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Discussion in 'Southern California' started by digitaLbraVo, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. Jan 22, 2013 at 10:50 PM
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    digitaLbraVo

    digitaLbraVo [OP] Well-Known Member

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    So I'm lookin' for things to do to my truck... probably a bad idea but what else do we do with our time.

    I've heard from a local shop who does noobie runs that a CB radio is a good addition to a truck. So far though all of my runs have been solo with my cousin in as copilot. The question is: is a CB radio and all the effort and money it would take getting it installed worth it? Do any of the guys who trail run out here think it's worth the money and time or is it something that would hardly be used with many of you guys.

    tl;dr: CB radio worth it or not. Do you have one and do you think it was a pointless addition.
     
  2. Jan 22, 2013 at 10:53 PM
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    Trowbocop

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    Most runs I go on, everybody BUT me has one. Everybody is always communicating, except me.

    Now, I've got a cb radio, external speaker, wires and antenna. All I need is a mounting bracket for my antenna...so that's all that separates me from everybody else. Can't wait to hear from everybody on trails
     
  3. Jan 22, 2013 at 11:02 PM
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    digitaLbraVo

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    Well that's good to hear! Where do you guys do most of your ridin'?

    Also any recommendations on radio and antenna? I'm eye ballin' a Uniden 510 or 520 and several antennas... is a 4' antenna mounted in the bed rails behind the cab tall enough?
     
  4. Jan 22, 2013 at 11:03 PM
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    It's a cheap way to communicate on the trail.

    I have one of the Cobra 75's. Radio is under the center console and the power connects to the cigarette lighter. Antenna mounted on the hood hinge-a true no-holes install.
     
  5. Jan 22, 2013 at 11:05 PM
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    digitaLbraVo

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    I was just concerned about spending a bunch of time on selecting, ordering, and installing, a CB only to find myself never using it or regretting the investment of it you know?
     
  6. Jan 22, 2013 at 11:15 PM
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    I hear you. For me, it was $100 or so and worth it.
     
  7. Jan 23, 2013 at 9:28 AM
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    Johnnie

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    The cheapest place to buy the Uniden 520 is Frys.com. $42. Most places are over $60.
     
  8. Jan 23, 2013 at 9:32 AM
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    I might have $130 tied up into mine. But I rarely use it. I use it more in the highway when traveling to stay updated on accidents and traffic patterns. But it's there if I decide to go wheeling.
     
  9. Jan 23, 2013 at 10:17 AM
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    Bought my Cobra 19 at WalMart for $30, Firestik 4ft antenna for $22.

    But now I have my ham radio and the CB is like a retarded stepson to me :p
     
  10. Jan 23, 2013 at 10:26 AM
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    It's totally worth it. I have one from 88' cobra 19 with a PA. wired to the battery with a noise reducer. CB Cable runs under the carpet and I cut a hole in the rubber plug that is in the pocket behind the seat where the jack is. My mount is on the inside of my bed on the drivers side drilled holes and threaded them. My CB is wired to a switch so I can turn it on and off. Fits perfectly where the ash tray is even with the 5 speed. It's pretty simple. Make sure you buy a steel whip not a fiber glass whip and there is NO need for dual antennas but functionally it can actually be worse than better. If you have any questions message me.
     
  11. Jan 24, 2013 at 11:55 AM
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    So you don't recommend like the Firestik Firefly or Wilson Flex antennas?

    I just ordered my bracket to mount to the bed rail from Armor Tech Offroad, now to decide specifically which radio to get... Ha.
     
  12. Jan 24, 2013 at 12:00 PM
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    OP check this place out...tons of good info even if you don't buy from them. http://www.rightchannelradios.com/

    Also I would never buy any CB that didn't have the weather channels. If your in a region that has flash floods or storms it could prove to be invaluable.
     
  13. Jan 24, 2013 at 12:06 PM
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    Dang that was one thing that had me torn a lot of the more budgety radios don't have it and I was trying to decide if it was worth the extra.
     
  14. Jan 24, 2013 at 12:12 PM
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    Sound advice unless you use a GPS that already has Weather alerts in it or a Licensed Amateur( ham).
     
  15. Jan 25, 2013 at 3:05 AM
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    Midland 75-822 40 Channel CB-Way Radio and a lil Wil magent antenna is what I have. I like it because it plugs into the cigarette lighter and it comes with an adapter to turn it into a hand held CB if needed. It's a all in one unit that can be put away when your not wheel'n. The CB runs about $75 and the Lil Wil runs about $25.
     
  16. Jan 25, 2013 at 3:32 AM
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    Here is a picture of the CB

    CB.png
     
  17. Jan 25, 2013 at 8:56 AM
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    be careful about running solo... even with a co-pilot, it only takes one mishap and without another rig to rescue you or go for help, you could end up on the evening news...

    as for communications, if you are running solo a lot, i vote you invest in a CB and a HAM radio...

    CB is great on 4x4 trail runs so long as you have other wheelers within a certain mile range from you, but with HAM, you can tap into any neighboring repeaters and your likelihood that a HAM operator is sitting at a base station monitoring those waves is greater than another wheeler on the other end of a CB...

    it's overkill to run both and gets expensive, but that one time you are in need of real help with no cell phone access, the costs will be long forgotten...
     
  18. Jan 25, 2013 at 11:27 AM
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    A radio that does it all is the ultimate, but like mike said, expensive.

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  19. Jan 25, 2013 at 11:42 AM
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    Great post. Definitely agree which is why I have both. My CB only reaches about 2 miles line of sight, which is rarely the case when I'm wheeling up in the mountains. Having the ham puts me at ease knowing I can call for help on repeaters that wrap around the globe. You jut never know when you might need it.

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  20. Jan 25, 2013 at 10:52 PM
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    Srry man, had to do it !!...:p:D

    My CB transmits but no recieve, thats all i got to contribute.....:eek:


    Always good to have some form of communicating whether its a CB or Race radio,etc;
     
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