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imhighlander
10-13-2013, 10:42 AM
For the cognoscenti, what do you recommend for CB radios? I'm looking but am a neophyte; my last exposure to CBs was about 35 years ago on an early road trip with my dad. I'm looking for something that's either portable or one I'd hard wire in to the FZJ80 for trail runs, road trips, Moab trips, etc.

What features do you recommend as must haves, nice to haves, and do withouts, and what particular brands and models do you like or dislike?

Thanks,
Matt

DanS
10-13-2013, 10:46 AM
Get a simple one.

Don't get the Cobra 75WXST. You know, the all in one CB thing. The speaker on it sucks, and it's more expensive than a simple one.

You want one with a volume control, squelch, and a channel knob. Not much else. That'll keep it simple for trail rides and road trips. Uniden, Cobra and Radioshack all make fine examples of these.

That's my 2 cents. If you want something more capable than that, you're spinning your wheels with the CB. Start studying for your HAM....

Dan

Caribou Sandstorm
10-13-2013, 01:46 PM
Get a simple one.

Don't get the Cobra 75WXST. You know, the all in one CB thing. The speaker on it sucks, and it's more expensive than a simple one.

You want one with a volume control, squelch, and a channel knob. Not much else. That'll keep it simple for trail rides and road trips. Uniden, Cobra and Radioshack all make fine examples of these.

That's my 2 cents. If you want something more capable than that, you're spinning your wheels with the CB. Start studying for your HAM....

Dan

I have the Cobra, yep it is ok at best but really for the limited time I use it, once a year, it does the trick. One less console to mount. HAM is the way to go.

imhighlander
10-13-2013, 01:56 PM
I'm just looking for the best bang for the buck in order to comply with trail run requirements for TLCA Moab runs, etc. just simple but reliable.

subzali
10-13-2013, 02:37 PM
Been running the uniden 210 for years with no issues. Cheap and effective

Fishy
10-13-2013, 05:01 PM
I agree with the simple and cheap philosophy. I have had the same Cobra HH33 with mag mount for over 15 years. It cost almost nothing, I only carry it when it's needed. It installs and comes out in less that two minutes.

It just plugs into the aux outlet, the mag mount sticks to the roof and plugs into the HH unit and I'm done. When I'm not using it, it stays in a box in the garage.

Rezarf
10-13-2013, 06:07 PM
Get a simple one.

Don't get the Cobra 75WXST. You know, the all in one CB thing. The speaker on it sucks, and it's more expensive than a simple one.

You want one with a volume control, squelch, and a channel knob. Not much else. That'll keep it simple for trail rides and road trips. Uniden, Cobra and Radioshack all make fine examples of these.

That's my 2 cents. If you want something more capable than that, you're spinning your wheels with the CB. Start studying for your HAM....

Dan

I have a 75wxst got it off ebay for $40, great radio, all CB radios speakers suck :hill:

smslavin
10-13-2013, 06:50 PM
I've got a Midland 75-822. All in one deal. Doesn't suck. Speaker and volume are decent. Make sure you tune the antenna.

Corbet
10-13-2013, 10:16 PM
Another vote for the Midland. I've had it since 2007. I have a Firestick antenna hard wired and just use the cig lighter 12v supply. If I need to go mobile the battery pack and rubber ducky are in my center console. I find the built in speaker just fine.

https://midlandusa.com/cb-radios/product/75-822cb-radio/

Hulk
10-14-2013, 12:28 AM
If your stock stereo has gone kaput, you can do what I did:

Get a single DIN car stereo
Install a single DIN Cobra CB radio (http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=10761529) with front speaker below it.


Looks great. Attached is an old photo -- I have replaced the old Sony with a Pioneer unit now.

rover67
10-14-2013, 09:30 AM
I run one of these which may also be what Matt Miller (Subzali) meant to say he runs:

http://www.amazon.com/Uniden-40-Channel-CB-Radio-PRO510XL/dp/B00004VXNF

It works fine for what we need it for. I also run and external speaker with it since I have it in the center console tucked away. I left the dash space for my HAM radio which I use much much more and fiddle with.

ScaldedDog
10-14-2013, 02:07 PM
I think Matt's is the Cobra 18 with front mounted speaker. Very clean install. I have a Uniden 520 mounted similarly, with an external speaker.

Mark

imhighlander
10-14-2013, 05:24 PM
Good stuff. My factory double-DIN previously crapped out but I already installed another double-DIN Bluetooth unit, so that in-dash option is a no-go for me. I have seen some applications that use the under dash speakers as aux speakers for the CB, so I'll likely go that route unless I can find something that Bluetooth's to my head unit. I may look at either an in-console installation or something for under the dash.

Thanks for the feedback on brands and features I should look at.

mikeyhcrana
10-14-2013, 06:17 PM
I'm loving my Cobra 29LTD. Found it at ARC for $15, add a Firestik for $25. HAM is real trendy, and better I'm sure, but, I'm on to other performance mods with my cash and time.

mikeyhcrana
10-14-2013, 06:49 PM
I run one of these which may also be what Matt Miller (Subzali) meant to say he runs:

http://www.amazon.com/Uniden-40-Channel-CB-Radio-PRO510XL/dp/B00004VXNF

It works fine for what we need it for. I also run and external speaker with it since I have it in the center console tucked away. I left the dash space for my HAM radio which I use much much more and fiddle with.

I have one of those you can have for free, if you want it. I couldn't make anything out people were saying, audio quality seemed very poor to me.

imhighlander
10-14-2013, 10:08 PM
I have one of those you can have for free, if you want it. I couldn't make anything out people were saying, audio quality seemed very poor to me.

SOLD! The price is right. I'll be back in Evergreen tomorrow night and plan to do the 19th Spooky run, pending details. What's the best way to connect?

mikeyhcrana
10-15-2013, 07:12 AM
SOLD! The price is right. I'll be back in Evergreen tomorrow night and plan to do the 19th Spooky run, pending details. What's the best way to connect?

PM sent.

Rzeppa
10-16-2013, 12:37 AM
Cobra and Uniden are good brands. As others have posted, cheap and simple is just fine. I will elaborate: as in all things radio, antenna, antenna, antenna. All CBs are very close to the same except for their antenna (and the connection between the radio and its antenna).

With a good antenna and good mounting and connections you will hear and be heard regardless of the brand and model of radio (HAM or CB) you use.