CB Radio, range in miles

Discussion in 'CB Radio Forum' started by doglips, Jan 3, 2010.

  1. doglips

    doglips Bobtail Member

    Dec 19, 2009
    Saint Paul, MN
    What's the difference in range for SSB on a CB radio. How many miles will you get using a radio with SSB? What are the advantages to just sticking with the 40 A.M. channels?
  2. WA4GCH

    WA4GCH Road Train Member

    Aug 12, 2009
    Seminole Florida
    I can't tell you for shure on CB but On 10 meters it is about 1.5:1
    EVEN though I have a CB SSB radio 99% of the time i'm on AM.

    When you lissen on 10 meters you will hear almost no AM in fact there is more FM than AM stations.
    SSB is just better and takes up less room ....
  3. Turbo-T

    Turbo-T Road Train Member

    May 31, 2009
    How many miles one can get out depends on lots of variables to include, but not limited to; terrain, how good of antenna you're using, how good of an antenna the other party is using, how tall up in the air your antennas are and also how tall up in the air the receiving party's antennas are, weather conditions, , if skip is rolling or not, any type of interference, etc.

    As a rule, SSB is a more efficient way of getting out. I've heard people say they could talk to someone 20 miles easy whereas when they flipped back to AM that same person they could only talk to for maybe 5 miles.
  4. WA4GCH

    WA4GCH Road Train Member

    Aug 12, 2009
    Seminole Florida
    SSB and CW are the best modes for long range DX no matter what band .....
    I work SSB even on 432 MHZ along with FM simplex. You will not even find AM on many bands anymore.
  5. Carolina Thunder

    Carolina Thunder Medium Load Member

    Jan 28, 2007
    Coeburn V.A.

    Go read the site,it explains alot!


    If you want to talk 20 to 100 miles pretty much any day of the week or around the world when the DX is strong then get a SSB radio. Make sure it is set up to be clean and completly on frequency,this means no mod kits and making sure that the final bais are set to be dead on. A RCI 2970DX or 2950DX are some of the best radios for SSB use on the market today.

    On AM,even with 100 watts you are lucky to get out 20 miles on a good day,on that same day a 100 watts would get you out across the state on SSB!
  6. phroziac

    phroziac Road Train Member

    Jun 16, 2009
    Gary, IN
    just for the record its illegal to talk more than 150 miles on cb radio. Not that anyone cares.
  7. bluechevyv

    bluechevyv Light Load Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    irving tx
    Thunder so you can talk longer distance but still use the same channel 19 or is that something else?
  8. WA4GCH

    WA4GCH Road Train Member

    Aug 12, 2009
    Seminole Florida
    Spoil sport :biggrin_2559:
  9. jessejamesdallas

    jessejamesdallas Road Train Member

    Oct 3, 2008
    Republic of Texas
    On SSB I'm not sure there's a limit as to how far you can talk when DX is rolling....On my Cobra 2000 GTL Base, I have talked over 9000 miles barefoot on SSB from Dallas to Australia...

    It's just a Mother Nature Deal, and a great big ol' Antenna!
  10. The Gryphon

    The Gryphon Heavy Load Member

    Nov 3, 2011
    That was unnecessary and extremely rude. Not sure what your motive is, but perhaps you should find somewhere or somehow else to carry it out.
    Last edited by a moderator: Jun 8, 2014
    Mudguppy Thanks this.
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