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Decent CB

Postby JustSharon » 17 May 2018, 04:27

Morning,
Going to bite the bullet and get a new CB, I cannot be bothered with the faffing with my 2 knackered units.
Any recommended brands? - Does need to have EU settings aswell.
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Re: Decent CB

Postby Winchweight » 17 May 2018, 05:26

Hi Sharon,
I bought ours from these guys. They were very helpful, although I don’t see the same radios anymore (it was 5 years ago I suppose)..

https://www.thunderpole.co.uk/cb-radio-packs.html
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Re: Decent CB

Postby Mocki » 17 May 2018, 06:24

stay away from anything called "TEAM" or "Moonraker"
the CRT ONE is a very capable little ( and i mean little) radio for very good money. i would suggest a external speaker with any of the new ones, as the case speakers are very poor on this later generation .
www.ebay.co.uk/p/CRT-ONE-3569-12-V-CB-R ... 1944298707
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Re: Decent CB

Postby Tinium » 18 May 2018, 09:06

Winchweight wrote:Hi Sharon,
I bought ours from these guys. They were very helpful, although I don’t see the same radios anymore (it was 5 years ago I suppose)..

https://www.thunderpole.co.uk/cb-radio-packs.html


I can 2nd them, I've got the Adventure Pack with the stainless steel gutter mount (Folds the aerial backwards if you go into trees with it up, always handy) and it's worked well for me a the last few meets. Didn't want anything permanently installed in the cab, and added bonus that you can run it off a stack of AA's if you want to take it out the van (for marshalling etc).
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Re: Decent CB

Postby JustSharon » 19 May 2018, 16:46

Decisions, decisions.
I'm already 'wired' up, probs need to sort the earth again, but that isn't a hardship (time is though)

What about this
https://www.thunderpole.co.uk/mobile-cb ... splay.html

but it doesn't have rf gain, and all the previous ones we had did, but tbh, I don't even know what rf gain does. I ain't doing any bossing at work tomorrow just the payroll run, so I can have a think about whats what and get something ordered up.

Remembering when Neil had his ratchet strap lane adventure, we transmitted over quite a distance and alerted the other team for assistance so getting something with distance does have it's uses. Opinions and guidance please, ladies and gents
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Re: Decent CB

Postby Mocki » 20 May 2018, 17:29

Rf gain is actually just the opposite !
The normal position for RF gain is fully clockwise, and that is exactly the same amount of gain that standard cb has without RF gain .
What it is actually there to do is reduce the amount of Receive range you have , to reduce cross channel interference or "swamping" most a issue with base stations .its a throwback to the -10db antennuator on the transmitter, commonly called low power.
So in short don’t worry if you don’t have RF gain , but if you do, turn it fully clockwise .

Actually that TTIyou linked to is one I wouldn’t go for, but each to their own !
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Re: Decent CB

Postby silverbullet » 20 May 2018, 20:01

All I can say is that a 5' whip aerial on the roof (for a large ground plane) and a good earth return enabled my Midland 98 (Neils old one) to pick up chat from the alternate syncro group in Devon one year, who were some miles away!

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Re: Decent CB

Postby JustSharon » 21 May 2018, 05:02

Mocki wrote:Rf gain is actually just the opposite !
The normal position for RF gain is fully clockwise, and that is exactly the same amount of gain that standard cb has without RF gain .
What it is actually there to do is reduce the amount of Receive range you have , to reduce cross channel interference or "swamping" most a issue with base stations .its a throwback to the -10db antennuator on the transmitter, commonly called low power.
So in short don’t worry if you don’t have RF gain , but if you do, turn it fully clockwise .

Actually that TTIyou linked to is one I wouldn’t go for, but each to their own !


Thanks Mocki, that's cleared that one up for me.
The only thing that has put me off the CRT one is it doesn't have a bracket and I already have holes drilled for fitting a standard sized one. Any other links to CBs?
I simply don't have the time to investigate this and need to get it sorted sooner rather than later.
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Re: Decent CB

Postby Mocki » 21 May 2018, 05:57

It does come with a bracket
Like all other new ones it comes with the bracket , screws washers and mic clip
Worse case is one screw hole may need drilling .
Like SB says , it’s the antenna that makes the difference , bigger is better .


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Re: Decent CB

Postby JustSharon » 21 May 2018, 19:08

Sorted, then I'll order it up with a decent aerial.
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Re: Decent CB

Postby Buckaroo » 16 Sep 2018, 16:14

matt malone, leanne and myself have all fitted CRT One radios with either mirror mounted or gutter mounted 1.5 meter base loaded whips.
The standard 4watt output is designed to limit your range. However, the population of UK rarely use CB anymore with the exception of the die hards and mostly us T3 owners who tend to travel in convoy.
10 miles was the best I got with clear transmission/recieve both ways.
I could hear base stations with (UK illegal) 1kw burners for 35-40 miles before I could speak to them.
all in all for the very small package, CRT One is good for the money.
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Re: Decent CB

Postby Mocki » 17 Sep 2018, 10:51

1kw "burner" very unlikley , more likley to be 100w and a good antenna .
100w is enough for worldwide communication on hf frequency with the right antenna set up and the right conditions .

however yes 4w was designed to limit interference and range .
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Re: Decent CB

Postby Mocki » 17 Sep 2018, 10:51

1kw "burner" very unlikley , more likley to be 100w and a good antenna .
100w is enough for worldwide communication on hf frequency with the right antenna set up and the right conditions .

however yes 4w was designed to limit interference and range .
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