13 Best Portable CB Radios

List Updated May 2020

Bestselling Portable CB Radios in 2020


Midland 75-822 40 Channel CB-Way Radio

Midland 75-822 40 Channel CB-Way Radio
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020
  • Portable CB radio with 40 CB channels, 10 NOAA channels, and 4 Watts of output power
  • Power with six AA batteries or included cigarette lighter adapter for mobile use
  • Instant access to NOAA Radio, channels 9 and 19; Dual Watch monitors channel 9 and additional channel
  • ANL (automatic noise limiter) and squelch control for improving reception and eliminating noise
  • One-year manufacturer's warranty

Cobra HH 38 WX ST 4-Watt 40-Channel CB Radio

Cobra HH 38 WX ST 4-Watt 40-Channel CB Radio
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020
  • SoundTracker System - Cuts noise up to 90% for clearer communications
  • NOAA Weather and Emergency Radio - Be prepared for storms and emergencies with built-in NOAA radio receiver
  • Channel Scan - Scan all 40 CB channels
  • Dual Watch - Monitors two pre-selected channels simultaneously
  • 4 Watts Power Output - Maximum power allowed for extended range of communications
  • 40 CB channels
  • 10 weather channels
  • Sound tracker system cuts noise up to 90 percent
  • Range of up to 4 miles
  • High/low power switch reduces power consumption

Midland 75-785 40-Channel CB Radio

Midland 75-785 40-Channel CB Radio
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
  • 7W input, 4W output
  • Full 40-channel pull
  • Great for all your needs
  • Handheld CB radio with 40 CB channels and maximum-allowed four watts output power
  • Power with nine AA batteries or included cigarette lighter adapter for mobile use
  • Charge jack allows NiCad batteries to be charged without removing them from the radio
  • ANL (automatic noise limiter) and squelch control for improving reception/eliminating noise
  • One-year manufacturer's warranty

Cobra C75WXST Handheld CB Radio - NOAA Radio - LCD Display - 40 Channel

Cobra C75WXST Handheld CB Radio - NOAA Radio - LCD Display - 40 Channel
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020

Uniden PRO401HH Professional Series 40 Channel Handheld CB Radio, 4 Watts Power with Hi/Low Power Switch, Auto Noise Cancellation, Belt Clip and Strap Included

Uniden PRO401HH Professional Series 40 Channel Handheld CB Radio, 4 Watts Power with Hi/Low Power Switch, Auto Noise Cancellation, Belt Clip and Strap Included
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020
  • Full 4 Watts of Power
  • Operates on all 40 CB Channels
  • Auto Noise Cancelation
  • High/Low Power Selection
  • DC Power Adapter
  • Flexible Antenna (BNC)
  • Belt Clip and Strap
  • Rechargeable or Alkaline Batteries (not included)

Cobra 29LX Professional CB Radio - NOAA Weather Channels and Emergency Alert System, Selectible 4-Color LCD, Auto-Scan, Alarm and Radio Check

Cobra 29LX Professional CB Radio - NOAA Weather Channels and Emergency Alert System, Selectible 4-Color LCD, Auto-Scan, Alarm and Radio Check
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020
  • EASY-TO-READ - Selectable 4-Color LCD display in Blue, Red, Green and Amber for daytime and night time driving made easy. Adjust the color and brightness to enhance your drive.
  • NOAA WEATHER CHANNELS - Be the first to know of incoming hazards or changing weather with instant access to NOAA weather channels 24 hours a day.
  • WEATHER AND ALERT SCAN - Automatically tune into the strongest channel to hear all weather alerts, so you wont miss important information while scanning through the channels.
  • CLOCK & ALARM - Display the current time on screen and have the ability to set an alarm for anytime during the day so you're never late again.
  • RADIO CHECK & FREQUENCY DISPLAY - Automatically run diagnostics for Voltage and RF output, with Antenna Matching to enusre that the signal is as strong as possible and working properly also displays operating CB and Weather frequencies on screen.

Midland 1001Z 40-Channel CB Radio

Midland 1001Z 40-Channel CB Radio
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020
  • 40-channel, 4-Watt CB radio is perfect for novices and seasoned CB users
  • CB/PA switch allows CB to be used as a Public Address System when paired with a PA speaker
  • RF Gain adjusts reception sensitivity range for clear communication
  • Easily installs in most cars, trucks and RVs
  • Three-year limited warranty

Uniden PRO505XL 40-Channel CB Radio. Pro-Series, Compact Design. Public Address (PA) Function. Instant Emergency Channel 9, External Speaker Jack, Large Easy to Read Display.

