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I have a Cobra hand held I use was a back up if someones shorts out on the trail, not the most reliable. Get one hard wired into the FJ works best.


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In a 10-person Summit group, 9 will have CBs and 1-2 tops will be HAMs. It's hard to make the case that they make for better trail comms unless you're part of a club that requires every member to get one, and never wheel with anyone who doesn't.

To me the bigger selling point is always being connected, and some of the text/internet/APRS capabilities of HAM. If you run solo / expedition a lot, I'd have the HAM.

But I don't run solo very much, just with groups. And I want a clean interior, so two radios is going to be a pain.
We have certain runs that I have started requiring it on. Baja, the Arctic Ocean, etc. Bigger runs, I want everyone on 2M. When I can't I usually ask the tail gunner to at least have 2M. When you get a bigger group spread out around terrain, you can't beat the reach of 2M (or 440).
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We have certain runs that I have started requiring it on. Baja, the Arctic Ocean, etc. Bigger runs, I want everyone on 2M. When I can't I usually ask the tail gunner to at least have 2M. When you get a bigger group spread out around terrain, you can't beat the reach of 2M (or 440).
HAM is technically superior for several reasons, but the problem is not enough people have it, and I don't want to run with two radios.

Lobby FCC / Congress to remove the license requirement, and set aside some frequency range where licensing still applies so that the licensed guys don't have to deal with the riff-raff.
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CB RADIO I use a MidLand Minature Model 75-822
Why? Its portable, so can be used in multiple cars! Its inexpensive relative to many higher end models you can buy a magnetic antenna and radio for $96 currently at Wally World see link below!
When not in use its in my house safe from theft! The quality is above average solid "B" for the price ! Easy to set up when I " meter" the signal I can move the antenna on the top of my FJ, and I found the best route for the cable connecting to the CB ! No wires to cut plugs into my power plug or a cigarette lighter
( do cars still have these? Hahaha)
nice backlit LCD display!
For my needs it does the job! You can get more expensive models ( Galaxy ! Yikes ) but unless you need state of the art it will suffice! I use it primarily for trail running but it came in handy when we went over one highway pass and they were paving found out quickly on the radio what was going on and turned off my FJ cuz it was a 30 minute wait. Great when on the trail at the Summit ! I was tail gunner on several runs so it was nice to keep in touch with trail leader when I lost site of the! Best $100 dollars I spent on an acessory. As always opinions will vary based on needs. I look at it as a utilitarian necessity for the backcountry!




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This is how I did mine.

Full write up here: https://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forum...reo-today.html

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My setup. (link)

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I mounted my antenna to one of the ARB Bull Bar CB antenna mount points.
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HAM is technically superior for several reasons, but the problem is not enough people have it, and I don't want to run with two radios.

Lobby FCC / Congress to remove the license requirement, and set aside some frequency range where licensing still applies so that the licensed guys don't have to deal with the riff-raff.
MURS is a no license VHF band group of channels.
The entry-level amateur radios available to technician license holders are not always superior. Simplex or radio to radio, don't expect more than a CB, GMRS or FRS range. Repeaters is what makes a handheld talk... If you can reach it. If say a off-road club sponsored a repeater site or had the ability to set up a portable one for a weekend run that would be great. Yes they are all over but they do get more thin the more remote you are.
A small mobile radio with a cigarette lighter plug and a good mag mount antenna will be more than enough and you can throw it in the garage when you're done until next time.

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f say a off-road club sponsored a repeater site or had the ability to set up a portable one for a weekend run that would be great. Yes they are all over but they do get more thin the more remote you are.
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Drone-based CB repeater to hang out 200-300 feet above the convoy during the trail run? We're moving slow enough.

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Drone-based CB repeater to hang out 200-300 feet above the convoy during the trail run? We're moving slow enough.
Lifting enough power would be a problem, although with lithium iron phosphate batteries we are getting close.

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Nah, somebody had to get to a mountain top that has line of sight to where the run will be. Either post up to provide communication for the group or leave it in place and go back and get everything.

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