It's fine for my purposes.
30 September, 2014
This is my first CB radio. Beforehand, I had absolutely no experience with them. I bought this one because it was inexpensive and had favorable reviews. I decided to buy a CB for traffic and emergency purposes, so I don't use it regularly. I drive a hatchback subcompact car, not a pickup truck with a high suspension or mud tires; therefore, I don't plan to take this CB off-road or in densely-wooded areas. So far, no huge surprises or disappointments.
It comes with a simple mounting bracket, a clip for your microphone, a few screws, and a power cable. The power cable was only about 3 feet long: not long enough to actually reach my car battery. Whatever. I spliced in some wire I already had, and added two alligator clips so I could hard-wire the radio to the battery and disconnect it quickly if need be. As mentioned earlier, I drive a small car, which isn't conducive to mounting CB radios. I ended up mounting it under my glovebox. The included screws were not nearly long enough for my purposes. They were supposedly self-tapping, which means you can physicall drill the screw into the mounting surface of your choice and they should stay put. Not the case for me. They fell right out after a small tug. Whatever. I instead used machine bolts I already had with nuts and washers.
The instruction manual was easy to read, but not very in-depth regarding how to mount the CB. Whatever. I'm not a stupid person, and I figured it out. The manual was just fine in explaining how to operate the radio.
For my purposes, it is loud enough, and I don't need an external speaker. But again, I don't drive a semi or a monster truck. If your vehicle is louder than mine, you may need a speaker. Out of curiosity, I plugged it into my car's auxiliary jack. I didn't notice any improvement in volume or sound quality. Whatever. It sounds just fine to me by itself.
I am able to transmit and receive signals, but rarely. Most of the time I just hear static, noise, and garbled transmissions. When I turn up the squelch control to filter out noises, I rarely hear anything at all. I'm assuming this is either because I'm not near any CB owners or my antenna isn't good enough. The analog switch works in improving the sound quality of incoming transmissions.
I use this CB with a 3-foot Firestick antenna mounted on a Firestik heavy-duty spring and a Firestik magnet mount.