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PostSubject: Handheld CB radios   Thu Jun 02, 2011 12:13 am

Looking for thoughts and opinions on handheld CB radios. I am going to purchase soon.....need to get one for the Summit....Anyone with experience with HH CBs? I know they are not as good as "installed" units, but I am just needing it for the Summit at this time....will consider an installed unit later.

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PostSubject: Re: Handheld CB radios   Thu Jun 02, 2011 12:19 am

the cobra 75 can be installed and the handheld part removed when not in use.

I had a handheld but it went awol recently. They work fairly well for what they are probably have about a 1 mile range max
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PostSubject: Re: Handheld CB radios   Thu Jun 02, 2011 12:21 am

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the cobra 75 can be installed and the handheld part removed when not in use.

I had a handheld but it went awol recently. They work fairly well for what they are probably have about a 1 mile range max

On the trails at the Summit, we will be in a line of up to 10 rigs....so HH CB should work fine...long term, I am looking to get a unit installed.

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PostSubject: Re: Handheld CB radios   Thu Jun 02, 2011 12:22 am

no sense in buying twice... go ahead and get a cobra 75wxst. You wont regret it.
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PostSubject: Re: Handheld CB radios   Thu Jun 02, 2011 12:24 am

crogers6569 wrote:
no sense in buying twice... go ahead and get a cobra 75wxst. You wont regret it.

great suggestion....looking on Amazon now....

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PostSubject: Re: Handheld CB radios   Tue Jun 07, 2011 9:37 pm

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crogers6569 wrote:
no sense in buying twice... go ahead and get a cobra 75wxst. You wont regret it.

great suggestion....looking on Amazon now....

Hey David, keep me posted on that. I was actually considering it as well although Im not sure how practical it would be. I mean, I do travel quite a bit (up to CT, NM to see family, etc) but I dont know about everyday use. Chad, any thoughts??? They have something called a "Bandi Mount" and you can mount the antenna on the hinge of the rear door. Looks good and out of the way.
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PostSubject: Re: Handheld CB radios   Tue Jun 07, 2011 9:38 pm

Oh, I also remembered seeing one online that gets NOAA updates.... VERY cool and useful. Ok, Im done for now. rabbit
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PostSubject: Re: Handheld CB radios   Mon Jun 20, 2011 11:01 pm

Any thoughts on this CB? :
Midland 75 822 Handheld CB

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PostSubject: Re: Handheld CB radios   Mon Jun 20, 2011 11:21 pm

I remember it being decently popular in the blue room. The problem though when you search there, is that a lot of the posts are OLD so I dont know how current this info is. I know a lot of people like the practicality of an "all in one" CB, especially since you dont use it everyday. Sorry I couldnt be more helpful.
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PostSubject: Re: Handheld CB radios   Mon Jun 20, 2011 11:31 pm

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I remember it being decently popular in the blue room. The problem though when you search there, is that a lot of the posts are OLD so I dont know how current this info is. I know a lot of people like the practicality of an "all in one" CB, especially since you dont use it everyday. Sorry I couldnt be more helpful.

Well, based on some reviews I received....

here is what I ordered:

Midland 75-822 40 Channel 2 Way Radio


Cobra HA-BNC CB Adapter


Cobra HG A 1500 Base-Load Medium Magnet Mount 300W CB Antenna

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PostSubject: Re: Handheld CB radios   Mon Jun 20, 2011 11:36 pm

Nice! Looks good David. Where will you be mounting the antenna?? They make something called a Bandi Mount that lets you mount it to the hinge on the rear door and out of the way. Looks pretty good too.
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PostSubject: Re: Handheld CB radios   Mon Jun 20, 2011 11:38 pm

CarolinaCruiser15 wrote:
Nice! Looks good David. Where will you be mounting the antenna?? They make something called a Bandi Mount that lets you mount it to the hinge on the rear door and out of the way. Looks pretty good too.

