Cobra HHRT50 Road Trip CB Radio
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You may be asked to send your unit to the Cobra factory. It will be necessary to furnish the following. ine to have the product serviced and returned.
- For Warranty Repair include some form of proof-of-purchase, such as a mechanical reproduction or carbon or a sales receipt If you send the original receipt it cannot be returned
- Send the entire product
- Enclose a description of what is happening with the unit. Include a typed or printed name
- Pack the unit securely to prevent damage in transit. If possible, use the original packing material
- Ship prepaid and insured by way of a traceable carrier such as United Parcel Service (UPS) or First Class Mail: to avoid loss in transit to Ohra Factory Serve obra Flectronics Corporation. 6500 W. Cortland St., Chicago, IL 60707.
- If the unit is under warranty, upon receipt of your unit it will either be repaired or exchanged depending on the model. Please allow approximately 3 to 4 weeks before contacting us for status. If the unit is out of warranty a letter will automatically be sent informing you of the repair charge or replacement charge. If you have any questions, please call 1.773.889.3087
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The CB Story
The Citizens Band lies between the shortwave broadcast and 10-meter Amateur radio bands and was established by law
in 1949. The Class D two-way communications service was opened in 1959. (CB also includes a Class A citizens band and
Class C remote control frequencies.)
What’s Included with Your HH 50 WX ST
- High Efficiency Antenna
- Removable Belt Clip
- Wrist Strap
- 12 Volt Cigarette Lighter Plug & Charge Adapter
- Operating Manual
Controls and Indicators
- BNC Antenna Connector
- Squelch Control
- On/Off Volume Control
- Removable Belt Clip
- External Speaker Jack
- External Microphone Jack
- Charge LED
- Rechargeable Battery Charge Jack
- DC Power Jack
- Light Key
- Channel Up/Down Keys
- PTT (Push To Talk ) Key
- Battery Door/Chamber
- LCD Display Panel
- Lock Key
- SoundTracker® Key
- CB/WX Weather Key and HI/LO Power Saver Key
- Instant Channel 9 & 19 and Dual Watch Key
- Program Key
- Channel Scan
Our Thanks to You
Thank you for purchasing the Cobra HH 50 WX ST handheld CB. Properly used, this Cobra product will give you many years of reliable service.
“Cuts noise coming in…strengthens signals going out. This technology dramatically improves the transmission and reception of the CB signals. The revolutionary SoundTracker® System reconfigures the transmission signal which allows it to be transferred more efficiently through cluttered airwaves. At the same time, it significantly reduces the amount of static on all incoming CB signals. The result is a cleaner, clearer-sounding reception of signals and a more powerful transmission which dramatically improves CB communications
Should you encounter any problems with the producers ignore Mama. features, referring to the manual, you still need help, call Cobra Customer Service at 773-889-3087.
Cobra Customer Service
- Live operators are available M-F 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Central
- Time at: 773-889-3087
- Automated Technical
Features of This Product
- 40 CB Channels
- 10 Weather Channels
- Full Feature LCD Display
- Dual Channel Watch
- Full Channel Scan
- Battery Level Meter
- External Speaker/ Microphone Jack
- Instant Channel 9 & 19
- High/Low Power Saver Switch
- BNC Antenna Connector
- Lock Key
- Battery Charge Jack
- Battery Charge LED
To increase range as a portable, use HA-TA telescopic loaded long-range antenna. (See Accessory Page 35)
Attach the Antenna
- Turn clockwise. 1⁄4 turn
Install the Batteries
- To remove the battery chamber cover, press down on the arrow and slide down.
- Install the batteries with polarity markings.
- Replace cover
Attach the Belt Clip
- Slide the belt clip up on the rails of the base until the tab locks.
- To remove the belt clip, lift the tab out and slide the belt clip down.
Note Ignoring polarity markings (+/-) may cause damage to both the unit and the batteries.
- The HH 50 WX ST requires 9 “AA” alkaline or NiMH batteries rated at 1000 mAh (not included with the unit).
- When the batteries are low or need charging the BATTERY icon will flash on the LCD. Replace alkaline batteries or recharge NiMH batteries. NiMH rechargeable batteries should be charged a minimum of 12 hours with a CA 45CB charger.
