Product Comparison: Midland 1001Z vs Uniden PRO520XL

General Specifications
About the Product
The Midland 1001Z two-way, 40-channel CB radio represents the state of the art in CB engineering. Incorporating microprocessor controlled PLL circuitry for precise tuning, it boasts 4 Watts of power, an emergency channel, digital power signal strength meter, squelch control, external speaker and PA speaker jacks, and plenty more. Installation is a breeze in most cars, trucks and RVs. Perfect for novices and long-time CB users alike.
Automotive products that support you on the road and off. This compact CB transceiver incorporates state of the art microelectronics into a sophisticated Euro-styled 2-way radio. The integrated PA system allows you to connect an external speaker and use the CB to make announcements.
Key Specs
Frequency Range From
26.965 MHz
26.965 MHz
Frequency Range To
27.405 MHz
27.405 MHz
Frequency Stability
0.005 %
0.005 %
Frequency Control
PLL Synthesizer
PLL Synthesizer
Input Voltage
13.8 V DC
13.8 V DC
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Midland 1001Z 40-Channel CB Radio
  • Works great, can hear and be heard clearly with basic 2 ft mag mount antenna.
  • Very well made, compact, and looks very, very, good for price, The quality is outstanding, and the performance. This is an exceptional CB Radio, great sound, you would expect to pay much more money for this item. Also being so compact, does not require much space.
  • Great reception and transmission with a quality antenna with out using an SWR tuning. Can communicate easily about 5 miles in flat to rolling terrain and about a 2 miles in the hillier quarry areas.
  • Internal speaker is clear and easily understood. I like having the RF gain adjustment, especially if I need to keep the squelch down trying to talk with someone at the edge of range.
  • The clarity on this CB was over the top clear. It's very hard to find CB's in stores and we decided to give this a try and we are very happy with this purchase!
Uniden PRO520XL 40-Channel CB Radio
  • Awesome little radio. Purchased this to communicate vehicle to motorcycle on a beach trip. Worked perfectly. So small, was able to mount in the lower center console of my 2010 Dodge RAM. Add a magnetic K40 antenna, tune it, and it has great range.
  • For the money, it's O.K. Every time it is first powered up it is on channel 9, otherwise, 5 stars.
  • I like the form factor, nice and small, love that it doesn't change channels after you shut off the key, I love the looks.
  • From the product description "A bare-bones, ultra-mobile 40-channel CB Radio" They aren't kidding. There are no fancy features with this radio. If you just need to talk and be heard this is all you need.
  • This radio works well for my purposes, communication between work vehicles not more than a half mile apart on the road. I give the radio four stars because it jumps channels, though infrequently.
  • Very hard to see channel indicator in daylight. Also, squelch control is way too sensitive. Very small radio that would work for occasional use. The transmit audio is good, from what I was told.
Size & Weight
1.875 in.
1.38 in.
4.375 in.
4.5 in.
6.625 in.
6.75 in.
1.625 lbs.
1.62 lbs.
Power Output (AM)
4 W
4 W
Frequency Response Min
400 Hz
300 Hz
Frequency Response Max
2400 Hz
2500 Hz
Frequency Tolerance
0.005 %
0.005 %
What customers say about "Transmitter"
Midland 1001Z 40-Channel CB Radio
  • The transmitter feeds a CB-dedicated BJT, the 2SC2078, and will handle the maximum legal power output of 4 W. Don't expect to "swing" or "tune up" the 1001Z if you want to break the legal limit.
  • I have never had a better CB radio. I purchased a second one just to have in years to come as a spare. I use it every day-it has very low crosstalk from high power CB transmitters nearby on the Interstate.
  • This radio has excellent receive and transmit sound. A great little radio for a great price, with all the features I need.
  • Fortunately, the S-meter LEDs also serve as transmit power indicators, so you know when the radio is transmitting. (The "TX" LED comes on before the power LEDs.)
  • With a tunable Firestick antenna and an SWR meter for tuning checks, I'm getting a great 1.3:1 ratio for power-efficient transmitting on the lower 20 channels
  • No channel 19 priority, prone to ignition noise, slow to transmit.
Uniden PRO520XL 40-Channel CB Radio
  • It works well. Hah, better than the "export" cb another driver has. Crystal clear transmit and receive audio all in a compact LEGAL package.
  • Though at the lower range of price, it is a great CB radio. Specially for beginners or if on budget. Clear transmit/receive and easy to use.
  • I installed in my 93 YJ for trails and even on the open road it pulls in and transmits for a long ways. The compact size is a great plus, it will fit almost anywhere.
  • It is extremely powerful with my 4ft Firestik antenna. I can easily transmit over 2-3 miles which is way more than I need in a jeep.
