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Cherokee CBS-2100 CB Radio

Manufacturer:  Cherokee
Model Number:  CBS-2100    

  • Clear Drive™ Circuitry provides a cleaner and clearer transmission
  • 4 watt power output on AM, and 12 watt power output on SSB
  • Large S/RF/SWR meter for easy viewing
  • Roger Beep
  • Public Address
  • Mic and RF Gain Control
  • Fine and Coarse Clarifier
  • Volume and Squelch Control

PRICE $309.99




AM4OCH. USB 40CH. LSB 40CH. WX (Receiver) 10CH.

Emission Type:

USB. LSB (A3J). AM(A3)




Antenna, Mike, External Speaker, Head Phone


L.C.D. Panel, SRF/Analog Meter, MOD/SWR Analog Meter.

Frequency Range:

26.965MHz to 27.405MHz

Supply Voltage:

13.8V DC/120V AC Negative Ground


Plug-in Mike, DC Power Cord, Mike Hanger & Screw, Manual.

Antenna Impedance:

50 ohm

Speaker Impedance:

4-8 ohm

Operating Temp. Range:

-20 degrees C to 50 degrees C


Reprint of Popular Communications, August 1997

Cherokee's Fantastic New SSB Base Station

It wouldn't surprise me that in the year 2017, CBers of the twenty-first century will look fondly back and say, "Remember those great CBs they made in the late '90s?" If that happens, it's a sure bet that the Cherokee CBS-1000 AM/SSB base station will be counted among the greats.

There has been a lot of interest in the new Cherokee base, as there always is when a new base station is introduced. So let's take a guided tour of this new radio. At upper left, there is a power button. Press it, and the radio springs to life with all the controls set exactly where you left them. To the right of the power button is a transmit power meter. To the right of that is a meter that calibrates and measures the SWR and modulation.

To the right of the meters is a backlit liquid crystal display that serves as me information center for the CBS-1000. It displays channel and frequency as you might expect, but it also displays other operating information, such as whether the noise blanker, automatic noise limiter, dual-watch function, and other capabilities, are activated. At the far upper right comer of the front panel are eight buttons that control various functions of the radio. More about that in a moment.

Just below the power switch is a headphone jack, and below that, a connector for the hand microphone that comes with the CBS-1000. To the right of that, a knob for volume, followed by knobs for squelch, RF gain, MIC gain, clarifier, channel selector, SWR calibration, and a three-position switch for setting the function of the SW/CAL/MOD meter. All the knobs are molded of hard plastic with a knurled perimeter, and all but the channel selector knob have a small blue dot that makes it easy to spot at a glance the position of that knob. On top of the radio is a grill for a top firing speaker, and on the back panel you'll find an AC power cord and connectors for an external speaker and coax.

A Striking Appearance!

The appearance of the Cherokee CBS-1000 is quite striking: a light gray sculpted front panel highlighted by dark gray knobs. And the fit and finish of the unit I tested was excellent. At 12 inches wide by 3 3/4 inches high (including supporting feet) by 10 3/4 inches deep (including knobs and protrusions), the CBS1000 is slightly narrower and not as tall than the Cobra 2010, and the Cherokee is also a bit deeper.

"...Cherokee has departed from tradition in the way that some of the functions are actuated, but I like the results-"

The CBS-1000 also sets itself apart with a combination of features that is simply unavailable on any other base station: 10 NOAA weather channels, including marine; five preset memory locations; one touch access to channel 9 and channel 19, dual watch channel monitoring, auto channel scan and auto memory scan. In short, this transceiver has more built-in tricks than a bridge tournament!

In designing the CBS-1000, Cherokee has departed from tradition in the way that some of the functions are actuated, but I like the results. For example, to select AM, USB, LSB, or weather mode, push the MODE button (No. 5 of the 8 buttons at the upper right of the front panel) until you get the mode you want. An indicator in the main display will tell which mode is currently active. If you want to go from upper sideband to lower sideband and back again, you have to keep pushing the button to "go around the carousel." But since there are only four possibilities, the mode you want is never more than three button-pokes away.

The Weather Mode and Other Controls

When the weather mode is activated, the main tuning knob can be used to select among the 10 weather channels. And while the CBS-1000 does not have a weather alert function, this radio has the clearest and most sensitive weather channels of any CB that I have tested.

Some of the buttons on the Cherokee have a secondary function that is enabled by the FUNC button. For example, if you want to activate the ANL (automatic noise limiter) circuit, press the FUNC button, then the No. 5 button. A small indicator pops up on the main display to let you know the ANL is activated.

