Originally Posted by AtomicNo13
We still use cb in our dedicated tow vehicle. NOAA all hazards radio, trucker info, and simple chit chat are invaluable to us!
I'm currently using the new digital Cobra 29. $89 on Amazon, less decent antenna!
What antenna? The rule of thumb is that a rig is 80% antenna system and 20% radio.
I'll revise my earlier recommendation to the SIRIO 5000 antenna and matching mag mount. Both on AMAZON.
The digital UNIDEN Bearcat series benefit by an amplified microphone. The digital Cobra may be the same. The 880 UNIDEN Bearcat is also a bargain radio for quality.
Hard to go wrong with ASTATIC RD104e amp mike. For non-amplified mic with noise canceling, my previous post suggestions.
A COBRA s500 external speaker. $30. The built in speakers are worthless. Will miss too much to rely on them.
I set these on my console armrest and use a pair of two inch wide Velcro straps around lid. Speaker on top. Run coax to right rear window. Power to cleanest 12V
outlet. Gearkeeper to hang mike from visor.
A $15-20 SWR meter is enough to calibrate the the thing.
Best straight CB radio is the Galaxy 959.
Best low power "export" is the Galaxy 99V2. Incredible receive.
In both cases I mean the quality of the "ears" (reception). There are higher priced and more difficult to obtain radios, but these are excellent for the price. The littler radios above don't have the ears or the sound.
My son came thru south Texas from last USMC post in Japan before driving off to Connecticut and grad school. He's no more enamored of CB than most his age, but I set him up with a worked-over new Cobra 29 Classic I'd gotten in a trade last year, a Wilson mag antenna, Cobra spkr, and an RK56 mike. Retail on all that would be around $350. That's a fair price for a decent temporary CB setup.
Tuned the antenna on roof of his SUV and picked up a local driver at ten miles distant (and this was from a poor location). I now know he has something decent for a set of ears. I'll send him that SIRIO antenna system for Xmas. Later, a better radio.
Like another tool with controversy, I'm a strong believer in having a CB available. Too many years of having it pay off for me. Work or pleasure.
Nothing against true amateur radio. Hope to do that as I go along.
But first a better set of CBs for work truck, personal truck and travel trailer.