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Baofeng radios
#21
Would these be able to tune in to the CB channels? If not, I wonder why they didn't put that in? Maybe it's a feature on more expensive radios?
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#22
CB Is AM these are FM
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#23
I still have a CB mounted for those caravan days and traffic. A lot easier to use than a handheld. I do have a Baofeng handheld for emergencies.
Brian

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#24
(04-14-2019, 10:37 AM)Wabbit Wrote: Would these be able to tune in to the CB channels? If not, I wonder why they didn't put that in? Maybe it's a feature on more expensive radios?

CB is AM (mostly) and at about about 27 mhz, and the Baofeng lower limit (for transmit and receive) is about 136 (FM) mhz if memory serves. They are capable of receiving FM wideband broadcast from about 88 to 108 mhz. 

The CB band is much lower in frequency so the circuits in the handheld can't receive there, and even the antenna on a typical handheld VHF/UHF radio is terrribly inadequate for receiving the lower frequencies. They are tuned, or optimized, for VHF and UHF.

Actually there are SOME wideband handheld scanners that do include 27 mhz AM reception, but the limitations of the short rubber ducky antenna limit reception range, so you usually have to plug in a better antenna to be able to receive anything.

Short answer: The Baofengs are budget radios that are designed to cover VHF and UHF and that's what they do.
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  • Wabbit (04-14-2019)
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#25
Frequency Range: 65-108MHz (FM Receive Only) 136-174MHz and 400-520MHz (TX/RX)

These are basically really good walkie talkies with FM radio and NOAA Wink
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