Simon Lai reviews the Crystal DBH10R CB Radio
A CB radio can be a handy gadget to have in your vehicle if travelling in a convoy for a little off-roading or camping. Even more so if you plan to stay in contact in areas devoid of phone reception.
Crystal have a range of hand held UHF CB radios which we’ll take a look at over the next three reviews.
The first cab off the rank is their semi-pro model the DBH10R which is dissimilar in design from the other radios in the Crystal range.
It has large, clearly labelled and dedicated buttons for the functions – channel, volume, call and power.
However, the positioning of the push to talk (PTT) and the monitor (MON) buttons on the same pad led to a few slip ups.
The 10R has a transmission power of 1 watt and the manufacturer claims a maximum range of 9km (but this depends on a number of factors). But CB radios of this nature of course work best in a straight, unobstructed line.
There is also a more powerful 2W version available - the DBH20R.
The 1W and 2W models are also rechargeable and comes with a battery pack and desktop charger which also serves as a storage cradle.
The Crystal DBH10R goes for RRP $149.99 and the DBH20R is $169.99.
The Crystal range of UHF CB Radio all come with 80 channels and an attachable belt clip and are available from Autobarn and independent automotive retailers.