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Discussion in 'General 4Runner Talk' started by matt520, Dec 18, 2019.

  1. Dec 18, 2019 at 2:48 PM
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    matt520

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    hello everyone just wanted to ask about uhf/vhf vs CB for while on the trail what would be a better set and what is used more. I come from off roading in polaris RZR to which i have a PCI pro link 4. I am just not sure spending the money for a uhf is needed. any help is welcome.
     
  2. Dec 18, 2019 at 3:19 PM
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    Thatbassguy

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    Most of the guys I've off-roaded with run CB. I've got a basic setup and it serves me fine. It seems to be the standard.

    A handful of guys I know are running HAM radio, but there are regulations and I believe you need a license to use it. I'm told that the license is inexpensive and not difficult to acquire, but I can't vouch for that.

    EDIT: added links to my setup, if you're interested. I didn't want to mount anything permanent, so this is what I'm using. You'll get more range with a higher end unit, though.

    Midland 75-822 40 Channel CB-Way Radio https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00000K2YR/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_0kS-DbA27TVDC

    Midland - 18-2442, Center Load Mag Mount Mobile CB Radio Antenna - 17-7 Stainless Steel Whip https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00R6K6LGO/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_zlS-Db9H1HZ75
     
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  3. Dec 18, 2019 at 4:21 PM
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    Thank you I think a CB will be the way to go as I’m not going on multi day trips as of yet
     
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  4. Dec 18, 2019 at 4:26 PM
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    What do you plan on using comms for?
    Chat with group you're riding with: cb is fine
    Call out for emergency assistance: HAM or sat phone
     
  5. Dec 18, 2019 at 4:41 PM
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    It would mainly be to chat with a group or talk to other people on the trails, I like the idea of a sat phone for emergencies
     
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  6. Dec 18, 2019 at 4:42 PM
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    I like the fact that I can dismount this as our 4Runner is gonna be the wife’s daliy
     
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  7. Dec 18, 2019 at 9:21 PM
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    CB is definitely less expensive and more common than the others. HAM does require a license. I will get my HAM license one day but for now I only have a CB. The CB I have cost $130. The HAM radio I would buy is over $400 so it's a big difference. The test for the HAM also has a fee. This is the CB radio I have. Mounted the box under the drivers seat.

    https://www.rightchannelradios.com/collections/cb-radios/products/uniden-off-road-cmx760

    For the antenna I have a mag mount with a whip antenna from Wilson that I have had for years. This way I can remove the antennae when it's not being used.

    Here is a good HAM resource with free study guides. Check it out.

    https://hamstudy.org/
     
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  8. Dec 19, 2019 at 6:35 AM
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    This is my setup.

    It works pretty good.

    I think I need a new tablet mount.

    [​IMG]
     
  9. Dec 19, 2019 at 6:51 AM
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    that hurts my head just to look at! what the hell is going on there?

    i have a cobra 75wx that i still need to install :/
     
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    LOL too funny. You might want to add one or two more just in case there is an emergency!!
     
  11. Dec 20, 2019 at 12:16 PM
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    Thank you for the resources i will look in to this and study up better.
     
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  12. Dec 20, 2019 at 12:17 PM
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    I think i see a spot just over the passenger vent. very nice set up tho.
     
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  13. Dec 20, 2019 at 12:19 PM
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    i have an old uniband or something like that that has been bouncing around the shop looks like it might find a home :)
     
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