Uniden Pro 501 HH Review – TESTED

Is the Uniden Pro 501 HH the finest high-end handheld CB radio?

It's not that far off.

This CB radio has everything you could need in a handheld CB radio and then some.

It comes with all of the built-in features that everyone looks for like 10 weather channels, an external speaker jack and the built-in automatic noise limiter (ANL), and squelch control so you can capture a great transmission and eliminate noise.

From additional features, the Uniden Pro 501HH has a microphone in-port and a speaker out-port.

All these options make it one of the most versatile out there and would make a great choice for anyone looking for a top-end handheld CB radio, it ranks as one of the best handheld CB radios available.

Uniden Pro 501 HH Review

Uniden PRO501HH Pro-Series 40-Channel Portable Handheld CB Radio/Emergency/Travel Radio, Large LCD Display, High/Low Power Saver, 4-Watts, Auto Noise Limiter, NOAA Weather, and Earphone Jack

Specs:

  • Fits perfectly in your hands
  • 40 Channels + 10 NOAA Channels
  • Easy to Use 
  • LCD is Clear and displays all the info we need

overall 

4.25/5

Quality

Size

Ease of Use

Cost

Uniden Pro 501 HH Review- The Features:

  • The Uniden Pro-Series PRO501HH compact handheld CB radio offers full 40-Channel CB functionality and 10 weather channels in a small, tough design.
  • Extremely popular for commercial and industrial usage. Selectable 4 Watt Hi /1 Watt low power
  • Large backlit LCD - Multifunction display that is easy to read day or night with a switch to turn the backlight on or off.
  • When severe weather is on the way, you'll be warned via NOAA weather.
  • Dual-Channel Watch- You may continue speaking on one channel while listening to another channel of interest thanks to the simultaneous watch feature.
  • ANL (automatic noise limiter) and squelch control fine-tune performance and eliminate noise.
  • External speaker jack and external mic jack
  • Relatively small - 2.25 x 7.25 x 1.75 inches

What is the range of the Uniden Pro 501 HH?

The range of the Uniden Pro 501HH is 100-200 yards with the stock, rubber ducky antenna. Inside a vehicle, it is much shorter.

My recommendation is to pick up a magnetic mount antenna, a good one is the BINGFU soft whip antenna. It comes with a 10 foot BNC cord.

Uniden PRO501HH Pro-Series 40-Channel Portable Handheld CB Radio/Emergency/Travel Radio, Large LCD Display, High/Low Power Saver, 4-Watts, Auto Noise Limiter, NOAA Weather, and Earphone Jack

What are the differences between the Uniden PRO 501HH vs PRO 401HH

The biggest difference is that the 501HH is the newer model handheld CB radio with larger screen size. The style of the handheld CB radios is exactly the same.

You can read my Uniden 401 HH Pro Review here

Uniden Pro 501 HH Details:

The LCD Display:

The Uniden Pro 501 HH has a large backlit LCD screen, easy to read at night or day. The display shows the signal strength, battery life, and channel.

Overall, it has an easy-to-read display despite the information packed into a small area.

Battery Life & Power:

The Uniden Pro 501 HH requires 9 AA batteries that are not included. Depending on usage, the batteries will last on average for 45 minutes to 3 hours.

The PRO-501HH can be charged with an included 12-volt adapter in your car.

My recommendation is to pick up rechargeable AA batteries as they will last a lot longer than the standard-off-the-shelf brands and especially the "Amazon" brand AA batteries.

Try the EBL AA rechargeable batteries, I like these and use them in other handheld CB radios.

NOAA Weather/ Emergency Channel:

As standard, it comes with the 10 NOAA weather channels.

There is not an alert system but I do like how you can listen to two channels with the dual-channel watch.

Dual-Channel Watch:

The dual watch is a neat feature that the higher-end handheld CB radios offer. You have the choice to listen to two different channels at the same time.

This is good for monitoring the weather and shooting the bull with a friend.

Microphone:

The microphone is a condenser microphone, which means it captures high frequencies and voices.

They're also the most common type of microphone in studios. Condenser microphones, often known as capacitor microphones, are primarily utilized in recording studios because of their clarity and accuracy.

Uniden PRO501HH Pro-Series 40-Channel Portable Handheld CB Radio/Emergency/Travel Radio, Large LCD Display, High/Low Power Saver, 4-Watts, Auto Noise Limiter, NOAA Weather, and Earphone Jack

Who is the Uniden Pro 501 HH Review For?

The Uniden Pro-series is for anyone looking for a quality handheld CB radio in the $100 price range.

I recommend this product to truck drivers, construction workers, plumbers, any type of business owner that deals with people on a regular basis and wants to improve communication when working together.  

It is also good for road trips and off-roaders or anyone looking for a solid portable CB.

Uniden Pro 501 HH Review - The Pros:

  • Dual channel watch
  • The PRO version provides a clearer sound - The AGC (Automatic Gain Control) provides a consistent sound level & the Low distortion IC audio circuit helps provide a clear transmission
  • ANL (Automatic noise limiter) works to reduce terrible transmission noise
  • I like the external speaker jack and the external microphone jack
  • It's a smaller unit compared to other handheld CB radios

Uniden Pro 501 HH Review- The Cons: 

  • 9 AA batteries are required and are not included
  • It does become a little heavy when the batteries are installed
  • The stock antenna leaves a lot to be desired.
  • The belt clip is garbage and will break within a year
Uniden PRO501HH Pro-Series 40-Channel Portable Handheld CB Radio/Emergency/Travel Radio, Large LCD Display, High/Low Power Saver, 4-Watts, Auto Noise Limiter, NOAA Weather, and Earphone Jack
  • The Uniden Pro-Series PRO501HH compact handheld CB radio offers high-performance full 40-Channel CB operation and 10 weather channels in a compact rugged handheld design
  • Extremely popular for industrial commercial and off-road use Use high power to punch out the strongest signal or low power to preserve battery life selectable 4 Watt Hi /1 Watt low power Instant channel 9/19
  • Noaa weather keeps you informed when severe weather threatens And the dual watch feature lets you talk on one channel while keeping an ear on another channel you are interested in
  • Built-in anl (automatic noise limiter) and squelch control fine-tune performance and eliminate noise External speaker jack and external mic jack Large backlit LCD - Multifunction display that is easy to read day or night
  • Package includes antenna w/ bnc connector belt clip hand Strap owner’s manual cigarette plug adapter for both charging Ni-MH batteries and/or external power Rechargeable (9 AA Ni-MH) or (9 alkaline AA) batteries (not included)

Uniden Pro 501 HH Review - The Conclusion: 

The Uniden Pro-series 501HH is the flagship handheld CB radio of the line for Uniden.

They are well known for their quality portable handheld CB radios and I can see why; It's easy to use, simple, has loud, clear audio output, and an easy-to-read LCD screen.

I believe this is a good investment in your business or personal life if you're looking for a quality handheld CB radio.

Uniden PRO501HH Pro-Series 40-Channel Portable Handheld CB Radio/Emergency/Travel Radio, Large LCD Display, High/Low Power Saver, 4-Watts, Auto Noise Limiter, NOAA Weather, and Earphone Jack
  • The Uniden Pro-Series PRO501HH compact handheld CB radio offers high-performance full 40-Channel CB operation and 10 weather channels in a compact rugged handheld design
  • Extremely popular for industrial commercial and off-road use Use high power to punch out the strongest signal or low power to preserve battery life selectable 4 Watt Hi /1 Watt low power Instant channel 9/19