Cherokee made a name for
itself by offering multi-featured radios at a low price and the
CBS-1000 is no exception. If you compare this to the Cobra 2010
you will find little difference in either cosmetics, or features
- but a much lower price!
Large dual meters (analog)
AM-SSB modes (LSB/USB)
Channel No. Display AND
Digital Frequency readout
Coarse and fine clarifier
Mic and RF gain controls
I got the radio hooked up
immediately and had no problems with it out of the box. Transmit
audio reports were "Fair" with several folks mentioning
"Muddled" audio. I fixed this with an after market microphone.
Reception was clear, but
I couldn't take the tinny sound of the small internal speaker
(Many mobile rigs sound better) - so I added an after market external
speaker. Sounded great afterwards.
Adjacent channel rejection
was on par with many of today's radios (fair), so if you're in
a very congested CB population, expect bleedover and front-end
overload. If you don't live near the highway, or have any close
CB neighbors, don't worry about it.
I like the idea of a coarse
and fine clarifier, and these worked just fine.
Expect about 3.5-4 watts
on AM and about 12watts SSB (normal) but don't try to "peak"
it up too much or you'll have it in the shop.
I'm not a big fan of small
base station radios, but if I had a choice between the 2010 and
the CBS-1000, I'd go with the Cherokee. I may be wrong, but they
seem to be made by the same factory overseas, and you can save
money by buying the CBS-1000. Copper Electronics sells a knock-off
of this called the "Tomahawk", which sells for even
less. I haven't had a first hand look at this one though.
The Frequency readout is
nice, especially if you illegally do the extra channel modification
(you'll know where the heck you're at), but if I had a couple
hundred bux to spend on a base station, I think I'd look for a
used Uniden Madison, or new Uniden Washington. They are a little
older technology but solid as a rock. IMHO, there isn't much else
on the market that can compare to their reliability.
Happy Radioing, whatever
you buy -