Advice for a newbie?

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Re: Advice for a newbie?

Unread post by Red Bearded Goat » Wed Jun 13, 2012 2:08 pm

Read a ton of reviews about the hand held CB's... sound good if your running in a line of sight caravan, which I suspect might be better (might not) than the cheaper 2 way radios. I've found the 2 ways didn't work very well... but that could have been the ones I had. Last year we had a set of dedicated frequency Motorola VHF radios that were limited to a miles range. Reception in range was excellent but the supply is too limited for everyone to have this year so we're running fixed CB's.... and I'm hopeful the antenna components I ordered via Amazon on Sunday arrive before Friday so I can mount it all on the goat for a Sunday roll out..... if not I'll have to rig up an oil injector to the exhaust manifold so I can send smoke signals...lol.
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Re: Advice for a newbie?

Unread post by voodoo g8gt » Wed Jun 13, 2012 7:34 pm

batteries, recharge, charge, or buy some....... Starting the charging cycles tonight myself.
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Re: Advice for a newbie?

Unread post by QtheGenius » Thu Jun 14, 2012 7:15 pm

would anyone recommend the Radio Shack handheld CB with the fixed antenna attachment? For $100, seems decently priced

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Re: Advice for a newbie?

Unread post by OliveU2 » Thu Jun 14, 2012 10:00 pm

I'd suggest checking out a local truck stop before buying one from radio shack
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Re: Advice for a newbie?

Unread post by BL00DLUST » Fri Jun 15, 2012 10:52 am

So, would you guy recommend a CB or a Two Way? Both seem to do the same things, and a two way is a lot less expensive. My issue with a CB is having to hard wire it into the vehicle, which I'm not sure how to do, honestly. Also, Mounting it under the dash is going to be tough...and I really don't want to drill into the interior.

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Re: Advice for a newbie?

Unread post by BTR-75 » Fri Jun 15, 2012 11:47 am

I borrowed my Dads CB and it won't need to be hard-wired or hard mounted. The power will go thru the cigarrette plug adapter either on the dash or from the center console and the antenna has a magnetic base that I can fish the wire thru the trunk.

The two-way is only good for communication between you and another car, I'd go with a CB of some kind if possible. The do make small handheld CB's but from reviews I've read the antenna range is limited, but they can plug in thru an adapter as well and I believe you can even attach an external antenna to some.

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Re: Advice for a newbie?

Unread post by BL00DLUST » Fri Jun 15, 2012 11:59 am

With that being said, a CB is definitely a good idea?
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Re: Advice for a newbie?

Unread post by BTR-75 » Fri Jun 15, 2012 1:24 pm

I can only go by what others have told me, and that's yes. It's good to be able to communicate with others and from what I understand listening to the truckers talk about us. :P
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Re: Advice for a newbie?

Unread post by voodoo g8gt » Fri Jun 15, 2012 11:11 pm

heavy duty 2 sided mounting tape....... after rally it all goes away.
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Re: Advice for a newbie?

Unread post by jonnyb » Sat Jun 16, 2012 12:26 am

I have to admit seeing a "newbie" chime in and ask what they should bring 7 days b4 the event was kinda funny. But some of the answers and some of the lists were priceless. LOL. To answer the cb / 2 way query, if you don't care what the 18 wheelers are saying about us, the 2 ways work perfectly fine as long as the group of cars you are with are all on the same channel. I bought the $140 dollar set from radio shack and they have a good couple or more mile range on them. Just power them up with decent batteries, the rechargables they provide kinda suck! See ya soon newb, I'm the one in the orange dukes of hazard 01 challenger. Hope you have a good liver.

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Re: Advice for a newbie?

Unread post by BL00DLUST » Sat Jun 16, 2012 7:01 am

I pretty much had everything listed, but wanted a 'double check'.
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Re: Advice for a newbie?

Unread post by FlaHP » Sat Jun 16, 2012 11:50 am

Rally in a truck. Makes packing easier

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Re: Advice for a newbie?

Unread post by JonD91 » Sat Jun 16, 2012 2:52 pm

jonnyb wrote:Hope you have a good liver.
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