After 50 years of producing countless Midland 40 channel CB radios the company should know a few things about the two way radio market. Here we go through some of the straight 40 channel offerings from this long established CB radio producer.
Midland 1001Z 40 Channel CB Radio
Dimensions : 5 x 7 x 2 inches, Weight : 3 pounds
Power : 4 Watts
One thing Midland have always done well is supplying us with basic no frills CB radios and the 1001Z is no different, compact and uncomplicated this rig is ideal for the mobile operator who doesn’t have the time to be messing around with a lot of extra controls.
With many CB’s reverting to the classic chrome and needle RF meter look Midland has again wheeled out the modern black finish with an ascending LED signal meter which is very handy when using in a dark vehicle interior with a quick glance at the rig instantly telling you received signal strength.
With an all plastic case and a Midland stock mic this CB radio may not be for everybody but if your just looking for a basic rig you could do a lot worse than the popular Midland 1001Z and the small size will make installing it in a vehicle easier than some of the bigger CB’s available.
Midland 5001Z 40 Channel Mobile CB
Dimensions : 6 x 10 x 2 inches, Weight : 3 pounds
Power : 4 Watts
X-Tra Talk Mic Gain Control, PA Switch, Display Dimmer, Analog Needle Power Meter
Automatic Noise Limiter and Instant Channel 9
A straight 40 channel rig in a big case the Midland 5001Z has the much loved sliver finish with an analog signal meter (the classic 148DX look). Simple and to the point the 5001Z has an all metal case construction in the long tradition of big box CB radios.
Even though this is a fairly basic rig you do get the benefit of the noise limiter and the mic is a vast improvement compared to the standard Midland stock model.
Midland 9001Z 40 Channel CB Radio
Dimensions : 10.2 x 6.2 x 2.1 inches, Weight : 3 pounds
Power : 4 Watts
NOAA Weather Channels Scan Function, RF Gain, X-Tra Talk Mic Gain Control, Delta Tune
Instant Channel 9 and a built in SWR meter for antenna adjustment.
For those needing something more than a basic 40 channel CB Midland have added a few bells and whistles to the 9001z giving a fully fledged rig for the serious operator.
All the usual tweaks are included that you would expect from a CB in this class (delta tune, SWR meter, upgraded mic and instant channel 9/19 switch) but Midland have added some more interesting functions. As many see CB radio as the ultimate backup communications in emergency situations the NOAA weather channels are included on the 9001z with a WX scanning option to quickly access the latest reports. A snooze timer has also been included dubbed “Guardian” which once set to any of the preset increments will emit a loud beep once the timer has run down, a good tool for keeping track of distance traveled or just a general reminder.
With so much crammed into this CB Midland have tried to make the most of the front panel bringing about a potential problem as they have created two dual function knobs (Volume+Squelch, X-Tra Talk + RF gain). Its easy to accidentally change both settings on these dual knobs (especially as the set ages and the knobs loosen up) and putting important functions together on the same knob means there is some amount of “finger learning” for the new owner.
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