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CB Megaphones?

i was at my offroad park on the weekend and i was riding in a guys jeep and he had a CB and all the sudden he used it as a megaphone... HOW CAN I DO THAT? what ones have it, what eles do i need besides the CB?
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Its called a PA. you can get em from radio shack or CB stores. theyre usually like 15 bucks and you just plug it into a CB unit thats capable. usually theyll have a CB/PA switch on the front...
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i just got mine and let me tell you they are fun as crap. i got mine off ebay - http://search.ebay.com/search/search...ker&category0=
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most CBs(the ones that ususaly cost 100$ or more) have a switch already on them and all you need to do is plug in a speaker, that you can get almost anywhere....
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On my old vintange CB I bought a Y cable, a 3.5mm headphone jack into male RCA ends (plug into INPUT on CD player), plug it into my external speaker #2 output so I only hear my voice, even when not on PA.
Back of my old CB (new out of bax three months ago):
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The Y-cable, great for MP3 players or for those who have an old tape with tapeplayer.
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Almost every CB has that option, from 30$ - 100's of $......just go buy a pa speaker, plug it into the back and push pa...

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ok thanks now i dont want to spend a killing on one or not even verry much but is there cheeper ones that are better than others could you guys give me some names of ones that are good for the money and are less than like 50$

i hvae found ones made from Midland how are they?
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cobra you have to go cobra
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check out Walcott CB, they're great for CB and related equipment, I buy most of my new stuff through them.

PA (Public Address) speakers -
http://www.walcottcb.com/speakers-he...221_32_47.html

And like said, Cobra is one of the best brands of CB equipment, but not the cheapest.
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I think I bought the only cobra model that doesnt have a PA hook up on it.
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I just bought a cheap 50$ cobra 19......and it sucked.....just for car to car traveling and they couldnt understand me and i couldnt understand them, and im running a wilson magnet mount......so im returning it, you get what you pay for, so spend alittle extra and go to a CB shop who will sell you one and peak and tune it.....

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I just bought a cheap 50$ cobra 19......and it sucked.....just for car to car traveling and they couldnt understand me and i couldnt understand them, and im running a wilson magnet mount......so im returning it, you get what you pay for, so spend alittle extra and go to a CB shop who will sell you one and peak and tune it.....

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hmmm, sounds like your antenna just sucked. maybe you didnt adjust your squelch right either, but that doesnt make any sense even for a cheap CB.
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I have a cobra 29ltd with all the buttons and *****....and i get out 10 miles....i bought this one because i wanted something smaller, but it sucked....my antenna might not have been in tune with the radio, but its not a user error......

I guess im just gonna take it back and get something else...

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I got the walmart special one. I can hear pretty far, dunno about transmitting.
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I have the midland 1001z. It works well for wheeling trips. Thats all I use it for. I got it for $30-35 at a truck stop.
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I have the midland 1001z. It works well for wheeling trips. Thats all I use it for. I got it for $30-35 at a truck stop.
yea thats the one im looking at buying do you know if it is good in the mountains? cuz were i live in Alberta Canada thats were all my offroading is?
is there sompthing i should look for that would be better in the mountains dose it matter?, what determains the distance?
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Almost every CB has that option, from 30$ - 100's of $......just go buy a pa speaker, plug it into the back and push pa...

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Yeah, to bad the one i got from you doesnt have a PA hookup, cause i have a PA speaker sitting in my basement
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I dont know about mountains. It works well below sea level... (I live in New Orleans) We go in alot of trees, if that helps. And it also has a pa switch. Can't say how it works, I dont have a pa. I mounted it in the little cubby under the a/c controle.

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I just bought a cheap 50$ cobra 19......and it sucked.....just for car to car traveling and they couldnt understand me and i couldnt understand them, and im running a wilson magnet mount......so im returning it, you get what you pay for, so spend alittle extra and go to a CB shop who will sell you one and peak and tune it.....

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ITS ALL IN YOUR ANTENA NOT IN THE RADIO
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ITS ALL IN YOUR ANTENA NOT IN THE RADIO

Agree'd 100%!

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.
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ITS ALL IN YOUR ANTENA NOT IN THE RADIO
I know this, i work for a trucking company im around it all the time, the magnet mount wilson is one of the best magnet mounts out there for mobiles....it is matched with my 29, i just wanted a smaller CB my 29 gets out 7-10 miles in the city with my set up....

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Yeah, to bad the one i got from you doesnt have a PA hookup, cause i have a PA speaker sitting in my basement
It was free.....

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are there any cb antenas that are hidden? is there anything that i can get that is inconspicuous? thanks!
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are there any cb antenas that are hidden? is there anything that i can get that is inconspicuous? thanks!
yes there is but there frequency is really bad
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so what type of antenna would you suggest and where should i put it?
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