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So i have been thinking of getting a CB for a while, but i just didn't see the need with my cars. Now that i have my 4Runner and will be doing some off roading its time to think about getting one. I have a few GMRS radios but a CB will be better.

So what would be a good compact CB to get? The Cobra C75WXST would be simple enough, but i also don't want to just buy junk because its small. I could also go with a decent hand held. As usual i would prefer to not spend much more than $100, but that does not say i wont pay $200+ for something really good if i deem its worth it.
 

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I would make sure it has a 40 channel scanner. Even if you have a seperate scanner.
Doesn't make sense to me to only monitor 1 or 2 channels.
You never know what you may miss on the other 38.
I don't have any experience with these, but if you are looking at hand helds, how about one of the Unidens ?

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I'm pretty much open to anything good and not expensive. Uniden makes good CB's to they would be an option.

Definitly 40 channels, and would love to be able to add a little Wil antenna.
 

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I owned a 75WXST. I did not like it. Sometimes I wondered if the person who designed it had ever used an electronic device because it was so bad. :lol:

I bought it because it was "small" and space was a premium in my Jeep, but it turned out to be too much compromise. The location of the channel up/down buttons is a nuisance. The screen is so small and backlighting so bad that you have to pick it up and stick it in front of your face to figure out what is going on. And then about that.. totally awkward to hoist an entire transceiver to your mouth to look at the screen or to talk. As I recall, if it was scanning and I keyed it would stop on that channel and TX rather than whatever channel I was watching, which was a nuisance. The only positive was maybe that the squelch was a dial rather than a incremental step, but that's not enough of a boon to make owning the unit worthwhile IMO.

When I finally get a CB again, I'll get a CMX760 (or the unit the supersedes it). It seems to live up to the promise of the space savings, but it has a nice big display that's easy to read, the TX button is all on it's own and easy to key, it's significantly smaller and lighter, and it seems from reviews that it handles dual watch/scanning better than the Cobra did.

The attraction of the compact unit for me that is making me stick with that type of unit, and you may perhaps want to consider this as you plan, is that the 4x4 groups don't necessarily rely on CB any longer because there are better options readily accessible to them. Myself I plan to have a MXT275 space saving GMRS right next to the CMX760, and my TH-D74A or another ham unit clipped up there, too. With 3 different types of communication I want to keep things as small and tidy as possible while still having the multiple technologies people seem to be using most on the trails. At least that's the plan right now. Could change tomorrow I guess. <g> :thumbup:
 

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i Just bought a "president bill" (on amazon) for my Tacoma (the interior might be similar My cobra 29 was just too big for me to consider.
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I had a 980 in my Mustang and got many of complements on the quality.

 

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All look reasonable in price and my 4Runner has some space i can make available. All good suggestions.

Yeah, some may not use CB's as much, but i don't want to hang with those guys. lol
 

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Don’t know if this will still work well with today’s antennas / satellite radios but, there was a company here in Cleveland- Antenna Specialists (?) that made an adapter years ago that worked fairly well. If you are just listening may still be able to get away with a FM / CB adapter.
https://www.amazon.com/ProComm-Spli...15308&amp;hvtargid=pla-569064667131&amp;psc=1
The A.S. Adapter was adjustable. Could tune it for best swr and fm reception.
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CJR238 " how about it west bound, we ya leave dem speed cops" east bound you got a full grown running your front door, chicken house is open, weighing your wagon... lol
 

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I put the Cobra 75WXST in my wife’s Jeep when I built it. I also bought and tuned the 4 foot fire stick for it to work much better.

It’s just for Jeep Jamboree’s and 4x4 outings. Most truckers have moved away from CB to Shortwave radios around here.

Once I removed the end cap of the fire stick, and tuned the antenna, it works very well for what it is. I rarely use it except for off road.
 

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I can’t remember which it was, but there’s a mobile radio out there that offers CB, and by opening it up and cutting a single wire, it also ends up offering other frequencies like MURS and/or GMRS. I think. I honestly can’t recall, and now it’s driving me crazy.
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I think I was thinking of the Stryker SR-94HPC, which is a 10 and 12 meter ham radio but is easily convertible to add 11 meters (CB). No hands on experience.
 
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Another Uniden 980 owner here. Got it paired with a 27inch mag mount antenna. On side band I was chatting with another mobile user around 10 miles away.
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Wired up the CB still waiting on my tailgate mount so no coax ran yet.

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Really nice setups. I have a few small openings but i think they would be too small for most of these Unidens, but i may be able to cut them out to make more space. Ill have to play with a few different locations.
 

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@Transporter knows a bit about this stuff - maybe he has some thoughts.
 

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