CB radio can be fun.
CB radio is a fun and rewarding hobby that when used right, can provide a way to communicate during an emergency or talk with family and friends on the commute home. When set up correctly a good stock radio will not break the bank or cause massive interference.
The black eye that CB radio has received is mostly from those who abuse the privilege by using illegal radios on the CB band. These radios are usually Ham radio equipment, or export 10m radios that has been modified to work in the 27 MHZ band that is used by CB. They also include frequency displays that show the current frequency in use.
CB radio is also an important tool.
CB radio can be a crucial form of communications when preparing for the worst. Whether you are just wanting a way to communicate with friends and family during extreme weather conditions, or wanting a for of communications for coordinating your survivalist groups activities, CB radio can be the link that saves your butt in an emergency. But what features do you need ?
Choosing the right features.
When looking at all the features that are available with a CB radio, the first thing you will have to consider is the maximum amount that you can afford to spend on your radio equipment. Will you need just 40 channels and Am mode, or farther communications that are offered with Single Side band (SSB). Will you need to have a full SWR meter built in to tune the radio, or just a simple RF/Single strength meter to show how strong the incoming signal is. Does echo and talkback do anything to make your signal stronger. What about the weather channel. Do you need a power microphone that will amplify the signal going out of the radio.
CB radio basic mode.
Using the CB radio can be really simple or complicated, depending on how much you want to learn. If you are technically inclined and need further communications then SSB (Single Side Band) is the way to go. Otherwise Am and a good antenna will provide more than enough coverage. The most common mode is AM (Amplitude Modulation).
Spending money on your first system.
You will actually gain more by purchasing a good antenna and a $2 yard sale radio than spending hundreds on the radio and skimping on the antenna system. A good base antenna is usually placed on the roof or a pole in your yard. The antenna can be as big as you can afford, or something simple like the Antron-99 verticals that offer good signals in a small package. No, the Antron will not work as well as a directional beam, but it does offer good performance. It also has good band coverage for ham radio use in the 10 meter (28-29.7MHZ) and 12 meter bands(24.890-24.990MHZ).
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