- NiM H recharge ables should have a rating of 1.2 VDC, 1000 mAh. Attach the Belt Clip
- Note Make sure the antenna is installed on the radio.
Note When you turn on the HH 50 WX ST, a series of tones will be heard and the icons will briefly appear on the LCD. LCD lights on for 5 seconds, then turns off.
- Rotate ON – OFF Volume Control clockwise.
Squelch is the “control gate” for incoming signals
- Turn the volume up louder than normal.
- Fully clockwise closes the “gate”, allowing no incoming signals.
- Fully counterclockwise opens the “gate” and all signals enter.
- To achieve the Desired Squelch Setting (DSS), turn the Squelch control counterclockwise until you hear noise. Now turn the control clockwise just until the noise stops. This is the DSS setting.
For quick channel advance, push and hold arrow key(s).
When switching from one channel to another, the squelch will need to be reset. See Setting Squelch on pages 4 and 5.
Select a Channel
- Turn the power ON.
- For higher channels, push the UP arrow key.
- For lower channels, push the DOWN arrow key.
All needed information is displayed on the LCD panel.
The antenna must be installed before transmitting.
Transmit / Receive
- To transmit, push and hold the PTT button. While the PTT button is depressed you cannot receive transmissions.
- The TRANSMISSION POWER METER will be displayed when transmitting. During transmission, your outgoing transmission
power is measured in watts and displayed on the power bar graph.
- Hold the radio about 2 inches from your mouth. Speak in a normal voice.
- Release the PTT button to receive incoming transmissions.
When you are receiving an incoming signal, the strength of that signal will be displayed on the SIGNAL STRENGTH METER.
Note Your HHSO WX ST is always ready to receive incoming signals when the PTT button is released.
One Touch For Channel 9 and Channel 19
To gain instant access to Channels 9 (emergency) and 19 (information) from other channels:
- Push CH 9/19 once for channel 9.
- Push CH 9/19 again for Channel 19.
- To return to the original channel, push CH 9/19 a third time.
All Channel Scan
To scan all 40 channels:
- Set Desired Squelch Setting (DSS).
- Push the SCAN key. The channels will be indexed.
- To stop scanning, push the SCAN key again.
When an incoming transmission is received the HH 50 WX ST will stop scanning. 10 seconds after the incoming signal stops, scanning will resume.
To set the Desired Squelch Setting (DSS) see Setting Squelch on pages 4 and 5. Pressing the PTT key or scan key will terminate the scan mode
To set Desired Squelch Setting (DSS) see Setting Squelch on pages 4 and 5.
At a later time, you can recall your last preset DW channels by pushing and releasing the FUNCTION key and quickly pushing and releasing the DW key
Dual Watch allows simultaneous monitoring of two user-selected channels. For example, to monitor Channel 11 and 17 for incoming transmissions:
- Set Desired Squelch Setting (DSS).
- Select Channel 11 with the CHANNEL UP/ DOWN key.
- Push and release the PROGRAM key. PROGRAM icon will be displayed.
- Push and hold the PWR SAVER/CH9/19/DW key until a “beep” is heard. The DW icon will flash and the PROGRAM icon
- Select Channel 17 with the CHANNEL UP/ DOWN key
- Push and release the PWR SAVER/CH9/19/DW key, and a “beep” will be heard. The DW icon will stay on.
- The HH 50 WX ST display will switch between the selected channels.
- To stop the dual watch, push the CHANNEL UP/ DOWN key, or turn the radio off.
When an incoming transmission is received the HH 50 WX ST will stop monitoring and remain on the channel. After 10 seconds the radio will continue to monitor the 2 channels.
The 10 National Weather Channels include 7 NOAA and 3 Canadian channels. These channels provide full coverage to keep you informed of weather conditions, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For a list of weather frequencies see specifications in the Frequency Ranges section on page 32.
Your HH 50 WX ST has a special auto squelch circuit for weather transmission which disables your squelch control.
- 10 National Weather Channels provide weather transmission reception.
- Push and release the CB/WX key and the current weather channel will appear.
- To change weather channels push the CHANNEL UP/DOWN arrow keys.
At times, different channels can be received. Select the one with the clearest audio quality.
