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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40-CH MOBILE CB RADIO
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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4 Watt Output Power
The maximum power allowed to give you the maximum communication range.
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.
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.
Removes background noise.
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 CorporationMidland 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 Box1001Z CB Radio, Microphone, Mounting Bracket and Hardware, Owner's Manual
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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. The flimsiness of the channel knob is really the only giveaway as to just how cheap of a radio this is. It "clacks" when you turn it, and feels like a child's toy when you do so. The channel doesn't change with every "clack", it could be 2 clacks or one clack before it actually changes. But, it works. And it doesn't feel like it's about to fall off or fly apart, so I'll let it slide. I go to channel 19 and key the mic to ask for a radio check. A trucker on I-20 about 5 miles away tells me it's working fine and sounds OK. I mention that it cost $30, and we share a laugh. That's when I notice my huge metal garage door is still closed. Nice, the radio works pretty well. I was worried that I wouldn't be able to hear the speaker since I mounted it flush with the plastic in the dash, speaker covered. I had even bought a $10 cheapo extension speaker from Amazon with the radio. But it's still pretty loud! And it doesn't sound too bad when I crank up the volume. Not bad! I declined to install my extension speaker...for now at least.
So I install my mag mount antenna on the truck, tuck the wires in, and put everything back together. Let me give you some radio nerd advice about antennas, because there seems to be lots of confusion about this in CB world. A -LEGAL- CB radio puts out 4 watts AM. That's it. All of them, expensive or inexpensive, doesn't matter...4 watts AM if it's legal. And if you want it to "get out", then you need to squeeze out each of those 4 watts as best as possible. The CB band is around 27 MHZ, or around 12 meters. Boring technicalities aside, it basically means you need a "large" antenna for best efficiency. The absolute best CB antenna ever made is the good ol' 102" whip. You can order them from Radio Shack for about $20. But 102" is huge, and unless you're driving a big truck, it will probably look bad. The second-best antenna you can get, in my opinion, is the Wilson 1000. It has a 62" whip, which is pretty long but doesn't look too bad on a car. They come in mag mount or permanent mount. I'm using a mag mount. Now once you've got the antenna installed, you're not finished. You need to tune it for a good SWR. Go buy a cheapo SWR meter and a small piece of coax from your local CB shop or truck stop, read some directions on the internet, and tune that thing as best as you can get it. The local CB shop might even do it for you if they're nice. It WILL make a difference, and you need all the help you can get when you're only running 4 watts.
So, now I have everything installed, antenna tuned, and it looks nice. I start up the car out and cruise around town. I chat with a few other locals in town, as well as truckers passing by on I-20. This little radio is working just as well as my "big" CB in my other car, which cost almost 3 times as much. It doesn't look fancy or have all the features that one does, but when it comes to just plain talking, this cheap guy gets the job done admirably. Someone in another review mentioned how well the squelch works and I can confirm that. This radio may be cheap, but function-wise it works great. The only "dumb" design decision I've noticed is that the speaker shuts off if you unplug the mic. But that doesn't effect you really, you need a mic to use a CB anyway.
Wow, this got pretty long, but hopefully it'll help someone out there. If you want a basic CB to do basic CB stuff and don't want to spend a lot of money; go ahead and buy this one. I'll give it 4 stars, deducting only for the flimsy feeling of the channel knob and switches. It's one of the best values I've ever come across in all my years of goofing around with radio. Just remember though, it's all about the antenna. Get a nice long one and tune it as best as you can, and this radio will serve you well.
After two years of using these radios, I recommend them to everyone. They are great little radios. The external speaker jack and adjustable RF gain are excellent bonus features. This radio has excellent receive and transmit sound. A great little radio for a great price, with all the features I need. If one of them ever breaks, I'll definitely replace it with the same model.
This radio is tiny, unobtrusive, and has a front microphone jack, so it's easy to find a mounting spot for it in a car or small SUV. They even found room for a PA function. The front panel is uncomplicated, but a particularly nice feature slipped into the design is an RF gain control, which helps the squelch circuit deal with the long-distance chatter if you're working a nearby station. Although the radio's small size makes the controls a little tricky for fat fingers, it's easy to locate the controls by feel and operate them while driving. A channel 9 priority switch allows quick access to the emergency channel.
The 1001Z powers up in channel 9, and has no channel 19 priority switch, so you have to manually crank it to 19 each time you start up if you haven't gotten it wired into a permanent source of power. However, if you wire it to a circuit that's always "hot", the radio can remember its last used channel, even when powered off. This memory circuit draws less than a milliamp when the radio is turned off, so it won't drain your car battery even if you leave the car parked for a few weeks at the airport.
In radio terms, the 1001Z is decent. Receive sensitivity is not incredible, but my unit was able to receive a -117 dBm signal (better than the 0.5 uV/-113 dBm claimed) at 10 dB SINAD (measured on an HP 8920A). In layman's terms, this is very good for AM, and ensures that your receiver won't be the weak link in your setup. The transmitter feeds a CB-dedicated BJT, the 2SC2078, and will handle the maximum legal power output of 4 W. Don't expect to "swing" or "tune up" the 1001Z if you want to break the legal limit. You'll break the final first. Mine measured just slightly over 4 watts carrier. The oscillator was within 3 ppm on channel 19. In short, with the exception of being just a fraction of a dB over 4 W, my radio was perfectly tuned out of the box. I got good audio reports from drivers in my neighborhood. I like my radios to have relatively few IC's, and the 1001Z is made from discrete components in all the important places, making it easy to repair and tune.
There is no noise blanking, and the 1001Z suffered badly from ignition noise in my trusty 94 S-10 Blazer. An RF choke on the ignition line and a good ground system will go a long way to help deal with this. Even with the squelch closed, I could hear ignition whine in the speaker. But I'm a long time ham operator, and this is a familiar issue with mobile HF. Other CB radios do a better job dealing with noise, but the 1001Z isn't the worst I've seen by far.
The microphone supplied is very good. It's a condenser type mic, which requires a supply voltage to operate (supplied by pin 2 on the mic jack), so other mics may not be fully interchangeable. Audio quality was better than some of my expensive CB mics.
Possibly because of the microphone, this radio has an unusual delay before the transmitter kicks in. If you don't keep this in mind, your transmissions will get clipped, so after hitting PTT, you need to pause a bit before you speak. This feature has the potential to be slightly annoying, but I am used to military radios with transmit holdoff, so I did not find it to be a problem. Fortunately, the S-meter LEDs also serve as transmit power indicators, so you know when the radio is transmitting. (The "TX" LED comes on before the power LEDs.)
I would not hesitate to recommend this radio. It does everything a CB needs to do, and exceeds the quality of rigs costing twice as much. These days, thirty bucks is practically free.
Pros: Great microphone, compact size, good receiver.
Cons: No channel 19 priority, prone to ignition noise, slow to transmit.
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