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Midland 1001Z 40-Channel CB Radio

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  • 40-channel, 4-Watt CB radio is perfect for novices and seasoned CB users
  • CB/PA switch allows CB to be used as a Public Address System when paired with a PA speaker
  • RF Gain adjusts reception sensitivity range for clear communication
  • Easily installs in most cars, trucks and RVs
  • Three-year limited warranty
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Make sure you have clear communication with others while on the road with the Midland MDL1001Z 40-Channel Mobile CB Radio with PA. This CB radio installs easily into cars, trucks and RVs and features 4 watts of output power, the maximum allowed by law, to give you maximum communication range. It also features instant channel 9 for immediate access to emergency channel 9 and a CB PA switch to allow the CB to be used as a public address system when paired with a PA speaker.


The Midland 1001Z two-way, 40-channel CB radio represents the state of the art in CB engineering. Incorporating microprocessor controlled PLL circuitry for precise tuning, it boasts 4 Watts of power, an emergency channel, digital power signal strength meter, squelch control, external speaker and PA speaker jacks, and plenty more. Installation is a breeze in most cars, trucks and RVs. Perfect for novices and long-time CB users alike.

Perfect for novices and long-time CB users alike. Click to enlarge.

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1001Z Features

4 Watt Output Power
The maximum power allowed to give you the maximum communication range.

CB/pa switch
Allows the CB to be used as a Public Address System when paired with a PA speaker.

Instant Channel 9
Immediate access to emergency - channel 9.

RF Gain
Adjusts reception sensitivity range for clear communication.

Front panel locking mic connector
Easy to connect microphone locks securely to CB.

Digital Power meter
Displays incoming signal strength and RF output power.

Squelch control
Removes background noise.

LED Display
Large high-intensity channel readout. Easy to read day or night.

On/OFF/Volume knob, Squelch knob, RF Gain knob, Tuning knob, CB/PA switch, Instant Channel 9 switch

Jacks and connectors
4 pin locking mic connector, antenna connector, external speaker connector, PA speaker connector and DC power cord connector.

Midland Radio Corporation

Midland Radio Corporation is an international industry leader in wireless communications with affiliates in Italy, Bulgaria, Germany, Poland, Russia, Spain, and the United Kingdom, as well as representation in Latin America. Midland develops high quality consumer products such as GMRS Two-Way Radios, Citizen Band (CB) Radios, Marine Radios, Bluetooth intercom systems, and All Hazards/Weather Alert Radios. Also, as a leading manufacturer of Land Mobile Radios, Midland supplies professional grade analog and digital (P25 Technology) Portables, Mobiles and Base Stations/Repeaters for government entities such as forestry, public safety, and other commercial users.

Known in the '70s primarily for CB radios and household electronics, Midland has grown with the times by producing innovative new communications products and by actively promoting public emergency preparedness. Midland has manufactured quality Two-Way Radios for the last 50 years and is a market leader in several individual categories.

What's in the Box

1001Z CB Radio, Microphone, Mounting Bracket and Hardware, Owner's Manual

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Technical Details

Item Weight 3 pounds
Product Dimensions 5 x 7 x 2 inches
Origin Made in USA and Imported
Item model number 1001Z
Batteries 2 AA batteries required.
Display Type LED display
Warranty 3 Year Parts, 3 year Labor
Height (inches) 1.875 inches
Width (inches) 4.5 inches
Weight 2.1 Pounds

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Customer Reviews
4.2 out of 5 stars 260 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #38 in Electronics > Car Electronics > CB Radios & Scanners
#395 in Sports & Outdoors > Sports & Fitness > Hunting & Fishing > Hunting > Hunting Accessories
Shipping Weight 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available October 2, 2001

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So, you're sitting there viewing this page in your browser, perhaps with a look of doubt in your face. That's why you've scrolled down here to the reviews. You're thinking to yourself "A $30 CB? It can't be worth a flip, right?". I tell ya what, I was thinking the same thing. But I gave it a shot and installed it in my wife's little '97 Corolla a few days ago, and so far I've been pretty impressed.

