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Unread 06-27-2013, 07:58 PM   #1
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Another CB Comparo Thread. Need Opinions.

So I need a new CB for my new TJ. I had the Cobra WX75ST in my JK, and thought it worked well. Did everything I ever needed it to, no problems in the three years I had it. But lately, I've been wondering if the Midland 75-822 is the better buy. I like the fact that I can unplug it and take it with me. But it doesn't look like you can hardware it to the jeep.(?) anyone know anything about this? Anyone have any really good or bad opinions on either?

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Unread 06-27-2013, 09:17 PM   #2
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You will like the cobra better. I have a hand held and used it in the jeep. It picks up ALL EMI noise even outside the vehicle.
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Unread 06-28-2013, 09:29 PM   #3
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Handhelds won't perform as well as a well tuned mounted radio. I have a hand held and a regular CB. I live on about 24 acres and we use the hand held for "base" station, and a regular CB in my jeep and my boys go kart. We use the radios to get in touch if one is out and about and the handheld doesn't nearly the range as the others.

With out them being mounted they slip around and never seem to be within reach wen you need them.
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Unread 07-03-2013, 06:15 PM   #4
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Neither one of these are handhelds. I don't want a handheld radio. The Cobra is a hard mount to the Jeep. And although the Midland can be converted to a handheld, I would hard mount that to the Jeep as well. I'm not talking about the '2pk radio' packages you get at Best Buy or wherever for $20-80. I'm talking about CBs.
I had the Cobra in my JK and I liked it. But I can think if countless times I could've used a radio in my hand and I'm 50ft from the Jeep. It's hard to navigate someone through a trail or up a hill from either inside your Jeep, (where you'd have to be with the Cobra), or running back and forth inside and out to talk. At least with the Midland, I can plug in a battery pack and step out for 30 minutes. That the flexibility I want.
I'm just wondering if anyone has the Midland and if so, and good or bad items to be considered. Also, the Midland isn't 'designed' to be hard wired in. But can it be? (I guess not, anything can be, right?)
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Unread 07-03-2013, 06:36 PM   #5
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Handheld FRS radios work best for spotting work on the trails. CBs, are all very similar, all put out 4watts of power. Some models have better noise cancelling, and that is really it. Only when you move up to the Cobra 148/Uniden Grant, do you see a major improvement, because they also do SSB, aka sideband. That allows signals to travel much further. Otherwise, if you need more reach, you'll need to move up and get your license(ticket) and get a 2meter radio. Cobra 19s and Cobra 29s, and their Uniden counterparts have long been pretty popular. Handheld CBs suck, hence you can't hardly find them anymore.
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Unread 07-04-2013, 09:27 AM   #6
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Neither one of these are handhelds. I don't want a handheld radio. The Cobra is a hard mount to the Jeep. And although the Midland can be converted to a handheld, I would hard mount that to the Jeep as well. I'm not talking about the '2pk radio' packages you get at Best Buy or wherever for $20-80. I'm talking about CBs.
I had the Cobra in my JK and I liked it. But I can think if countless times I could've used a radio in my hand and I'm 50ft from the Jeep. It's hard to navigate someone through a trail or up a hill from either inside your Jeep, (where you'd have to be with the Cobra), or running back and forth inside and out to talk. At least with the Midland, I can plug in a battery pack and step out for 30 minutes. That the flexibility I want.
I'm just wondering if anyone has the Midland and if so, and good or bad items to be considered. Also, the Midland isn't 'designed' to be hard wired in. But can it be? (I guess not, anything can be, right?)
When I search the net for images of Midland 75-822 it got this?
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Unread 07-04-2013, 01:10 PM   #7
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When I googled the midland, it came up as some hybrid walkie talkie/mobile radio. One reason mobile radios are larger than handhelds and cheap CBs, is due to the noise filtering. HF radios, like CBs for instance are prone to picking up every little noise in a vehicle, from the fuel pump to the ignition coils, to the injectors. If you want a CB, get a mobile and mount it. If you want handhelds for a spotter to communicate with you, get an FRS setup.
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Unread 07-07-2013, 07:25 AM   #8
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That photo is correct. Is CAN be a handheld. But it is designed to also be a auto-mounted CB. The bottom half, (the external and removable battery pack), comes off and your hard wiring for power and antenna from the Jeep just plug in.
Which is why I think it would kinda be nice to use as a mobile unit and as a portable unit for spotting.
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Unread 07-07-2013, 10:41 AM   #9
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If it performs like my handheld it will be fine for spotting and shorter distances. It may be adequate for trail rides, depending on the terrain. If the terrain is rougher or you need to use your CB to try to link up with a group you may be disappointed.
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Unread 07-07-2013, 11:15 AM   #10
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2x ^^
You will get better results with the mobile mounted units.
Hand helds usually do not have noise reducing circuits so you will pick up
Every EMI noise within 50 ft. I was messing with mine around the house when tuning the jeep
Antenna and picked up the neighbors AC unit.
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