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Discussion in 'Communication (CB | GPS | HAM)' started by Cricket, Jul 30, 2005.

  1. Cricket

    Cricket 3/4 ton status

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    Found an old realistic 40 channel TRC-453 to use for the trail get togethers.

    Paid 4.00 and got the CB, mike, power cord, bracket, and magnetic antenna. The power cord connector was loose but I did get the unit to power up. I could hear people talking with the squelch way up, I doubt the reception range is very large with the 24" antenna but I'm hoping it will work out good for off-roading.

    I know squat about CB's but this one does have LSB and USB, squelch, RF gain, and clarifier. I figure for the money it's good enough.

    Paul, you have any opinions on this thing? Anyone else?
     
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    Z3PR Banned

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    As long as it transmits and recieves, that's all that matters for a trail radio. I'd probley get a better antenna, but heck, for a ultra low buck set up, sounds like you got one heck of a deal.
     
  3. Cricket

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    Where can I get it tested or test it? The Interstate has the most semi traffic.
     
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    If you can hear anyone, key up and ask for a "Radio check".
     
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    Thats a great little SSB radio . I have 2 , one for each truck .

    The bracket fits existing holes in the dash under factory stereo . I love these .

    Mine were modded by my father , more output , and more channels ( bragging right , I don't use them ) .

    The squelch control pulls out for anl/nb on stock , but mine pulls out to turn on the other channels .

    I also have the optional power mike for the one in the nice truck :D
     
  6. Cricket

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    Paul, what size CB antenna are you using??????????????????????
     
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    $4 bucks??? awsome deal!! wouldnt pass that one up. good radio and easy to mod. will be great for what u want/need now and for a few bucks, good later on down the road if u want more power.

    good score!
     
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    Well, in my honest opinion, nothing out preforms the 102" Stainless Still whip, but they are big, and can whip around and hurt spotters. Something like a magnet mount K40, or a Wilson 1000 or Wilson 5000 work very well. For a trail rig radio, magnet mounts work real good, and you can take it off when not needed.
     
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    Two Pauls , funny .

    Anyway I have a NMO mount on the truck that was pre existing , I just went to now defunct Tech America and got a cheap antenna , 5 feet tall and a NMO to 3/8 adapter .

    I did use my father in laws MFJ digital meter , and adjusted the antenna for the best SWR in the middle of the band . :D

    I am gonna get a firestick and a GM mirror or maybe hood adapter and move the antenna to the door or hood . So I can free up the NMO mount for a 2 meter antenna .

    And move the current antenna to the trailtruck I think .

    Or I could keep it , it looks cool and redneck sticking up dead center in the roof :wink1:

    Oh , and I have a shadrach external speaker , small , fits between floor and defrost vent , loud too with windows down and top off I can still hear :D

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    Thanks guys, when it comes to electronics I still carry a club and drag my knuckles.
     

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