Looking to buy a walkie-talkie, possibly CB..

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Kingcodez, Nov 29, 2011.

  1. Kingcodez macrumors 6502


    May 13, 2009
    Looking to start playing Airsoft again, and my wife wants to get a little walkie talkie to mess around with. I know the cheap ones work for about a mile before crapping out, with the trees and everything. I also want one for when we buy motorcycles.

    I remember watching Die Hard (300 times) and I've always liked the walks they used, little "CB communicators". In Die Hard 2, they also had them; except those units had encryption.

    Is it possible to get a consumer CB that is decently powerful with encryption? Ex-Military hardware would be too outdated and bulky, I'm just wondering in the past 20 years if they've made something legal and pocketable. I don't need real military-grade encryption, I just like the scrambled noises that they made. I like buying stuff that I can hack and play around with so I was just checking here if anyone could point me in the right direction.

    Are the sub-$200 radios CB? I had always thought they were just small transmitters, hence the poor quality over a distance.

    Furthermore, has anyone found a good way to maintain communications with iPhones that doesn't rely on an internet connection? I had toyed with the idea of creating a mobile hotspot and then group-Skyping over that. I know I'm bringing a cannon to a sword fight but the cool factor is too much. :)
  2. LumbermanSVO macrumors 65816

    Mar 15, 2007
    Denton, TX
    You won't get encryption over the CB, but it is pretty easy to mod a standard issue Cobra 25 or 29 to put out over 100 watts and make it a better "listener" at the same time. Anything over 4 watts is illegal though. The antenna is FAR more important than the output though.

    The radio in my work truck swings to around 45 watts and dead keys at 6 and I have a properly tuned antenna. That basically means that if I want to be heard, I will. Though most of the time it is off because the chatter annoys me.

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