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Think about the last time you were stuck in traffic, and you have no idea what was going on ahead. You're stuck moving at 5 mph without knowing the reason why, or how long you should expect to wait. CB radios give you access and availability to a local network of people, people who you couldn't call on your phone because you don't know them, but people who for miles and miles would have been telling everyone with CB radios to take the previous exit because of the accident ahead. You cannot get this on a cellular phone.
An average price for a CB radio product, antenna, mount and cable will usually be around $200, give or take. There are many options, so complete systems of CB radios will vary quite a lot from as low as $70 to well over $1000. For most people, expect to spend between $50~150 on the CB radios, and around $30~100 on the antenna system.
This control, found on most CB radios (and other consumer electronics), affects your receiver sensitivity. Normally, you want to turn your RF gain control all the way to the right so you can hear other CB radios as far away as possible. Sometimes, you don't want to hear the people far away as you are having a conversation with someone close by, this is when it's a good idea to turn the RF gain down. If in doubt, turn it up all the way!
Your microphone gain, also known as dynamic mic gain control, is used to adjust the volume of your transmitted audio. Basically, this controls how loud you sound when talking. Generally speaking, you should keep the mic gain turned up as high as you can. A good range is between the 12:00 position and full right. If anyone says you're too loud, turn this control down. If they say you're quiet, turn it up.
In radio communications, Single-SideBand modulation or Single-SideBand Suppressed-Carrier is a refinement of amplitude modulation which uses transmitter power and bandwidth more efficiently. Amplitude modulation produces an output signal that has twice the bandwidth of the original baseband signal. Single-sideband modulation avoids this bandwidth doubling, and the power wasted on a carrier, at the cost of increased device complexity and more difficult tuning at the receiver (resource)
Your standing wave ratio is a measurement of the efficiency of your antenna system. Less efficient systems will have a higher SWR. reading and will result in poor performance and potential damage to your radio. Therefore, it's always important to measure the SWR reading of your antenna system with regularity. Choosing CB radios with a built in SWR meter is a very good idea so can quickly test your antenna system. Alternatively, you can purchase a standlone SWR meter from us here.
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BEARTRACKER885 - Who Says You Cant Have It All? A Full-Featured CB WITH A Built-In Scanner Radio.
Cobra 29 LTD Classic CB with Peak Performance Echo and Reverb and Astatic Microphone
Cobra 29 NightWatch CB with Peak Performance and Astatic Mic and Echo and Talkback Installed
Wireless Headset that works for your CB AND your Cell Phone - One Headset to Rule Them All! Package includes Roadking CB Radio and Wireless Speaker / Mic headset..
TRE936FFB - Full Size With The Features You Want. A CB radio with a front microphone jack, Built-In SWR meter, Instant Channel 19 switch, Adjustable Talkback & Roger Beep.
29LTDCLASSIC - THE Classic Cobra 29LTD - The History Of A Great CB Radios Continues. Full-featured CB Radio with the design that give it the "classic" name.
BC980 - Large, Full Featured Easy To Read DisplayCB with AM & Single Sideband (SSB) modes. Weather radio with weather alert.
29NWCL - The Classic Continues With Lighted Faceplate Instant Channel 9 / 19 switch makes this a favorite of escort vehicles and others that toggle between channels often.
75WXST - The Whole Radio Fits In Your Hand! Small in size, Compact, easy to install with memory channels and weather radio included. Instant channel 19 switching.
18WXSTII - Front Mounted Speaker With Weather Radio Defines This Long Running Cobra CB Radio. Front microphone jack for easy installations.
McKinley - Here's A New President With Lots Of Features. Front Mounted Speaker. AM/SSB Modes, Weather Radio, Instant Channel 9/19 Switch.
25LTDCLASSIC - Classic Design Thats easy to operate. Front mounted microphone & RF Gain control
19DXIV - Cobra's Smallest Radio Is The 19DXIV. Instant Channel 19 Switching. Adjustable RF Gain control.
BILL - Extremely Small In Size - Loaded With Features! Weather Radio with alert, Channel Changing Microphone, Front 2.1A USB Port For Charging Other Devices. Adding the NewYork Antenna & Lighter Plug Makes The Bill The Perfect TO-GO CB System.
PRO520XL - Same Size As The Pro510, But Added Features of RF Gain, Instant Channel 9 Switch. PA Speaker ready.
WALKER II - These Colors Don't Run, But They Sure Do Change! Popular features like built-in Weather , it's CB radios for everyone.
Compact CB Radios - 8" length, 4 5/8" Width, just under 2" height. Weight less than 2 LBS.
Complete CB Package For Construction Equipment. Includes 40 Channel CB, 18ft Heavy Duty Coax Cable, 4 Bolt Antenna Bracket & a 3ft Tall Antenna.
PC78LTX - Full Featured PC78LTX With Mic Gain / RF Gain Controls. Built-In SWR Meter. Antenna warning light & front mounted microphone.
JOHNSON II - Another Front Mounted Speaker Radio, With Multi-Color Display. Operates on 12 or 24 Volts. With Weather Radio.
TAYLOR - Compact and easy to useFront Mounted USB Charging Jack, Muilti-Color display and Built-in SWR Meter.
JOHNNY III - Small in size, but all the features you need. Channel changing microphone, weather radio with weather alert, user-selectable display color, and PA speaker capable.
PC68LTX - Mid-Sized Uniden With Mic Gain / RF Gain controls - Instant Channel 9. Simple, easy to operate layout.
