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post #1 of 40 Old 10-14-2011, 03:16 PM Thread Starter
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Cobra 75WXST vs Midland 75-822 - CB Radio Debate....

So, I am trying to decide between two radios for my Jeep. I like the idea of a permanent CB radio installed, however the bigger head units are just too big for my 2011+ interior(and I don't want to mount it inside the center console or overhead). So I was thinking one of these two small handhelds.

Both seem about on par with eachother, but...still arguing with myself.

Midland 75-822:



The Midland plugs into a cigarette lighter for power and does not have permanent wiring to the Jeep's battery. So now if I go with this one, one of my 12v accessory outlets is used by the CB. I'd have to plug my GPS into the center console's interior outlet. Very annoying... So I'd expect the midland to also have more static noise.

But a big plus is that no extra wiring is needed beyond the antenna and if I want to switch to portable and carry it, it comes with it's own stubby antenna and battery pack for hand-carry out of the vehicle. Awesome.

Cobra 75WXST:



The cobra has the remote box which I can mount under the dash and wire it directly to the battery. I can then use the CB whenever I want without worrying about it taking up my 12v power outlet. I also expect less static noise since it'd be wired directly to the battery rather than a 12v outlet.

However, this lacks the portable feature to hand-carry. But, it is still a great radio and being able to permantly connect it to the battery is a plus.



I would LOVE to have the Cobra 29 LX in my Jeep, but it's just too big to put where I'd want to mount it. So, I have to suffer with a smaller radio. And the more compact CB radios generally don't have the NOAA Weather channels, another must for me. These two do have the WX and are ultra compact in size, but also have smaller speakers and less features.


I'd love to mount a traditional base unit like this, but can't find any small enough with NOAA Weather channels:

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I have the 75 and only issue was the speaker but if u want to hear anything with the top down u can add a small plug in one.

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I have both. I use the 75 most the time since its hardwired. It really needed a external speaker to hear well.

The midland actually works Quite well as a hand held. I use the energizer rechargeables in it. If someone needs a cb i loan them it on the trail runs.

At on point i had a Uniden PC 68 above the mirror but that has changed. It was a great radio with weatheer channels.


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I have the Midland. I haven't experienced much noise with it and like it a lot. Easy to use and modular. A big plus for me.
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i figure most little radios are only good for jeep to jeep talking if you get around a mountain in a valley you need a little more radio not a fan of those kind. if your gonna do any kind of radio get a set up that can transmit as well as receive radio isnt any good without a good mounted antenna and those uniden 510 radios work for what they are. ham radio is a whole other story and animal

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I have the Midland 75-822 and use it when on wheeling trips. Works great. I even run a cable between the handheld (external speaker jack) to the Aux on my in dash radio. That way I can set the volumn a bit higher and the sounds comes out nice and clear.

I do plan on someday installing a permnante 75. I saw a write up for a behind (not in) the glove box that I want to do.

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lol, well contrary to my original post I decided to go with a permanent base station like I preferred. I just ordered a Cobra 18WXSTII. It is still pretty compact and with my measurements I should be able to get it to fit alongside the console by the legs like shown above without any problems(yeah like anything has no problems...).



It has all the standard features and NOAA weather channels. Also nice is that there is a front-facing speaker, so when I have it alongside the console pointed up, the speaker should be pointed at me.

I think I'm going to buy a Midland eventually as a portable backup when a buddy needs to borrow one or to assist while spotting for someone else.

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I been using the Cobra 75 WX ST and Liberty Antenna with Custom Mount for about 4 years now with a external speaker and love it.



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Bumping this up

I am thinking of getting the midland
I really like the fact that it can run portable , that why if I am out the jeep I can still get ahold of people
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I have the 75-822 and I only use it as a handheld on the trail. No complaints with performance at this point.

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Bumping this up

I am thinking of getting the midland
I really like the fact that it can run portable , that why if I am out the jeep I can still get ahold of people
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I have the 75-822 and I only use it as a handheld on the trail. No complaints with performance at this point.
This works amazingly well when you are out and spotting. Something that sometimes makes a big difference.

