If you’re in the market for a CB radio there are some things you will want to consider before making the purchase, especially if you are new to using a CB or personal radio service. Citizens Band Radio Service (or CB) is a personal radio device that consumers and some businesses use for short-range communication. The CB operates on 40 shared channels and you can freely communicate on all of them except channel 9 which is supposed to be used for emergencies. CB radios can be a fun way to communicate for everyone in the family. There aren’t age restrictions on CB use, but helping children is just common sense.
Now that you know the basics lets look at things you will want to look at before purchasing your CB.
Personal or Professional?
If the CB going to be for personal use or professional? Identify the features you need to accomplish your goals.
Can You Hear Me?
Regardless of the intended use, the CB needs a good microphone or people won’t be able to hear or understand what you’re saying.
How Much Should I Spend?
Whether you’re purchasing your first CB or your fifteenth, you’ll want to look at your budget. Keep in mind that a common misconception exists that the more expensive your radio is, the better it will perform. That is simply not true and can result in wasted money if you aren’t informed. What you need for a powerful, clear radio is not expensive bells and whistles but a strong antenna.
How Important is The Antenna?
The antenna makes all the difference and the higher the better. The longer the antenna is the better you will be able to communicate. For buildings on land, you can use high poles to secure the antenna in place. For marine antennas, you’ll need to adjust based on the size of the boat. A large sailboat can mount an antenna on its mast, while a smaller powerboat will be more limited. Keep in mind, antennas are exposed to all kinds of weather, so choose a quality antenna that will withstand the elements.