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HH38 WXST Handheld CB Radio

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Model # 13247606 | Mfg # HH38 WX ST

Whatever your outdoor activity, Cobra’s compact handheld CB radio is a great way to stay in touch with friends, or with the over 30 million other CB radio users across the country. Plus, the unit offers complete access to 10 NOAA National Weather Channels for the latest weather information. And there are no license or service fees! The HH 38 WX ST incorporates SoundTracker, a patent-pending technology that dramatically improves the sound quality of the transmission and reception of CB radio signals. Dual Watch and All-Channel scanning. One-touch access to Channel 9 (emergency) and 19 (information).

  • Channels: CB: 40-channels; Weather: 10-channels
  • Frequency: 26.965-27.405mHz Audio Output: 500mW
  • Receiver Performance: Receiver sensitivity: less than 1µV for 12dB SINAD; Rejection: over 60dB typical
  • Battery Type: 9 AA alkaline batteries (sold separately)
  • Battery Life: 20 hours
  • Dimensions: 2"W x 6 3/4"H x 1 3/4"D
  • Weight: 9oz.
  • Included Accessories: Belt clip, wrist strap, 12V cigarette lighter plug
  • Waterproof Rating: Not rated waterproof
  • Warranty: Two years

HH38 WXST Handheld CB Radio

Battery Life 20 Hours
Battery Type Alkaline
Color Black
Dimensions 2" Width x 6 3/4" Height x 1 3/4" Depth
Display Type Segmented LCD
Features Weather Alert
Material Polycarbonate
Scanning Modes Programable Scan
Dual Watch
Transmit Power 4 Watt
Warranty Details Two Years
Weight 9 Ounces

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Cobra Electronics HH38 WXST Handheld CB Radio
 
3.6

(based on 8 reviews)

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63%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

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4.0

Great Hand-Held CB Radio

By Retro

from Salyersville, KY

About Me Gearhead, Hobbyist, Practical

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Reception
  • Lightweight
  • Rugged
  • Weather Bands

Cons

  • Short Range

Best Uses

  • Emergencies
  • Motorcycle Riding
  • Off Roading

Comments about Cobra Electronics HH38 WXST Handheld CB Radio:

The Cobra HH 38 WX ST is a hand-held, 40 channel, AM only CB radio. It is packed full of features that you can read about in the manual or here on the store page, so here's some things I've noticed.

First the good

- Overall the product feels like a quality item. The packaging was professional, the radio works properly, the plastic doesn't feel cheap and the buttons don't feel mushy, so overall, it just "feels" like a good product.

- My Cobra 148s are not SoundTracker capable, so I have never had a chance to mess with SoundTracker until purchasing this radio. It does help some with received signals. I'm not sure what it could do to my transmitted signal to help me "punch" through noise like it claims except maybe change the carrier/modulation ratio in hopes of helping get your voice through the hash and trash. On received signals though it does help a little bit with pulling them through the noise. It kind of makes them sound a little over-modulated when it is enabled, but if you're having trouble understanding them, it does help a little.

- It uses a BNC connector which means that with the proper adapter you can connect it to external coax to use on a normal CB radio antenna in your car or in your house.

- It comes with a rubber ducky antenna that attaches to the BNC connector on the top of the radio.

- The screen is backlit, but doesn't remain that way all the time so it doesn't drain battery power. There is a button specifically for turning on the backlight for a few seconds so you can see the screen in the dark.

- It has an external speaker jack and an external microphone jack so you can clip it on your belt and use a compatible headset or ear piece to communicate without having to hold the radio up to your ear. This could also be used in conjunction with a BNC->SO239 adapter to use the radio as a temporary base station or car radio without having to pick up the unit and flex or kink your coax.

- It takes 9 AA batteries and has a charging port for re-charging batteries while they are in the radio instead of having to remove them to charge them. It can use normal, non-rechargeable batteries as well obviously, but it's nice that it includes a port for a charging cable.

- The "Power Saver" function does actually decrease the carrier strength of the radio, which proportionately also decreases the strength of the signal as a whole and consumes less energy when you transmit. This is also handy if you're just using it around a small area and don't want to blow each other away by using a full 4 watts when you're only a couple hundred feet apart. I connected the radio to my base station antenna with a watt meter and measured right around a 4 watt carrier on normal and a little bit above 1 watt while in "Power Saver" mode.

- The weather band channels to pick up surprisingly well on the antenna provided that's tuned for 27 MHz and not the 150 MHz range the weather channels are found on.

- The "Dual Watch" and "Channel Scan" functions are incredibly handy, especially if you're often on different job sites that use different channels and you're not sure where people are talking at, or if different areas of the same site use different channels and you need to monitor 2 channels at once.

- The belt clip is removable, so if it breaks you can buy a new one and just snap it on.

- The "Lock" button is another incredibly useful feature that keeps you from bumping a button and changing channels or something while you're wearing the radio. With "Lock" enabled, you can transmit, receive, and adjust the volume/squelch, but that's it. The "Lock" button is also recessed and must be held for 2-3 seconds to activate, which means you won't accidentally unlock your keys.

