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Discussion in 'CB Radio Forum' started by Rodneyna217, Aug 6, 2022.

  1. Rodneyna217

    Rodneyna217 Bobtail Member

    Jul 21, 2015
    Question. If you have 700.00 dollars to only spend on a CB radio for your semi truck, which one would You pick? Post a picture please. I used to run a striker, older version but looking for a CB that has the attached booster/power booster already built on it. Thank you for any information. Yes, I know, I only need a few channels on my radio but I want to buy the best!. Ranger is said to be the Best!
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  3. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

    Dec 18, 2011
    Get a cobra 29 anything, even a 23 channel and put the rest of the money into the antenna system.
  4. Another Canadian driver

    Another Canadian driver Road Train Member

    Nov 14, 2021
    I have a TR 966 and it's really good.
    Tweaked and tuned.
  5. jdchet

    jdchet Medium Load Member

    Sep 3, 2012
    NE Ohio
    Judging from your post your knowledge of CB radio is a bit lacking, no disrespect intended! In order to get the most out of a high powered expensive BIG radio you have to pay incredible attention to the installation of your radio system.
    First things first.............Like @Ridgeline said, get your antenna "right and tight" or you'll be wasting your money, and maybe your radio! Accomplishing this on today's trucks can truly be a pain in the keister!
    Second.........I see you're thinking about one of the Ranger's with the onboard amplifier.........Hooking power up to one of those is another big task. Direct battery hook up is a must and is not always easy! IMHO I would stay away from recently made Rangers because quality isn't what it used to be. They probably should include a fire extinguisher with the radios.
    Believe me there are some of us that have $700 or more tied up in our installations, not including the radio, and are still working to get them better! If you want big power and a big radio it's gonna cost $ and time.
    It's not like years ago when you could slap an antenna on the mirror arms, run your coax and have a reasonable chance at your antenna being right! Trucks were built different back then(all steel)! Getting a decent RF ground in today's trucks is usually a challenge. Scour different radio forums and Youtube to see what others have done. One member on here,@craig_sez, has a couple of good YouTube videos on New Cascadias.
    Good luck, do some research, ask questions. there are many here that will try to help.

  6. Rodneyna217

    Rodneyna217 Bobtail Member

    Jul 21, 2015
    JD. Thanks for the reply. I needed to hear just that. My CB radio knowledge is lacking but I do believe in having a CB and using it. I'm a retired police officer of 25 years. 1985 to 2009. A CB radio, was an option in our cars. I bought a old Johnson Cb and used it to keep up on information supplied to us from truckers and newspaper delivery guy. At 2 am and 300 square miles, a trucker was usually my Only backup. ( Putnam county Florida). We all looked out for each other. I was a deputy so my area covered Alot of miles. I later switched to a Uniden CB in my car. I didn't have a clue what SWR meant back then. Thanks for your input!
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  7. Bret1984

    Bret1984 Medium Load Member

    Mar 4, 2020
    Fort Worth, TX
    IMG-20220728-WA0005.jpeg I'm currently running a General HP 40W. $475.00 for the radio and it has a built in power amp. It's not the most powerful and expensive thing out there but it works pretty good and will leave you with a little change leftover to spend on some decent quality antennas.
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