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Use an old CB?

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by NativeTaco, Mar 10, 2013.

  1. Mar 10, 2013 at 2:23 PM
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    NativeTaco

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    I was given an old cb radio by a relative, and I was wondering if it would be worth trying to use? It is an old Cobra, but I dont know the model. I would buy a quality antenna be have someone tune everything, but the unit IS old and doesn't look to have been the top of the line back in its day either. I will only be using it on wheeling trips, but moab will have some times where range is needed. Should I even waste time and money on this unit?
     
  2. Mar 10, 2013 at 2:38 PM
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    I have a CB so old, it has only 23 channels... so I added some with crystals! I am talking the 1970's. It is a Browning... small and high quality... still works (I think)...
     
  3. Mar 10, 2013 at 3:29 PM
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    Cobra is owned by Uniden, and has been around for a very long time and have always made very good radios.
    If you have something like a 148GTL, that was "the" radio to have back in the 80s.
     
  4. Mar 10, 2013 at 6:36 PM
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    Looks like a TRC-247, will have to do some research...
     
  5. Mar 11, 2013 at 6:07 AM
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    LUSETACO

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    Did you mean a TRC-427? If so I believe those were built on the same chassis as the Cobra 25. Might be an alright radio. You are always taking a chance on an older radio like that though. But if it was free may as well give it a go. You will have everything in place for your setup. If the radio doesn't work out just swap in a different one and re-tune the antenna. I would like to see this thing, I love old CB's!
     
  6. Mar 12, 2013 at 12:44 PM
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    It is the 427! I will take some pics when I get a chance and report the functionality after the install. Antenna suggestions?
     
  7. Mar 12, 2013 at 12:53 PM
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    I got an old CB for free and all I need is the Firestick.
     
  8. Mar 12, 2013 at 4:19 PM
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    I've never had much luck with Firestiks. The choice is yours though. I would suggest a Little Wilson or Wilson 1ooo. They are super easy to install and out of the 3 Wilsons I've had I only had to make one minor adjustment to tune one of them. They are easy to take off when you don't need it also.
     
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