- To return to normal CB operation, push and release the CB/WX key again.
- Push and release the PROGRAM key. PROGRAM icon will be displayed.
- Push and release the CB/WX key.
- To exit Power Saver (HI/LOW) mode: Push and release the PROGRAM key. PROGRAM icon will be displayed.
- Push and release the CB/WX PWR SAVER key.
- PROGRAM and PWR SAVE icon will disappear
Battery Capacity Level
To monitor the remaining power level of the HH 50 WX ST battery: Check the battery icon bands.
The BATTERY icon will flash if the batteries are low. Replace or recharge the batteries as soon as possible.
The SoundTracker® System
While previous systems only “blanket out” or limit noise in higher sound frequencies, the revolutionary SoundTracker® System reduces noise while leaving the signal intact in the reception mode. In the transmission mode, it strengthens the signal, providing you with a significant reduction in noise on reception and transmission.
Sound clarity is measured by the ratio of the signal level to the noise level. The higher the signal-to-noise ratio, the better the sound.
- How SoundTracker® Works
- On Reception – “Cuts noise coming in” With a normal CB, distant signals fall below the squelch level and are unintelligible. With a SoundTracker° CB., the noise level is cut up to 90%, which increases the signal-to-noise ratio and dramatically improves signal clarity. This also allows you to significantly reduce the squelch level, which greatly expands your listening range.
- On Transmission – “Strengthens signals going out” A SoundTracker® CB strengthens the transmit signal by more effectively using the available RF power output of the CB. The result is improved transmission signal clarity and an expanded transmission range.
SoundTracker® gives you clearer, cleaner reception to improve CB communications while on the air.
- Push and release the ST key
The SOUNDTRACKER icon will appear
- Select any unused channel on your CB.
- Fully counterclockwise opens the “gate” and all signals enter. Turn the knob clockwise until it stops.
- Deactivate soundtrack mode by pressing the SOUNDTRACKER key.
At times you may experience different levels of noise reduction. Different terrains and environments will affect the SoundTracker® System’s performance.
- Turn the volume up louder than your normal listening level.
- Push and release the ST key.
- To disengage SoundTracker® push and release the ST key again.
- ST icon will disappear
To illuminate the display, push and release the light key. The light will remain on for about 10 seconds.
The purpose is to lock the front keys to avoid accidental actuation.
- To lock, push, and hold the LOCK key. The LOCK icon will appear.
- To unlock, push and hold the LOCK key.
The HH 50 WX ST can be connected to your cigarette lighter port with the provided adapter. This power connection will also charge the batteries with the included interchangeable tip.
Due to the characteristics of CB transmissions, it is necessary to use an external car roof/truck magnet-mounted antenna (item # HG A1000) and a BNC S0239 adapter (item # HA-BNC) to receive optimal performance while in your vehicle. See the Accessories section on page 35.
The HHSORT Road trip model comes with a magnet-mounted antenna (item #HH-Mini).
SAFETY NOTICE MPE minimum distance for HH-Mini Antenna
The antenna used for this transceiver must be properly installed and maintained must provide a separation distance of at least 12 inches (31 cm) from all persons and must not be co-located or operated in conjunction with any other antenna or transmitter. Never transmit if any person is closer than the specified distance to the antenna.
How Your CB Can Serve You
A CB Radio Can:
- Warn of traffic problems
- Provide weather and road data
- Provide help in the event of an emergency
- Provide direct contact with home or office
- Assist police by reporting erratic drivers
- Get local information to find a destination
- Communicate with family and friends
- Suggest spots to eat and sleep
- Keep you alert while traveling
A Few Rules You Should Know
- A. Conversations cannot last more than 5 minutes with another station. A one-minute break is required to let others use the channel.
- B. You cannot blast others off the air by use of illegally amplified transmitters or illegally high antennas.
- C. You cannot use a CB to promote illegal activities.
- D. Profanity is not allowed.
- E. You may not transmit music with a CB.
- F. Selling of merchandise and/or services is prohibited.
Weather Channel Messages
Local weather reports are provided by NOAA (National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. An agency of the U. S. Department of Commerce, NOAA operates 500 stations which reach about 90% of the U. S. population. If you cannot receive a weather\ station, you may not have one in your area. A similar network of 15 stations broadcasts continuous weather information across much of southern Canada.
