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Great Compact CB Radio for a Good Price...
6 August, 2014
I have installed four or five 520XLs for friends and just bought one for myself. I have personally owned 3 of them and never had a problem. I own and use larger more advanced CB radios but this model in my opinion is a great all around CB to put in a vehicle like a Jeep. It is compact & has great features like: Automatic Noise Limiter (ANL) cuts out alternator & engine noise, Public Address hookup (PA) allows you to hook up a speaker and yell at your buddies or the bad driver in front of you, and a RF Gain knob. The RF Gain being one of the better features because you can turn it up to pull in weaker more distant signals and then adjust the squelch knob to block out the "static noise". Front display is not overly bright and obnoxious at night and bright enough to read in the daylight. The included hand microphone works fine but I always upgrade to a "power" mic. Also keep in mind your CB radio will only ever be as good as the antenna you pair it with. Research and get a good one. If you are a newbie to CBs you also need to research how to adjust the SWR (standing wave ratio) between the radio and antenna. If you don't you will have poor performance (transmit and receive) and will most likely burn the radio up. This is the main reason for the "my CB radio only lasted a week!?" reviews. Overall if you are looking for a quality small compact radio with the right upgraded features this is the radio to get.