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Friday, November 18, 2011

Cobra 29LX Full Featured CB Radio

Cobra Electronics Corporation is a leading designer of mobile communications products in the United States, Canada, Europe and around the world. After 50 years of innovation, the company continues to grow by boldly entering into new product categories.  With that innovation in mind, the newest CB radio to come out of their factory is the Cobra 29LX.  This 40 Channel CB Radio has a large LCD display showing such information as channel and signal strength.  The 29 LX features a modern aesthetic design with a selectable LCD color display in red, green, blue, or amber to complement the interior of any cab. The display also has customizable night and day settings to enhance readability in both very bright and very dark conditions. In addition, Cobra's latest CB Radio features a new clock/timer that enables drivers to track their on-time driving hours. The driver clock/timer also functions as an alarm clock.
Based on the 29 LTD Classic platform with added features:  The new weather receiver with scan automatically advances to the next clear channel when driving cross-country ensuring the driver is always getting the latest weather alerts and warnings.  Also new is the industry’s first and only Radio Check Diagnostic.  Now users can monitor the radio’s RF output, SWR setting, and vehicle battery voltage.
The 29 LX also includes all 40 channel scan and memory channel programming, Instant channel 9 and 19, audible key tones, channel frequency readout for CB and weather channels, 4 watts AM RF power output, the maximum amount of power allowed by law; Talk Back controls allowing drivers to adjust the desired amount of modulation talk-back.



Selectable 4-Color LCD DisplayChoose from four easy-to-read display colors: red, blue, green and amber.
10 NOAA Weather ChannelsInstant access to 10 National Weather Channels, 24 hours a day, in all 50 states.
Emergency Weather AlertAlerts you if threatening weather is nearby with an alert tone even if CB is turned off.
Talk BackThis control is used to adjust the desired amount of modulation talk back that is present at the speaker during transmit
Weather Alert ScanAutomatically scans for the nearest weather alert signal.
Radio Check DiagnosticAllows testing of important radio functions such as RF power, antenna condition and battery voltage.
Memory Channel ScanAllows scanning of up to 10 channels stored in memory.
Memory ChannelsStores up to 10 frequently used channels.
Selectable Key ToneAllows key tone to be turned on or off.
Day / Night Dimmer ControlAdjusts brightness of the front panel for day and night driving.
SWR CalibrationAllows calibration of antenna system for maximum performance.
Channel ScanAllows scanning of all 40 channels.
Clock / Timer / AlarmProvides a clock/alarm and on-duty timer for professional drivers.
Auto Weather ScanAutomatically scans for the weather band for the strongest signal.
Frequency DisplayDisplays operating channel frequency of CB and weather band.
9 Foot Microphone CordFor easy reach within any area of the vehicle.
4-Pin Front Microphone ConnectorAllows convenient installation to be in dash or under dash.
Adjustable Dynamike BoostDynamically boosts microphone for increased voice clarity.
Tactile ControlsAllows you to actually feel where the dial is in it's rotation without taking your eyes off the road.
PA CapabilityUse CB radio as a Public Address System with PA speaker. Receive signals can also be monitored through PA.
RF GainAdjusts receive gain in weak and strong signal areas.
Switchable Noise BlankerFor increased noise reduction.
Dimmer ControlAdjusts brightness of the front panel, channel display and signal strength meter.
4 Watts AM RF Power OutputThe maximum allowed by law.
Antenna Warning IndicatorIlluminates when antenna needs checking.
Instant Channel 9 and 19Instant access to emergency channel 9 and information channel 19.
Delta TuneUsed to clarify incoming signals.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

November 2011 Newsletter Highlights

We just released the November 2011 newsletter to all of our members.  We are offering a discount to anyone who provides a review of any product on our website that they either owned or have ever owned.  Just tell us which product you reviewed and we will send you a coupon code for a discount on your next order.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Deciding on a New CB Radio

If you are in the market for a CB radio, you have many to choose from. Whether for emergencies or daily use, the CB is still a powerful force in the communications industry. Of course, all CB radio manufacturer's are bound by the FCC to give their radios 4 watts of output power. So what's the difference you ask? There are 4 main manufacturer's of Citizen's Band radios currently. For each manufacturer, they have different additional features they add onto each radio. So, when you are searching for a new radio, think about what you want on it and go from there.

