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Old February 16th, 2009, 01:53 PM
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Hand Held CB's - looking at recommendations??

I went wheeling this weekend and my Cobra 75 WX ST was giving me issues - I could here but not always transmit. I plan to look at the wiring and maybe upgrade antenna and antenna wire,

So with that said I would like to buy a hand held CB as both a back up and a way to communicate when I am out of my truck.

Any of you folks here using a hand held CB?
Any recommendations?

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Old February 16th, 2009, 02:31 PM
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Old February 16th, 2009, 02:40 PM
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Old February 17th, 2009, 10:44 AM
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Midland 75-822
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Old February 17th, 2009, 10:55 AM
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I have a cobra handheld as a backup and hate it. I've heard great things about the midland.
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Old February 17th, 2009, 11:05 AM
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I have a cobra handheld as a backup and hate it. I've heard great things about the midland.
Good to know - I almost went the Cobra route...
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Old February 17th, 2009, 11:09 AM
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I don't know if Yaesu has some products for the 11 m frequency,
but i use their products for VHF/UHF coms and i'm real happy with them.

www.yaesu.com

P.D. just checked their site and they do have. Well, it's not handheld
but they have a model that will cover MF/HF/VHF/UHF .
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Old February 17th, 2009, 11:13 AM
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I think the Cobra 75 WX ST sucks. had mine for 2 years and I can't hear anything on it. let us know what you get and if you like it.
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Old February 17th, 2009, 02:09 PM
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I don't remember all the specifics, but does someone make a device which will cover both the CB bands as well as the GMRS (??) or hand-held radios which are popular now?
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Old February 17th, 2009, 02:41 PM
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I have the Midland and it is pretty good. Nice thing, you can hook it up to an external antenna for better reception when needed or use it as a handheld as well.
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Ditch the CB and get your amateur radio license. It will only take a few nights of serious studying to get a Technician class license and you'll have much better range and audio quality and no truckers with echo cans and illegal linear amps.

The people I take trips with all have their licenses and I've removed all CB equipment from my truck.
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Old February 17th, 2009, 06:02 PM
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Ditch the CB and get your amateur radio license. It will only take a few nights of serious studying to get a Technician class license and you'll have much better range and audio quality and no truckers with echo cans and illegal linear amps.

The people I take trips with all have their licenses and I've removed all CB equipment from my truck.
I've been thinking about this as well - I know Chris (cellulararrest) just got his.
With the higher quality radio can you still communicate with CB?
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Bah... Ham is OK, but everyone has to have it, which makes it too limiting. A properly setup CB is clear as day and has more than enough range for the trail.
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With the higher quality radio can you still communicate with CB?
Nope

All handheld CB's are equal with the rubber duck and all suck equally as much. You won't hear crap. Rubber duck's just plain suck on HF. (Not that they're good anywhere else either). Just get the cheapest thing you can find. Don't waste your time or money.
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Ditch the CB and get your amateur radio license. It will only take a few nights of serious studying to get a Technician class license and you'll have much better range and audio quality and no truckers with echo cans and illegal linear amps.
x2.

I'm doing this myself.
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Agree with Chris. If you must buy a CB, buy a crap model. No CB will go above 4 watts and there's no point in buying a fancy one.



This is the reason to get your ham ticket.

Seriously.
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At the very least, I'd say get the midland so you can interchange it to hook up with an external antenna if your 75 craps out on you again.

I'm all for the ham, but not everyone has moved in that direction yet.
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I just bought a cheap CB (Uniden 510XL on Amazon for $36) and when I went to get an antenna locally, the seller said I should have bought one with RF gain (the 520 XL has it for $55) because I'll use it mainly in trail convoy situations. He said that when you are quite close to other CBs you need the RF gain to make the sound clearer. I think he knows what he is talking about, but I cannot return the CB (trimmed the power wire) so I wonder if it really makes a difference. Might be worth checking out before you buy.
Ham radio: When I raised the Ham radio issue with the Pacific Coast Rover Club members, I thought I'd uncovered a new religion. I asked the members what they thought of the Spot transmitter (www.followmespot.com). The Hams went nuts about the range, clarity, and phone calls off repeaters. One guy even leads a trip each Summer and you have to have a Ham license and radio to go. Others babbled on about how you can see the location of the other HAMs on a GPS using some additional technology. Too techy for me and of minimal value on the trail as far as I can see.
I've been using a Cobra handheld for years but they seem to require an outside antenna to work halfway decently.

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Old February 18th, 2009, 05:42 PM
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I've been using a Cobra 75 WXST for years and have no issues with it at all. I transmit and receive clearly. It's all about isolating the power wiring and setting up a properly grounded antenna of sufficient height and tuning it. I'm convinced that poorly grounded antennas are most peoples problem. I use a no ground plane antenna mount and cable.
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