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Pros: Small, light, versatile, easy to move between vehicles, easy operation, and can listen to NOAA weather radio stations. The accessories allow for direct 12VDC operation with or without an external antenna, 6AA alkaline, or 8AA rechargeable. The power source modules are quick and easy to swap. The external antenna connection and the 12VDC power input cables both go to the same module.
Cons: Like John W. said, the backlight cannot be set to stay on all of the time, even with the 12VDC module. Cannot use AA batteries and the external antenna option at the same time due to the design of the modular power sources.
Other Thoughts: I drive over 20,000 miles a year, mainly on interstates in different vehicles. This is a nice way to know what is going on up the road. I purchased mine June 2014 and have not had any problems with the CB or its accessories. I am getting up to 5 miles of range in moderately hilly terrain using a good quality, well tuned external antenna.
Reviewed By:Edwin T.,3/8/2015 2:46:52 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is average and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
Pros: Almost unbreakable mic. Hard ABS shell. Looks kinda high-tech. Easily modifiable. Sounds better than most expensive power mics if the mods are done right. Have been modifying and using this mic for about two years. Have about 4 or so of them.
Cons: No louder than a stock mic without modification. internal parts are cramped.
Other Thoughts: If you need a good power mic that screams and is really cheap then buy this one and do the modifications. If you cant do the mods, contact me and i'll do them for $9.99.
Reviewed By:iceburgh,12/19/2014 7:40:47 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product more than 1 year.
Pros: Small, rechargeable, comes with power supply, easy to use
Cons: Can't leave them on while charging.
Need FCC license to use them at high power.
Low power receives interference...intermittent on some, constant on others (I bought two sets, one of the four individual radios gets interference static bursts on a regular basis, the other 3 do not).
No flat surface to stand them up.
Belt clip is just plastic, no spring tensioners on it...so if you use it on your pockets it tends to fall pretty easily. Definitely meant for belt use only, anything thin and this will fall off all the time.
Have a belt pouch would make more sense with a clip this flimsy, but that's not offered for these.
Other Thoughts: Best bang for your buck if you're using these in an office environment. I only use them at low power, so I can't make any claims about high-power use. Make sure if you plan to use them for high power to get the full 20 mile range, that you plan ahead for your FCC license. Otherwise, if you interrupt police/radio/military bands by accident, they'll probably track you down and slap a hefty fine on you.
Reviewed By:JARED W.,9/22/2014 8:37:38 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year. Did you find this review helpful?
Pros: Power mode handles better than expected in the Arizona mountains between Phoenix & Snowflake. Used these in a caravan on that trip. Didn't know it but they come with a change of faceplates that you can use if you want to change the camo out for a highly visible neon orange.
Cons: Hmm... ...thinking... .... I suppose it's kind of an inconvenience that the screws that hold the faceplate on are the special 'star' kind & so small phillips head screwdrivers won't work. What's the point of that? Srsly, don't make it extra hard to change something like that out, eh?
Other Thoughts: Manual seems very thorough but the frequency chart in it is a bit confusing. Keep in mind that the private channels are only filters for what is received. Other folks using the same channel without said privacy filters will receive transmissions sent on all private channels. So don't think you're actually making secure transmissions. For example: Radios A through E are all communicating on channel 10 but each is using a different private channel(like a sub-channel). Radio Z is on channel 10 but not using a private channel. Radios A-E will NOT hear each other's transmissions until they change their private channel to match that of the radio using one & broadcasting. Neither will they hear Radio Z's broadcasts until they turn their private channel to 0 (or off). Radio Z on the other hand, being in range, will hear all broadcasts by radios A-E
Reviewed By:Frost,8/23/2014 5:21:17 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
Pros: This antenna is inexpensive and a snap to install. It also works OK for distances under, say, a mile.
Cons: In order to perform optimally, a CB radio must be a minimum of 42 inches. However, if you're looking to set up a simple communication system between a couple autos for, say, a road trip, this antenna will work fine. Just don't allow the cars to get more a mile apart or you'll lose signal.
Reviewed By:N/A,8/3/2014 10:58:05 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 week to 1 month.