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Posted: 8/31/2002 9:03:05 PM EDT
Any advice on a good CB radio? I'd prefer one that: a. Can get weather reports b. Can be removed or hidden easily; I don't want a great big "steal me" box in my unattended car. Thanks! Mike
Link Posted: 8/31/2002 9:21:01 PM EDT
[img]http://www.icomamerica.com/amateur/images/706mkiig.jpg[/img] [url=http://www.texastowers.com]Texas Towers[/url]
Link Posted: 8/31/2002 9:22:24 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/31/2002 9:24:10 PM EDT by Troy]
Link Posted: 8/31/2002 9:30:14 PM EDT
Whatever you get, immediately take it to the CB shop at any truckstop, and have it "peaked-out" (the transmission output increased to the legal max-12W, as opposed to 4W out of the box). If they charge more than $20 to peak it out, they're ripping you off.
Link Posted: 8/31/2002 9:46:40 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Skibane: [url]http://www.icomamerica.com/amateur/images/706mkiig.jpg[/url] [url=http://www.texastowers.com]Texas Towers[/url]
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Great $900 amaeture rig, but does it even operate in the 11 meter band? As far as CBs go Midland has a low priced ($50) unit that would probably suit your needs. BTW 12 watts is only legal on sideband, standard channels are limited to 4. Jake [img]http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B00000K38X.01.LZZZZZZZ.gif[/img]
Link Posted: 8/31/2002 11:02:48 PM EDT
Spend the $12.00 and get a ham license... Easy.
Link Posted: 9/1/2002 8:49:25 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/1/2002 9:05:25 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Zardoz: (the transmission output increased to the [red]legal[/red] max-12W, as opposed to 4W out of the box).
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Ummmm I think that 12W is not legal for a CB. Upper and Lower Single Side Band yes, but not for regular CB. Jamie
Link Posted: 9/1/2002 10:34:29 PM EDT
but CB is superior as a general purpose and/or emergency device because many more exist and are used.
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In any significant emergency, the CB bands will be so crowded as to be completely useless. Visualize a large city with just 40 telephone lines (each of which will be virtually useless due to interference during an emergency ), and you start to get the picture. Furthermore, the average person with a CB will be no less clueless than the rest of the population — not that it will keep him/her from attempting to "help out". Five minutes of listening to a ham emergency net would be more informative than five days of attempting to get any useful info from a CB.
Link Posted: 9/2/2002 5:20:52 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/2/2002 6:00:36 AM EDT by Derek45]
Originally Posted By Skibane: [url]http://www.icomamerica.com/amateur/images/706mkiig.jpg[/url] [url=http://www.texastowers.com]Texas Towers[/url]
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Skibane, That's not a CB ! It's not "type-classified" to modify and use as a CB. It has far too much power and is not "channelized". If the FCC catches a non licensed [b]C[/b]hicken [b]B[/b]ander, They will fine you and take that $850 toy away! [b]BUSTED ![/B] [url]http://www.copper.com/fcc_reports.shtml#ExportsRUs[/url] If you're not going to get an FCC ham license, Get a Cobra or Uniden with RF gain and SSB. These days the only thing you'll hear on CB is truckers, trailer parks, and Mexicans coming in on "skip". Not very good for Emergencies. Make sure you get a good antenna and have someone adjust the SWR, a non-resonant antenna can burn up the final output transistors on your new CB. this place has good prices on CB gear. [url]http://www.copper.com/[/url] Look into getting your ham license, I can talk all over the planet with my ICOM706, even from my pickup truck. Hams train for emergencies every summer, they call it Field Day. they set up portable stations in parks and get points for contacts as many stations as they can. [url]http://www.arrl.org/hamradio.html[/url] If you have any questions, you can email me.
Link Posted: 9/2/2002 6:17:13 AM EDT
Cherokee CM-10. A step up from the inexpensive bottom-line stuff without spending a fortune. [url]http://www.ammtech.com/cm-101.htm[/url]
Link Posted: 9/2/2002 6:43:25 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 9/3/2002 5:00:26 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/3/2002 6:46:56 PM EDT
Peaked out CB to 12W is also illegal as hell...Get a ham ticket or stick to the 4W CB junk. Just a Ham speaking point of view.
Link Posted: 9/3/2002 8:11:28 PM EDT
Hey, thanks for the advice! I'm [b]not[/b] looking at this for use in massive emergencies, riots, or whatever. This is something for getting the word on where the police are hiding, how to get around accidents and traffic jams, yaking, etc. If I wanted something more serious, I'd be all over a ham radio. Thanks much! Mike
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