Channel 9 Emergency Messages
- Set to channel 9 for emergencies
- Be sure the antenna is properly connected.
- CB Distress Data
- When transmitting an emergency, you should request a “REACT BASE” and provide the CB
- distress data (called CLIP):
- Call Sign Identify yourself.
- L location Be exact.
- I njuries Number. Type. Trapped?
- Problem Give details and help needed
The FCC gives these examples of permitted and prohibited messages for channel 9. These are only guidelines and not all-inclusive:
The COBRA HH 50 WX ST transceiver represents one of the most advanced AM two-way radios used as a Class D station in the Citizens Band Radio Service. This unit features advanced Phase Lock Loop (PLL) circuitry providing complete coverage of all 40 CB channels and 10 weather channels as shown below.
HH Frequency Ranges 50 WX ST Specifications
Limited Two Year Warranty
COBRA ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
warrants that its COBRA CB Radios, and the parts thereof, will be free of defects in workmanship and materials for two (2) years from the date of the first consumer purchase. This warranty may be enforced by the first consumer purchaser, provided that the product is utilized within the U.S.A. COBRA will, without charge, repair or replace, at its option, defective CB radios, products, or parts upon delivery to the COBRA factory Service Department, accompanied by proof of the date of first consumer purchase, such as a duplicated copy of a sales receipt. You must pay any initial shipping charges required to ship the product for warranty service, but the return charges will be at Cobra’s expense if the product is repaired or replaced under warranty.
Exclusions: This limited warranty does not apply;
- to any product damaged by accident;
- in the event of misuse or abuse of the product or as a result of unauthorized alterations or repairs;
- if the serial number has been altered, defaced, or removed;
- if the owner of the product resides outside the U.S.A.
All implied warranties, including warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, are limited in duration to the length of this warranty. COBRA shall not be liable for any incidental, consequential, or other damages; including, without limitation, damages resulting from loss of use or cost of installation.
Part 15.19 Warning Statement- (Required for all Part 15 devices)
THIS DEVICE COMPLIES WITH PART 15 OF THE FCC RULES. OPERATION IS SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING TWO CONDITIONS:
- THIS DEVICE MAY NOT CAUSE HARMFUL INTERFERENCE, AND
- THIS DEVICE MUST ACCEPT ANY INTERFERENCE RECEIVED, INCLUDING INTERFERENCE THAT MAY CAUSE UNDESIRED OPERATION.
FCC Part 15.21 Warning Statement-
NOTE: THE GRANTEE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY CHANGES OR MODIFICATIONS NOT EXPRESSLY APPROVED BY THE PARTY RESPONSIBLE FOR COMPLIANCE. SUCH MODIFICATIONS COULD VOID THE USER’S AUTHORITY TO OPERATE THE EQUIPMENT.
FCC Part 15.105(b) Warning Statement
NOTE: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, under part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used by the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
- Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
- Increase the separation between the equipment and the receiver.
- Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
- Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
IC RSS-GEN, Sec 8.4 Warning Statement
This device complies with Industry Canada license-exempt RSS standard(s). Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
- this device may not cause interference, and
- this device must accept any interference, including interference that may cause undesired operation of the device.
IC RSS-GEN, Sec 8.3 Warning Statement
This radio transmitter, 906A-HH50WXST, has been approved by Industry Canada to operate with the antenna types listed below with the maximum permissible gain and required antenna impedance for each antenna type indicated. Antenna types not included in this list, having a gain greater than the maximum gain indicated for that type, are strictly prohibited for use with this device.
FAQS About Cobra HHRT50 Road Trip CB Radio
What is the Cobra hhrt50’s range?
Do Cobra CB Radios require antennas?
What is the power consumption of a cobra CB radio?
What is the CB radio’s maximum range?
15 or more miles
Are Cobra CB radios reliable?
The country’s top-selling rig.
Do CB radios require power?
A raw power line is typically included with CB radios.
Should CB radios have speakers?
Every CB radio has a speaker.
What occurs if a CB is operated without an antenna?
Your radio is of no use.
What voltage is required by a CB radio?
12.0- to 14.4-volts DC
What voltage does a CB radio require?
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