Cobra Electronics has been producing radios for 50 years and they are by far the most well known manufacturer. Cobra's products are available in 40,000 storefronts in North America and many on-line retailers. One of the most famous radios of all time is the 29LTD. Recently, Cobra came out with a 29LTD with Bluetooth capability.  This gave truck driver's a chance to use both the CB and cell phone within the same device. This also kept driver's safe by not holding a cell phone while driving. To celebrate their 50th anniversary, Cobra released the 29LXLE which was a drastic change in how CB radios look and function. This was also a limited edition radio. An almost completely digital screen has replaced traditional knobs and switches. Many features to this radio are new to the industry including a radio check diagnostic program. This can help diagnose problems in your CB setup. With the success of the 29LXLE, Cobra released the 29LX which has the same features as the 29LXLE, but it is now a standard model on their product line. Cobra continues to be the innovator in the CB industry.

Uniden also produces a full line of CB radios along with a host of other products. Since it's incorporation in 1979, Uniden has branched out to meet the needs of the growing electronics industry. Their CB radio line of products have been popular for many years. The PRO510XL is a compact CB radio with simplicity as it's main feature. A selection knob for squelch, volume and channel is all you need for communcation. From there, you go to their top of the line CB which is the PC78 ELITE. This radio has such features as a backlit display, instant channel 9 and 7 NOAA weather channels among other features. Uniden recently announced 3 new CB radios ready for production. The PRO505XL, Bearcat 680 and the Bearcat 880. Each of these radios is uniquely styled and has many new features. The Bearcat 680 and 880 both have digital screens which replace the traditional knobs and switches. Uniden is an innovator in CB radio and consumer electronics.

Midland radio is best known for their line of weather radios. They are the oldest CB manufacturer in the US. They currently product 7 models for the CB market. Midland produces 2 handheld radios and 5 mobile.  Most of their radios are RoHs compliant which means they have been certified lead-free. Some radio manufacturer's do still use lead in the production of their radios. With it's concern and innovation with weather technology, it's no wonder that 4 of the 7 have some weather technology built-in. All Midland radios have a 3 year manufacturer warranty, so you know they are producing quality products.

Galaxy is most well-known in the 10 meter industry. They also have a good lineup of CB radios. Galaxy produces 6 CB radio models. Typically, each model is a step up from the previous as evident in their model numbers, DX919, DX929, DX939, DX949, etc. Some Galaxy CB's are equipped with a frequency counter to fine tune your channel. The DX939 is the newest model to be released. It is equipped with such features as backlit display, blue channel and meter lights and variable talkback which allows you to hear your transmissions over your own speaker.

FTL Distributing carries all of these manufacturers and we know it can be quite a challenge to decide on one, but when you do, you will be satisfied with the results. We guarantee it.

Uniden Announces 3 Brand New CB Radios

Uniden has announced 3 new CB radios to be released in the next 3 months.  This will be the first release of new radios in quite a few years.
The first model set to be released in the middle of October is the PRO505XL.  This CB radio is very similar to the current PRO510XL that has been a big seller for Uniden in the past.  The PRO505XL has an LCD screen with a readout of the channel and signal strength.  This CB radio is still considered a compact design with just the basic features installed.

The next model to be released is the Bearcat 680 in November 2011.  This new CB radio has a very modern look and a good looking large LCD screen.  The Bearcat 680 also has a digital S/RF meter.  The other features include ANL, Noise Blanking, Mic Gain, Instant channel 9/19, and PA capability.  The Bearcat 680 also is going to use a 6 pin microphone.

The final model to be released is the Bearcat 880 in December 2011.  This CB radio has some great features and looks.  The first thing that captures your eye is the huge LCD screen with lots of information on it.  The digital S/RF/SWR Meter, channel display and frequency display are some of the highlights.  The Bearcat 880 also has 7 color backlighting to change the background color to any color you want.  It also will have a 6 pin Noise Canceling microphone like the 680.  There are too many features to list here but some good ones are the 7 color lighting system, NOAA weather, Delta Tune, Talkback, and Radio Diagnostics.
Uniden Bearcat 880