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    SUPER SMALL AnyTone Smart CB Radio : 11-Meter Conversion Write-Up



    It really is hard to believe that in this day and age, a time where you can get a wrist watch that's 1000x more powerful than the computers used to land men on the moon, that most good CB radios are still made as big as bricks and typically, weigh as much too. This is something that's always bothered me and because of it, I have bought and tested a myriad of CB radios over the years and all with the hopes of finding something a bit more compact, yet still worked just as well and sounded just as good as a larger traditional unit. Unfortunately, I hadn't really found anything that I liked or at least, at a reasonable cost and so for a while now, I had just resorted to running an old school Cobra 29. With that said, I had been hearing more and more about a relatively new CB radio made by a company called AnyTone and finally decided to give it a try.

    At only 4.1" wide, 4.3" deep, 1" thick and weighing just shy of 15 ounces, the AnyTone Smart CB radio is without question the smallest hard mounted CB radio I have run to date. Sold as a 10 meter radio, they do require a bit of surgery to convert them into an 11 meter radio (standard U.S. 40 channel CB) but it is minor and this short write-up will show you just how easy it is to do.

    What you will need
    AnyTone Smart CB Radio
    • T-7 Torx Bit
    • Fine Soldering Iron
    • Flux
    • Wire
    • Rosin

    As you can see, the AnyTone Smart CB Radio is small enough to fit int he palm of my hand.


    Additional controls are located on top of the mic.


    If so desired, a jack for an external speaker is available.


    Here's a shot to show just how small the AnyTone Smart CB Radio is compared to an old school Cobra 29 LX.



    Instructions
    1. To being the modification of your AnyTone Smart CB Radio, you will need a T-7 Torx driver to remove the 4 screws securing the top half of the unit in place. A tiny driver this small is typically found as a part of a more complete electronics driver set which can be found at Walmart or hardware store.


    2. With the screws removed, carefully pry open the top half of the AnyTone Smart CB Radio making sure not to tear out the speaker wires from the circuit board.


    3. It's super tiny so you will have to look carefully for it but as you can see in this photo, you will need to located the OP1 and OP2 jumper points. As you can see, OP2 is soldered together and this makes this unit a 10 meter radio. To convert this to a standard U.S. 40 channel CB radio, OP2 will need to be separated.


    4. Ideally, using something like a solder vac would help to make this job a lot easier but I was able to use a rosin coated wire as a kind of a sponge to soak up the solder.


    5. Using an electronics soldering iron with a fine point, heat up the rosin coated wire and the solder connection on OP2 and remove it.


    6. Clean up any excess rosin and solder and make sure the OP2 connection has been separated.


    7. Reinstall the top half of the case and you should now have a standard U.S. 40 channel CB radio.


    Being as small as it is, the AnyTone Smart CB Radio can literally be installed just about anywhere in your Jeep. Being that I have an EVO Sport Cage installed in Rubicat, I decided to just install it on the CB mount they provide on the center cross bar. Here you can see just how tiny it is when mounted in a location made for a full size CB radio.


    Below is a link to a write-up that should help you get a CB wired up and installed on your Jeep JK Wrangler.
    Cobra 29 CB Radio Installation Write-Up

    So, how well does the AnyTone Smart CB Radio work you might ask? What I can tell you is this - so far, I am happy that it has both a squelch and RF gain controls but I do prefer knobs over buttons. The 'up' and 'down' buttons on the mic do make it easier to make adjustments but I don't see it being very easy to do while driving or at least, based on the way I have my unit mounted up. That being said, I am really impressed at how loud and clear the tiny speaker sounds and because of it, I may not install an external speaker. Of course, I haven't had a chance to use this radio under enough different circumstances to know for sure and so the jury is still out on that.

    All in all, I'm pretty happy with the AnyTone Smart CB Radio size and quality but I'll be sure to post up a more thorough review after I've had a chance to really test it out.

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    I've been thinking of buying that radio, since it was posted in the other thread. Thanks for the write up.


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    Quote Originally Posted by notnalc68 View Post
    I've been thinking of buying that radio, since it was posted in the other thread. Thanks for the write up.
    LOL!! I had been on the fence for a while now on whether or not I would give it a try and mainly because you do have to crack it open and modify it to make it work as a standard 40 channel U.S. CB radio. For sure, the though of de-soldering that tiny jumper was a bit intimidating but at only $58, I figured I could screw it up and not loose too much sleep over it. That thread finally put me over the edge and fortunately, the mod was easy to do.

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    Well isn't that the smallest fucking thing I've ever seen! That's crazy. Curious to hear the post install review.


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    Wow. Thanks for sharing. You could fit that in a ton of locations. Good price too. I must ask, how'd you find out about the solder mod? I assume it wasn't "Let's take this apart and fuck with it and see what happens."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike_JK_Houston_711 View Post
    Well isn't that the smallest fucking thing I've ever seen! That's crazy. Curious to hear the post install review.
    I'll be sure to post up something as soon as I can. What I'm really looking to test out is how well it sounds at highway speeds and when driving doorless/topless. I also want to get a better feel on how easy or hard it is to adjust on the fly and how well does it broadcast/receive.

    Quote Originally Posted by WJCO View Post
    Wow. Thanks for sharing. You could fit that in a ton of locations. Good price too. I must ask, how'd you find out about the solder mod? I assume it wasn't "Let's take this apart and fuck with it and see what happens."
    If you read through the Amazon reviews, you'll see there is mention about how the unit needs to be converted to work as a standard 40-channel U.S. CB radio. The seller states they can "mail" instructions on how to do this and that kind of made me take a step back from it. A more thorough search yielded me some terribly made YouTube reviews and one touched on the subject and included information about a website he found talking about the jumpers. Long story short, I finally figured out what needed to be done and that's what convinced me to give it a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wayoflife View Post

    If you read through the Amazon reviews, you'll see there is mention about how the unit needs to be converted to work as a standard 40-channel U.S. CB radio. The seller states they can "mail" instructions on how to do this and that kind of made me take a step back from it. A more thorough search yielded me some terribly made YouTube reviews and one touched on the subject and included information about a website he found talking about the jumpers. Long story short, I finally figured out what needed to be done and that's what convinced me to give it a try.
    How cool that you found something like that and it worked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WJCO View Post
    How cool that you found something like that and it worked.
    Maybe I just suck at the internet but it definitely took more effort to find than I would have preferred. In fact, had I found what I needed easier and sooner, I would have tried this CB a couple of years ago. This is one of the main reasons why I wanted to post up this write-up - to help others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wayoflife View Post
    I'll be sure to post up something as soon as I can. What I'm really looking to test out is how well it sounds at highway speeds and when driving doorless/topless. I also want to get a better feel on how easy or hard it is to adjust on the fly and how well does it broadcast/receive.



    If you read through the Amazon reviews, you'll see there is mention about how the unit needs to be converted to work as a standard 40-channel U.S. CB radio. The seller states they can "mail" instructions on how to do this and that kind of made me take a step back from it. A more thorough search yielded me some terribly made YouTube reviews and one touched on the subject and included information about a website he found talking about the jumpers. Long story short, I finally figured out what needed to be done and that's what convinced me to give it a try.
    So what is it without the solder modification?


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