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Handheld CB

Postby Spartan Offroad » Sun Sep 11, 2016 10:00 am

Any of you have experience using a handheld CB when offroading. I am shopping for a new radio for the hmmwv and weighing my options. For the most part we are running an open cab configuration so there are the elements and thieves to worry about. Also, lots of times we find ourselves outside the vehicle to spot, take pics, or survey the terrain ahead and are not able to receive communications with the rest of the group.
Seems like a great idea, but not sure if they get the same range as a radio connected to 12v and a long whip antenna, especially when in the mountains and/or thick brush.

Any comments or recommendations based on personal experience would greatly be appreciated.
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Re: Handheld CB

Postby Ian Ward » Sun Sep 11, 2016 8:17 pm

I would get a UHF radio. There is way more chanels and therefor less trraffic per channel. If you are on a channel that requires a lisance and some Fcc dude happens to come on and says to identify yourself unplug the main power (whether that's the power cable for an in vehicle unit or the battery on a handheld.) The signal strength on a uhf radio is better also.
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Re: Handheld CB

Postby btaylor017 » Sun Sep 11, 2016 10:59 pm

Hunting Radio's you by over the counter from Academy or Cabelas are UHF and are good for communication out to a mile or two. These low power UHF handsets are good for going through structures but aren't really that good for anything requiring distance.

I use VHF handheld radios for Elk hunting in the mountains in Colorado and they're good out to about 10 miles in mixed terrain but require a license to operate. VHF in general is good for quite some distance and some cheap handsets are available up to about 10 watts.
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Re: Handheld CB

Postby Spartan Offroad » Mon Sep 12, 2016 1:23 am

Thanks guys I was looking for info on handheld citizens band radios specifically because whenever we offroad that's what everyone already has in their trucks.
2006 HMDS Mystic Green
1997 HMCO, DropTop Chicken Box
1995 HMC4 Stroker Ace
1990 M998, 2 Door
2000 HMCS, Clean & Mean
1993 HMC4 - Under construction...
2001 HMCO, All Stock
Sold: 2002 HMCS, 2001 Alpha Vision, 1997.5 HMC4
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Re: Handheld CB

Postby btaylor017 » Mon Sep 12, 2016 10:25 pm

Midlands make a reasonable CB handset and they're cheap. Good enough for trailing.
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Re: Handheld CB

Postby Gunshow » Sat Sep 17, 2016 10:02 pm

I have the Midland Handheld CB and a Midland stationary unit mounted in the truck. I have had no problems with either.

I also have a mobile HAM radio in the truck.
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Re: Handheld CB

Postby Spartan Offroad » Wed Sep 21, 2016 1:43 am

Gunshow wrote:I have the Midland Handheld CB and a Midland stationary unit mounted in the truck. I have had no problems with either.

I also have a mobile HAM radio in the truck.


I have a midland in the truck as well. What is the range on your handheld when using it in the woods and/or mountains?
2006 HMDS Mystic Green
1997 HMCO, DropTop Chicken Box
1995 HMC4 Stroker Ace
1990 M998, 2 Door
2000 HMCS, Clean & Mean
1993 HMC4 - Under construction...
2001 HMCO, All Stock
Sold: 2002 HMCS, 2001 Alpha Vision, 1997.5 HMC4
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