don't need to be talking to the big-riggers out on the open road... i just want to be able to talk to people within a few mile (if that) radius out on the trails... will one of these budget $50 units do the trick?
I bought the cheapest one Radio Shack has (like $30). Put it with a whip antenae cut off a little so it will go in the garage. I works well for trail use. I bought a cheap set up so if anybody wanted to liberate it I wouldn't be out much. It can be a little hard to hear going down the road with the top off. In addition to being cheap it is also small which is also a plus. Don't buy a hand held. I got that "bright" idea first thinking I could use it in other vehicles. Hard to drive, pull out the antenae and talk. I have my mike mounted were I can leave it in the mount and just reach up and key it to talk rather than having to handle it.
Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about.
The only thing you need for a good cb are good transmitt power and a good dipole antenna. dont modify the antenna you buy most of them are calibrated to work with your cb. If you "cut " the antenna you actually alter alot of the good characteristics that it came with.
Get an external speaker from RadioShack for like $12. You'll be able to hear the CB on the highway with the top down. Plus if your CB is capable, you can use the external speaker as a loud speaker and have some fun.