I've had the best luck with this radio. I had to buy a radioshack SWR meter and a 102" whip antenna to get the radio working perfectly(1.5 SWR). I have the HG A1500 antenna and it isn't really the best for this radio (even though Cobra recommends it). Now all I have to do is find a non destructive way to mount the 102" antenna to my car. LOL
I have to wonder though, with CB technology being as old as it is, why has nobody made an easy to understand (non laborious reading) tutorial about this technology. There are lots of resources on the web, I know, but I feel like it's overloading sometimes and it loses me in its directive. I'm a hands on AV learner and I wish somebody would make a simple step-by-step presentation that serves as a back bone for the more complex issues without putting me to sleep. LOL
Well, this is my first post, I hope to hear from you soon.