ADAMS - Small, Easy To Install President CB Radio. Easy To Operate And Has Standard 4 Pin Microphone Connector. Oversize display for easy reading.
ANDY - Small, Compact President Radio. Easy To Operate With Channel Changing Microphone. Oversize display for easy reading.
This Is A Guaranteed To Work For Your Combine, Tractor Or Any Fiberglass Bodied Vehicle. CB System Special No-Ground designed just for you.
The latest compact complete mobile CB radio package. Order online for a discounted price
510PC36 - Quick, No Installation Required CB Radios Package Just Plug Into Lighter Socket. This is our 1st choice if you need a CB Radio, but don't want to do an installation. Fast, Easy, and the price is right!
The Midland 75-822 handheld CB radio is great for road trips. It includes a vehicle adaptor that allows you to draw power from a lighter plug and also has a connection for an external antenna. This miniature CB radio will also receive NOAA weather stations as well. A great Midland handheld CB for whether you're on foot or on the road.
The Cobra HHRT50 handheld CB radio brings all the features of the Cobra HH50WXST Handheld Radio. and adds an external magnetic antenna and coax. If you're walking around outside of a vehicle you can use the normal antenna to wirelessly transmit on the move, or attach the magnetic antenna to increase the range when using it inside of a vehicle. Beyond the 40 CB channels you'll also have access to 10 NOAA weather stations to be alerted to any dangerous weather conditions oncoming.
The Cobra HH50WXST Handheld CB radio is a great way to stay in contact with the outside world when travelling or exploring. The NOAA weather stations can keep you alerted to any on coming storms or weather changes, while the CB itself will get you in touch with someone in case of vehicle problems, emergency situations, or sheer boredom.
Compact, easy to use, and inexpensive. No road trip should be made without one. The Midland 75-785 handheld CB radio is great to have in case of emergencies, vehicle problems, or keeping in touch with your buddies on the trails. Takes 9 AA alkaline or Ni-Cad batteries (not included) or power up with the included 12V vehicle accessory plug cord.
Don't get caught on the side of the road without a way to communicate. The Uniden PRO410HH 40 channel CB radio is extremely easy to use and could save your hide in case of a vehicle break down, getting lost or stranded in the woods. It includes a flexible antenna with BNC connection and requires 9 AA alkaline or rechargeable batteries. Along the side is a High/Low power switch to conserve battery life if you're just needing to transmit shorter distances.
Uniden does it again with their newest handheld CB radio, the impressive PRO501-HH! Sporting popular handheld features like weather and frequency scan, the 501 has options you won't find on other CB's like Dual Watch -- this lets you monitor two channels at the same time. So let's say you're a pilot car and you need to monitor two different CB channels for updates on what's happening. This radio can do that. You tell it the channels you want to listen to and it will very quickly scan both until someone talks.
The ever popular Uniden Pro501 handheld CB radio and magnetic high gain CB antenna combo! This system is perfect for anyone wanting a very small, portable CB system with improved performance when you're in a vehicle -- but still have the option of walking around outside your vehicle as well! Get it all with this super compact CB radio and antenna package.
29LX - New Design Comes To The Cobra 29 Series Of Radios With This 29LX. Inspired features include digital display, updated controls, talk-back, and a weather radio.
DX959 - Galaxy Most Popular CB Radio With Classic Lighting With AM And Single Sideband Modes. Frequency counter, Talk-Back, variable transmit power.
29LTDCHR - Beautiful Chrome Case With Stark, Black Faceplate Illuminated By Clear Blue Lights. One of the best radios ever made, now with chrome!
TRE292 - CB with USB/LSB Sideband Modes Get a single sideband radio with a standard CB chassis!
DX2547 - One Of The Last Base Radios Available! This one has it all. AM & SSB modes, Built-In SWR meter. Can be operated on 12 volts mobile power with optional power cord.
RK5640 - Blue Lights Abound! Road King radio with Road King microphone. Loaded with features. SWR meter.
DX929 - StarLite Front Panel Lighting For Easy Viewing In The Dark. Adjustable dimmer, switchable talk-back and oversized meter makes this a favorite.
Cobra 29 Chrome CB with Peak Performance Echo and Reverb and Astatic Microphone
DX959B - Single Sideband Plus A Large Easy To Read Auto-Calibrating SWR Meter means you get a lot in this popular CB radio.
TRE292 - CB with Roger Beep. Get a ton of great features like SWR meter, talkback, and Roger Beep all in a standard Cobra 29 sized chassis
A Complete CB System For Your Home Or Office. Easy Fast Setup! Just mount the antenna, connect the Coax cable to radio and plug in. Hand Microphone Included.
On average a handheld CB will work for less than 1 mile. Mobile CB's installed inside of a car, pickup, semi, etc will average around 2-15 miles. Base station CB systems will average around 5-35 miles. All of these numbers are rough averages and your particular antenna system and installation will make a huge difference in performance. Other factors like solar radiation, terrain, nearby objects, etc will also come into play.
Absolutely! While CB radios are not used as a communications hobby as much as they once were, truck drivers, RVer's, people off-roading, and anyone concerned about safety all still use CB radios today.
The best overall is the Cobra 29 series including the classic, nightwatch, chrome, and LX variations. The best single sideband CB is the President McKinley. The best compact CB radio is the President Bill. The best all-in-one handheld CB is the Uniden CMX760. The best walkie talkie CB is the President Randy.
CB range is almost entirely determined by the antenna system. Most 40 channel CB's are going to offer the same amount of power output, meaning the range won't change much. If you have a modified CB, that can offer better performance.