This is my first post here… My name is Rey and I’m a member of a Jeep club in the Northeast (NEJeep.org) We are currently in a debate regarding trail communication and would like some advice.
The current standby for our club and probably most of the off-road world is the CB. However, that standard is always being challenged by two-way handhelds like FRS.
In polling our members the pluses for CB’s are:
- Standard for 4x4 world
- Always in the Jeep (you can’t “forget” it)
- Can be mounted/installed with the optimum in convenience and audio clarity. Many of us added external speakers and some mount their mike on a retractable cord.
The minuses for CB’s:
- Need to install and tune
- Not easy to “borrow” a CB if needed quickly
- Extra expense for an antenna
The pluses for FRS;
- Excellent for out of the Jeep communication (as long as people carry it)
- Easy to borrow one if needed
- Good when traveling to a trail with people that trailer their Jeeps. Doesn’t do them any good on the road if their CB is mounted in the Jeep on the trailer
- Less expense than a CB (not sure about this one)
The minuses for FRS radios:
- Biggest complaint is volume/audio quality when in the Jeep. Especially with the top down on the highway.
- Most people just put them on the seat or console and they get bounced around and end up on the floor when you need it.
I hope you can help us is solving the #1 minus for FRS (from a Jeepers perspective), volume/audio quality.
So first, what FRS radios would you recommend that have the best audio quality/volume (stand alone)?
Second, what accessories like external mike/speakers or headset booms would you recommend?
Thanks in advance…