148GTL
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The 148 GTL Is a professional AM and Single Side Band radio that provides radio operators with communication with all AM and Single Side Band CB Radios.

The 148 GTL features 12 Watts (Peak Envelope Power) on Single Side Band. On SSB mode, the transmitted RF power is used more efficiently for increased range. Increased channel locations for interference free communications. 40 on Upper Side Band (USB) and 40 on Lower Side Band (LSB).On AM mode, you can communicate with all other CB radios in the area. Other features include: SWR Calibration for tuning the antenna to optimum condition. Tone control to fine tune of audio levels, Adjustable Dynamike' Boost to increase voice and clarity, RF Gain to adjust the receive audio gain in weak and strong signal areas, Noise Blanker for increased noise reduction, all in a proven design for over many years.

  • 40 channels AM, 40 Upper Side Band & 40 Lower Side Band - Maximum channels available for a wider range of communication.
  • 4 Watts AM & 12 Watts SSB - Maximum power allowed by law for extended range of communication.
  • SWR calibration - Allows calibration of antenna system for maximum performance.
  • 9 foot microphone cord - Keeps microphone within easy reach.
  • Tone control - Allows fine tuning of audio levels.
Weight
5 lbs. (2267.96g)
Height
2.49" (6.32cm)
Width
7.80" (19.81cm)
Depth
9.25" (23.49cm)
148 GTL is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Radio I have bought 3 of the newer 148 GTLs over the course of the past couple years with the front facing mic plug and they've all 3 been outstanding radios. I have one in my pickup truck, one on my wife's car, and one in the house set up as a base station with an AC to DC power supply and a Solarcon A-99 base antenna. They have all 3 performed great and I always get good audio reports and compliments on how great it sounds. The SSB works great and the built in SWR meter is dead on with my external meter. The NB/ANL seems to work pretty good, although the radio does not seem to be terribly sensitive to interference compared to some other radios I've used, and I like the knobs a lot better than the small ones on the Cobra 29 LX. This is about as good as a CB radio gets. For those that like the newer looking digital CB radios though like the Cobra 29 LX or the newer Uniden radios, this might not be the radio for you. It has the classic chrome front face with chromed buttons and an analog meter. It doesn't have built in talkback or echo, and the clarifier (called Voicelock on Cobra radios) does not adjust your transmit frequency, only the receive(although this is because of FCC regs, not because of an intentional lack of capability). It also doesn't have channel scan, instant channel 9, or an antenna light, although it does have a built in SWR calibration/check function so if you're curious about your antenna condition you can check your SWR, and even leave the meter on that function if you want to keep an eye on your SWR while transmitting. Overall though, they don't get much better than the Cobra 148 GTL if you want a reliable, professional grade CB radio, especially considering the relatively low price. Just look up any CB radio club or forum and ask people what they think about the Cobra 148 GTL. It's a great looking classic style CB radio with good sounding audio both sent and received even on single side band, and enough major features to make anybody happy. After owning various other radios from other manufacturers, there's a reason I run nothing but these radios in both vehicles and in my house, and I would recommend them to anybody.
Date published: 2014-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great radios I have 2 148 radios I have owen them for 44 years and they work great . Thank you for great radio .
Date published: 2014-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great cb radio I bought one of the new cobra 148gtl cb's with the front mic jack in may 2011 and a cobra m75 power mic to go with it and i have been really happy with both of them i have talked to a friend 14 miles away on sideband using a 4ft firestick antenna on the roof of my van he was shocked when i told him i was using a 4ft antenna as he was using a 9ft ss whip antenna. The 148gtl has been in several vehicles of mine and at the moment serves as a base station powered by a 12 volt power supply.
Date published: 2015-01-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from can not find a replacement mike anywhere ft from Lordsburg New Mexico to Lubbock Texas for a replacement mic for the GTL 148 you cannot find one
Date published: 2015-01-12
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Will a 2 amp fuse work in a 148 gtl if you don't have a 3 amp and is a 5 amp to big to use

Asked by: cabullrider
You may use the 2A fuse as long as you stay on regular (4W) CB channels. Do not operate on (12W) Sideband (SSB) or fuse will blow. We do not suggest ever using a bigger than recommended fuse size. If there was an electrical problem, the radio would burn before the fuse blows. To see other frequently asked questions visit: https://www.cobra.com/support/faqs Should you have additional questions, please contact our Customer Care Group at 773 889 3087. Thank you for choosing Cobra!
Answered by: Jorge
Date published: 2015-04-27

Do u have to have a license?

