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Midland 75-822 40 Channel CB-Way Radio
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- Portable CB radio with 40 CB channels, 10 NOAA channels, and 4 Watts of output power
- Power with six AA batteries or included cigarette lighter adapter for mobile use
- Instant access to NOAA Radio, channels 9 and 19; Dual Watch monitors channel 9 and additional channel
- ANL (automatic noise limiter) and squelch control for improving reception and eliminating noise
- One-year manufacturer's warranty
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Midland Micro 40CH Hand held CB
Having a CB radio while traveling can be an invaluable tool for emergencies and for keeping up on road conditions, and the Midland 75-820 40-channel handheld CB is one you should definitely consider. It comes with everything you need to get started in a hurry, including a battery pack for times you want to run the unit on six AA batteries and a cigarette lighter adapter for battery-free operation in your car.
Ultra-Portable CB and Weather Radio
40-Channel CB Radio
The 75-822 offers 40 separate communication channels, delivering the maximum CB communication range with 4 watts of output power.
Channel scan can automatically check all channels for activity, stopping on any active channel for five seconds. You can also store and instantly access up to five of your favorite channels in memory. When you flip on the device, a last channel memory feature will turn on the last channel you selected before powering off.
While communicating, a built in ANL (automatic noise limiter) improves reception for weak signals, and squelch control further eliminates background noise.
Weather Radio/Emergency Channel Convenience
The 75-822 features instant access to NOAA Weather Radio, for weather/hazard information in your area 24/7. Immediate access to emergency channel 9 and informational channel 19 is also provided. The Dual Watch feature lets you monitor channel 9 and another channel of your choice simultaneously.
Power With AA Batteries or Vehicle Power Port
You can power this unit with six AA batteries, complete with a battery life extender feature. To get even more from your batteries, high/low transmit power settings are provided (4 watts and 1 watt, respectively).
A mobile adapter is also included for powering directly from your vehicle's "cigarette lighter" power port.
Easy to Use
The 75-822 boasts a large, backlit multifucntion LCD display that's easy to read, day or night. A keypad lock feature "locks in" your preferred settings, so they aren't accidentally changed. The flexible antenna with BNC connector is easily removed for transport, and an external headset jack is provided for hands-free use.
75-822 Select Specifications
|Channels:||40 CB |
|Frequency Band:||26.965 - 27.405 MHz|
|Unit Dimensions (H x Wx D):||3.5 x 2.75 x 1.5 Inches|
|Unit Weight:||0.4 lbs.|
|Display Size (W x H):||1.375 x .5 Inches|
|Operating Temperature Range:||-30 ~ +50° C|
What's in the Box
Midland 75-822 Radio, AC Wall Adapter, Alkaline Battery Compartment, Rechargeable Battery Compartment, Mobile Adapter, Antenna, Documentation
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Responding to the negative reviews that say something like "It didn't work at all", I wonder what "at all" means. I suspect some of those people may have tried to use the mobile adapter and the small included whip antenna at the same time. My CB's (I bought 2 of them) didn't get any reception that way without a simple modification. Note: If you're using the battery pack it works fine with the included antenna.
The mobile adapter has two connectors. One connector plugs into the cigarette lighter and another connector is for an external antenna. When the mobile adapter is hooked up (on mine anyway) it's assuming you're using an external antenna so it ignores the included antenna. Without an external antenna hooked up, I wouldn't get any reception. To get it to work I had to put a piece of electrical tape over the terminal for the external antenna. One of the attached pictures shows the yellow electrical tape I used. This way I could use the external power and the included antenna.
More details and pictures can be found here: http://travelhintsandtips.com/road_trip.php
It can fit in the arm rest of a car (at least it fits in mine)
It can easily be stored in the glove compartment
It can be used similar to a walkie talkie
Access the 10 NOAA weather radio channels
The battery life is excellent
The range isn't as good as a normal CB but an external antenna can help that
I would (and have) recommend this to my friends.
The pluses - this unit has several nice features that typically aren't included on lower priced entry-level sets. I also like all of the controls and display being combined with the speaker and microphone into one handheld unit. The weather channel is also a handy thing to have.
The minuses - the user's manual that came with my unit and the PDF version that can be found online are very brief and incomplete. It mentions features but gives little or no useful information about them such as how to turn them on and off. For example, the high/low power feature. There is a screen display telling you which power level is activated but no switch is labeled as having anything to do with it or that seems to affect it, and there is nothing in the manual about it other than pointing out the location of the display indicator. Edit: This mystery has been solved, no thanks to the almost useless owner's manual. There is a button labeled "Misc" with "h/l" written underneath it, which apparently stands for high/low. Pressing this button switches between high and low power.
Also left unexplained is the "auto power save" feature. The owner's manual only points out the "save" indicator on the display screen but no detail about it, such as how to turn that feature on and off. In the meantime, the auto power save feature is activated on my unit and I'm not able to cancel it. It's really irritating because the "save" light flashes every few seconds accompanied by a burst of static regardless of the squelch setting. I have searched the Internet several times and found other people asking how to turn off this annoying feature, but no answers so far. Bottom line, more complete info in the user's manual would have been really great.
If anyone out there knows how to turn off the "auto power save" feature, please advise.
A few people commented on the poor transmission/reception. CB band does not transfer well into handhelds in general. FCC used to allow 5 watts then lowered it to 4 watts.
4 Watts is not a lot power especially on the 27MHz AM bands. (12 watts for SSB is allowed).
Radio performance is pretty simple: Power and the antenna. The technology has not changed in decades and its all the same radio principal so performance from one handheld to another should have little to do with the unit itself but rather the antenna. The 27 MHz band is pretty low and generates a fairly large wavelength. Full antenna required would be on the size on 36 feet long, ½ wave 17 feet and ¼ 8 feet. On autos with the large ground plane there is a compromise and a 36”-48” whip works well. For a handheld CB to pack all that in a small antenna does not work well at all. Back in the day the old CB handhelds had 6’ retractable antennas.
This is a great unit and works great for CB knowing the inherit limitations of the 27 MHz band. If you are looking for a handheld to talk to another handheld look in the FRS/GMRS band radios which start at 462 MHz. The wavelengths are much shorter and a full antenna is 2 feet, 1/s wave 1 foot and ¼ 5 Inches. So you have pack a true ¼ wave antenna on the unit.
Cellphones could never work without being in the UHF and above bands so they can generate the smaller wave with a small antenna.