E.F. Johnson Messenger 4145

Type
Desktop CB Transceiver 
Frequency range RX
26.965-27.? MHz 
TX
26.965-27.? MHz 
Frequency stability
Tuning steps
Filters
Receiver
Modulations
Sensitivity
Selectivity
Receiver system
IF-frequencies
Image rejection
Audio output
Transmitter
Modulations
RF-output
? W 
Connections
Antenna
Impedance
Electrical
Power requirements
Current drain RX
TX
Physical
Dimensions (w×h×d)
Weight
Form factor
Desktop 
Manufactured
Between 19xx and 19xx  
Other features
Memories
40 channels in 1 banks  
Usage
Citizen Band (27Mc) 
Manufacturer
E.F. Johnson 
Model
Messenger 4145
Features
LED channel read out with dimmer
5-segment LED S/RF bar-graph meter
ANL On/Off
PA 
Manuals, Diagrams and Brochures
 
None available  

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Reviewed by
rreh917
Review date
Jan 16th, 17:26
Purchased
Used in 2008
  40.00
Performance
4 of 5
Build quality
5 of 5
Features
4 of 5
User friendliness
5 of 5
Value for money
5 of 5

One of the last USA built rigs, and a bit ahead of its time.

Bought this rig at a hamfest table buy-out. This has to be one of the very last CB's that was manufactured in the USA, and one of the earliest 40CH rigs out there, vintage 1978. With a sleek design and feature that you'd expect from modest priced mid-1980's rigs, like a 5 segment LED S/RF meter. It gives you the impression of a mid-1980's rig reversed designed for a 1970's chassis. Being an EF Johnson, RF carrier = 3.2W out, a back lit Viking logo, a hardwired crystal hand mic, and a built-in speech processor. Modulation MAX OUT to about 75%, but is good and crisp. Receive sensitivity, if I had to guess, is around 1uV, and like other EF Johnson CB's I've tried, a very quiet receiver, even with the ANL switched off. Certainly not as sensitive as the Japanese counter parts, with .5uV, but adequate. Good AGC circuit as well, and can take in close stations without distortions. Squelch knob doubles as a channel display dimmer switch. You won't find many of these rigs since they were like $350.00 back then. If you are a collector of classic CB's, this rig is a 'must have'!

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