Asked by: Arkansas Hill Billy
No. A license is not required to operate a CB radio. To see other Frequently asked questions visit: https://www.cobra.com/support/faqs Should you have additional questions, please contact our Customer Care Group at 773 889 3087. Thank you for choosing Cobra!
Answered by: Jorge
Date published: 2015-04-06

What would be the best antenna to use for the 148 GTL

Asked by: Ormsby01
Please note, antennas selection depends on the type of vehicle and the location it will be installed on. As a general rule, the longer the antenna, the better range your radio will have. For example: No-ground-plane antennas work best on vehicles with fiberglass (roof) bodies, such as Jeeps or RV's. Mirror-bracket-mount antennas work best on tractor trailers. Magnet-mount (roof) antennas work best on personal vehicles, vans and SUV's with metal roof. To see other frequently asked questions visit: https://www.cobra.com/support/faqs Should you have additional questions, please contact our Customer Care Group at 773 889 3087. Thank you for choosing Cobra!
Answered by: Jorge
Date published: 2015-03-05

What's the rarange ?

Asked by: mahbod
The one in my house is connected to a Solarcon A-99 antenna that is about 30 feet in the air.  From my base station 148 (running it off a DC power supply in my house) to another base station, I can consistently talk 100 miles or so after dark when the skip dies down, and depending on the direction the other station is in because I live in mountainous terrain, so I can talk farther in some directions than I can in others. When talking from my base station to a mobile unit, my range drops quite a lot because although my radio is on a much bigger, stationary antenna, the mobile unit is using a much smaller antenna that is moving around, and therefore much more susceptible to interference from surrounding terrain.  The range in this scenario is heavily dependent on what kind of radio and antenna the person in the car is running and the terrain.  In flat country after dark when the skip has died down, expect ~20 miles.  When I'm in my pickup truck, I have a Cobra 148 connected to a 102 inch steel whip antenna, and I can reliably talk to some of our locals in the area of 30-35 miles away (straight line distance), in SOME SPOTS.  Reliably speaking though, my range is ~20 miles after dark. The reason I say after dark is that CB radios operate in the 27 Mhz range, which means they're susceptible to what is known as "skip" (some people also call it DX or skywave), which means that during daylight hours and/or inclement weather, signals can bounce off the atmosphere and land thousands of miles away from their origin.  This means that during the daytime there is a LOT of background noise, and reliable communication on CB radios is very difficult to achieve beyond 5-10 miles, but after dark when the noise dies down, your range will improve a great deal.
Answered by: Retro
Date published: 2015-02-01

Will the cobra 148 GTL need a female adapter for a coax cable?

Asked by: Jnipper
Thank you for your interest in our products. Please note, all Cobra CB radios come with a standard SO239 antenna connection that fits all CB antennas in the market, no adapter needed. To see other frequently asked questions click here: https://www.cobra.com/support/faqs Should you have additional questions or require warranty service, please contact our Customer Care Group at 773 889 3087. Thank you for choosing Cobra!
Answered by: Jorge
Date published: 2015-01-19

I have an older Cobra CB radio. It is a Cobra 21 Type No. 21A, 23 Channel, Serial # 20105804. I'm installing it in my car using a cigarette lighter outlet. What is the Amp load of this model?  

Asked by: Vigilante
All Cobra CB's have a 2A inline fuse, except the 148GTL series that has a 3A fuse. Frequently asked questions: https://www.cobra.com/support/faqs Thank you for choosing Cobra!
Answered by: Jorge
Date published: 2014-12-10

Hi, I'm a huge fan of Cobra CB's. I wonder what the 'GTL' means after the 148. For example, I figure 'XL' or 'XLR' might reflect the roman number 40 (xl) when first 40 ch radios were allowed by Fcc in 1977. please let me know.  

Asked by: joey43newyork
Thank you for your interest in our products, we appreciate it. Please notice that those acronyms were designated over 20 years ago. According to the veterans at Cobra, the GTL stands for Grand Tour Limited. To see other frequently asked questions click here: https://www.cobra.com/support/faqs/cb-radio-faqs
Answered by: Jorge
Date published: 2015-02-24

is this a ready to use cb, I had a 146 years ago and it had to be made into cb,

Asked by: Lukey
Yes, the 148 GTL CB is ready to use right out of the box. To see other frequently asked questions click here; https://www.cobra.com/support/faqs
Answered by: Jorge
Date published: 2014-12-20
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