need CB help

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  1. Stoller

    Stoller XDTalk 100 Member

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    im lookin at some cobras they had at frys. wondering if any of you guys had any better suggestions. any help would be appreciated. thanks in advance.

    Stoller



    haha. i must be blind. i thought that thumbs down thing was a question mark. my bad.
     
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    Uniden used to make the older Cobras, both are a great radio for the money but I went with Uniden and have 2 of them. Take it to a radio shop and get the thing tweaked a bit and add on a Astatic mike too.

    Also, remember that a good radio with a junk antena will be a junk radio. Dont slack on the antena and make sure you get it matched.
     
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    I wouldn't bother with a brand new radio. You can pick up old CB radios from fleabay, and other sources cheap. Cobra makes some really nice radios at the upper end of their product range, but they're expensive for the new ones. Look for an old Cobra 148, or any old chrome faced radio with sideband. Uniden actually makes cobra radios, so they're OK too. Galaxy makes decent radios, but you have to get them modified to go on CB band. Maybe if you can find a used one that's allready modded. Another plus is having an actual meter instead of a bargraph. Pretty much new CB radios that you get at the big box stores suck. I haven't seen one with sideband in a long time, all I see are crappy cobra 19s, and other bottom end units. If you get a basic unit, just get a cheapo cobra 19 or something.
     
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    plenty of quaity used ones out there. some new ones have blutooth so you can use the CB as a hands free. Plenty of shops will up the power way beyond the 3 watt legal limit. I say go to a CB shop, and skip fry's.

    some cheap antenas work well, its just a matter of having one that is tuned to the radio. I was getting better performance with my throught the glass stick on Kmart special than some were getting with thier expensive ones.

    the plain cheap fiberglass sticks are crap though.

    as you are new to this, too many extra bells and whistles will just confuse you.

    The handheld ones or the all in the handset types aren't as high quality, but if you are very space limited, they will do.

    don't buy the BS that you need the 15' cable (or whatever lenth it is) for proper tuning. the argument they give for that are BS. all it does is sell you more cable than you might need.
     
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    Stoller XDTalk 100 Member

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    thanks for all the suggestions. you guys have any links or anything that would help me find a CB shop down in the san diego area. and i got plenty of room its goin in my F150.
     
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    Radios are 4 watts legal power
    Through the glass antenas are junk (get a lil wil)
    Get a meter and match your antena, the cable should be in 3' increments, you fine tune it by adjusting the length of the mast, instructions in the antena box.

    I have talked across the country on my Uniden PC68LTW and lil WIl, along with a100 watt modulator. If you take the radio to a shop, they can get you almost 30 watts (IIRC) and open up the modulation to 100%.
     
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    I have a Galaxy DX99 with a helper that I've talked around the world on for sale if anyone is interested.
     
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    ichy_trigger XDTalk 10K Member

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    This would be a great radio, just to be curious, how much?
     
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    Gravel XDTalk 2K Member Founding Member

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    Oh man, when I was a teen I had a Pace Sidetalk 1000B (base station) with a D104 Power mic on a lolly pop stand and a StarDuster on a 60' telescopic pole.

    I still have the base station but need to find another D104/Lollypop.

    We didn't have cell phones or internet back then, had to keep myself entertained somehow... :lol:
     
  12. Deer Slayer

    Deer Slayer XDTalk 3K Member Founding Member

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    I have a D-104 on my Emperor TS-5010, and enough parts laying around to assemble another one. I'll take a look at what I have if you're serious.
     
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    Bultx1215 XDTalk 1K Member

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    My CB dude says the Cobra 25's are actually better radio's than the bigger ones. I always have them peaked and tuned. My last 25 put out 27 watts after it was peaked.:cool::cool: I have been running a Cherokee until last month when it croaked. I lasted for 7 years in a bouncy big truck, so I guess that isn't bad. I am running a smaller Galaxy now and am not really liking it so much....but it does work well.
     
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    coldsolderjoint XDTalk 500 Member Founding Member

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    Ah yes.. the D-104.. Ie, the "spray with contact cleaner every few days" microphone! :p

    There is still an antron-99 on my chimney. We are waiting for it and the 2m/440 antenna to get hit by lightning :cry:
     
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    Gravel XDTalk 2K Member Founding Member

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    I don't believe I ever had to spray mine with contact cleaner, though this was 25 yrs ago.... :lol:

    Yeah Deer Slayer, I will have to hook up with you on that!
     
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    Deer Slayer XDTalk 3K Member Founding Member

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    I like the cobra 25s, and 29s, for AM only radios. They're the perfect basic radio.

    Gravel, I'll look for my box of D104 parts in the garage later. I used to peak radios, wire mics, and fix broken ones. Shh, don't tell the FCC :rolleyes:.
     
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    Gravel XDTalk 2K Member Founding Member

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    I did the same thing, I think I still have a box of peaked and tweaked mobiles somewhere in the garage... A few Cobra's, couple of Unidens and a Midland. Hell, I think damn near all of them are dial select with a couple of 23 channels in there too.. :mrgreen:
     
  18. Bill in San Jose

    Bill in San Jose XDTalk 2K Member

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    Isn't CB band limited to 4 or 5 watts?

    There's not advantage to being able to transmit further than the other guy, since you will not be able to hear him reply I'd think.

    I have a Cobra in my pickup, and take the antenna down most of the time and use it only when I'm driving long distance on hunting trips.
     
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    If you are looking for more than just a clean cat and want a truly souped up rig, one that is wall-to-wall and treetop tall then check out Sparky's.
    http://www.sparkyscbshack.com/sparkyscustoms.html
    "Whatever you desire...whatever the other 'Techs' are afraid of doing..we can do!!"
    I once had a 'stealth' Cobra 29 LTD, and that dimmer switch didn't change the display brightness, I wasn't pushin a gallon, but rigs for miles around where pinning the needle

    is that enough CB slang included in the response LMAO
     
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    I live in the hills and my trucks all have peaked units. We can talk over and be heard long distances without going to linears.....which would put us way over 2-300 watts. Legal? Dunno...I just know they can't be sold that way, but can be modified at will after sales. These radios are novelties to most, but to us, they are a vital work tool and we take them pretty seriously when it comes to power and communication ability.
     

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