Originally Posted by emericax21
ITS ALL IN YOUR ANTENA NOT IN THE RADIO
I can take a Cobra 19 and put a 102" whip on it and talk circles around a $400 radio on a 3 ft firestik..
The antenna is the most crucial part of your setup. Granted, you dont need a big whip to talk good, but a properly tuned antenna, will enhance your performance, and make it ALOT easier on your radio. High SWR results in HEAT... and HEAT is torture on electronic parts.
If you're in the market for a good radio, with some good features, I suggest a Cobra 25, or Uniden PC68.
I know there are guys on this forum that swear by Cobra... when in fact, Cobra is actually made by UNIDEN... Or they were... I have numerous Cobra's that have Uniden circuit boards in them.
Cobra 29 LTD Classic = Unicen PC78XL
Cobra 25 = Uniden PC68
Cobra 148 GTL = Uniden Grant XL (Which is the BEST in my opinion..)
Cobra 19 = (somewhat) Uniden Pro 510
Now I'm sure they will be those whom disagree, and that's fine.
But for you, I suggest a Cobra 25 or Uniden 68'. If you're going to be talking HEAVILY, get a Cobra 29, or if you're into the sideband scene, as I am, you won't go wrong with a Cobra 148 or Uniden Grant. I think 148's can be had NEW for around $130. However, it will be difficult to find a Uniden Grant XL.. if you do, be prepared to PAY for one.
If you dont intend on doing much talking, only for 4 wheeling trips, or just occasionally on the interstate, I reccomend the Midland 1001Z, A Cobra 19, or Uniden 510.
Just remember, your radio is only as good as your antenna. You can take an echo microphone, and a whip, and the guy you're talking to won't know you're on a "little radio" if you don't tell him.
4 watts, is 4 watts, whether it's coming out of a 19', or a $300 Galaxy.
Just make sure your radio is on frequency, and the modulation is not overkill, and you'll talk fine.