When you decide to head to your local CB radio shop and pick out a new radio for your rig, there is one important thing that you need to know before you spend any money. Every CB radio that comes out of the factory box is limited by Federal law to 4 watts of peak output power. This means that if you spend $50 or $150 for a factory unit you are still going to get a radio with the same output power and range. The difference in the radios lies in the extra features that you may get with the more expensive unit and the accessories included.
If you go to a really good CB radio shop to look at radios or find one online that specialized in them, they should be more than willing to talk to you and explain the different features.
If you have never had a CB radio before, this may be the only way you can truly gain an understanding of the different functions, controls and features on each of the different radios they carry. Remember it is the features that you pay extra for on an out the box CB radio, not the actual output power when it is still factory sealed.
While you are looking at all the radios in the CB radio shop, these are some of the features you should ask about and what they are. If you at least have a base knowledge to start with perhaps when the salesman starts talking about them it will not sound like a foreign language. First and foremost is the squelch control, this simple control adjusts the setting at which the radio will actually pick up a signal from another radio and let you hear it through the speaker.
This will keep you from having to listen to a constant litany of static.
Next on the list of terms the guy in the CB radio shop might cover is the RF gain, this is used to control the strength of the signals that your radio will allow to filter through for you to listen to. It can be set to filter out the weaker signals, reducing the amount of background chatter. ANL or automatic noise filter, this is used to filter out things like static, noises from your engine or electrical systems so that what you hear on your speaker are crystal clear.
Finally depending on the CB radio shop you are in, your salesman might talk to you about boosting you output power.
There are several different ways to legally boost the power of your CB radio making it possible to transmit a much stronger signal and receive conversations from further away. If you would like to know more about CB radios and boosting the signal contact Radio Active Radios and ask them about their SuperWackPacked line of CB radios. They guarantee that their modification process produces super powerful radios that work as well if not better than anything else on the market.