When you purchase
a CB radio, you want one with all the options you like, and with
a look you like. The various features are outlined in the CB radio
FAQ's. There are a few other things to consider aside from style
and features. Try to walk through the installation in your mind
when picking out your radio. You want to make sure you get the
right size radio. You don't want a large radio or a CB that hangs
low on the mount in a small car. You or your passenger would constantly
be bumping it with your knees. In a truck, space isn't really
a concern. You do want to keep in mind that you might want to
be able to reach the radio while you're driving, though.
Handset CB Radio
For a smaller
vehicle, an all in handset CB radio might be the better choice.
This type of radio has a small box that connects to the antenna
and power. The mic plugs into the box and has all the controls
and, generally, a LED display on it.
A mobile CB
radio is the most common type of CB radio you will find. It's
basically a small box with a bunch of dials and a mic attached
to the front. They come in many different sizes, and with many
different features. You want to make sure you have a good place
to mount your mobile CB radio. Typically, the underside of the
dash is the best place. Make sure the spot you pick out won't
obstruct your or a passengers leg movement. Also, be sure whatever
you are bolting the mount too is strong enough to hold the weight
of the radio. Today's electronics tend to have a light weight
that makes this problem trivial, but better safe than sorry.
If you want
a CB radio that isn't confined to your vehicle, a hand held CB
radio is the way to go. These walkie-talkie like radios usually
come with an rechargeable battery pay that can be plugged into
your cigarette lighter and/or the wall and a mobile adapter kit
that allows them to be run off your vehicle's CB antenna.