Uniden PRO505XL 40-Channel CB Radio. Pro-Series, Compact Design. Public Address (PA) Function. Instant Emergency Channel 9, External Speaker Jack, Large Easy to Read Display.
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020
  • Public Address (PA) Function: Connect to an external PA speaker for amplified announcements
  • Instant Channel 9: Quickly set the radio to emergency/channel 9
  • Signal/RF Power Indicator: Check the relative strength of incoming transmissions
  • External Speaker Jack: Plug in an external speaker for better sound
  • External PA Jack: Allows connection of a PA speaker

Two Way Radio, Baofeng Walkie Talkie UV-5R5 5W Dual-Band Two-Way Ham Radio Transceiver UHF/VHF 136-174/400-520MHz,65-108MHz FM with Upgraded Earpiece, Built-in VOX Function,Battery,Charger

Two Way Radio, Baofeng Walkie Talkie UV-5R5 5W Dual-Band Two-Way Ham Radio Transceiver UHF/VHF 136-174/400-520MHz,65-108MHz FM with Upgraded Earpiece, Built-in VOX Function,Battery,Charger
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020

CASEMATIX Radio Case fits One Midland or Uniden CB Radio – Holds Midland 75-822, Uniden BC75XLT, Midland 75-785 and Uniden BCD436HP 40 Channel CB-Way Radio

CASEMATIX Radio Case fits One Midland or Uniden CB Radio – Holds Midland 75-822, Uniden BC75XLT, Midland 75-785 and Uniden BCD436HP 40 Channel CB-Way Radio
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020

Midland Radio 75-822 Portable Mobile CB Radio, Large LCD Display, Keypad Lock, Plug and Play, Rugged Construction, Up To 40 Channels

Midland Radio 75-822 Portable Mobile CB Radio, Large LCD Display, Keypad Lock, Plug and Play, Rugged Construction, Up To 40 Channels
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2020
  • 40-Channels, Channel Scan - Automatically checks channels for activity
  • 4-Watt Output Power - Delivers maximum communication range
  • Squelch Control - Eliminates unwanted background noise
  • Large, Backlit LCD - Multifunction display that is easy to read day or night
  • Built in ANL - Improves reception for a weak received signal

Cobra Electronics CBR29LTDCHR 40-Channel CB Radio With PA Capability

Cobra Electronics CBR29LTDCHR  40-Channel CB Radio With PA Capability
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2020

HH ROAD TRIP Hand Held 40 Channel CB Radio with Mobile Antenna, 10 Weather Channels and Soundtracker Noise Reduction

HH ROAD TRIP Hand Held 40 Channel CB Radio with Mobile Antenna, 10 Weather Channels and Soundtracker Noise Reduction
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2020
  • Magnet Mount Mobile Antenna included - Allows mobile operation from a car.
  • Soundtracker - Cuts noise up to 90%for clearer communication.
  • NOAA Weather & Emergency Radio - Be prepared for storms and emergencies with built-in NOAA radio receiver.
  • Dual Watch - Monitors two pre-selected channels simultaneously.
  • Channel Scan - Scan all 40 CB channels.

More Dumb Songs: The Trucker Era

The '60s and '70s, in particular, represent an era when songs about guys driving trucks and talking on CB radios were all the rage. Here are just a few of the suckiest...

The first rule of trucker songs of that era seemed to be this: Don't sing 'em--a number of these ditties were done in spoken word format. Unfortunately, there wasn't a rule that said: Don't write 'em--a number of these ditties really suck. Here are just a few of the suckiest...

Teddy Bear

Written by Billy Joe Burnette, Tommy Hill, Dale Royal, Red Sovine

Recorded by Red Sovine

It's hard to believe it took four people to write this flaming pile of crap about a little boy with the handle "Teddy Bear" who gets hold of a CB radio and chats with a truck driver. The narrator tells us...

This was my dad's radio
The little boy said
But I guess it's mine and Mom's now
'Cause my daddy's dead
Dad had a wreck about a month ago
He was trying to get home in a blindin' snow
Mom has to work now
To make ends meet
And I'm not much help
With my two crippled feet
She says not to worry
That we'll make it alright
But I hear her crying
Sometimes late at night

So we have a kid who is crippled and can't walk, his daddy is dead, and his mommy is always crying. This story sounds sappy enough to earn the boy and his mom a brand new house built by Ty Pennington and the gang on Extreme Home Makeovers.

