Originally Posted by Bobbb
I found myself in a bind several years ago and bought a hanheld to see me through. I had to fly cross-country to pick up a leased semi then drive it to another state. I wasn't thinking when I left home and forgot to pack my CB. When I got to the other end and picked up the truck was when I realized I had no radio--duh. I stopped at the first truck stop and picked up a handheld Cobra similar to the OP's reference.
To make a long story even longer, the handheld got me through that trip just fine. I've also given it to other non-radio equipped vehicles I've travelled with so we could converse. In all of these situations we're talking about relatively short distances (within a couple miles) and generally clear line of sight.
Bottom line is that a handheld is sufficient in some situations, but don't expect it to be as worthwhile if you're talking about off-road, non-line of sight type situations. If you do decide to get one, I highly recommend either connecting it to an external antenna or at least a telescoping antenna (obvious pain in the ass inside a truck) to give it a boost. Also, make sure it can use a 12V adapter and use it plugged in to the truck as it will eat the internal batteries quickly when broadcasting making it weaker fast.
good info. Thank you! It appears I will need to look into this a little more in depth than originally thought.
I appreciate all the feedback!