When you think of CB radios your first thought is most likely the tale of the great American adventurer Burt Reynolds in Smokey and the Bandit. Or you think of your buddy Jake riding around shirtless in his TJ with no doors and flip flops.
While FRS, GMRS, Ham Radio, and yelling at your buddy out your window are all common communication methods you’ll see out on the trail, the CB radio is still one of the most popular and cost effective systems available.
Both Ben and I run the Cobra 75 WX ST; we went with a handheld model because of it’s compact size, it’s proven reliability, and it’s numerous mounting options. While there are some benefits from running a larger full size unit, we prefer not to drill into our trucks, and it’s nice to be able to keep them out of site when not in use.
Currently in the JK I just rest my unit on the center console or in the cup holder when I’m out on the trail because
I’ve been too lazy to mount it to the dash I only plug it in when I’m heading out on a trip. This also makes it easy for me to keep the unit out of site when I’m parked in questionable areas or when I just want to keep it out of site.
In regards to mounting the connector box, I’ve simply just attached it to a bracket under the front passenger side of the JK with some cable ties. The connector box is so small, that you can really put it almost anywhere that you can fit a pack of gum.
I really don’t have any complaints about the Cobra 75, but I do hear people complain about the cost in relation to some full size units. It does cost more than some of the more basic options, but they are substantially larger and require more permanent mounting solutions. I’ve also seen complaints about the size, but if my small Asian hands can manipulate the radio with ease you shouldn’t have any problems. Some people also choose to complain about the sound quality, but they must be deaf or riding around in doorless Jeeps because I’ve never had an issue with this.
Overall the Cobra 75 WX ST has been a 100% reliable CB radio, and we’ve experienced zero issues with them over the past few years. So if you’re looking to replace an old CB radio or you’re just a first time buyer, don’t hesitate in picking up one of these handheld units for trail communication or your cross country drive.
- Compact handheld unit (with plenty of features)
- Can be mounted almost anywhere.
- So easy to install a caveman could do it.
- Costs more than many full size units.
- One handed operation can be difficult for those with small hands.
- Some people complain about the poor sound quality.