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2022 Outlook for CB Radios and More
This is a first for us here at RCR, but after a couple of unpredictable years, I think it'll be helpful to take a look forward into 2022 and let you, our customers, know what to expect in the overland comms radio world. This article covers the current state of radio sales, usage, and what we expect to see in the near future.
Best Radios for Overlanding
Overlanding requires specific traits from your radio: compact, tough as nails, and easy to use. These radios all fit that bill. Whether your running CB or GMRS, here are our recommendations for the Best Radios for Overlanding.
Trail Notes: Medicine Lake Run
Each year, the Montana FJ Cruisers put together a big Memorial Day run. This year, we got a lot of snow up here in Montana, which caused the group to change their plans at the last minute. They moved the originally planned Bozeman area run to Medicine Lake and the mountains surrounding Philipsburg and Anaconda. Here's Anthony's account of the weekend.
GMRS Radio Frequencies and Channels
GMRS is a mobile UHF 2-way radio service in the U.S. that requires users to obtain a license and is restricted to certain frequencies. This frequency chart also applies to FRS, or Family Radio Service, as GMRS and FRS utilize the same frequencies.
Trail Notes: Snowbash 2021
Snowbash is an annual event put on by Big Sky Four Wheelers that our buddy Anthony (of Montana FJ Cruisers fame) participated in this year. This was his second year at the event, and although this year looked a little different due to COVID restrictions, he still hit the trail with approximately 100 other rigs on January 16. Things were a little dicey this year, but we'll let Anthony tell you about it...
Best CB Radios of 2020
The Best CB Radios is a hard list to make as many things factor into what the right radio is for your activities and automobile. That being said, this year we have some clear units that have risen to the top. If you're looking for a CB radio to add to your collection or if you're just starting the search, here are the top 5 Best CB Radios of 2020, in the humble opinion of us at Right Channel Radios, your online CB Radio experts.
CB Radio Slang and 10 Codes
If you’re new to the CB Radio world, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the CB Slang. Just like we wouldn’t advise that you jump into a card game with a bunch of Italian mobsters without knowing a little Italian, it’s not a great idea to start communicating broadly through your CB radio without a little local language knowledge.
Trail Notes: Middle Fork of the Judith River
The Judith River runs about 124 miles through the middle of Montana and through the Little Belt Mountains. The Middle Fork of the river is home to a scenic out-and-back trail that our buddy, Anthony of Montana FJ Cruisers, and other members just tackled. He shared his account of the trail with me the other day and I thought the rest of you would love to hear about it.
CB Radio Frequencies and Channels
The CB Radio spectrum is broken up into 40 channels with CB frequencies ranging from 26.965 to 27.405 MHz. While these channels are open to everyone, some have commonly agreed upon purposes. Learn more about CB channels and what happens if you break the rules. More CB Radio Advice & How-To Articles at Right Channel Radios!
Installing a CB Radio System in your RV
We recently worked with Erik over at Alexander Outdoors, Inc. to get him the proper gear to install a CB system on his Jayco motorhome using our Cobra 75 CB Radio and Firestik NGP Antenna Kit. Check out his experience installing this CB system on his rig.
Magnet CB Antennas vs Magnet Antenna Mounts
When magnetic mounting is the best option for your rig, the next question is: magnet antenna or magnet mount?Magnetic mounting is often ideal for trucks or other vehicles with metal roofs, but can also be a great option in cases when there's no specific mount made just for your rig. Once you determine magnetic is the best choice for you, there are two options: a magnet antenna or a magnet mount.
Trail Notes: The Morrison Jeep Trail
I think one description I read about the Morrison said it best: "this trail has humbled many egos." My buddy Mike, a consistent face over at 406 Cruisers, was recently reminiscing with me about when he and the gang last tackled the Morrison Jeep Trail in northeastern Wyoming. It's really got me jonesing to get outside, especially these days! And I thought you guys might enjoy Mike's account as well.
How to Set Up a Base Station CB System
Want to make sure you're always connected, even from your home, garage or shop? Base Station CB systems are not complicated to install, but there are a few things you should know. So, let's get into it.
Alexis the Lexus: Hey, nice wheels
Our new rig, Alexis the Lexus, got new shoes! We recently replaced her wheels and tires for improved handling and off-road performance. Our youngest RCR team member approves :) | Right Channel Radios
Alexis the Lexus: She's a bit of a Fixer Upper...
Well, we got ourselves a fixer upper. Meet Alexis the Lexus! From wheels to suspension to a shiny new, state-of-the-art communication system (duh), follow along as we turn her from "hot mess" to "ah, yessss".