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Old January 8th, 2010, 06:34 AM
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Best CB Setup

I'm starting to shop for a CB radio setup and I'm hoping to get some suggestions, advice, pros/cons etc. I'm a neophyte when it comes to CB's, so I'm not sure what one needs to look for when choosing a unit. I'd be interested in learning about available features, what one expects to pay, where to buy, etc. I've searched for a good thread here and haven't been able to find one- if there's one that you know of or a website where I could learn the ins and outs of becoming a big trucker please feel free to pass them along. Don't be afraid to pass along even the simplest bits of advice. I think I saw Uncle Jesse from the Dukes of Hazard use one once; that's my exposure- seriously.
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Old January 8th, 2010, 08:18 AM
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Jay,

I believe most truckers use HAM Radios, if that is what you meant visit these sites

www.arrl.org

www.hamradio.com


I am not a HAM Geek, so I use a regual CB , now I got a Cobra 75 ( all in one ) .
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Old January 8th, 2010, 09:57 AM
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Jay,

I believe most truckers use HAM Radios, if that is what you meant visit these sites

www.arrl.org

www.hamradio.com


I am not a HAM Geek, so I use a regual CB , now I got a Cobra 75 ( all in one ) .
I'm pretty sure Jay is looking for a CB for his D-90 "big rig."
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Like Carlos, I was very happy with the cobra 75 all in one. Mounted the little box under the tuffy.
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Old January 8th, 2010, 10:33 AM
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I have the Cobra 75 WX ST in my trucks... They work well and are nice and compact.
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Old January 8th, 2010, 11:10 AM
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Me too and useful if you have more than one vehicle as you can share the handset and just buy the base for the additional vehicles.

It supports an external speaker which can be handy on the highway.
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Old January 8th, 2010, 11:35 AM
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Like Carlos, I was very happy with the cobra 75 all in one. Mounted the little box under the tuffy.

Carlos? as in Escobar Gacha? WTF? *LMAO*
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It supports an external speaker which can be handy on the highway.
or while trying to leave crowded parking lots with lots of pedestrians.
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Carlos? as in Escobar Gacha? WTF? *LMAO*
Bowing my head in shame, sorry -- I had literally just been talking to a colleague named Carlos. I'll buy you a beer tonight to make up for it!
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So how come you don't look like Nelson






Mandela that is *LOL*


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Just one? I am really really offended *LMAO*

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Thanks for the replies- & yep, it's a CB that I'm after. I'll check out that Cobra unit. 10-4.
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Call me another name Tony. I dare you!
Don't gett too excited, it's only Jay's beer!
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I have the Cobra 75 WX ST in my trucks... They work well and are nice and compact.
Forgot that thing was in the truck. Where did you have the antenna mounted, Brooksie? On the old front bumper?
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Old January 8th, 2010, 04:48 PM
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Yup, on the arb on a bracket. I found some antenna-combiner-box-thing that you use to run the FM signal through the CB antenna, too. What bumper did you wind up putting on there? How is she, anyway -- I miss that truck all the time.
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If I was getting another I would pick something with HAM and CB capabilities. Cobra does have a new model though with a useful feature, Bluetooth. This let's you pair your phone and use the handheld mic (get a powered mic) and cb speaker/headset for answering your calls.
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I believe you have to have an FCC license to operate a ham- and that requires a degree in Astrophysics and a fluent understanding of the Vulcan language. Is that true? Is a ham radio like a handgun- where you have to get your license first, before you can buy it?
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Yes you need a license but I don't think it's nearly as hard as you may think. I did a quick google and to get started you just need to take a written test (appears to be multiple choice). It looks like you need to do a little reading and you'd be fine. Here is a sample pool of questions for example

http://www.arrl.org/arrlvec/pools.html

I am interested in doing this one day, primarily for APRS, but just haven't had the time to play.
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I am ashame to admit ...I took the TECHICIAN test and failed.... don't have the time to study and I know nothing about electronics and every question I screwed up was related to WATTS, AMPS and OHM
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