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post #1 of 7 Old 03-17-2010, 04:08 PM Thread Starter
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Post up your experience with handheld CBs

I will probably only get out wheeling once a month and need a CB to ride with a club. I'd like to just use a handheld instead of installing a CB.

Tell me if a good handheld will work good enough. Any brand that is better than another?

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We used a uniden, model unknown, like 99 bucks, for a while before getting a cb. It worked pretty good, we could hear everyone fine but sometimes we weren't heard as well but it got the job done until the cb!

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the midland one i have is pretty weak. i hook it up to a small magnetic antenna and it helps. But is still weak. Works for very close quarters, but not much for distance at all. I have it for anyone that doesn't have a radio, i feel its better than nothing. At least you can hear others. I have a 'real' CB setup in my rig.

If you plan on 'using it', i found my time even with a low-end cb (cobra 19) and cheap antenna to be not enough

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I have a Midland handheld in my jeep as more of a backup or to give to others who don't have one. However, I wouldn't trade my real CB for one. I'm running a Cobra 75 which doesn't take up much room at all and gives me much great range, more options, and I have an external speaker hooked up that allows me to hear the thing even while going down the road with the top down.

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Looks like I found out what I needed to know. I'll be ordering up a Cobra 75 and a Firestik 3'. Thanks guys.


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I borrowed one from a friend (can't remember the model); as i was thinking to go portable; but every time I keyed it in the cab the dash lights would go crazy. The RF it put out definitely effected the electronic system in the Jeep! I decided on the Cobra 75 and a 4' Firestik mounted to my rear bumper. The antenna barely rose above the hardtop and worked good; except it was highly directional for distance reception. I got a spring and quick disconnect; and now the tip is a good 10" above the top and more omnidirectional. Very happy with the reception and xmit; and... not having to mount the CB somewhere in the cab. Don't forget to get the "stud mount" and the "coax antenna cable" (properly paired for your app). The spring helps protect the antenna from overhead obstacles; and the quick disconnect protects against theft. If I'm going to spend 1 minute to hook up the Cobra 75; i can spend 2 seconds to connect the antenna. Long term vibration may effect the quick-conn. I'll post up if it causes any intermittent xmit/recv issues down the line.

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check out the Midland 75-822. it's the best of both worlds. i picked it up so i would have something until i'm able to hook up a real antenna. works pretty good

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