Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Citizens Band Radio /w Weather Channels
I picked this Radio Shack TRC-234 CB Radio for a good price. I mainly wanted it for the Weather Bands. It's in great condition after a quick fix. I was able to hear quite well on it. However, I just couldn't transmit anything. But still, you don't need to speak on the Weather Band. One day, I had a bit of time, and pulled it apart. There was just one loose wire on the mic. I fixed it up, put it back together, and attempted to transmit. I was picked up about 1.5-2 miles from my current position. Reply was that I was "breaking the needle" which I found out, for the most part, it means a Strong signal. That was better then even the 15-mile range Cobra hand held Walkie-Talkies that I had. It's rated for a 5-watt transmission strength. Then antenna can be removed for transport. Only downside is that it uses 9-AA batteries. However, power drain isn't too bad. I've used it for maybe a total of 15-20 hours on the first set of batteries I put in there, and only now has the transmission power dropped to 3-watts. My cost, $5. That's it. And it still works like almost brand-new.