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need help picking out a cb radio

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by yotatoy, Feb 11, 2012.

  1. Feb 11, 2012 at 8:54 PM
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    yotatoy

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    can anyone give me a guide or unit i should look into,
    i want one thats good in the forest and highway
    thanks
     
  2. Feb 11, 2012 at 8:59 PM
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    do you know others that have them?
     
  3. Feb 11, 2012 at 9:01 PM
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    i have a marine band one and it works great. my range is about 20-25 miles.
     
  4. Feb 11, 2012 at 9:02 PM
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    nope dont know anyone
    i see some on craigs list
    but i dont know what tobuy
     
  5. Feb 11, 2012 at 9:15 PM
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    A lot of people on here are running Unidens and Cobra's. I personally have a Uniden 505xl Pro but haven't hooked it up yet so I couldn't tell you how it sound's or what its range is. I'll dig up a few links on how people have installed theirs if it'll help you at all.
     
  7. Feb 11, 2012 at 9:26 PM
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    Ive had a few different Cobras and have always liked them. Just used them short range on the trail though
     
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    if you're just looking for something to hollar at friends while rolling around a used or new cobra or uniden radio will be fine. a decent mic such as a roadking or astatic, and wilson antenna are quality products that will help out and can usualy be picked up used. you can spend a lot on bigger name radios such as a general lee, galaxy, stryker, connex. good chance a used radio will have been "peaked/tuned" to have a little more power output. all of these will do a fine job of talking to people a couple miles within ear-shot. i dont know anything about marine band radios but 25miles is much more range than i've got out of my cobra 29. i drive a truck for a living and use my radio daily, and it does fine for me. hope this helps.
     
  9. Feb 11, 2012 at 9:31 PM
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    Go with a Cobra 25, they`re cheap and they work forever, have it peaked and tuned by a good shop

    The antenna is the most important part of any communications

    Put a decent antenna on, make sure that you set the swr, getting it as close to a 1 to 1 match as possible and it will do a good job for ya
     
  10. Feb 11, 2012 at 9:35 PM
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    i should add that i think a good microphone such as the roadking56 is important for clarity, and decent coax to the antenna can be more than spending a lot on an expensive radio. if you're looking at them on craigslist you can probably find somebody selling a full setup which will probably have most of the components you need aside from some of the mounting hardware
     
  11. Feb 12, 2012 at 5:56 AM
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    You cant go wrong with a Cobra 29. Pair it up with a Little Wilson and you have a decent setup without breaking the bank. I personally would avoid buying anything used but thats just me. Often times its just too hard to know whats beeen done to the radio or if it even works at all. Just pay the extra bucks for something new with a waranty.
     
  12. Feb 12, 2012 at 6:04 AM
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    You can't go wrong with anything Cobra and Wilson! :thumbsup:

    I'm running a Cobra 75Wx and a Wilson 1000. I've also own a Lil Wil as well as a Wilson 5000 and they're all great! The magnets are very strong and will hold against tree limbs and signs!

    I'm running power on my 75 Wx, and can easily chat in the red with my powered base station two or three counties away. Great reception, always a good ground and exceptional swr.

    Stay away from FireStik and K40, many swear by them but I've never had any luck with both their magnets or their bar mounts.

    There should be no reason for an added mic! If the radio talks good and is properly tuned, you won't ever need a powered mic.
     
  13. Feb 12, 2012 at 1:10 PM
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    thanks for all the help
    i'm down to picking from a

    cobra 25 or 29

    whats the diffrence with the letters like 29wxnwbt or 29ltd ?
     
  14. Feb 12, 2012 at 1:14 PM
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    WX is for weather bands, BT is for blue tooth and LTD is for limited.
     
  15. Feb 12, 2012 at 1:18 PM
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    blue tooth?
    which one you think i should go with?
     
  16. Feb 12, 2012 at 1:25 PM
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    I would go with a 29 LTD. Just to make it more difficult for you there is also the 29 LX which is a more modern looking radio with a LCD display. Also the NW is for night watch meaning the faceplate is lit up.
     
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