I know, I know...converting ham radios to CB radios has been covered so much it's like beating an entire barn's worth of horses. Problem is that I can't seem to find anything that applies to what I'm looking to do. Looking on CB forums, it's all about guys wanting to run big power CB radios, and on ham forums everyone seems to assume that I'm a CB pirate/freebander in hiding, lol. My situation is that I enjoy off road 4x4s, and the usual communication of choice is the CB radio. A few of them are hams (including myself, I've been licensed for several years, and much prefer to whip out my dual band HT over the CB), but 90%+ are CB only guys and have zero desire to become hams. Inexpensive CB radios...well, they hold true to "you get what you pay for". I've seen plenty of older, quality, 10m radios up for sale fairly cheap over the years (less than $50). What I'm wondering is, legal issues aside, are there technical merits for converting these radios for use on CB freqs? I am aware that FCC regulations prohibit using non type accepted radios on the CB band, regardless of power output. I have ZERO desire to become a freebander, or run anything more than the legal 4 watts on CB. The only time my CB ever gets turned on is on a trail run, well away from any type of civilization. Even if I had the urge to "play around" a bit on the road, it would be pointless as I can't hear squat from the radio above exhaust and tire noise on the pavement, lol. Even on the trail, considering the close range of most of us, pumping out high wattage would be a waste, and hitting someone miles away would also be a waste since they don't have the power to transmit that far back to me (although I could see the potential advantage in an emergency situation, even to have 1 way communications). I've been reading a bunch of threads about pumping 20-50 watts out, and reading about how these radios don't stand up well to these power levels on AM, and signal quality suffers. But what about 4-5 watts? Will I end up with better signal quality at these levels, or will be on par with the typical $50 CB radio? That said, I've also been looking at some of the "higher end" CB radios, but frankly, I don't know if I'm really looking at quality radios, vs paying for the name or a bunch of silly features I'll never use (like echos and bluetooth).