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Midland 75-785 40-Channel CB Radio
- Padlocks, Lockout/Tagout & Security Equipment
- Made in America
- Commercial Brand: MIDLAND RADIO
- Handheld CB radio with 40 CB channels and maximum-allowed four watts output power
- Power with nine AA batteries or included cigarette lighter adapter for mobile use
- Charge jack allows NiCad batteries to be charged without removing them from the radio
- ANL (automatic noise limiter) and squelch control for improving reception/eliminating noise
- One-year manufacturer's warranty
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75-7857 watts input and FCC maximum allowable 4 watts output 33% smaller than previous model Automatic Noise control Automatic Gain control Bright LED channel display High/Low (1 watt) power switch Battery save circuit reduces battery drain 12V DC lighter socket Flexible antenna with BNC connectorSpeaker/Mic & Batt. charger jacksOperates on 9 AA batteries (not included) Product : MIDLAND 75-785 4 WATT HANDHELD CB RADIO Manufacturer : MIDLAND RADIO Manufacturer Part No : 75-785 UPC : 046014757851
This CB radio comes with seven watts of input and four watts of output (the FCC maximum allowable), and is a sleek and slim handheld that's 33% smaller than its predecessor. Highlights include automatic noise control, automatic gain control, a bright LED display, high/low power switch, and plenty more. With battery saving circuitry, this mobile radio can operate on 9 AA batteries or use your vehicle's 12V DC lighter socket adaptor, for a truly portable CB solution.
Truly Portable Handheld CB Radio
40-Channel CB Radio
The 75-785 offers 40 separate communication channels, delivering the maximum CB communication range with 4 watts of output power. Tune in with pinpoint accuracy using on-board PLL channel selection.
While communicating, a built in ANL (automatic noise limiter) improves reception for weak signals, and squelch control further eliminates background noise. Transmissions on your end should be crystal-clear as well, thanks to the built-in electrostat microphone.
You can power the 75-785 with nine AA alkaline batteries for use on the go. Alternately, fill it with rechargeable nickel cadmium AAs, and use the charge jack to recharge them all without removing them from the radio.
Additionally, a DC charger is included for use with "cigarette lighter" power adapters in cars, trucks, boats, etc.
External Accessory Jack
Add Midland accesories, such as an external speaker box or headset mic, using this jack.
75-785 Select Specifications
|Channels:||40 CB |
|Frequency Band:||26.965 - 27.405 MHz|
|Unit Dimensions (H x Wx D):||7 x 2.25 x 2 Inches|
|Unit Weight:||0.55 lbs.|
|Power Requirement:||9 AA |
|Operating Temperature Range:||-30 ~ +50° C|
What's in the Box
Midland 75-785 CB Radio, DC Adapter, Antenna
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Basically, if you want this radio to perform well in a car, you will need to hook it up to an external antenna, like a Wilson or a Firestik... that stock rubber ducky antenna isn't going to work well inside a car made of metal, absorbing RF. You are going to get a few car lengths, if that, in range. If trying to use this to talk to another handheld CB (such as a friend in another car), you and your friend BOTH need external antennas.
As for a walkabout with these guys, the stock antenna will work for a few miles at most, in a clear open area with no obstructions (like a farm or open field). If you start throwing in buildings, trees, houses, statues, hills, dinosaurs etc in the way, range is going to drop accordingly.
Being both a Licenced Ham Radio Operator and a CB user, I have studied radio and radio tech for a while now. This radio performs as I expect a 4 watt CB radio handheld with standard rubber ducky antenna to perform. I am using this radio to communicate with my base station at home (102" whip mounted on the roof of my home) and I can get about 2 miles out in suburbia here in my testing of this unit. Note that handheld to handheld with stock antennas are not going to get this kind of range. Attaching my Mag mount Wilson antenna on my car to this and I could most likely get 5 miles on this (though I have no need to do this, since I have a mobile CB radio installed in my vehicle).
As for the radio itself it has the standard compliment of 40 AM channels (No SSB here) a volume and squelch knob. When the radio is squelched, the numbers on the display turn off to conserve power - good idea Midland! There is a switch on the lower side of the radio to toggle high or low power (4 watt high, 1 watt low). Up Down and PTT are the other side near the top of the unit. Antenna connects to a standard BNC connector (factor this in when using another antenna, you might need an adapter for the coax). Display is a bright green, and easy to read except perhaps in the brightest of sunlight. (cover with your hand, no big deal). Sound from the radio sounds quite good, and I was a bit surprised on such a decent sound. You got some audio jacks on the side there as well, as well as the 13.8v power input. Takes 9 AA batteries, and I am currently using Eneloop NiMH batteries with no problems at all. Might want to invest in some Eneloops or such for this beast, and a decent charger - this will go though its share of batteries. If you plan on using this radio often, rechargeables are the way to go!
Bottom line: The secret to success in any radio application is the Antenna! This radio is a basic, no frills standard CB radio, and for the price it becomes a great deal. If paired up with a good, solid antenna you will see a dramatic increase in range. I hope this review helps those looking to buy this radio - its quite capable for what it is.
If you are considering a radio for a vehicle off road like I was, consider this unit. I did not need long distances, but it was helpful to be able to get out and 'spot' for another driver while still being able to communicate with the radio.
Because of the option to run on batteries, this unit is a bit larger than a typical handheld.