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Author Topic: External Speaker  (Read 3789 times)
KD9FRQ
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« on: October 14, 2017, 11:54:09 AM »

Do the external CB speakers also work with most of our amateur rigs?

The plugs look the same.

Thanks in advance.

Ed, KD9FRQ "Freq" Radio
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K0UA
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« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2017, 12:14:56 PM »

Yes, they will.  Some are good quality, and some are not so good.
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KOP
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« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2017, 01:54:30 PM »

... some are crap and some are surprising

The old Radio Shack black plastic is questionable. The heavier the unit the better the chance it is the the better speaker.
The same mold got renamed for Midland, Kraco, K40, and others, with and without a high tone cut. A mostly useless switch labeled as a filter that just paralleled 10 to 20uf across the speaker.
A curious step up is the Realistic Optimus 7 bookshelf speaker. Found in a second hand store near you.
As a measure of overkill plumb the receive audio into a basic stereo AUX . Anything that has the usual bass and treble controls works. A 7 band graphic equalizer is a plus.
For the computer literate you can experiment with line in/mic in inputs and a quality audio card to tailor the audio output however you wish.

As usual, far more information than anyone needs :-)
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October 02, 2017, 07:53:41 PM
KD9FRQ
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« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2017, 05:37:00 PM »

Thanks.

I have access to "a pile" of them for free.  Free is good.  More looking to put the sound facing out instead of up.

73s...........Ed, KD9FRQ "Freq" Radio
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« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2017, 06:07:53 PM »

Yup free is always good!  The old Motorola and Ranger brand metal case speakers work really good mobile. Maybe some of those might be in you free haul.  I have one of the Ranger brand speakers. Have it mounted on the floor on the hump in front of the center console in my truck. Works great! Wink

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Wayne C.
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K8AXW
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« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2017, 09:31:58 PM »

FRQ:   I'm interested in buying a couple of those speakers if the price is right.
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WB6BYU
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« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2017, 07:27:59 AM »

My mobile speaker is mounted on the back of my seat, pointing forward at
my ears through the gap between the headrest and the seat back.  This makes
it much easier to hear the speaker.

Obviously the mounting options vary a lot in different makes of vehicles, but
I've found ways to do it safely in several cars.  Sometimes I've just reversed
the mounting bracket so it is on the front of the speaker and installed it around
the headrest support.
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« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2017, 07:59:48 AM »

Being a motorola veteran I'm a big fan of the ubiquitous "pillow speakers" that shipped with their radios for many years.  But lately I'm on the lookout for old cellular hands free mobile speakers.  The nokia ones are excellent, lots of full range audio from a small enclosure.  I recently came into some chinese generic speakers that aren't quite as good as the nokia's but decent for the price ($5 ea nominal).  What I like is they're half the size of most mobile/2-way radio speakers.  Easily mounted to car consoles or even underneath, tie-wrapped to some structure under the dash.



Mark K5LXP
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WA3SKN
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« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2017, 03:58:51 PM »

Most speakers are tip-ring, but there are some using tip-ring-sleeve.  You should be able to make them work OK.  Some will sound better than others.  Don't worry about the 4 ohm vs 8 ohm vs 16 ohm labels.
73s.

-Mike.
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KD9FRQ
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« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2017, 11:20:40 AM »

FRQ:   I'm interested in buying a couple of those speakers if the price is right.
My apologies.  This is "Free for me to rummage" pile. Other local new HAMs are also being given access.
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KG4NEL
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« Reply #10 on: October 18, 2017, 07:01:32 AM »

If you can find free Moto external speakers, that's a good deal. They're usually $25-40 on the used market.
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NR4C
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« Reply #11 on: October 19, 2017, 09:52:14 AM »

While "CB" speakers will work with ham radios, a good quality "HAM" speaker will filter out the "Good Buddy's", "10-4s" and "What's your handle" comments form the audio.


,,,bc nr4c
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K4JJL
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« Reply #12 on: October 19, 2017, 11:16:49 AM »

While "CB" speakers will work with ham radios, a good quality "HAM" speaker will filter out the "Good Buddy's", "10-4s" and "What's your handle" comments form the audio.


,,,bc nr4c

What about the roger beeps and "mud ducks"?
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AC9RN
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« Reply #13 on: October 19, 2017, 03:43:51 PM »

While "CB" speakers will work with ham radios, a good quality "HAM" speaker will filter out the "Good Buddy's", "10-4s" and "What's your handle" comments form the audio.


,,,bc nr4c

What about the roger beeps and "mud ducks"?

And the totally cool echo-chamber too!!
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Lenny, AC9RN (Formerly KB2NYA)
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« Reply #14 on: October 19, 2017, 07:01:12 PM »

..."What's your handle" ...

CBers got that one from hams. We all had handles when 11m was still a ham band. Some of us OFs still have handles.
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