Quality of CB Radios compared to Ham Radios

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Quality of CB Radios compared to Ham Radios

Post by Trog » 04 Feb 2018, 18:47

I have read many times that Ham rigs are superior to CB rigs because they are made and built with better components. Does this mean every single component or just some components such as capacitors and/or transistors? I suppose what I'm really asking is why can't the 'inferior' components in a CB rig be replaced with better quality 'superior' components equal to those found in a Ham rig to make that CB rig perform as well as a Ham rig? Has anyone tried this or done it successfully? Would it be cost effective or just a waste of time and money - or even possible? Just throwing this out there really as it has crossed my mind from time to time. 8)

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Re: Quality of CB Radios compared to Ham Radios

Post by Mudslinger » 04 Feb 2018, 19:18

The actual components like individual capacitors and resistors are probably not a lot different. The quality and design of the circuits on Ham radios should be better, but it depends on how much they cost as to how much better.
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Re: Quality of CB Radios compared to Ham Radios

Post by Ur5by9 » 04 Feb 2018, 19:22

If you look at the big manufacturers like Icom, Yaesu , Kenwood , some of the large radios produced are thousands of pounds. They use High quality filters and components. Its hard to make any comparison between a radio worth thousands and a 40 channel cb radio produced on a budget and also the audience it is aimed for.

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Re: Quality of CB Radios compared to Ham Radios

Post by ch25 » 04 Feb 2018, 19:29

You can't make Bentley from Vauxhall mate.
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Post by Buick Mackane » 04 Feb 2018, 20:04

But you can make a good paper weight from a fidelity 1000
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Re: Quality of CB Radios compared to Ham Radios

Post by kilimax » 04 Feb 2018, 21:07

ch25 wrote:
04 Feb 2018, 19:29
You can't make Bentley from Vauxhall mate.
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Re: Quality of CB Radios compared to Ham Radios

Post by kilimax » 04 Feb 2018, 21:08

Buick Mackane wrote:
04 Feb 2018, 20:04
But you can make a good paper weight from a fidelity 1000
Along with quite a few others!
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Re: Quality of CB Radios compared to Ham Radios

Post by mrpsychopath » 04 Feb 2018, 21:41

ch25 wrote:
04 Feb 2018, 19:29
You can't make Bentley from Vauxhall mate.
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You cant make a vauxhall from a vauxhall now, they are all fiats 8)
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Re: Quality of CB Radios compared to Ham Radios

Post by kilimax » 04 Feb 2018, 22:08

mrpsychopath wrote:
04 Feb 2018, 21:41
ch25 wrote:
04 Feb 2018, 19:29
You can't make Bentley from Vauxhall mate.
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You cant make a vauxhall from a vauxhall now, they are all fiats 8)
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Re: Quality of CB Radios compared to Ham Radios

Post by prettypolly » 04 Feb 2018, 22:21

Me smells speed demon ...

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Re: Quality of CB Radios compared to Ham Radios

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prettypolly wrote:
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Re: Quality of CB Radios compared to Ham Radios

Post by prettypolly » 05 Feb 2018, 00:22

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Re: Quality of CB Radios compared to Ham Radios

Post by Trog » 05 Feb 2018, 01:04

ch25 wrote:
04 Feb 2018, 19:29
You can't make Bentley from Vauxhall mate.
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No you can't but supposing that Vauxhall body had a Bentley engine inside it? :think:

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Re: Quality of CB Radios compared to Ham Radios

Post by mrpsychopath » 05 Feb 2018, 01:25

Then it would be an audi, thats where the engines come from
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Re: Quality of CB Radios compared to Ham Radios

Post by MrWeetabix » 05 Feb 2018, 08:48

Two different markets really....... 'Mass market, mass-produced" for the CB market, as they typical buyer has a lower income to spend on a new radio and/or their hobby generally. Full-on HAMs tend to be older, mostly retired or are well-heeled businessmen who have time/money on their hands to play radio. The radios will be sold in much lower numbers, but to people will to spend much more on them, so they are crafted in small numbers, to a high standard.

The Vauxhall/Bentley analogy works well. However, if you put the guts of a high end radio inside a CB chassis then you don't have an Audi..... YOU NEED YOUR HEAD EXAMINED! :-P

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