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Old 12-20-2012, 07:48 PM   #1
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Handheld cb radio

Any experience vs a in dash cb?

You can use ext antenna and cigarette lighter then pop a battery and small antenna and be mobile.

Benefit being you can use it any where
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:15 PM   #2
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I've got one. Works decent, but not as good as a decent in truck. My in Zuk one has a really crappy antenna, & half the time the handheld works better. (yet another thing I need to fix on my pile of crap)

Not a real long range piece though. May be better with an external antenna, but without, maybe 1/4-1/2 mile depending on conditions.


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Old 12-20-2012, 08:23 PM   #3
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I I'm going to do a ext antenna to a handheld.. Wasn't sure if they would work the same still.

I considered doing ham radio buy not many have one
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Old 12-21-2012, 02:48 AM   #4
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There looks to be a couple good ones on Amazon. The Midland and Cobra at the top have 4 star ratings and are under $80. Another advantage for us soft toppers is that the radio can be removed for overnight parking or when not in use.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_st?ke...rank_authority
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Old 12-21-2012, 09:45 AM   #5
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I just switched to a hand held. Unexpected benefit is I can hold it close to my ear and hear what was said on the hwy. Before with my in-dash with all the noise in the cab I couldn't hear the built in CB speaker on the hwy
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Old 02-09-2013, 09:23 PM   #6
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I just switched to a hand held. Unexpected benefit is I can hold it close to my ear and hear what was said on the hwy. Before with my in-dash with all the noise in the cab I couldn't hear the built in CB speaker on the hwy
Thats why they make an external speaker! Some even have their own volume control!
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Old 02-09-2013, 11:54 PM   #7
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I don't like mine. It ended up at the bottom of my toolbag and never used it. It's alright to listen to other people but it sucks if you want to transmit anything. Plus the one I had took 8 AA's and they died pretty quick. Maybe I just had a shitty one

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I had a radio shack handheld that worked good for trail runs with people. as others said, range sucked it was rechargeable ANd lasted quite a while tho. it worked fine for just talking in a line of truck on a trail.
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I I'm going to do a ext antenna to a handheld.. Wasn't sure if they would work the same still.

I considered doing ham radio buy not many have one
I'm working on my General class license. Remember that with a HAM setup you need to be licensed or you can't broadcast without stepping on a lot of toes.
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I've got an el cheapo Maxon handheld radio that I carry. I've never had to use it on the trail, only used for listening to truckers while going down the interstate. I wouldn't expect it to reach very far but it does work. Maybe better with an external antenna...???
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Thats why they make an external speaker! Some even have their own volume control!
Yeah that's a great option... My sammy is loud at hwy speeds. If I had an external speaker close enough to my head and set loud enough to hear then every squelch snap, crackle and pop would be lovely!
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