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Old 12-15-2015, 12:03 PM
 
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We have new Tahoe with top-line radio/GPS system (with the wi-if hot spot capability that we don't use)
We travel frequently from TX to FL where we have second home
Sometimes traffic is a mess and there is no way to know if you should just pull off and eat lunch and wait or if it is general construction grind...
I use Waze which can be helpful but that depends on a fairly small group of people--
Much more likely to see in dense urban areas than isolated stretches of I 10

I am considering getting husband a hand-held or portable CB for Xmas to use for those long distance trips
We used to have one mounted under the car dash in the 80s when we made lot of freeway trips and it was very useful...

Anyone have a model/type they have used and recommend?
I know I need a supplemental antenna since the car will block most reception--
Recommendations for ones that are best balance of useful range and unobtrusive/easy to store appreciated as well...
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Old 12-15-2015, 03:45 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Can I ask what you hope to gain? I'm assuming that you'll be dependent on another driver further up also being equipped with CB and willing to communicate. How common are CB's these days? I imagine truckers may still use them but I've never personally seen one in a car.
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Old 12-15-2015, 04:24 PM
 
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I thought truckers still use CBs
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Old 12-15-2015, 04:58 PM
 
Location: OH>IL>CO>CT
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Something like these maybe ? All would need an external antenna for in-car use.

Amazon.com: Midland 75-822 40 Channel CB-Way Radio: Electronics

Amazon.com: Midland 75-785 40-Channel CB Radio: Electronics

http://www.amazon.com/Cobra-75WXST-4...words=cb+radio

http://www.amazon.com/Cobra-HH-38-WX...words=cb+radio
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Old 12-15-2015, 07:27 PM
 
Location: Mtns of Waynesville,NC & Nokomis, FL
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We have a decade plus old one, similar to that midland model:
Amazon.com: Midland 75-785 40-Channel CB Radio: Electronics


We used it frequently on longer trips before smart phones with WAZE, et al were around.


It was an adjunct to my old Passport bird dog, but came in handy for traffic info, etc.


I would hold it in hand with antenna sort of up/out the window: range was not so hot compared to usual car CB antenna from the '70s/'80s, but it worked.


For those prices, it may be worth a try and fill your need.
GL, mD
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Old 12-15-2015, 11:35 PM
 
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Seems the issue is range and what type of antenna--since the flexible stubby ones are no good inside a moving car
He won't want to mount anything permanent
So likely get a magnetic roof-mount option and Midland or Cobra hand unit
Read reviews--everyone has an opinion but difficult to find non-biased review like you would for flatscreen or cell phone
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