Now the bad

- The only real negative point I have for this product is the power/charger setup. The HH 38 has two separate power connectors; one for powering the radio, and one for charging the batteries. They are different sizes and rated for different voltages. Additionally, it only comes with a "power" cord, not a charger, which means you have to purchase the cord that charges the batteries separately. This is probably because they assumed most people would just use normal batteries and not need it, but it would have been nice to toss in the charging cable as a bonus, or work the charger and power functions together with perhaps a switch in the battery compartment to select normal or re-chargeable batteries. (I've seen this feature in other hand-held CBs)

- This negative point isn't really a negative point about the radio itself, but about the state of hand-held CBs in general. My wife and I use SSB channels on our Cobra 148s to communicate locally when one of us is out around town and the other one is home. SSB allows us to communicate a little bit further and get around/through some of the noise that comes out during daylight hours. Having the option to go to upper or lower side band has made it much much easier to find quiet spaces to talk where we don't bother other people and we can get through the white noise that clutters up AM when you're near fluorescent lights or when the sun is high in the sky. This hand-held, and every other hand-held CB radio on the market right now, is AM only, and I would absolutely love to see an SSB capable hand-held CB radio from a big player in the market like Cobra.

In summary, this is a great product. It's got features other hand-held CB radios don't have and I purchased it to replace another radio of another brand that I had that got wet and stopped functioning. It feels and operates like a quality product and does exactly what the store page says it does. This product is the same radio that you get with the "Road Trip", but without the magnet mount antenna. It does surprisingly well if you use it out in the open as well. I did a radio check with somebody on a base station about 3 miles away on the other side of a mountain using the provided rubber ducky, and for a hand-held radio on that small of an antenna, you couldn't really ask for more. When I connected it to my base station antenna and did a radio check or two with it, people said it sounded almost as good as my Cobra 148 GTL. I am pleased with this purchase and will continue recommending Cobra's CB radio products to my friends.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Nice, not thrilling but nice

By Russ

from Monroe, NY

About Me Commuter, Gearhead, Practical, Tuner

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • Bulky
  • Poor Reception
  • Short Range

Best Uses

  • Road Travel

Comments about Cobra Electronics HH38 WXST Handheld CB Radio:

Okay, I get it...its a hand held. But, still I would only call this product "okay." It's easy to use. Range is about 1/2 mile with standard rubber duck and is the same with the HA-TA so don't bother buying the additional antenna. Its good for outdoor activities when you and your group will be within a half mile of each other. Its also good for a bug out situation when two vehicles are required and cell phones are down.

NOAA channels come in poorly. The display light is very dim. And, if you are near sighted you'll never be able to see anything on the screen without a magnifying glass.

I just threw it in my bug out bag.

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(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Portable/Mobile Handheld CB

By Securityman

from Virginia

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Range
  • Good Reception
  • Lightweight
  • Rugged

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Emergencies
    • Off Roading
    • Road Travel

    Comments about Cobra Electronics HH38 WXST Handheld CB Radio:

    This unit is quite good. I have it because it's portable. I carry it hunting, fishing, hiking, highway long distance, about town and at home. Great if you happen to be somewhere there is no cell service. Very handy.
    For highway use, to get better range, Cobra sells outside magnetic 42" antennas under accessories on their product page. Works great!
    I like the face I can plug it into 12v vehicle outlet or use mobile with batteries.

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    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Real happy

    By Paulski1

    from Redlands, CA, USA

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Cobra Electronics HH38 WXST Handheld CB Radio:

    This has worked pretty decently for me. Beats having to lug around a larger set, fits in a travel bag nicely. Decently priced also.

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    (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Falls Short Of What I Expect From Cobra

    By smitty03281964

    from Yeadon, PA, USA

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Cobra Electronics HH38 WXST Handheld CB Radio:

    I have owned this unit since 2003. Just recently tried using it. Really no reception at home with the supplied antenna. Went out on interstate with it and still really no reception. The weather feature works great. Maybe a better antenna is needed. I will get one and post the results. Also I don't think a owners manual came with the unit and I looked in the box

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    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Good Basic Radio

    By Gill

    from San Diego

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Cobra Electronics HH38 WXST Handheld CB Radio:

    I have owned this for years (maybe since 2003 timeframe?) I kept in in my car mostly, and in moving vans over several cross country moves. I have only had reason to use it twice. Once when being overtaken by a large truck at a high Appalachian pass in thick snow. I saw him coming from a couple miles back and coordinated passage. The other was during a New Mexico high country snowstorm when they were shutting the highway down and I radioed for some guidance.

    I think I paid around $50. I never expected a 20 mile radio, for god sakes, it's a handheld radio - if you're a trucker, buy a real system, otherwise quit your griping! For a handheld it did it's job. Once was enough to pay off, twice is a bonus, now I keep it plugged in the center console of my Jeep just in case. And it has been (accidentally) slammed in car doors, launched about the cabin during hard stops, dropped in slush, rain, snow, mud, and on pavement. Durable little sucker.

    I only thought to look it up online to get a manual (after a decade I just figured out how to use the DW button!)

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    (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Very convenient handheld

    By C Newton

    from Owensboro, KY, USA

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Cobra Electronics HH38 WXST Handheld CB Radio:

    I bought this radio about a week ago, mainly for being out and about (camping, etc.) and as a convenient way to test my other transcievers. It is set up with the stock rubber antenna and equipped with standard alkaline batteries. As can be expected, the range is not "great" with this setup, but is better than I expected. The built in weather function is very nice and receives well, very handy to have around the house in case of an emergency. Very pleased with this product myself, but would definitely recommend an actual mobile transciever for use in a vehicle.

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    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Poor reception

    By John Robert

    from West Lafayette, IN, USA

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Cobra Electronics HH38 WXST Handheld CB Radio:

    I purchased this radio when traveling a year ago at a truck stop. The unit rarely picks up anything on any channel even when traveling in or near highly contested traffic. I would not recommend this product. Unfortunately ther was no option to return this product so we are out about $100.

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