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epirider wrote:I agree with what Mister Dark has to say. I have handheld Midland 40 channel. It has ability to listen to one channel and transmit on another. So you and your group have the channels you want to monitor / transmit on and ya, it is not completely secure, but initially all that will be heard is a 1 way conversation.
For a mobile unit I have a RCI 2970. I can tune in any CB channel as well as sidebands, and it is a 10 and 12 meter band radio. Most of my group has SSB radios, so there is a little security - and I do me VERY LITTLE.
My base units vary from CB, Scanners, 10-12 meter and a few other little toys. I got the radios I have because A) I like them and B) my group dynamics dictated the choices. Basically what I am getting at (after a little bragging, sorry), there are a hoop ton of choices that are out there and just about as many ways of buying them ie; Ebay, Craigslist, amazon, and a plethera of little shops that can get and build you what you need and want. Make yourself legal by getting a HAM ticket and *tada* you have comms. Good luck hope to DX you soon.
The RCI 2970 has a power output of 100 watts which is illegal to use on the CB band. I do not think giving anyone information like that is appropriate...
gazpacho wrote:I'd like to correct a misconception about CB radio. Many people believe it only has a range of a few miles. 10 or 15 miles at the most. This misconception stems from may things, chief among them being signal blocking structures (buildings, mountains, etc) and seriously compromized antennas. The only thing you can do about blocking structures is to move away from them. The antenna is another matter. Among amateur radio hobbyists, the generally accepted length for a proper antenna would one half of the wavelength of the frequency being transmitted. In the matter of CB radio, one wavelength would be about 11 meters long. Half of that would be 5.5 meters of about 18 feet. Your typical commercial CB antenna is about 3 feet long, or about 1/6 of how long it really should be. You can imagine how inefficient that shortened antenna can be.
In the US, CB radio power is limited to 4 watts on AM and 12 Watts on SSB (Single Side Band). AM and SSB are modes of signal transmission. Transmission range is legally restricted to 150 miles, but the capabilities of CB radio far, far excede that. I know for a fact that with a proper antenna, while transmitting at 10 watts SSB on the 10 meter band (amateur radio frequencies, a little shorter in wavelength than 11 meter) that I can transmit a clear radio signal from coast to coast in the US. Of course, that is if atmosphereic conditions are just right. It's not very reliable, but it is easily possible. I haven't succeeded yet, but I have been told it is possible to talk around the world on 10 meter. 11 meter has the exact same potential. Could you do it on one of those tiny CB handheld radios? If you replace the antenna, yes. Out of the box? No chance in Hell, Michigan. (Look it up, it's a tiny little town that freezes over every winter.)
Pros: Much better range than FRS/GMRS, better ability to punch through soft obstructions like trees, removable antennas, no licenses.
Cons: Harder to find, no security (although they're uncommon enough that most people wont be able to listen in)
Most "locals" will probably be using CB and FRS/GMRS radios. Some may be using MURS. None of those services, with perhaps the exception of MURS with encrypted mil-spec radios (Motorola Saber, XTS, et. al. with Securenet option) qualifies as a "combat radio".
RadioShooter wrote:Most "locals" will probably be using CB and FRS/GMRS radios. Some may be using MURS. None of those services, with perhaps the exception of MURS with encrypted mil-spec radios (Motorola Saber, XTS, et. al. with Securenet option) qualifies as a "combat radio".
So the "best combat radio" for a civilian survivalist is a VHF radio with MURS for their own comms and a GMRS/FRS radio to talk with the unwashed?
I have both types but no portable CB.
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