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Shopping for a CB
« on: June 25, 2018, 04:18:18 PM »
I already have one in the coach, one of the all-in-the-microphone Cobras - works OK. I'm going to Bonneville in August and need one for the truck. Most of the driver/pit communications are by CB and I'll be taking the truck out on the salt. I've been doing some looking and while Cobra and Midland seem to be the top two (and have been for what, 100 years?) there isn't enough detail to be certain I'm getting what I want, which are these two items:
  • Number one need, the ability to switch the CB to an external speaker. We'll be sitting next to the truck and want to hear it from there. I presume many/most/all of them have a 3mm speaker plug since I see so many external speakers for sale, but I'd like the ability to switch between PA/outside speaker and built-in speaker. If I can't find one that has this feature I'll just unplug/replug
  • Side band capability. I don't think it's necessary for this event but seems goofy to not spend a couple bucks more and get it
It would be nice to find one that did a good (or at least better) job of squelching background static and noise without reducing the ability to receive modest real transmissions - I realize everyone's wanted this in CBs for decades but can't hurt to ask.

Anyone have model recommendations?

Also, re external speakers looking for recommendations there as well. I'd like one that is clear and has substantial output (volume) for loud outdoor environments, so amplified if necessary (and if there is such a thing). Most "external" speakers I've seen are not for outside use (for example, behind a grill, in an engine compartment, etc). I am looking for a true external/outside speaker.

The plan is to leave a 3' Firestick mounted for day-to-day, and swap for a 108" whip for this event (and any other time I needed to pull in everything possible). For this event will generally be approximately 2-3 miles over flat, open ground from where most transmissions will emanate

Thanks
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Re: Shopping for a CB
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2018, 04:56:46 PM »
Oh, how I miss Radio Shack.

I had a trumpet speaker behind the grill of a pickup and our MH for years. Never had a problem. Here is one on Amazon.

The last CB I had (went with the MH) had a PA switch on the front. I could either listen to the CB over the external speaker or use the unit as a PA. I don't remember how I switched back and forth between internal and external speaker.
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« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2018, 05:24:08 PM »
Oh, how I miss Radio Shack.

Me too!  :(

I don't remember how I switched back and forth between internal and external speaker.

I guess what I'm looking for is a "CB inside"/"CB outside"/"PA" switch on the CB but no luck so far. I imagine there aren't a lot of dollars being spent developing new CB features these days. Probably a waste of time looking especially for as often as I'll use it. Probably just leave the speaker plugged in to PA, then swap to speaker for the rare times I need it for that.

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Re: Shopping for a CB
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2018, 05:33:41 PM »
I was browsing and came across a used COBRA thought I recalled where but alas. NOt.

IN the old days the big guns were Cobran and Johnson,. Johnson I don't hear much about but the top end Cobra's are still there as sare Midland both are very very good lines.

Mine is a Cobra

Now. in the old days Radio Shack had some good CB's basically RS-Top was Cobra/Johnbson #2 but priced as C/J #3 (Lower in cost so more band for buck)

But alas Radio shack has not been "Radio" for a while  likely why they are all but gone..
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« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2018, 05:40:21 PM »
I was in Las Vegas the other day picking up Renae and had a few hours to kill and I saw a Fry's Electronic store near the airport.

I grazed the aisles and was reminded of the multiple small electronic components at the old radio shack stores.

I will admit to buying a few things that I did not need.

Sorry to have hijacked your thread but I was reminiscing.
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« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2018, 05:50:56 PM »
I will admit to buying a few things that I did not need.


We are all stunned by this confession Bill  ;) ;D
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Re: Shopping for a CB
« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2018, 06:16:29 PM »
Scott, you might look at the Cobra C148GTL, which has SSB, switchable PA, and "Receiver signals can also be monitored through PA."
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« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2018, 07:55:34 PM »
Scott, you might look at the Cobra C148GTL, which has SSB, switchable PA, and "Receiver signals can also be monitored through PA."


Looks like exactly what I’m looking for but apparently they’re not made any more. Looking at a couple on eBay. Thx
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Re: Shopping for a CB
« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2018, 08:16:40 PM »
 
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but apparently they’re not made any more.

