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Uniden Off-Road Compact CB radios - any reviews?

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by Chickenmunga, Aug 29, 2017.

  1. Aug 29, 2017 at 12:47 PM
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    Chickenmunga

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    I have one weekend to fix up my Cobra 19 DX IV (which is sending out screeching noises to listeners) so that I can be ready for a trip through the Washington Back Country Discovery Route with friends.
    Since I'm on a tight schedule, my plan is to pick up an SWR meter. I will also buy a replacement radio just in case I can't get things fixed with the option of sending it back if it doesn't get used.

    I noticed that Uniden came out with a series of radios they market as "compact off-road". Has anyone got any reviews?
    CMX560
    CMX660
    CMX760

    I generally like the interface of a traditional CB, so I'm leaning to the 660.
     
  2. Aug 30, 2017 at 2:18 PM
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    I installed the CMX760 a few months ago and like it. It's my first CB so I don't have much to compare it to. The speaker seems adequate with the windows up at highway speeds and off road at lower speeds I can hear well also. The display text and the buttons are large and easy to read. I was looking at the Cobra 75 before this series was recommended to me and they seemed nicer and newer.

    I'd recommend it!
     
  3. Aug 30, 2017 at 3:29 PM
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    Wait, Cobra 75 seemed nicer and newer? Those are old as the hills.

    I've heard the CMX series only have 3 levels of squelch, as opposed to traditional units with a rotary dial. That would definitely be a drawback
     
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    I meant this CMX series seems nicer and newer. The 760 has 7 levels of squelch I believe. I can verify in a few hours. I would think the other models are the same. I am usually at 3 or 4. Thankfully haven't had a need to go any higher!
     
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    Have you tried a different microphone? I installed a Uniden PRO520XL in the center console. It's a tight fit when the lid is closed and would kink/bend the mic cable. After several months of trouble free operation, I suddenly got a loud squeal when transmitting. Signal came in loud and clear, SWR checked out and my radio and antenna mount were grounded properly. I swapped the mic with a new one and no more squeal. I also installed a 90 degree fitting to prevent the rubber cord from getting pinched again.
     
  6. Aug 30, 2017 at 7:01 PM
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    I think the 560 only has 3 levels, which is really short sighted if so - you need more control. 7 levels might be OK :notsure:

    I borrowed one from a friend and it didn't work at all, but he had a different manufacturer. Not sure what that might mean.
    I should also say that it seems like a short since there's moments when I'm clear. I've done a test of continuity so far and that seemed OK. Going to wait for the SWR to come in and do a bit more with that. My buddy is hooking me up with his spare Uniden 75, and one of the guys on the trip has an older Cobra so I can try with his mic as well.
     
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    As long as the plug is the same 4 pin style, it should've worked. Short of checking your grounds and tuning the antenna, I'm out of ideas but I'm no expert. Good luck finding the issue!
     
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    Hey guys, I got my CMX 760 installed and tuned. I turned the radio on the other day and when I key the talk key a chime (almost like an alarm) goes off and I can't transmit. Anyone have any idea what may be causing this?
     
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    You should be able to turn that off.
     
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    many idea how? It’s stopping me from transmitting
     
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