the uniden 520. I like it a lot.

It seems to work as well as my big uniden bearcat (legally tuned) worked but it is smaller. I did add an external speaker which helped out a TON.

I run it with a cheap 4' whip antenna that I think I paid 20 bucks for? The antenna works as well if not better than the several firesticks I have had. I mounted it where the stock radio antenna was and used a splitter so I could share it with the FM/AM radio which I rarely use. The reception on the AM/FM radio suffered after installing the splitter, but the CB still works really well. You can find the 510's and 520's already "peaked and tuned" pretty cheaply.

If space is an issue the cobra 75 works well, it just has a bigger mic since it is all built in. The performance at least on the listening end of the cobra 75's seems to be great after listening to several folks in the club with them use them.

rover67
05-14-2010, 06:37 PM
also, the 520 has the RF gain adjustment which is somthing i use since the CB tends to pic up lots of interference when I transmit on the HAM radio. The 510 is the same radio but without it. I don't know if it is worth it or not, but I do turn it down when I am using the HAM primarily. It's only an issue when I use the HAm in my truck, when others use their HAM radios in their rigs it dosen't mess up at all.

http://www.amazon.com/Uniden-PRO520XL-CB-Radio/dp/B00004VXNI/ref=sr_1_1?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1273880147&sr=1-1

TIMZTOY
05-14-2010, 07:36 PM
They all suck get a HAM radio.

I have a ham. But alot of ppl don't have hams and seems everyone uses cb. There cheap enough to just have both.

DaveInDenver
05-14-2010, 07:48 PM
CB's don't suck, they work exactly like an inexpensive 5 watt radio in low band frequencies are expected to work.
Sorry, but yeah they do suck comparatively. I was talking to Tallahassee, FL, on 5W just this afternoon on 20m (I was at 14.395MHz on SSB) using a Hamstick vertical (this is roughly the same height as a 5/8 wavelength bottom loaded CB antenna). I was also able to hear (but not work) Chicago, North Carolina and San Diego.

The mount for this antenna is about 2 feet to the right of the CB mount on my ARB. The QSO was friendly, to the point and very nicely free of cursing or talk of big breasts.

Edit: thinking about what I said. To be fair 20m propagation is different than 11m (or ham 10m & 12m for that matter) and the guy was running a beam and I assume quite a bit more power (it was a brief contact and I was mobile). So not apples to apples. Also my radio wasn't $50, but it's amazing what 20 years of development gets ya in a radio. If you break it down, it was about $40 per band of TX coverage... That thing, though, has a very sensitive front and most CBs just don't. They are cheap, but the MFJ single band 10 W SSB & CW radios that are common in QRP DXpeditions and SOTA aren't too expensive.

FWIW, I run a Uniden PC55, which is the pre-runner to the 520. Essentially the same guts. No complaints, works for what it is.

Air Randy
05-15-2010, 03:38 PM
So, like I was saying, CB's were only intended to provide basic LOS, short range communications cheaply. None of the 4x4 clubs mandate a HAM radio but they all require CB, so most people on the trail will only have CB. Get one.

Also, get the least expensive and smallest antenna that works on your rig. All the hooha about big, high gain antennas is just that, makes virtually no difference on CB's especially if you're just trying to talk within your trail group. The CB will only be good for talking within your trail group or chatting with folks for a mile or so each direction on the highway.

If for some reason you are fascinated by the ability to talk to someone in their car when they are 100 miles away, and using a cell phone isn't adequate, then get a HAM radio :D.

Speaking of which, Dave, what did you end up doing on the mic cable for that unit you were repairing?

SRT08BUS
05-15-2010, 04:22 PM
cobra 75, standard issue..

http://www.amazon.com/Cobra-75WXST-Handset-Mobile-40-Channel/dp/B00005N5WW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=automotive&qid=1273872766&sr=8-1

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41UZlLzjDjL._SS500_.jpg

Love mine, and it's not hard to find a spot to put it.

L43dean
05-16-2010, 10:02 PM
Hello Tim, are you guys getting used to your new digs? Congrats on the 84' Hi-lux w/front drive axle,and low range gearset for use on high angle roads or poor traction surfaces! I use a Uniden 520 in each of my pick-ups.Both with adj. squelch and gain.Both tuned from "Radio Svc Cntr",303 922 8107. Nice guy Steve, from the time when all radios had tubes. Anyhow on the 1st gen. the radio is bolted to the front of my bobbed "Tuffy" just behind the t-case shifter.The speaker not too far from my ear. On the second gen. the radio fits nicely under the factory stereo location,in the console,once you remove the cubby storage slot.With nothing under the radio I can hear the transmissions rather well,"pump up the volume" as needed. Wilson antenna's are great. On the trail I pick up the leader and tail gunner all the time.Both are magnet mount even! You can move em easy when the tree's are low. I use a "little will" on the bed mounted tool box (gull wing).The tool box is grounded to my frame. This works well for me,no hole to drill in my roof nor headliner to pull down(yeah I still have one) then put back. Radio Svc Cntr is a one man show, hours are tue,wed,fri 9-6 and sat 10-2. Cheers!

DaveInDenver
05-16-2010, 10:41 PM
Speaking of which, Dave, what did you end up doing on the mic cable for that unit you were repairing?
Ricardo has been busy with his engine I guess and I have not connected with him. I have also been swamped the past few days with our family in town for Kirsten's graduation yesterday (yea, finally, been a long 3 years!).

If I cannot get Ricardo's extra mic to test in the next day or so I will just cut the strain relief and fix what I think is causing the intermittent operation.