CB Radios Glossary

CB Radio Specifications and Meanings

A useful guide to CB Radio specifications to help you choose a radio that best suits your needs.


40 Channels

Operates on 40 UK Channels only.

80 Channels

Operates on 40 UK Channels & 40 European Channels

Multi Channels

Operates on 10 bands with over 400 channels allowing you to use it all throughout Europe.

LED Channel Read-out

LED read-out shows channel number

Backlit LCD Display

Backlit LCD display shows channel number and other icons

Digital Signal Meter

Meter on LCD screen shows incoming and outgoing signal strength

Analogue Signal Meter

Mechanical style signal meter shows accurate signal strength reading

Up/Down Buttons on Mic

Buttons on microphone allow you to change channel

Scan Function

Allows you to scan all the channels for a transmission at the touch of a button

Last Channel Recall

Takes you back to the last channel you transmitted on

PA Function

This amplifies your voice through an external PA Horn

Key Lock Function

When activated, provides key pad security eliminating accidental channel change.

MIC Gain

Adjusts the level of outgoing audio

RF Gain

Adjusts the level of incoming signal

Tone Control

Adjusts the tone of the incoming audio

Automatic Squelch

Automatically adjusts the squelch level

Channel 9 Button

Allows you to jump to the emergency channel at the touch of a button

Channel 19 Button

Allows you to jump to the calling channel at the touch of a button

Frequency Display

Shows frequency on screen as well as channel number

Memory Buttons

Allows you to store frequently used channels in a memory bank (5 or 7)

Dual Watch

Allows you to monitor 2 channels at once

Backlit Front Panel

Makes the radio easy to use in the dark

12 or 24 Volt Operation

CB Radio operates on 12 or 24 Volt.

Built in VOX

Voice activated hands-free function.


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