If you press the No. 2 button, you'll activate the dual-watch function. This allows you to set a main channel to monitor and a secondary channel which the radio checks every six seconds for activity. If there is activity on the secondary channel, the radio holds there until it ceases. If you transmit on the secondary frequency, the dual-watch function is deactivated and the transceiver stays tuned to the secondary channel.

"...this radio has the clearest and most sensitive weather channels of any CB that I have tested."

If, however, you press the FUNC key and then the No. 2 button, you will activate the noise blanker, and an indicator will appear in the main display. Similarly, if you press the No. 4 button, you will activate the SCAN function, which will cruise through all 40 channels until a signal breaks the squelch. But if you press the FUNC button and the No. 4 button, then you activate a scan of the five memory channels.

To store a channel in one of the memory presets, first select the channel you want to store with the channel selector, press the FUNC button, followed immediately by the MEM button. The letter "S" will appear on the display. Then press the Memory Location button (1-5) where you would like to store the channel.

To access a channel stored in memory, press the MEM button. The letter "L" will appear on the display. Press the number (1-5) of the Memory Location that you desire. The channel stored in that memory location will appear on the display.

While this operating scheme may sound complicated, in operation it is actually quite simple. It took me about five minutes to learn how to make everything work. I particularly liked the SCAN function-if you wake up in the middle of the night and want to know if anyone is on the radio, just set the squelch, press SCAN, and let the radio do the rest.

Wait, There's More!

During my explorations with the CBS1000, I also discovered an "undocumented feature." If you press the No. 1 button to activate instant Channel 9, it will appear on the display and flash. You can then use the channel selector knob to switch between instant Channel 9 and instant channel 19. Neat! A curious feature of the CBS-1000 is a coarse clarifier button. Press it once in SSB mode, and the receive frequency receive frequency jumps UP 5kHz. Press it again, and the receive frequency DROPS 5 kHz. In ordinary sidebanding, I found no use for this feature, but it doesn't take Einstein to realize that if the clarifier were unlocked, you'd have an instant 5 kHz switch. Of course, unlocking the clarifier would be against FCC rules, and we wouldn't want to do that, would we?

Please note that the CBS-1000 has a frequency display, not a frequency counter. That means the radio doesn't actually measure the frequency that is shown but instead it displays the frequency that is programmed for a particular channel. For most CBers, this doesn't amount to a hill of beans, but if you're the kind of operator who likes to get inside your rig with a screwdriver ... that means you could put the CBS-1000 out of alignment with the frequency display, and you would never know it. Bottom line: Keep the cover on, and you'll be fine.

But as impressive as the features of the CBS-1000 are, a CB transceiver must also be judged by its electrical performance. Here the new Cherokee base station proves it belongs in that rarefied class of "top-gun" CB s. The Cherokee's receiver is a dandy. Sensitivity to faint signals is high. The highest I've observed in a type-accepted CB. Adjacent channel rejection is also very good, right there with other top-of-the-line SSB base stations. The noise blanker and automatic noise limiter work well, as they should. So if DXing is your passion, this is a radio that will work well for flushing out faint signals.

A Quality Transmitter

The transmitter is even better than the receiver. In on-the-air testing, I consistently got remarks like "Boy, Your signal is really clear!" On sideband, the audio is so good that one sidebander told me he liked the quality of the signal better than the signal from my Kenwood TS-850 ham rig. (Incidentally, the tests were conducted offshore.) Wherever I talked, whether on AM or SSB, CBers would tell me about the clear and natural-sounding audio from the CBS-1000.

The design that Cherokee has selected for the hand mic that comes with the CBS1000 is apparently borrowed from the noise-canceling microphones frequently used by truckers. When I first began talking with this rig, I sometimes would get comments like, "Your audio is low." I tried a power microphone, but it didn't really help. All it did was ruin the great sounding audio. Then I tried "swallowing the microphone" putting the mic right against my mouth, like you would with a Road King or similar trucker's mic. Bingo! The modulation meter began swinging like a bandit, and I started getting highly satisfactory reports on audio quality and strength. So take my advice: put the Cherokee's mic right against your mouth; you won't overdrive the rig, and you won't ruin the audio. And forget the power mic.

To sum it up, the Cherokee folks have really done their homework on this new SSB base station, with solid performance and some ground-breaking features. In doing so, they have created a genuine classic that CBers will treasure for years to come.

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