I had checked the Cobra site, and they don't seem to make any SSB anymore.
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« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2018, 10:42:53 PM »

I had checked the Cobra site, and they don't seem to make any SSB anymore.

I guess that's why they're referred to as "vintage" on eBay. Boy am I feeling.... "vintage"  :-\ .
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Re: Shopping for a CB
« Reply #10 on: June 27, 2018, 09:21:41 AM »
  CB's are not like they used to be since these sophisticated two-way radios; AKA: a Smartphone!! But i BET IF YOU STOPPED AT A FEW TRUCK STOPS, SOME HAVE CB REPAIR SHOPS AND MAYBE SOME OLD CONNEXES OR SSB  COBRAS, UNIDENS, ETC. FOR SALE!  8) 8)
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Re: Shopping for a CB
« Reply #11 on: June 27, 2018, 10:08:40 AM »
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these sophisticated two-way radios; AKA: a Smartphone!!

Although your statement is true to some extent, other things (different travel modes, different interests such as playing on the internet, etc.) also affect that reduction in use.

They are two-way radios, of course, but not in quite the same sense as a CB. A CB talks direct, while the "sophisticated phone" must go through a central office and switching process first. And with CB you don't need an address (i.e. phone no.), but with the "sophisticated phone" you do. And CB even gives you an automatic "party line."

I realize that most folks know this at some level, but all too many folks don't consciously recognize these important differences between the two device types.
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Re: Shopping for a CB
« Reply #12 on: June 28, 2018, 03:31:19 PM »
Yeah, the old radio shacks had much more in the way of pieces and parts, connectors, etc... then what they had become in the last couple decades...

CB.... a while back I was pit stopping at a truck stop and noticed the CB radio cabinet.  I had a laugh because they looked just like the old ones dad used to have in the 1970's.  I used to go out and sit in the driveway and listen and flap my jaws on them... Anyway, i was surprised that they haven't modernized much at all.... well at least the ones they had for sale anyway.
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« Reply #13 on: June 28, 2018, 06:01:14 PM »
Of course they're modernized, Brad -- they're 40 channels and they use transistors now.  ::) :o ;D
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« Reply #14 on: June 29, 2018, 08:46:56 AM »
Of course they're modernized, Brad -- they're 40 channels and they use transistors now.  ::) :o ;D

Geesh! I"m pleased you stepped in as I would have never known! My point is capitalized that  Sun2Retire could possibly find one at Truck Stops! Thanks!
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« Reply #15 on: June 29, 2018, 08:52:28 AM »
My point is capitalized that  Sun2Retire could possibly find one at Truck Stops! Thanks!


Point taken, a way to see the radios in person since our beloved Radio Shacks are gone.  :( Thx for the idea
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« Reply #16 on: June 29, 2018, 11:22:01 AM »
My first one was tubes and had all of 4 channels (an RCA). I had wired two of the crystal sockets outboard so I could plug in different frequency crystals for different channels without having to disassemble everything each time!!
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« Reply #17 on: June 29, 2018, 11:29:47 AM »
My first one was tubes and had all of 4 channels (an RCA). I had wired two of the crystal sockets outboard so I could plug in different frequency crystals for different channels without having to disassemble everything each time!!


Holy smokes. Is your last name Marconi?
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Re: Shopping for a CB
« Reply #18 on: June 29, 2018, 11:53:07 AM »
Geesh! I"m pleased you stepped in as I would have never known! My point is capitalized that  Sun2Retire could possibly find one at Truck Stops! Thanks!
Ease off, Irover. I was replying to Brad as a joke (see the smilies? see how I addressed him in the text?), so please get that chip off your shoulder.
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« Reply #19 on: June 30, 2018, 08:48:26 AM »
  Larry N;D ;D Go up a few posts and you will see where your comment was directed to me!  :-[ :-[ The thread must have done it!  :o ;D Alls Good!
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« Reply #20 on: June 30, 2018, 08:49:59 AM »

Point taken, a way to see the radios in person since our beloved Radio Shacks are gone.  :( Thx for the idea

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« Reply #21 on: August 24, 2018, 11:37:02 PM »
I drove 18 wheels for over 40 years before I retired last year.  Owned my fair share of CBs, Cobras, Midland etc.  Best I ever had was a President Mckinley SSB.  They are not the cheapest but in my opinion, the best out there and are still available.  Here is a link as an example, I am certain they are available elsewhere as well. 

https://www.rightchannelradios.com/collections/cb-radios/products/president-mckinley-ssb-radio
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« Reply #22 on: October 11, 2018, 07:44:27 AM »
I know this is an old thread and you may have already made your purchase - but thought I would add my 2 cents. for anyone searching for info.

