Rated 3.7 out of 5 by 3
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by HeavyDuty1974 good radio
Transmit distance is all in the antenna. There is no magic radio. Super tuning is a farce. Midland is a good brand. This is an excellent price for this radio.
June 4, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by RadioMike It does turn on
I'm not sure how they were able to get 30 miles out of this radio. Unless of course, they were talking about it's receive capability. because i have one. And it is good for about 2 miles at optimum conditions. The price is way too high for the radio they are selling! It does turn on and it will transmit and receive. But it absolutely does not transmit 30 miles.
December 15, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by jwilkers Excellent Radio
This radio is a great buy. Being experienced in radio communications, as well as being a licensed ham operator, I can say this is a great radio for the money. Transmit audio quality is great, recieve audio quality is great. You get an ANL noise limiter which is effective without sacrificing receive quality. The radio has an RF gain control, which will reduce receive sensitivity in interference/noisy conditions. Recceive fidelity is excellent, which is very important to me.
The radio has a 4-pin connector which may or may not be compatible with the standard "Cobra" style microphones. The stock microphone is an electret type, which differs from the Cobra style dynamic elements. I prefer electret microphones as they have better sensitivity.. IE are "hotter". This was a main reason for my purchase. I see no reason for the use of any micropgone other than the stock microphone. Use the radio as designed.
The squelch conrol is a "hysterisis" type. Rare these days in a CB. With a lot of CB operators these days turning their carriers down, and watching their meters "swing" this type squelch helps by not "chopping out" someone's signal as their carrier rises and falls. It also help not triggering on sudden noise bursts. For someone not used to this type of squelch control, it can be confusing, as people could underadjust or overadjust the squelch. This is a Great feature of this radio.
Transmit and receive ranges are right on where they should be. Mileage may vary by antenna type and noise levels on the band.
The weather function works fine. People on other review sites have considered this a negative. You need to realize weather frequencies are in the 162 Mhz range, and CB is 27 Mhz. Obviuosly, the radio is maximized for performance on the frequencies it will transmit on. I had no difficulties in using the weather function.
This radio has a nice modern look,, not the ancient look a lot of much more expensive radios have.
This is a great FCC approved CB. buy it, install it, tune your antenna (SWR) and use it. Nothing more is needed.
June 7, 2014