CB Radio Review 2015

May 27, 2023
David Sunnyside

The Federal Communications Commission slapped John Hays with a $15,000 fine for operating a Citizens Band radio without a license. Hays’s overpowered rig caused interference with AM broadcasts and violated the maximum power levels allowed by FCC rules. The fine is a reminder that CB enthusiasts must follow the rules carefully.

A CB radio is a powerful tool for truckers and other vehicle drivers who want to keep in touch with one another on the road. They can also use it to communicate with authorities in the event of an emergency. CB users have their own lingo and codes, including 10 Codes and Q Signals, that can be useful in a variety of situations.

While many CB radios can be found for under $200, it’s best to spend a little more money for a model with more advanced features. For example, the Cobra Professional CB Radio includes a dimmer switch for the speaker and microphone, RF gain control, an automatic noise limiter, Delta Tune (to refine incoming signals), and SWR calibration. SWR calibration is important because the performance of a CB radio can vary significantly depending on how well the antenna is tuned.

This unit from President Electronics is an excellent choice for those looking to save on cost while getting a reliable CB radio. It has 40 channels, an easy-to-read display, and a basic design that makes it suitable for most vehicles. It doesn’t include a mounting kit, however, so you will need to purchase a mount separately.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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