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Help please! Both are handhelds , seem to have about the same features, and cost about the same. Any experience/advice with either or both?

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Voodoogirl,
I bought the Midland 75-822, based on a friend's recommendation.
That being said it is truly a mobile unit - so you can use it outside of your vehicle. Two battery packs (one for regular AA and one for rechargeable)
Adapter (included) so that you can plug it into you 12v lighter socket and attach to an external antenna.
In terms of external antenna that is your choice. Firestick + bandi mount or Wilson mag mount.
Truly versatile. Great for communicating while on the trail (inside or out of your rig)
Very satisfied.
 

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Voodoogirl,
I bought the Midland 75-822, based on a friend's recommendation.
That being said it is truly a mobile unit - so you can use it outside of your vehicle. Two battery packs (one for regular AA and one for rechargeable)
Adapter (included) so that you can plug it into you 12v lighter socket and attach to an external antenna.
In terms of external antenna that is your choice. Firestick + bandi mount or Wilson mag mount.
Truly versatile. Great for communicating while on the trail (inside or out of your rig)
Very satisfied.
X2

And, Amazon will ship it to you free!!!

cheers,

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I have asked Santa for the midland. I have decided that my cb and gps need to be portable.Several reasons for this-

In the event that I have problems out on the trail and have to walk.

Electricle problems render vehicle mount cb and gps usless.

Gear is not vehicle specific so you can use it with ATV or second vehicle.
 

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Voodoogirl,
I bought the Midland 75-822, based on a friend's recommendation.
That being said it is truly a mobile unit - so you can use it outside of your vehicle. Two battery packs (one for regular AA and one for rechargeable)
Adapter (included) so that you can plug it into you 12v lighter socket and attach to an external antenna.
In terms of external antenna that is your choice. Firestick + bandi mount or Wilson mag mount.
Truly versatile. Great for communicating while on the trail (inside or out of your rig)
Very satisfied.
X2

And, Amazon will ship it to you free!!!

cheers,

dale
I have asked Santa for the midland. I have decided that my cb and gps need to be portable.Several reasons for this-

In the event that I have problems out on the trail and have to walk.

Electricle problems render vehicle mount cb and gps usless.

Gear is not vehicle specific so you can use it with ATV or second vehicle.

All good points, thanks. I'll let Santa know!:)

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I have the Midland. It's okay by itself, not the greatest transmission, but I think I will be adding a bandi mount and firestik before next spring. It got my choice for its versatilitiy.

DO NOT ORDER FROM AMAZON. I did this and waited forever (even though they said they had them in stock). I ended up cancelling my order from them and going to antonline.com. Got it pretty quick. I confirmed with them by phone to make sure they actually had them in stock.

http://www.antonline.com/p_Midland--75-822--Midland-75-822-Handheld-CB-Radio-with-Vehicle-Adapter-_240009.htm

Hope this helps out. Wouldn't want santa to be late with a present :)

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I have the Midland. It's okay by itself, not the greatest transmission, but I think I will be adding a bandi mount and firestik before next spring. It got my choice for its versatilitiy.

DO NOT ORDER FROM AMAZON. I did this and waited forever (even though they said they had them in stock). I ended up cancelling my order from them and going to antonline.com. Got it pretty quick. I confirmed with them by phone to make sure they actually had them in stock.

ANTOnline.com - Midland 75-822 Midland 75-822 Handheld CB Radio with Vehicle Adapter

Hope this helps out. Wouldn't want santa to be late with a present :)

AmityFJ
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Wallcott cb carries the midland and you can also find them at the larger wal-mart locations.
 

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I went with the Cobra and used it on the trails during Summit I at Ouray last summer. I haven't been out with it since. I was able to communicate with w5wi all the way over Black Bear Pass.

Because the transmission / reception of all handhelds are limited, I'm thinking of getting a Bandi mount and coil up the coaxial cable inside the back door, not a full time or professional installation. Then just uncoil and connect to the handheld and screw in the antenna as needed.
 

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I went with the Midland 75-822. Note that in portable configuration the reception is pretty limited. I added a bandi mount with 2' firestick and ran the coax from the bandi mount to my driver's side box on the top of the dash. (I've also added a 12V outlet to this box.) Plugging the midland into this setup greatly improves range.

An appropriate google search will reveal that it is a simple thing to convert the Midland 75-822 to "export" configuration with 120 channels. I am not endorsing this, just noting that it is possible.

Joe
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Kathie,

If you haven't seen both first hand then I would recommend that you do. I was dead set on buying one of these handhelds until I went to my Local Fry's electronics and tried them out. Though not simulated in off road conditions, the amount of people playing with these things gives you a good idea of how they will look like in time.

For me:
Cobra: I did not like the bulkiness of the unit, complexity of still having to mount the control unit and the Push to talk seemed cheap. I also did not like the location of the small wheels to turn things off or on, volume control etc..

Midland: I liked it more but I did not like the power cord at the bottom and the Antenna cable on the top location. I would rather have both cables in the same location but not opposite. Extra wires just get in the way is what I felt. Besides I do not plan on carrying this around with me outside of the vehicle.

These might not be important to you but like I said you won't know until you try them. I was kind of bummed out until I came up with my own plug and play.

I myself bought the Uniden Pro520XL ($50 bucks online, $44 at Fry's online store but they charge AZ tax+ shipping for me,small unit, PA capability but the 510 is just as good and cheaper but no PA) added a $1.50 DC connector to connect to the aux power outlet and a "Little wil" mag mount antenna ($34). To make it even more plug and play I had some commercial grade Velcro (sold at Homedepot) and stuck one side to the back of the uniden and the other to the inside of the change holder location. The Commercial Velcro is strong stuff and keeps the Cb in its location. It is so strong that the Velcro allows me to position the CB on the fly for better angles toward the driver or the passenger. The best part is that there are no holes to drill, you can set it up in a few minutes, and the whole setup with antenna is about the same than if you bought just the Cobra or Midland which you will still need to buy an antenna and mounting hardware if not going the mag mount way.

