In this day and age, communication is achieved via cellular phones. Cellular communication includes calling, texting, and going online. Because of this, cellular rates are becoming a concern. Every minute of a call is charged and thus, long calls will rack up the phone bills.

Situations that need constant communication over the course of a day, such as traffic monitoring, has caused the radio scene to persist past this digital era.Since the waning of its popularity in the 1980s, the number of CB channels open has lessened, making way for those who really need to use them.

The Midland 75-822 40 Channel Handheld CB Radio is designed for those who would like to use CB-way radio communication on the road. It has a cable that charges from a car and can be taken outside the car as well since it uses batteries when needed.

Features

  • Portable
  • 40 CB channels
  • 4 watts output power
  • Dual watch monitors
  • 10 NOAA channels with instant access
  • Automatic noise limiter
  • Squelch control
  • 1-year warranty

Advantages

The Midland 75-822 40 Channel CB-Way Radio is userfriendly, is perfect for short range two-way communication and is sustainable. It has all the features of a classic CB Way radio in a small, portable and easy-to-maintain unit.

One of the unit’s most promising aspects is that it is uncomplicated and has room for change. It does not have to be programmed and is ready to be used once taken out of its packaging. Moreover, it can be connected to other accessories such as headphones, external speakers, and a microphone for optimum use. You can also change the unit’s antenna. We found that it works best with the Midland Mobile CB antennas because it will connect to the unit directly without the use of an adapter.

Another favorable feature of the unit is its reach. The Midland 75-822 is built for short-range communications and works best on flat terrains where it has been recorded to have a maximum range of 5 miles. It reaches up to 40 citizen band channels and has instant access to 10 NOAA channels for those who are looking for weather conditions.

Its last and most prominent feature by far is its sustainability. The unit has three power sources: a 6-battery compartment (for non-rechargeable AA batteries), an 8-battery compartment with a separate pluggable AC charger (for rechargeable AA batteries), and an all-in-one snap-on unit which attaches to a cigarettelightertype 12v connector (for car use), an external antenna cable and a connector. When extended, the cable stretches up to 27”. You have all you need by means of power source with these three options.

To sum it up, its small size did not, in any way, hinder its ability to be of great use to its buyers. The 75-822 really performs well and meets expectations.

Disadvantages      

According to reviews and sources it has failed to meet their expectations with regards to its range, battery charging abilities, and other presupposed functions.

The most recent and most mentioned fault of the unit is its inability to function as well in mountainous areas as it does on flat terrain. It was also deemed not fit for commercial use such as communication between two guards since it would mean that there are walls that the signal would have to try to get through for efficient communication. If the user would like to boost the radio’s reach, a different antenna would have to be used.

Despite its three choices of power source, some claim that using the batteries is not the same as using the AC because it lessened its ability to transmit. In addition, the battery charger also does notautomatically turn itself off upon fully charging which gives way to the possibility of overcharging.

Other concerns regarding the unit include its lack of a PA function, which limits the unit to radio communication only. The Midland 75-822 40 Channel CB-Way Radio is also not Bluetooth compatible which, therefore, means that it will not be compatible with things such as wireless earphones, speakers, etc.

In summation, there are some specialized features of a CB that are not available in the Midland 75-822 handheld and its reach and transmission is limited only to short-range communications.

Verdict

The CB radio is made, in the first place, only as a short-distance radio communication device. As a CB, the Midland 75-822handheld performs well.

The majority of things listed in the disadvantages are things that are brought about by the user’s desire for more additions and extra features, but if you’re a casual CB radio user or a first timer, this radio offers all the basics.

However, for its price of $74, it can be considered somewhat steep. There are CB radios that offer the basics and more for the same price or less, though we can’t possibly vouch for the other products’ quality.