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Off-Road CB Radios: Cobra HH 50 WX ST

Exploring our new handheld mode of communication on the trail and beyond.

Why buy the Cobra HH 50 WX ST? Well, we got our hands on a pair of the handheld units, and we are eager to use them on our adventures.

Cobra HH 50 WX ST: Fast Facts

  • 12V/battery operated (requires 9 AA batteries, PER unit)
  • Portable—swap magnetic vehicle antenna for rubber duck antenna for mobile use
  • Receive NOAA weather alerts
  • Scan 40 CB channels
  • 4W output—anyone can use it!

Cobra's HH 50 WX ST is designed to be used in the vehicle, on the go, and anywhere in between. Upgrading to the HH RT 50 model (RT signifies "road trip") affords you a magnetic vehicle-mounted antenna that improves the distance your signal is broadcasted and can be moved between vehicles. The units can be programmed to monitor two pre-selected channels, receive weather updates from 10 NOAA channels, and scan through 40 public CB channels.

The Cobra HH 50 WX ST features an illuminated screen for viewing in the dark, a Soundtracker System, which is said to filter out 90 percent of noise, and an improved omni-directional microphone to better pick up your transmissions.

We'll be taking the Cobra HH RT 50 and its partner, the Cobra HH 50 WX ST, into the bush to see just how much the pair enhances our backcountry communication. We'll plug 'em into our rigs and subject the CBs to spotter-and-driver duties, test the line-of-sight transmission distance, and even put them to work on some 4x4-adjacent forays (rock climber and belayer, for example).

Now that the pair of Cobra CB radios has your attention, check out the company's website and decide which mode of mobile communication you'll turn toward when you're on the move.