Handheld CB

Bullfrog_

Member
I was working on fixing my Cobra, but I got looking into it and am leaning towards just getting one of these https://www.amazon.com/BaoFeng-UV-5R-Dual-Radio-Black/dp/B007H4VT7A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1516513050&sr=8-1&keywords=baofeng+uv-+5r I wont be using it for trucking, so being able to bring it in different cars will be great. Anyone ever used one of these or just a handheld cb?
 

Bullfrog_

Member
Can you broadcast on cb airwaves though? I mean, i don't need a ham license, nothings illegal if you don't get caught ;)
 

Agent_Z

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You can't broadcast CB radio frequencies with that radio. No.

CB is basically 26 - 27 MHz, which falls under HF bands. That radio goes up into VHF bands. The UHF frequencies, I don't even know what you'd be picking up with those. I'd imagine on a day where the skip is good you'd be picking up Europe, China, and Russia with that thing. But I have a very limited understanding of HAM frequencies and who uses them.
 

BirchBarlow

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I was working on fixing my Cobra, but I got looking into it and am leaning towards just getting one of these https://www.amazon.com/BaoFeng-UV-5R-Dual-Radio-Black/dp/B007H4VT7A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1516513050&sr=8-1&keywords=baofeng+uv-+5r I wont be using it for trucking, so being able to bring it in different cars will be great. Anyone ever used one of these or just a handheld cb?
Just buy a Cobra or a Midland hand held...

The Midland handheld Cb sells for roughly $50 at Pilot/Fly J..

The Cobra handheld deluxe package is $69.99 at Farm N Fleet...
 

Hillbilly Canuck

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You can't broadcast CB radio frequencies with that radio. No.

CB is basically 26 - 27 MHz, which falls under HF bands. That radio goes up into VHF bands. The UHF frequencies, I don't even know what you'd be picking up with those. I'd imagine on a day where the skip is good you'd be picking up Europe, China, and Russia with that thing. But I have a very limited understanding of HAM frequencies and who uses them.
We use VHF radios all over up here no problem. My understanding about the US, and correct me if I'm wrong, is that we need to be very careful about even using them over there because police military first responders etc use a lot of those frequencies.
 

Agent_Z

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We use VHF radios all over up here no problem. My understanding about the US, and correct me if I'm wrong, is that we need to be very careful about even using them over there because police military first responders etc use a lot of those frequencies.
I know most emergency dispatch is around 150-155MHz. It's all just above 2 meters, which is in the 140MHz range up to about 150MHz.
I think 2 meter stops at about 148MHz. I don't know off of the top of my head.
 

ironpony

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If you can find an open RadioShack outlet, they had some very nice handheld CBs.
 

phoenix827

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Just to bring back an old thread here,,,,,
I tried a handheld so I could put it in my work car last year. Almost ZERO reception inside the car, but as soon as I got out it worked ok.
 

Injun

Rabid Squaw
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I had a Midland I bought at WalMart. Never had a problem with it and sending/reception was great. No reason to invest $400 in a radio. That Midland was about $70.
 
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