It is a magnetic mount....so I was going to mount on the roof, in the back and run the cable temporarily through the back door, in between the door seal...just a thought

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PostSubject: Re: Handheld CB radios   Mon Jun 20, 2011 11:41 pm

Yup, that could work. I dont know how far the cable has to go, but you could probably utilize the space where the headliner meets the plastic paneling.
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PostSubject: Re: Handheld CB radios   Mon Jun 20, 2011 11:53 pm

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Yup, that could work. I dont know how far the cable has to go, but you could probably utilize the space where the headliner meets the plastic paneling.

yes, when I permanently mount, I would like to use the Bandi mount.

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PostSubject: Re: Handheld CB radios   Tue Jun 21, 2011 12:09 am

Looks like a great "interim" set up...we expect a detailed "User Assessment" when you get back from the Summit. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Handheld CB radios   Tue Jun 21, 2011 12:11 am

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Looks like a great "interim" set up...we expect a detailed "User Assessment" when you get back from the Summit. Very Happy

Will do!!

I just needed something for the trails right now.....we will see how it works....

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PostSubject: Re: Handheld CB radios   Tue Jun 21, 2011 12:16 am

NC FJ Driver wrote:
Looks like a great "interim" set up...we expect a detailed "User Assessment" when you get back from the Summit. Very Happy

I agree!!
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PostSubject: Re: Handheld CB radios   Tue Jun 28, 2011 5:57 pm

David,

I have that same cb unit. Let me know how it does on the trails. Like someone already said, the range is about a mile, which should work fine for most trail rides. I have mine connected to a short rubber magnet mounted antenna (Lil' Wil' I believe?) that sits on the roof behind my baja rack front valence. I wanted a set up that is easily removable, as I probably won't use it that much. I can have everything in and out in 5 minutes.

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PostSubject: Re: Handheld CB radios   Fri Aug 26, 2011 5:21 pm

Ok so im looking to get some sort of radio before the OBX trip. Anyone have an suggestions of CB radios and what i will need for the install?? Also does anyone know of any good shops to intall around Kannapolis??
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PostSubject: Re: Handheld CB radios   Tue Sep 06, 2011 3:42 pm

So David, how did the handheld CB work out for you? Pros Cons... I'm in the same boat. Don't really want to mount a CB in the truck, but it comes in handy whne on the trails.

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PostSubject: Re: Handheld CB radios   Wed Sep 07, 2011 11:28 am

I have the big bill combo and the a cobra 29 ltd. But I didn't do the quick disconnect, external speaker and a 4 foot antenna instead of three. I have never had to adjust swr since installed and never ever had any issues with this set up. My ground is as good as the day it went on and the antenna is the original. Works well just the radio takes up a bit of room on the passenger side of the center console.
http://www.walcottcb.com/cobra-29-ltd-classic-cb-radio-p-515.html?cPath=340_377_379
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PostSubject: Re: Handheld CB radios   Thu Sep 08, 2011 9:59 pm

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So David, how did the handheld CB work out for you? Pros Cons... I'm in the same boat. Don't really want to mount a CB in the truck, but it comes in handy when on the trails.

It has worked well for me. It did very well on the trails. I heard everyone in my convoy (10 trucks) loud and clear. When I was just driving around Southweatern Colorado, I was picking up all kind of traffic and got returns on all radio checks. I have tested it around here, on the I-40 and I-540 and have picked up traffic as well, but much less frequently as people around here do not tend to use CBs as much. (those that do use CBs have been "very colorful" old guys......LOL)

I am pleased over all!

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PostSubject: Re: Handheld CB radios   Thu Sep 08, 2011 10:01 pm

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Ok so im looking to get some sort of radio before the OBX trip. Anyone have an suggestions of CB radios and what i will need for the install?? Also does anyone know of any good shops to intall around Kannapolis??

Midland 75 822 Handheld CB - see my post on the first page for more details.

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PostSubject: Re: Handheld CB radios   Tue Sep 20, 2011 6:50 pm

David, I'm thinking of buying this or a similar unit for OBX. How does it work without the antenna upgrade? I don't really want the magnetic antenna on my truck but might upgrade to the bandi mount down the road.
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PostSubject: Re: Handheld CB radios   Wed Sep 21, 2011 4:48 pm

Just got my Midland 75-822 plus I installed the Bandi Mount with 4 foot firestik. Not finished with the set up, I havent figured out how I want to run the coax yet? I will get pictures up as soon as it stops pouring down rain!
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