Phoenix Metro Area- CB Radio Sales and Installation
Does anyone know of anyplace in the Phoenix Metro Area of where I might be able to purchase a CB Radio and have it installed. I could do it my self, but I would rather let someone who knows what cords they are yanking on and splicing together do it. (and my mechanic/father is over 1,000 miles away in Washington State.)
There's a place on 32nd Street just south of Bell Rd. that's been there for about 25 years at least -- Bronco One.
They installed a CB in my tractor in 1978 -- I've had no other dealings with them since, but they must be doing something right to have been there for so long! Bob
Every Truck Stop has a CB shop
Bronco One sounds good -- in addition, (just about) every truckstop in America has a CB shop -- the installers tend to be very knowledgeable.
How much did they charge for installation? (if you remember). Either way, once I have enough spare change I'll go and visit them.
Cost of CB Radios
I was just wondering how much would cost a basic CB radio (installation included) just for roadtrip purposes. As you know, cell phones are definitly not sufficient especially when you go up north in secluded areas.
Not necessary to install
Unless you really need an installed radio -- I would suggest getting one of the hand-held models -- they all come with a removable antenna (usually magnet mounted). The "Cobra HH Road Trip" model also includes a five-band weather radio and costs about $USD 100.00
It is a good radio and has the advantage of being able to move it to different vehicles easily.
I am now on CB Radio!
I just purchased my CB yesterday at Fry's Electronics in Tempe, Arizona (they do have a website: www.outpost.com). It is a Midland 75-850 Handheld 40 channel/All-Hazard/weather radio with a "rubber duck" antenna, and a nice little car adapter kit that allows me to use my vehicle's battery as well as a magnetic mount 3' Antenna (which I have proudly ploped on the back of my '91 Chevrolet Lumina!). It cost me $108 for the radio (which Midland sells on thier site for $159.00), and a antenna that I purchase at Radio Shack for about $34.00. It's nice, and I am now just trying to get used to CB radio. The only thing I have done is announced a traffic jam on I-10 in downtown phone, and thats about it. For those who care in the Phoenix Area, my handle will be "Cascadia", callsign KBLM85201 (thats what the FCC wants). I am going to be on channel 19 most of the time, unless there are anyone out there who uses another channel in the PHX area.
Sorry, Brad, I didn't see this post until just now. Looks like it's a moot point now, though. Bob
30 Years in the past
Congrats on the purchase. I have been using CB radios for over thirty years. These days, almost no one does a station identification with the FCC call letters. I still remember mine (from when a license was actually required) KABC-4291, but I haven't used those call letters in a long, long time.
Depending upon the vehicle I am in, the usual call sign is "ROADTRIPAMERICA" but I have also been heard on the box with my personal call sign: "Silver Squid."
What area are you in and what channel do you usually tune into?