As it turns out, all the kid wants is a ride in a truck. A load of pedophiles--I mean truckers--hear Teddy Bear's story on their CBs and arrive at his house one-by-one. These wonderful men, apparently so moved by the little boy's tale that they ignore the fact that the cargo they carry is to be delivered by morning, drive Teddy Bear's cute little ass all over town. Yep, that's what you want, a bunch of strangers taking turns driving off with your kid. What a sweet story!

Giddy-up Go

Written by Red Sovine and Tommy Hill

Recorded by Red Sovine

In this one, Sovine captures our hearts as a lonely trucker recalling how his truck came to be called Giddy-up Go...

Why I remember the first truck I drove
I was so proud I could hardly wait to get home to show my wife and my little boy
And my little boy was so excited like when he saw his first snow
He wasn't old enough to say too many words
He just kept hollering giddy-up go Daddy, giddy-up go!
So that's what I named the old truck, Giddy-up Go

The trucker tells us his wife and young son left him 25 years ago--probably because he was a drunk, abusive, cheating son-of-a-bitch who would rather sit on his fat ass and watch NASCAR than go to the boy's Little League game--and he hasn't seen the little rascal since. Then one day...

I was barrelin' down old 66
When up beside me pulled a brand new diesel rig
Both stacks a-blowin' black coal
And as she pulled around and back in front of me a big lump came in my throat
And my eyes watered like I had a bad old cold
A little sign on the back of the truck that read Giddy-up Go

Yep, you guessed it. It's his son, who is now all growed up and a truck driver who abuses his wife and neglects his kid, just like the old man. And now they are truckin' all over the country together with "Giddy-up Go" on both of their rigs. Probably on their way to go give little Teddy Bear a ride in their rigs.

Phantom 309

Written by Tommy Faile

Recorded by Red Sovine

Perhaps the dumbest trucker song ever written (pretty impressive when you consider the competition), this one tells the story of a hitchhiker who thumbs a ride from a semi called Phantom 309. The driver's name is Big Joe and after telling the hiker "I'm sorry son, this is as far as you go," he tosses him a dime and tells him to go get a cup of coffee at the local diner.

When the hitchhiker hands the waiter the dime and tells him about Big Joe, everyone in the diner goes silent. Then the waiter tells him a story about something that had "happened about ten years ago"...

At the crossroads tonight, where you flagged him down
There was a bus load of kids comin' from town
And they were right in the middle, when Big Joe topped the hill
It could have been slaughter, but he turned his wheel.
Well, Joe lost control, went into a skid
And gave his life to save that bunch of kids
And there at that crossroads, was the end of the line
For Big Joe and phantom 309

Obviously, this song is from an era when a dime was sufficient funds for a cup of coffee. If the song had been written today, Big Joe would have to slam into the school bus because it would take a busload of dead kids tossing dimes to afford a tall latte from Starbucks.

Convoy

Written by William D. Fries, Jr. and Louis F. Davis, Jr.

Recorded by C.W. McCall

This one was actually a crossover hit on both country and rock-and-roll charts, which gives you an idea of how screwed up America was back in the '70s. But that's what heavy drug usage will do to you.

C.W. McCall actually recorded this song on a CB radio, resulting in an annoying, tinny sound to this exciting story about a convoy of trucks running amok on America's interstate highways. These truckers, all chatting back-and-forth on their CBs and using such "handles" as Rubber Duck, Pig Pen, and Sodbuster, eventually build a convoy of trucks illegally speeding along with no regard to the safety of other drivers, which, if you have ever driven on any interstate highway, you know is quite accurate.

Throughout the song, we are treated to this catchy little chorus...

'Cause we got a little convoy
Rockin' through the night
Yeah, we got a little convoy
Ain't she a beautiful sight?
Come on and join our convoy
Ain't nothin' gonna get in our way
We gonna roll this truckin' convoy
'Cross the U-S-A
Convoy!

Eventually, these crazy bastards, who have been dodging "smokies" throughout the trip, come to a toll booth. Our hero grabs the CB and tells us...

I says, "Pig Pen, this here's the Rubber Duck
We just ain't a-gonna pay no toll."
So we crashed the gate doing ninety-eight
I says, "Let them truckers roll, 10-4."

What the song doesn't tell you is Rubber Duck loses control of his rig, smashes through a toll both killing two workers and gets 25 years for manslaughter.

And now a convoy of his fellow inmates is crashing his gate doing ninety-eight.

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