Can two way radios communicate with CB

Can two way radios communicate with CB

CB radios and two-way radios are also means of public communication. While in many respects apparently identical, the two forms vary greatly.

CB radio broadcasts

CB radios are used mainly in automobiles to connect with or connect with other handheld radios. In contrast with a two-way radio even the most lightweight hand-held CB radio can be rather voluminous. CB radios are also typically built in a car or building. There is no provision for an FCC license to own or operate a CB radio.

Many CB radios are designed to be wired to an external antenna that typically has a far wider range than the two-way antenna. Portable, magnetic antennas can easily be placed on the vehicle’s roof or permanent antennas on the body. The external antenna extends the range of a CB radio to several miles, depending on the landscape, buildings or other interference.


These radios are preferable communicating two way radios with CB. CB channel 9 for distress calls is also tracked by emergency respondents.

CB platforms are available to the public, so there can never be a full private conversation. Any receiving CB radio can control any channel. Channel 19 has been found on both road users and private users to be the best channel to provide up-to – date road conditions, police updates and detours.

Two Way radio stations

Radios in two directions are typically carried by hand and can be highly compact in size. This allows them to be used without an external antenna as portable radios. Two-way radio communications cannot be considered fully private, but they provide more perceived privacy than CB radios. Features such as single privacy codes on two-way radios will philter out general conversation transmission, making it appear safe.

radio stations

In GMRS mode, two-way radios need FCC licenses to operate. Typically the power output is between 1.0 and 5.0 watts but is limited to a maximum permissible power of 50 watts. The range of GMRS radios is usually “up to 5 miles” but is usually limited again to around 2 miles by terrain and other interference.

What is a two-way radio real world range?

Some bidirectional radio manufacturers have a coverage range of 25 miles or more. They should legally say that as this is the best selection available in the best possible circumstances: a bright day with an unhindered view. But would you really broadcast a free line of vision to your children or workers in the valley from the top of a mountain?

Radios function in two different types, FRS or GMRS. There is no FCC license required to operate a two-way FRS radio.