When I pulled it out of its box, my first thought was "Wow, cheap". And indeed it is. Its plastic case has almost no weight to it. The knobs and switches have the tactile feedback of a dirt-cheap appliance from Wal-Mart. Being the ham radio geek that I am, the first thing I did was pull out my trusty phillips screwdriver and open the case. More cheapness on the inside, all of the components no doubt obtained from the lowest bidder somewhere in Asia. However, I didn't see any sign of shoddy manufacturing that I've seen in other super-cheap products. No solder marbles shaking around inside, no apparent bad solder joints, components all in good shape, and everything seems to fit and function well. I put it back together.

Time to install. I spent an hour measuring and cutting a hole in the plastic tray beneath the stereo in our little Corolla to accommodate the length of the unit ; slid it in and secured it with 3M double sided tape. It looks pretty good, non obtrusive, black case matching the rest of the plastic in the car. It will no doubt fit will in other small cars too. After some snipping and soldering, I had power from the backside of the cigarette lighter. I temporarily attached my antenna (more on antennas later) and turned it on.

My main gripe is the channel knob.
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I have been into CB radios since they first came out. I also have 50 year experience as a ham radio operator and an electrical engineer. I have never had a better CB radio. I purchased a second one just to have in years to come as a spare. I use it every day-it has very low crosstalk from high power CB transmitters nearby on the Interstate.

Can't beat it for the $

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I purchased this radio new on Amazon for about 26 bucks delivered; not a bad price for any CB that is in working order, new or used! So there is value here! The first radio I received was defective; the receive section totally lost it's sensitivity after a few minutes of turning the radio on, and it was easily replaced with a fully functioning one. As one who enjoys "big" rig equipment, the compact size in this case allowed me to install it within the space beneath a removable tray in my car. Using a good quality extension speaker did the trick; but the radio has surprisingly good audio quality and volume from its internal speaker. An added bonus that NONE of the sellers; even the manufacturer ever mentions is that this rig does have an RF Gain control, a feature NEVER seen in a radio at this price point. Another thing I am impressed with is the fact that the squelch control actually works properly; set it for a particular threshold, and it will allow signals to pass selectively based on the FULL range of differently received signal strengths. It seems that the radio has some sort of "fuzzy logic" that allows a signal to break the squelch and remain received even as the signal fluctuates under the selected threshold to some degree. Most squelch circuits, even in high priced equipment, operate miserably in this regard. So with the other features presented with this radio, ease of operation, good TX & RX audio, the nice size package, and the price - you simply can't go wrong!
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My old Uniden CB handitalkie died so I wanted a new CB radio for keeping track of traffic conditions when I'm on a road trip. I noticed the very low price on this Midland and ordered one.

When it arrived, I put it on the bench to try it out, connected to a 12 volt, 10 Amp power supply, Bird watt-meter and a 50 Ohm dummy load. When I hit the PTT switch on the mike the meter on the radio moved up to full scale, but the watt-meter showed zero. I double checked my connections and even connected the watt-meter setup to another radio and it worked fine. Hmmm... Being an old (in both terms of the word) radio guy, a licensed ham for 51 years, I opened up the radio.

Lo and behold, the short length of bare wire going from the circuit board to the SO-239 connector was broken right where it was supposed to be soldered to the center pin of the coax socket. I heated up the soldering iron and repaired the connection. Back into testing mode and, sure enough, the watt-meter now shows exactly 4 watts when I key the mic.

It seems like a nice little radio with basic features that serve my needs when I'm on the road. I like that it has an RF gain control and would miss the NOAA weather channels except that my mobile Ham rig has that capability so it's not important in my case.

Other than the one caveat about potential quality problems, I think this is a very good value for the money if what you need is a simple to use, basic CB transceiver.

I'd also like to make a comment about CB radio antennas in general. All the radios put put the same power, 4 watts. The single factor that has the most effect on the range you get is the antenna. Small is NOT better.
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