I highly recommend Right Channel Radios.  Unless you have an old school CB Shop in your neighborhood I found it very difficult to find anyone that truly specialized in CB's.  Right Channel is the spot.  They know their stuff, made great recommendations for make/model/style etc., and have bundled packages that include everything (and I mean everything - brackets, washers, mounts, cables and even an SWR meter and instructions if needed).  All that and their prices were better than anything I could find local or online.

https://www.rightchannelradios.com/

I have no affiliation with them - just want to pass along a great resource!..

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« Reply #23 on: October 11, 2018, 05:43:29 PM »
I run a high end cobra. SSB is nice if your desire is to chat with folks far off but if your desire is to find out about the overturned semi 5 miles down the road... AM is what the truckers that still use CB run.  Mine does both

I also have a vintage realistic on 13 with a el-cheapo antenna just for fun.

And several pieces of ham gear. on in the cockpit. one in the car. one on mu belt. one in the "Radio Room" (That's the main) and I'm looking for more :) (Such is the life of a Ham Radio operator).
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« Reply #24 on: October 11, 2018, 06:15:40 PM »
I appreciate everyone's input. I needed a CB for the wreck up ahead, but also had a (probably one time) need for a unit that would scan (for an event I attended). Ended up getting this one
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« Reply #25 on: October 11, 2018, 07:15:06 PM »
My coach had one in it when we bought the coach. Totally useless. Nothing on it but a bunch of loggers on the back roads talking about that purty waitress. That is when you can understand them. Other times dead silence no warnings about what's ahead. But sometimes you can find out why you've been sitting a dead stop for 30 minutes. Totally useless.
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« Reply #26 on: October 12, 2018, 07:08:08 AM »
I appreciate everyone's input. I needed a CB for the wreck up ahead, but also had a (probably one time) need for a unit that would scan (for an event I attended). Ended up getting this one

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My coach had one in it when we bought the coach. Totally useless. Nothing on it but a bunch of loggers on the back roads talking about that purty waitress. That is when you can understand them. Other times dead silence no warnings about what's ahead. But sometimes you can find out why you've been sitting a dead stop for 30 minutes. Totally useless.

For you that may be true, but there are more uses than that for some of us. It's great communications when 4 wheeling as a group, for instance (MUCH better than FRS), and DW and I can talk if one of us is in the coach and the other in the Jeep, without the hassle of a phone to your ear, and of course the occasional trucker report (not often, I agree).
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« Reply #27 on: October 12, 2018, 09:49:58 AM »
My coach had one in it when we bought the coach. Totally useless. Nothing on it but a bunch of loggers on the back roads talking about that purty waitress. That is when you can understand them. Other times dead silence no warnings about what's ahead. But sometimes you can find out why you've been sitting a dead stop for 30 minutes. Totally useless.

I mentioned I have two CB's one a vintage Radio Shack (realistic) one a Cobra

Years ago I went to my parent's for Christmas. IN MI.  and on the way home. Freezing rain and black ice conditions. THE Realistic was in the van and informed me of a rolled over SEMI a couple miles down the road.. I started slowing and came to a stop next to what I thought was a 2 car PDA (Both totaled had to dolly them out) Turns out it was a 4 car the other half had limped to the next exit/truck stop.

I provided shelter till the Deputy arrived. a desk for him to interview and write up and all in all it was likely the most comfortable accident he wrote up all evening (Heat, Dry, Desk).

ENded up taking the parties home

ON the Cobra (in the Motor home) IT was 2 fatal accidents about 3.5 miles down the road. exit about 0.5   I was already in the right land so TURN SIGNAL ON and took the exit. Spent a nice, relaxing night. had a good supper and breakfast. Next AM road was "Free and clear".   Far as I'm concerned either of those incidents paid for the radio. 
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