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The Best CB Radio
What is the best CB radio? The one that works best for you! When you purchase a CB radio, you want one with all the options you like, and with a look you like. The various features are outlined in the CB radio FAQ's. One thing to keep in mind is that every CB radio will output the same 4 watts of power unless they are illegally modified to put out more. The FCC limits all CB radio to 4 watts by law. There are a few other things to consider aside from style and features. Try to walk through the installation in your mind when picking out your radio. You want to make sure you get the right size radio. You don't want a large radio or a CB that hangs low on the mount in a small car. You or your passenger would constantly be bumping it with your knees. In a semi truck, space isn't really a concern. You do want to keep in mind that you might want to be able to reach the radio while you're driving, though.
All in Handset CB Radio
For a smaller vehicle, an all in handset CB radio might be the better choice. This type of radio has a small box that connects to the antenna and power. The mic plugs into the box and has all the controls and, generally, a LED display on it.
Mobile CB Radio
A mobile CB radio is the most common type of CB radio you will find. It's basically a small box with a bunch of dials and a mic attached to the front. They come in many different sizes, and with many different features. You want to make sure you have a good place to mount your mobile CB radio. Typically, the underside of the dash is the best place. Make sure the spot you pick out won't obstruct your or a passengers leg movement. Also, be sure whatever you are bolting the mount too is strong enough to hold the weight of the radio. Today's electronics tend to have a light weight that makes this problem trivial, but better safe than sorry.
Hand Held CB Radio
If you want a CB radio that isn't confined to your vehicle, a hand held CB radio is the way to go. These walkie-talkie like radios usually come with an rechargeable battery pay that can be plugged into your cigarette lighter and/or the wall and a mobile adapter kit that allows them to be run off your vehicle's CB antenna.
What type of CB radio should I purchase?
Purchasing a CB Radio is like purchasing a home stereo. The more expensive models have better receivers that bring in the stations loud and clear with less static. The RF Gain is the most important feature in a CB Radio. A radio with an RF Gain normally has a better receiver and incorporates better noise filtration circuitry which is necessary to adjust the atmospheric static on the radio. When purchasing a CB Radio consider the following;
- If you are going to purchase a radio for emergencies only or don’t plan on using it very much, a low end model will fit your needs. Keep in mind that the radio will be noisy to listen to but will still operate efficiently.
- If you are going to purchase a radio and plan on using it a lot you will want to buy a mid-priced radio that has a good receiver with the RF Gain feature. The higher end CB radio models will also have a noise blanker and an automatic noise limiter to reduce the static and atmospheric conditions even further.
- The high end CB radios incorporate the best receivers and offer many added benefits that professional drivers want. Most of the more expensive models in addition to the RF gain feature will incorporate a SWR bridge, weather & alerts, clocks, sleep timers, blue-tooth capabilities along with many other bells and whistles.