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CBs for the trail

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 85k5blzr, Jan 30, 2001.

  1. 85k5blzr

    85k5blzr 1/2 ton status

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    I have been looking at CBs and was wondering what people who actually own them recomend? The cobras look nice, but are they worth the money. What would you all recomend?

    85 k5 blazer with an old 305....must have more power! [​IMG]
     
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    Avoid the plastic cased models because they are designed to be inexpensive. Cobra was at one time the best but legal disputes, etc. and Uniden no longer manufactures them. Fortunately they are now making them under there own name. I would recommend the Uniden pc-66 or pc-68. They have an all metal case, tough chasis, and a real meter. If you wanna go one up you can get a pc-68 ltw. For ten bucks more you get backlit knobs and weather band for around $85.
    My favorite is the Uniden Grant LT, which I own. It has side band which allows you talk alot farther and get off the AM frequencies that everyone else is on. It doesn't have weather but has anything else you could want, even a SWR meter. Bottom line, anything PC or Grant from Uniden.

    June 2001 - The Texas Sawz All masacre begins. Be afraid rust, be very afraid. [​IMG]
     
  3. BlazerGuy

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    Dont buy Cobra they suck(except pre tracker 148, 29 ,25, 142, 2000) Uniden's are much better. Check out this site:
    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.exportradios.com/>http://www.exportradios.com/</A> they have a great message board if you have any more questions.

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    I used to have a K40 cb. It was just a basic cb -- squelch, volume and channel were all it offered, but it was very small and had excellent reception and sound quality. No features, but a good plain jane radio.
     
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    I got myself a Radio Shack CB for Christmas 2 years ago. I...well...lets say it became unhooked while doing some manuvers and kinda hit the dash and doors hard. I didn't tell them that. I just went to my local store and they determined that it was a bad cracked board. I upgraded to the best one they had. Its got all kinda goodie features on it. Its the TRC-446. It works great...I have gotten pretty far out on it...now I need to do something with my antenna...its a magnet roof mount...the trees around here hate me...also that power line too.

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    radio chack makes a REAL small basic cb for like 40.
    its good in the sense it works and easy to store, but isnt the best for range.
    i love my midland
    my uniden is nice also

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    I have a little Uniden one that I bought for $35 at the pawn shop. It is pretty small and has 40 channels and everything. Works like a champ.

    [​IMG]<A target="_blank" HREF=http://www4.ncsu.edu/~brschoch>http://www4.ncsu.edu/~brschoch</A>
     
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    I've got a Rat Shack special that was on sale many moons ago. The radio works pretty good but the mike cable didn't last worth a damn. Had to buy a new mike since the wire in their cable was some funky spiral plasticy stuff that I couldn't solder. It's also got the weather bands, but they're useless in most of Colorado. Once you get up into the mountains, where the weather band might actually be useful, you can't pick up the signal any more. [​IMG]

    I usually carry my old Cobra walkie-talkie style radio for extra-vehicular activites and a cheapie GE under-dash mini-CB as a spare.

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    Gotta love the cadillac AM/FM Stereo (Digital) CB Cassette Decks. Hard to find, but you can't beat the package, especially when it bolts right into place with no mods to the dash.

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    Blazers came with 'em too but good luck finding one that came with one. Its about as easy to find one with an original soft top. If you do get one of those whatever you do don't use the original antenna. I'm sure on the antenna connector on the back but do what you can to get a real CB antenna on it. If you get a killer antenna than your performace shouldn't be too bad.

    June 2001 - The Texas Sawz All masacre begins. Be afraid rust, be very afraid. [​IMG]
     
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    Yeah, I never felt like trying to fish one of those antenna's out of the car..way too much of a hassle. I will be running a longish whip antenna, and will absolutely be matching (not sure of the correct terminology) the antenna cable I buy.

    Dorian
    My K5 and Chev/Olds tech/links page: <A target="_blank" HREF=http://yeagerd.home.mindspring.com/index2.html>http://yeagerd.home.mindspring.com/index2.html</A>
     
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    Dorian, are you going to use a 102-inch whip? I had one on my K5 and got tired of it slapping the roof and hood when 4-wheeling. Some 4WD clubs also won't allow you to go on trips with them if you have a long whip. Bystanders on difficult sections can get whacked by the antenna flying around as you bounce off of rocks or through moguls. [​IMG]

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    102 inches??? No way! I don't want to be a base station! : ) Mines shorter than myself, so its probably 5-6 ft long. Since CB's are line of sight, I'd have to say in the mountains, the added length wouldn't do me any good...unless it can reach over the tops of the trees!

    Dorian
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    Didn't know there were whips shorter than 102 inches. I've got a 2 foot fiberglass antenna installed now that barely sticks up over the top of the truck.

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    Ok i got my Uniden PC78ltw and i have the antenna wire run, but where is the ignition wire that you tap into for power? and how do you get to it?

    85 k5 blazer with an old 305....must have more power! [​IMG]
     
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    i thought it was the pink wire under the dash ( driver side ), but i might be wrong.

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    I have a cobra 19 plus. I have heard about ways to modify this cb but cannot find anything on the net. anyone know of a cb shop in san diego area?

    baja surf nazi
     
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    bigblue,
    There is a place called "Mud Shack" on 6215 El Cajon Blvd in San Diego. It is the CB shop where I bought my Uniden CB and they did some tuning to it. Their phone number is 619-464-6855. I dealt with a fellow named Roger Williams. That has been a couple of years ago though.
    Russ
     
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    thanks so damn much. later

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    Is it bad to hook it into the fuse block?

    85 k5 blazer with an old 305....must have more power! [​IMG]
     

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