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Handheld CB OK?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by OH-MAN, Dec 22, 2010.

  1. Dec 22, 2010 at 6:17 PM
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    OH-MAN

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    I just want to talk with fellow trail buddies as we are driving.
    Pretty much line of sight less than a mile.

    Trying to avoid ant. mounts and wiring for a setup.
    If I park it and wander up a hill I would like to still talk to fellow trail riders if I take it with me kind of deal.

    Any suggestions for one unit over another?

    I just want simple and easy.
     
  2. Dec 22, 2010 at 6:22 PM
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  3. Dec 22, 2010 at 8:16 PM
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  4. Dec 23, 2010 at 6:20 AM
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    If you use a handheld CB inside a vehicle without an outside antenna, you can have short-distance communication but long-distance is near impossible due the Faraday Cage Effect on the signal at CB frequencies. :cool:
     
  5. Dec 23, 2010 at 6:24 AM
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    The one I have above has a vehicle adaptor and standard battery pack. Without the magnetic antenna on the outside of the truck it maybe only traveled 100ish yards. If you plan on sitting in the truck and not hanging out the window just get the one I bought above and a magnetic battery.

    CB
    http://www.amazon.com/MIDLAND-75-822-Channel-Way-Radio/dp/B00000K2YR

    Antenna
    http://www.amazon.com/Midland-18-24...3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1293114266&sr=1-3
     
  6. Dec 23, 2010 at 6:36 AM
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    Damm you Faraday Cage !!
     
  7. Dec 23, 2010 at 6:51 AM
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    Typically when you are trail riding with a buddy you are close enough on the trail for the hand helds without an external antennae to be effective. I've never had a problem talking to the convoy.
     
  8. Dec 23, 2010 at 8:13 AM
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    For what your saying you want to do I would recommend the Midland linked above. Get the car kit thing and mount an antenna on the truck, then if you want to get out and walk around unplug that, stick the battery in and go... That way you get good reception in the truck but can still operate it mobile if needed.
     
  9. Dec 23, 2010 at 8:34 AM
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    Also, handhelds fly around inside the truck unless you strap it or tuck it into something
     
  10. Dec 23, 2010 at 11:35 AM
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    I had a radio shack handheld cb and I wasn't even able to talk to trucks right next to me. Added a through the glass antenna and still wasn't very good. Then I bought a cheap radio shack compact cb with a cigarette plug in mated to a fire stik for $20 and it works great for what I need. For the $100 you would spend on a handheld I would just get a cheap compact cb and mag mount antenna you will be alot happier with the results.
     
  11. Dec 23, 2010 at 12:41 PM
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    Have you looked into getting a 2m radio? A lot of the guys here have them. Well worth the money.
     
  12. Dec 23, 2010 at 7:36 PM
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    I know less about 2 meter than CB.
    Is the freq. compatable with CB? or is it like the shortwave fellows?
    Give me some help around the holidays for I know squat about these things.
     
  13. Jan 3, 2011 at 11:42 AM
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    For 2m you need to get an amateur [ham] license, CB does not require a license. They are not the same thing and are not compatible.
     
  14. Jan 3, 2011 at 11:47 AM
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    what i did with my cb was wired it to a cigarette outlet and dont mount it but set it on the passenger side where it comes up to the cup holders its stayed there ever sense
     
  15. Jan 3, 2011 at 4:03 PM
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    I have one of the Midland handheld units. It can convert into a handheld radio or put an attachment on the bottom and it connects to the cigarette lighter socket. Hooks up to an external antenna and includes a short 6" antenna that mounts to the top as well (for use as a handheld):
    http://www.amazon.com/MIDLAND-75-82...K2YR/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1294099353&sr=8-6

    midland.jpg

    When I'm not using it, I store it under the rear passenger seat.
     
  16. Jan 4, 2011 at 7:14 PM
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    Can I suggest the Garmin Rino series? I've got the 130, but there are better ones. They've got long range and special features that enable you to track your buddies on the screen so you can see where they are relative to you (major help when offroading). Also, RAM Mount makes a mount so you can affix it in your cab. It's much more than a Walkie Talkie or a CB. BTW, the GPS is excellent for marking camp and other locations. This is the ultimate adventure tool. FIND THEM CHEAP ON AMAZON!!

    RZ Rob

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    Pinpoint Your Position

    With its high-sensitivity GPS receiver, Rino 530HCx locates your position quickly and precisely and maintains its GPS location even in heavy cover and deep canyons. The advantage is clear — whether you’re in deep woods or just near tall buildings and trees, you can count on Rino 530HCx to help you find your way when you need it the most.
    Find Your Friends

    Like the rest of the Rino series, Rino 530HCx offers a unique Position Reporting feature. Position Reporting lets you send your exact location to other Rino users in your group so that everyone can see your position on the map page. And, because Rino is a standard FRS/GMRS radio, you can use it to communicate with any other conventional FRS/GMRS radio around.
    Transmit with Power

    Rino 530HCx boasts a whopping 5 watts of transmit power (GMRS), which lets you contact others from up to 14 mi away (line of sight). In Canada, you can transmit at 2 watts over GMRS with a range of up to 8 km.
    Other Rino 530HCx features:

    • Barometric altimeter pinpoints your precise elevation.
    • Electronic compass tells you what direction you’re headed, even when you're standing still.
    • Bold color TFT display makes it easy to see and navigate to family or friends at an amusement park, lake or other outdoor group activity.
    • microSD™ card slot accepts preloaded MapSource® data cards with detailed maps.
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  18. Jan 4, 2011 at 10:59 PM
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    If you want cheap, any of the Motorola FRS handhelds work well.

    RZ Rob
     
  19. Jan 5, 2011 at 6:49 AM
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    Most people use CBs instead of FRS radios.
     
  20. Feb 25, 2011 at 10:11 AM
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    Real tempted to get the midland mentioned above, won't use it a lot but would like to have it incase I'm in a convoy and others are using cbs. Might be cool for interstate too?? If anyone has anything else to add about it I'd love to hear it. Thanks
     
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