I have had issues with it wired into my CB. I can not tune it worth a damn.

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This works amazingly well when you are out and spotting. Something that sometimes makes a big difference.
That's the main reason I like it the most
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Old thread, but new question. You can always run a cable from the battery to have an extra cigarette lighter port for the Midland. When plugged in will it charge rechargeable double A's? That would be an awesome feature!

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I installed the Cobra75 in my wife's Jeep and it works great. I used the console outlet for power and when done wheeling I pull the aerial and unplug mic and you can't tell it's there. I've been going back & forth between these two for my Jeep. The Midland would be really easy to just unplug & put away after the trip. There aren't a lot of stores anymore that have cb equipment to shop for. I used to use the Radio Shack but they barely have a cable anymore.

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I have the Cobra. It works pretty well and I have never really had any issues with the speaker....on a trail. Plenty loud enough. But getting out on the road, you either have to turn the music almost off or crank the radio.

Mine is tuned with a Firestik antenna. I know another person with the Cobra and they can't hear anything, same setup as me, unturned. It makes a big difference in quality

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I have this one, Cobra 29LXLE 50th Anniversary Limited Edition 40-Channel CB Radio (29LXLE),
but don't know where to mount it. Anyone have shots of radios this size mounted?
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I have both. I use the 75 most the time since its hardwired. It really needed a external speaker to hear well.

The midland actually works Quite well as a hand held. I use the energizer rechargeables in it. If someone needs a cb i loan them it on the trail runs.

At on point i had a Uniden PC 68 above the mirror but that has changed. It was a great radio with weatheer channels.
How did you mount that? Did you use the supplied radio bracket?
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We sell both, the 75x is a nicer radio. The built in weather is a huge plus. We also use the cool tech mount the cleanest way to mount a cb in a Jk.

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Does the Midland use only the black antenna that is on it or a hard mounted one like a firestick?

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I've been using the 75x for years. I'm on my 3rd one in about 14 years.

I've had a few problems but I still like it. I really abuse stuff so things not lasting forever isn't really new to me.

1. The mic is heavy since everything is contained within it. I've broken the thing off the back of everyone of them I have owned. This leads to flopping around in the Jeep and a scratched up, hard to read face as well as some good times trying to fish it out from under the seat while offroad.

2. The button you push to talk wears out. Happened twice...

3. Every radio snob will tell you what a POS it is when they see it. No one has ever called me out for having one while I was talking to them on it so it must not be that bad!

4. I have been told that because of its compact size it has a tiny heat sink and that is why it's a POS. I don't know much about that...

I had the best luck with it while using a firestick mounted on the roof (targa bar) of my old Samurai.
With a bumper mounted firestick it is only adequate. I'm still rarely the guy with the worst radio though. That usually goes to someone who bought a fancy radio, an illegal booster and has his mic volume too high or some setting out of whack.

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I have both types. I put the battery in the midland and give it to the new guy to use. Both work fine.

Most of the experienced guys I wheel with don't use a cb. Everyone is good about staying in sight of each other.

The cb is particularly useful with new people. Saves getting out of the jeep to say things like "turn rear locker on". "Put it in 4 wheel low now".

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my Grandpa sold CB radios and i even had my own handle by 6 years old

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Most of the experienced guys I wheel with don't use a cb. Everyone is good about staying in sight of each other.

The cb is particularly useful with new people. Saves getting out of the jeep to say things like "turn rear locker on". "Put it in 4 wheel low now".
I couldn't agree more with you In most circumstances.
I am lucky to live in an area that we can do 200+ mile dirt trips. In some sections we can go 45-50mph but we have to spread out because of the dust. It is handy to tell the people up front that someone had to stop that is towards the rear....that is if someone isn't playing dj or BSing about their neighbors cat over the dang thing.
I am also guilty of cranking up the music on these fast, boring parts so normally I can't even hear the dang thing.
I encourage everyone to at least stay within sight of the guy behind them's dust trail.
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Old thread, but new question. You can always run a cable from the battery to have an extra cigarette lighter port for the Midland. When plugged in will it charge rechargeable double A's? That would be an awesome feature!

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