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budget cb receiver/transmitter

Postby grunklefrump66 » Fri Nov 18, 2016 12:29 am

Hi guys,being pestered by family for ideas on xmas pressies for me, so I have had an idea,i already have an airband ez133xlt purchased late summer,but due to location ,do not get much on it,anyway as I am mainly stuck at home,!!!!! grrr .I am thinking about suggesting to them buying me a cb radio (sorry guy not interested in the ham radio scene,(Nowt Againgst You Who Are Members and ENJOY IT)Honestly!!
So ,U R S F members can you please suggest a GOOD SIMPLE NO HI TECH AERIAL SYSTEM CB RADIO RECEIVER/TRANSMITTER at a Budget price,please.
It would be a great prezzy for a Grumpy Old 67yr old GRINCH.
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Re: budget cb receiver/transmitter

Postby m0lsx » Fri Nov 18, 2016 11:49 am

Hello.
Maybe the first question should be, is there any CB activity in your area? Some areas still have some, many don't.
Second question what sort of budget & what do you want to get with that budget? As don't forget you will need the antenna, coax, SWR meter & other bits depending upon where you use the radio.
For example will you need a power to use the radio, that could be a vehicles, or a separate mains 12 volt supply. You will also need to mount the antenna. So could need poles, wall brackets etc to go outside your house or something like a magnetic base to go on your car.
Also do you want a simple FM only radio or were you thinking about something for international use & thus do you want SSB?
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Re: budget cb receiver/transmitter

Postby grunklefrump66 » Fri Nov 18, 2016 10:39 pm

Thanks m0Isx for your reply,as budget would be around £75 it looks like a cb is out of the question especially with all the add odds required,

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Re: budget cb receiver/transmitter

Postby m0lsx » Fri Nov 18, 2016 11:21 pm

£50 would buy a cheap new CB & around £20 to £30 a SWR meter.
But things do not need to be new or cost a lot. The antenna can be made cheaply & easily using some cheap wire & a electrical connector.
I have picked up working CB bits & pieces of sites like Freegle & Freecycle. And my first amateur radio mobile set up was a cheap very old VHF radio, a cheap CB mag mount, a cheap antenna & an SWR meter, total cost. But several years ago, around £70 & the SWR meter is still my favourite to use.
The only thing you cannot really compromise on is the coax that connects your antenna to your radio.
So don't discount getting on CB.
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Re: budget cb receiver/transmitter

Postby essexRXer » Sun Jan 22, 2017 11:49 am

If you are looking for a budget set, I would look at the CRT one N.
It is a multi-mode CB AM/FM with signal meter (unlike the CRT one) and can also be 'altered' to cover other bands, not that I am going to do that myself.

I have just placed an order for one of these at £46 because I had an unlucky used set from ebay that is being returned- for the extra few pounds I get this new set with tonnes of features and no odd screws in the chassis!

Should be here next week.
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