It’s been awhile since I’ve had a substantive post. In November work, home life, and reserve duty converged in a perfect storm, followed by Christmas vacation during which I tried out a lot of equipment – look forward to several equipment reviews!
A couple months ago I purchased the Midland 75-822 40 Channel CB Radio as part of my bug out preparations. We have FRS/GRMS radios, also from Midland, but I wanted and additional bug out comms option with greater range. I was not against getting a regular CB radio, but didn’t really have space in my vehicle and didn’t want to entice thieves (this CB and antennae stowed in the toolbox).
After am initial checkout, I recommend this CB radio – it works, is compact, and doesn’t break the bank. The included antenna is virtually useless inside a vehicle without connecting to an external antenna, but all permanently mounted CBs also need an external antenna so I don’t see this as a negative. I used the Cobra HG A 1500 Magnet Mount 300W antenna with excellent results.
There are a few really nice features about this Midland portable CB. It comes with three power options; 12 VDC, AA batteries, and AA rechargeable batteries. The rechargeable battery option lets you plug-in an recharge the batteries. So you can use this while driving and use it outside a vehicle – versatile.
The CB comes with a small antenna that attaches to the top via standard BNC connector, and the Amazon site offers to sell you package with adapter to go from BNC to standard CB antenna connector. Don’t do it! It’s not needed, the Midland 12 VDC option include a dongle for a standard CB antenna, a very handy feature.
For the first test, I hooked up the radio with the included small BNC antenna and had it scan all 40 channels as I drove home from work. Didn’t pick up anything.
For the second test, I setup the Cobra antenna, which mounts to the middle of the roof of the vehicle via a magnetic mount. The cable wasn’t too thick, so I just ran it in through an open door and closed the door, no damage to the cable. Connected it directly to the CB and listened to clear conversations all the way home, about 15 miles. It just works.
If bugging out in a SHTF scenario, a CB could be useful in determining the best routes for your exfiltration. This Midland radio can also be used if you need to leave your bug out vehicle (Bov) – again, recommended.