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Unread 03-28-2012, 10:50 AM   #1
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hand held CB radio?

Can any of yall recommend a decent and not to expensive hand-held CB radio? When I go on wheeling trips, alot of folks in the group already have a CB installed in their vehicles, but when I go on camping trips or hiking trips, most of the time I'm the only vehicle with a CB. Rather than having both a CB and a walkie, I'm thinking about picking up one or two hand-held CB radios to give to others in the group, so that I could still use my CB like normal.

Suggestions?

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Unread 03-28-2012, 11:12 AM   #2
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I have a maxxon and it works fine but it sucks down batteries. It takes 10 yes 10 AA,s. You are lucky to get a day or so use of them.

I bought a $25 used CB and had an extra magnetic antenna I can use as a loaner. I have a cigarette lighter adepter so it is an easy install.

If you want portable and cheap go this route, they are cheap and many are rechargeable. The ones I have had aren't that hard on batteries.


http://www.amazon.com/Motorola-FV300-2-Way-Radio-Pair/dp/B0014C0IAK/ref=dp_cp_ob_e_title_1
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Unread 03-28-2012, 11:48 AM   #3
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I don't think those are CB?
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Unread 03-28-2012, 12:10 PM   #4
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I don't think those are CB?
They aren't, but I think you missed his point. Handheld CBs don't work real well. He suggesting FRS for vehicle to vehicle communication.
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Unread 03-28-2012, 12:36 PM   #5
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You can buy a standard CB like from Uniden (highly recommended) for under $40 which is what I'd go for. Handheld CBs are poor performers at best, their short stubby antennas are little better than no antenna at all. And if you plug in an external antenna, coupled with plugging it into the cigarette lighter, now you have cables running out of it that make it a PITA to use.

I wouldn't use or recommend ANY handheld CB for use inside a Jeep.

Check out the pricing for a Uniden Pro-510XL or Pro-520XL and you'll see they can be found all over the Internet for less than $40 and $50 respectively. Antennas are under $20, mounts and cable are inexpensive too.
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Unread 03-28-2012, 12:41 PM   #6
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Yea, I have a Uniden 520XL in my jeep.

Thanks for the replies, I'll just pick up a few regular walkies I guess
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Unread 03-28-2012, 07:03 PM   #7
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I have cobra 45WX and 38 WX. They work best on rechargables and get the extended battery pack and telescoping antenna.
It wouldn't be my first choise in a Jeep but, you could use them in a jeep. Just expect to pick up all engine noise and noise from overhead power wires etc. As far as range in the woods I'd get 1 to 2 miles with best line of site app 5 miles.
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FRS and GMRS do not work as well as the CB. I get ten miles out of my CBs, all the time, and the walkies (HH 38 by Cobra) give me one to three miles. The walkies will communicate with anyone's CB in their Jeep. I think you have a good idea.
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