Buying A C.B. Radio

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SamTon's Comment
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I want to buy a radio any suggestions on which one to buy? recommendations?

Brett Aquila's Comment
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The most common CB's you'll find in trucks and the ones that in my opinion are sure-fire best bets are either the Cobra 29 or Uniden PC78, which are almost equivalent radios. There are numerous versions of each model with all sorts of features to choose from. But you're getting radios that are in a comfortable price range, built really well, and battle tested for decades. They are also very flexible and expandable. You can add all sorts of extra power and sound effects right inside the radio chassis. They also come with SWR calibration so you know when your antennas are tuned properly to your system.

My setup for years and years was a Uniden PC78 with an Astatic noise-cancelling mic and what was then a Connex brand echo board and bigger finals put in it. I also had excellent antennas that were well tuned to the system. It was a rock solid system I used for years. It sounded fantastic, it had good power so I could broadcast well, and it never let me down. I retired with it and it's still sitting in my closet I think. Fantastic radio.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

SamTon's Comment
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The most common CB's you'll find in trucks and the ones that in my opinion are sure-fire best bets are either the Cobra 29 or Uniden PC78, which are almost equivalent radios. There are numerous versions of each model with all sorts of features to choose from. But you're getting radios that are in a comfortable price range, built really well, and battle tested for decades. They are also very flexible and expandable. You can add all sorts of extra power and sound effects right inside the radio chassis. They also come with SWR calibration so you know when your antennas are tuned properly to your system.

My setup for years and years was a Uniden PC78 with an Astatic noise-cancelling mic and what was then a Connex brand echo board and bigger finals put in it. I also had excellent antennas that were well tuned to the system. It was a rock solid system I used for years. It sounded fantastic, it had good power so I could broadcast well, and it never let me down. I retired with it and it's still sitting in my closet I think. Fantastic radio.

Great! thanks! Want to sell it?

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

SouthernJourneyman's Comment
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I use a Cobra 29 LTD Classic. Very happy with it and does everything you need. Love's had the on sale usually. Got mine it was on sale plus a $20 mail in rebate that I need to send off.

Something to keep in mind. All CB radios are limited to 4 watts. So you're only paying for better features and better components when you get a more expensive radio. And some of those features do come in handy like being able to control RF gain and such.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Something to keep in mind. All CB radios are limited to 4 watts. So you're only paying for better features and better components when you get a more expensive radio. And some of those features do come in handy like being able to control RF gain and such.

And to continue with that thought, keep in mind that the better radios like the 29LTD and the PC78 are also easier to upgrade. You can easily add more power or sound effects right inside the stock chassis which is nice because it will install the same in any truck. You won't need anything external to get more sound or a little better power from it.

There are higher quality radios out there like the Galaxy radios. They're amazing. I've never owned one but there's nothing like em. If you really wanted to spend more money on a really premium radio that was gonna last 10 years you'd do well to spend it on a Galaxy.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Steve_HBG's Comment
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Something to keep in mind. All CB radios are limited to 4 watts. So you're only paying for better features and better components when you get a more expensive radio. And some of those features do come in handy like being able to control RF gain and such.

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And to continue with that thought, keep in mind that the better radios like the 29LTD and the PC78 are also easier to upgrade. You can easily add more power or sound effects right inside the stock chassis which is nice because it will install the same in any truck. You won't need anything external to get more sound or a little better power from it.

There are higher quality radios out there like the Galaxy radios. They're amazing. I've never owned one but there's nothing like em. If you really wanted to spend more money on a really premium radio that was gonna last 10 years you'd do well to spend it on a Galaxy.

About one month ago, I paid $15.00 to the CB Shop at the Petro in Carlisle, PA to peak my 29 LTD Classic to 45 watts and tune it. No parts were needed, and the process only took 10 minutes. This is the second 29 I have had in 35 years, and I like it, a lot.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
SamTon's Comment
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I use a Cobra 29 LTD Classic. Very happy with it and does everything you need. Love's had the on sale usually. Got mine it was on sale plus a $20 mail in rebate that I need to send off.

Something to keep in mind. All CB radios are limited to 4 watts. So you're only paying for better features and better components when you get a more expensive radio. And some of those features do come in handy like being able to control RF gain and such.

Sounds good thanks! Hey Southernjourneyman I am going to send you a text message when I get home and get to the other phone

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
SouthernJourneyman's Comment
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Ok. I'll be sitting around all day.

Steve- I may have to look into some of those improvements.

One of these days I would like to invest in a Galaxy. I've heard lots of good stuff about them. That and I was a radio operator in the Army so I'm a bit of a radio nerd.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Galaxy makes a great radio, so does Stryker. They're built a bit more heavy duty which allows more to be done with them. Don't get it wrong though, a Cobra 29 can be a pretty powerful radio with the right person working on it.

Baby bull's Comment
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I'm currently running a new galaxy dx979 its a great radio160 bucks new had it peaked and tuned before I put it in she is around 30 watts for now. you can buy one from clays radio shop in San Antonio and they can ship it to you. Before this galaxy I was running a connex 4300hp which is a 10 meter radio with a band converted to cb band I now have it in my pickup I got a new Pete 579 and its got a cubby hole for the radio and it wont fit plus it has heat fins on back that have to stay cool. I have had galaxy's connex and stryker all 3 are great brands but in my opinion galaxy is the way lo go clear crisp sound especially with the right Mic. I had always been a road king Mic guy. I don't like astatic but I got turned on to these ranger mics and now I will always run a ranger quality sound is much better and the mics are 24 bucks on Amazon. Cobras aren't bad radios but there are definitely better ones out there

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