I routed my mag mount antenna cable through the same location where everyone has done theirs. via the rear door/ jack area.

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I have the Midland. It's okay by itself, not the greatest transmission, but I think I will be adding a bandi mount and firestik before next spring. It got my choice for its versatilitiy.

DO NOT ORDER FROM AMAZON. I did this and waited forever (even though they said they had them in stock). I ended up cancelling my order from them and going to antonline.com. Got it pretty quick. I confirmed with them by phone to make sure they actually had them in stock.

ANTOnline.com - Midland 75-822 Midland 75-822 Handheld CB Radio with Vehicle Adapter

Hope this helps out. Wouldn't want santa to be late with a present :)

AmityFJ
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As long as I get it before the next time I need it, guess it's ok.


Wallcott cb carries the midland and you can also find them at the larger wal-mart locations.

Thanks. I've searched around. Walcott has almost the highest price, @110 for the Midland. BuyReliant.com had 'em for 80. Haven't checked Wal-Mart though, so I'll add that to my list.

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I went with the Cobra and used it on the trails during Summit I at Ouray last summer. I haven't been out with it since. I was able to communicate with w5wi all the way over Black Bear Pass.

Because the transmission / reception of all handhelds are limited, I'm thinking of getting a Bandi mount and coil up the coaxial cable inside the back door, not a full time or professional installation. Then just uncoil and connect to the handheld and screw in the antenna as needed.

Ooooh! I like the cable and antenna idea KLD! Thanks!


I went with the Midland 75-822. Note that in portable configuration the reception is pretty limited. I added a bandi mount with 2' firestick and ran the coax from the bandi mount to my driver's side box on the top of the dash. (I've also added a 12V outlet to this box.) Plugging the midland into this setup greatly improves range.

An appropriate google search will reveal that it is a simple thing to convert the Midland 75-822 to "export" configuration with 120 channels. I am not endorsing this, just noting that it is possible.

Joe

I would hope that reception would be good enough for trail runs, but if not I'll take the 'KLD' approach. And as far as the "export" stuff, that's way over my head. This is all new to me. I just need to comunicate, as simple as possible.



Kathie,

If you haven't seen both first hand then I would recommend that you do. I was dead set on buying one of these handhelds until I went to my Local Fry's electronics and tried them out. Though not simulated in off road conditions, the amount of people playing with these things gives you a good idea of how they will look like in time.

For me:
Cobra: I did not like the bulkiness of the unit, complexity of still having to mount the control unit and the Push to talk seemed cheap. I also did not like the location of the small wheels to turn things off or on, volume control etc..

Midland: I liked it more but I did not like the power cord at the bottom and the Antenna cable on the top location. I would rather have both cables in the same location but not opposite. Extra wires just get in the way is what I felt. Besides I do not plan on carrying this around with me outside of the vehicle.

These might not be important to you but like I said you won't know until you try them. I was kind of bummed out until I came up with my own plug and play.

I myself bought the Uniden Pro520XL ($50 bucks online, $44 at Fry's online store but they charge AZ tax+ shipping for me,small unit, PA capability but the 510 is just as good and cheaper but no PA) added a $1.50 DC connector to connect to the aux power outlet and a "Little wil" mag mount antenna ($34). To make it even more plug and play I had some commercial grade Velcro (sold at Homedepot) and stuck one side to the back of the uniden and the other to the inside of the change holder location. The Commercial Velcro is strong stuff and keeps the Cb in its location. It is so strong that the Velcro allows me to position the CB on the fly for better angles toward the driver or the passenger. The best part is that there are no holes to drill, you can set it up in a few minutes, and the whole setup with antenna is about the same than if you bought just the Cobra or Midland which you will still need to buy an antenna and mounting hardware if not going the mag mount way.

I routed my mag mount antenna cable through the same location where everyone has done theirs. via the rear door/ jack area.

Good Luck,

Wow! A lot of info on the Cobra and Midland, thanks. Got any pics of your set-up?

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Midland: I liked it more but I did not like the power cord at the bottom and the Antenna cable on the top location. I would rather have both cables in the same location but not opposite. Extra wires just get in the way is what I felt. Besides I do not plan on carrying this around with me outside of the vehicle.
The auto adaptor for the Midland 75-822 provides both power and antenna connections on the base of the unit, so this is a non-issue.

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The auto adaptor for the Midland 75-822 provides both power and antenna connections on the base of the unit, so this is a non-issue.

Joe
Very good to know, thanks!

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i am looking for a handheld for roadtrips to communicate between cars via cb instead cell phone. people say the reception is not that great without an antenna, but how far would it reach? if a few cars are driving down the freeway following each other would everyone be able to hear the handheld?
 

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i am looking for a handheld for roadtrips to communicate between cars via cb instead cell phone. people say the reception is not that great without an antenna, but how far would it reach? if a few cars are driving down the freeway following each other would everyone be able to hear the handheld?
Yes, but if the last vehicle fell behind and wasn't noticed, or everyone passed a slow vehicle except the last one, or the last one got caught at a light that everyone else made it through, communication would be lost once a 2-3 mile gap in spacing occurred. All handhelds are under 5 watt broadcast, and with a stubby antenna the range is short. This is the biggest knock on handhelds.
 

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Santa delivered! :rocker: Actually, I'm not sure if Santa is real. I think maybe it was my sister. ;)

I got the Midland. It's a lot smaller than I thought, so now I like it even more.

Thanks guys for your input. :)

Kathie
 
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