  • I am able to transmit and receive signals, but rarely. Most of the time I just hear static, noise, and garbled transmissions. When I turn up the squelch control to filter out noises, I rarely hear anything at all.
Sensitivity for 10dB (AM)
0.7 µV
0.5 µV
Image Rejection
40 dB
80 dB
Audio Power Output
2 W
7 W
What customers say about "Receiver"
Midland 1001Z 40-Channel CB Radio
  • Receive sensitivity is not incredible, but my unit was able to receive a -117 dBm signal (better than the 0.5 uV/-113 dBm claimed) at 10 dB SINAD (measured on an HP 8920A).
  • this is expected in many stock CB's and is easily fixed with the turn of a screwdriver and a google search. Seems to have a much better receive than most stock radios and actually measured slightly above rated transmit power.
  • I installed my Midland 1001Z 40 Channel CB with Channel 9 Switch and PA on my PT Cruiser about 6 months ago. It's a basic CB that sends and receives fine.
  • My intentions were to receive good signal and updates from truck drivers with road conditions traveling back and forth to and from work.
  • It reaches very far in receiving and transmitting, and I am using a long whip antennae. It works great for the money and I love it.
Uniden PRO520XL 40-Channel CB Radio
  • CBs all put our the same power and the main difference is the selectivity which cuts back on off-channel noise. The selectivity is much better that some cheaper ones I have owned and it does not jump back to Channel 9 when turned off or when power is lost like some cheaper ones.
  • Wanted a CB for OTR travelling. Mostly listening regarding traffic tie-ups, etc. Receives well, reasonable transmission.
  • Great radio. Long receive.good TX to. Never even pluged in that little mic so i cant comment there, i use a road devil power mic barley on,mostly just for noise canceling,very clear sounding and way too much power cranked up.
  • Very strong signal both transmitting and receiving.
  • Perfect size for what I needed to mount onto my Jeep TJ. Broke fairly early. Will not transmit or receive any more.
LED display & LED Indicators
LSD Display & Signal Strength Meter
PA/CB Switch, Channel 9/Normal Switch, Squelch Control, Channel Selector, On/Off Volume Control
ANL Switch, PA Switch, CH9 Switch, Volume Control, Squelch Knob, RF Gain Knob, Channel Selector
Weather Alert
Emergency Channel, Digital Power Signal Strength Meter, Installs Easily - Cars, trucks and RV's, External Speaker and PA Speaker Jacks, Front Panel Locking Mic Connector
Front Mount Microphone, Backlit LCD Display, Built-in automatic noise limiter and auto-squelch, Connect external speakers and use PA/CB switch for use as a Public Address system
What customers say about "Features"
Midland 1001Z 40-Channel CB Radio
  • I like that it has an RF gain control and would miss the NOAA weather channels except that my mobile Ham rig has that capability so it's not important in my case.
  • Compact size fit nicely into my Jeep Wrangler, the weather scan was nice, had lots of trouble getting connection with other members of my Jeep club.
  • The front panel is uncomplicated, but a particularly nice feature slipped into the design is an RF gain control, which helps the squelch circuit deal with the long-distance chatter if you're working a nearby station.
  • The controls are simple and straight forward, the led signal strength indicator is nice. The emergency toggle to CH 9 is comforting.
  • The digital display doesn't show the numers anymore, it has really bad reception, tinny sound quality and doesn't put out it's rated 4 watts...
  • Couldn't have been more than a few drops blew in the open window, my seat wasn't even wet, but now the output is gone and nothing displays in the LED meter for either transmit or recieve.
Uniden PRO520XL 40-Channel CB Radio
  • It's a small unit with many useful features. ANL, Gain, volume and squelch controls on the front and a PA outlet on the rear.
  • This is about as perfect of a CB as you could ask for. I really like the dip switch idea for quick changing to external PA or emergency broadcast channel 9.
  • The unit has a internal speaker that is very loud and is whisper quiet when tuned to filter out static so you can leave it on without listening to garbage the whole time.
  • The stock mic is cheaply made with passable modulation. The mic cord is very short, but I can live with that. Since linear amps are a 'No-No' get a decent power mic if you want to be heard.
  • It works fine as a CB. What I do not like is the PA function. When I turn my PA on, I have to change channels and turn the squelch up so that the channel I am on doesn't play through the PA speaker.
  • Very low frills unit. There is a PA function, but that's about it. The Power, squelch and Up/Down channel buttons are not lit and can't be seen in the dark. There is no "scan" feature. The internal speaker sounds pretty thin.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
3 year(s)
2 year(s)
Other Information
59.99 $

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