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Demogawd

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I always wanted a CB and finally got one. So obviously I'm new to this. My buddy gave me a Cobra 25 LTD classic. Is this a good radio? I just went to a cb shop and had it installed along with an antenna. Like I said I don't know anything about this stuff so I want to learn. Any advice would be great.
 

Oldme

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The Cobra 25 is a nice compact CB that even has mike gain.
All legal CB s are limited to 4 watts per FCC.
You should have no problem making contacts on it.
 

mmckenna

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Hey, if it works, and it was free, sounds like the perfect radio!

Advice: So much that goes into making radios work well is in the antenna. A good antenna system will make a huge difference in performance. Learning this early will put you well ahead of the crowd. So many people think that tweaking CB's, Peak and Tune, linear amplifiers, etc. improve coverage, but that's a load of crap. A good antenna will make all the difference. Amateur radio operators can talk around the world on 4 watts, and they know it's all in the antenna.
 

k8krh

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The antenna is the key, I use a WILSON 1000, an expensive antenna but it works talking back to the home at 25 miles isn't bad. I had a K40 not as good, a whale of a difference.
That radio will do you just fine,you might want to try a power microphone on it, I use a d-104,m6b, hand held mic.
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davidnh

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Although I don't have it anymore.I have had a Wilson 1000 in the past..And I agree it's a great antenna.
 

Demogawd

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the antenna on mine is a browning, don't know what model. I do know it was designed to be a magnetic one but I had the shop owner take off the magnetic portion and put it on a bracket on the opposite side of my truck radio antenna in the front. That's what he had so I just said put that on mine too. It seems to be working. I'm sure as I get more knowledge, I'll change things up. Thanks for the comments and advice.
 

oldcb

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i'm guessing by your location that your at the military base about half way between springfield and st. louis, may not hear a whole lot in that area, i live only three miles from interstate 80 and only occasionally here truckers carrying on a conversation, though there is a great bunch of guys (locals) that i talk with here, my cb also comes in handy to and from where i work (a suburb of Cleavland), saved me more than once with traffic issues, good to see a new be though, and yes, antennas and good coax cable are the most important thing to get right................
 
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