Does the SDS really receive the CB band and does it work in a vehicle as a CB receiver? What Antenna will work, currently have Remtronix 802.
So to the o p... Not sure exactly what you're looking to do but was just answering your basic question and the answer is yes. I assume you use your 100 for police and fire and if they are simulcast you got the right radio. If you want to include Channel 19 to what you listen to now when you're driving your car it will work but it certainly is not going to be an optimal CB receiver. If that's what you're looking for then by all means buy a cheap CB radio and slap a 102 in quarter wave whip on your bumper LOL.I find it unlikely that a do-it-all scanner is going to have the receive sensitivity (range) of a standard CB.
I bought the least expensive Uniden scanner recently (space limit + price) to experimentally Scan CB channels while my “big” radio stayed on AM-19.
With the supplied inner-glass antenna, “range” was barely across a two-lane highway.
With a dedicated 27-MHz 4’ antenna, it was (maybe) 1.5-miles. (My “big” radio doesn’t really fall below three-miles).
My suggestion is to get a UNIDEN 980 AM/SSB radio and set it up as a scanner.
Traveling the country there is enough other signals traffic not confined to AM-19 to justify the purchase. Sideband can get overwhelmingly busy near dusk, and from all over the country.
There is ENOUGH activity on 11-Meter that a receive-only set-up can keep one busy.
There’s the 40-channels. Then Upper and Lower Sideband to each (40-channels with three modes). A 980 will scan all of it (unlikely on the scanner).
As adjunct to a main radio, it’s then the backup spare and scanner.
$120 is what I paid for the last one. The latest little base-load steel whip was about $30. $175 or so ought to do it with external speaker and coax (add a bit more for mount + power).
$200? Now you’re set for a decade of use.
Do a worthy installation for your vehicle and it’s backup comms to a cell phone.
The Receive is noisy. Adjusting Squelch and RF Gain about half the battle. The other is proper noise abatement.
(There are other radios a step up in quality — price — which also scan).
Yeah I figured that. oh, nobody buys and sds100 unless they need overall coverage and performance. The stock antenna is not the greatest in the world but it's going to have broader coverage than the remtronix that is tuned for 800 megahertz. The Cb is not going to work great but you will hear local stuff.Thanks for the info, to be clear I didn't buy a SDS 100 to be a cb receiver. I appreciate those that can provide helpful information. I was merely trying to understand if someday I wanted to listen in as I travel if the radio would do it and if the current antenna would work. So I see that changing to the stock one would be best for that application.
Exactly! A cheap C.B. would probably receive C.B. better than any scanner. Why tie up a $600+ scanner for C.B.?If CB is important to you why not just buy a CB radio, they are inexpensive.
I'm not a big fan of the feeds obviously but for a while there was a feed for Channel 6, I'm not sure where it was hosted from. If everything's right in the universe Channel 6 used to be a tremendous channel for dxing. Hard to understand the local dialect, we're going back a number of years but the skip off the ionosphere was amazing.blong,
if you put in CB channel 6 (27.025) all bets are off.
with the uniden 396T and the radio shack 800 antenna.
i listened to a guy from Louisiana one morning when the skip was in.
i live in Port Charlotte, Florida.so it could have been around 500 miles distance.
i do not know how much power he was using, a foot warmer might be an understatement.
It will work. And it won’t. My $200 suggestion buys you a radio rig on which you can communicate.Thanks for the info, to be clear I didn't buy a SDS 100 to be a cb receiver. I appreciate those that can provide helpful information. I was merely trying to understand if someday I wanted to listen in as I travel if the radio would do it and if the current antenna would work. So I see that changing to the stock one would be best for that application.