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Old 09-13-2007, 08:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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cb radio??

hey guys, im wantin to put a cb in my rig, what is the best set up you think as far as antenna, radio and wireing and all that...
im also not sure on how to hook them up, as far as the radio connection and stuff like that

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Old 09-13-2007, 09:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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havent messed with cbs in a while. when i was 16-17 (10 years ago) i had a cobra 25 in my first car with a 102 inch whip, i used to be able to talk up to 10 miles away.

right now i have a crappy old fuzzbuster radio with a firestick on my truck and it works. no idea how good i usually just use it to talk to the truck 20 feet in front of me
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Old 09-15-2007, 07:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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go to your local truck stop with a store. they will have about the best on the market at a desent price. and as far as a good fire stick. i have always liked the peter built or catapillar. you can also run two atena's with the corect spliter. as far as wir. ive always used 10 gauge. but dont know if a larger gauge will help any...
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Old 09-15-2007, 08:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
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go to your local truck stop with a store. they will have about the best on the market at a desent price. and as far as a good fire stick. i have always liked the peter built or catapillar. you can also run two atena's with the corect spliter. as far as wir. ive always used 10 gauge. but dont know if a larger gauge will help any...
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Visit the local CB store and they will tell you just what you need and then you can shop for best price.
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Old 09-16-2007, 11:44 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I have a cheap midland from wally world.With a firestick ant.Works good enough for the trail.
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got a cobra mini hard wired to the battery, used coxal to the firesticks, proper splitter and i can reach about 10 miles with that, then the VHF radio i also get is even better but a ton more expensive and it reaches something like a 100 miles and its nice to get the weather on that one lol
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Old 09-16-2007, 05:25 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I picked up a hand held at a yard sale just plug it in cigeret lighter pop the antena on the cab and your good to go.Kinda old school but it works
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i got a cobra 128 (i think) it was top of the line back when my boss bought it for his mac and i got it off him, its like new with a 10' coax cable and standard 5" ariel all from the mack garage, just make sure you have 2/3rds of yer ariel past the roof of yer truck and read the back of the ariel box, it tells you alot of stuff for mounting points, the tipe of cables to use and so on...

you could even just stop at the local truck stop and see what they have and start a convo with some truck drivers, they know all about this shit
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Old 09-17-2007, 12:14 PM   #12 (permalink)
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thanks guys sounds like i have a few options
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Cobra LDT 25 classic with a wilson antena. If you want to get really fancy get an adjustable wilson and have a shop tune it for you. I just got one of the normal magnetic wilsons and it smoked the old Firestick it replaced, great setup. I even ended up putting on in my DD and its gotten me out of several speeding tickets on the interstate, trucks love to tell other trucks where the speed traps are
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well here's what a truck driver (ME) says... almost any uniden or cobra is a good choice,just find one that has the features you want. I use uniden pc78ltw's($130.00), but they have alot of features you really wouldnt use, a cheaper one would work fine, I highly recomend one with a swr meter to tune it better(easy to do). antenna's are more a prefrence, I like firesticks cause their thick fiberglass and take more of a beating,but I run a 8 foot whip on my pickup. almost any antenna from a store will work fine,some are better than others, longers better , wilsons,firesticks and francis's are all pretty good and reliable. the real key here is the coax cable and where you put the antenna. you should always use a 18 foot cable (8mm)and not coil up the xtra length (creates kind of a wave short),wrap the extra like a figure eight instead. also a common misconception is that two antenna's are fine,they will actually get in each others way if their not almost exactly 8 feet apart. I'd recommend using a single antenna with at least half above the roof of the cab. hope this helps,need more info just ask,I don;t work on 'em much but I do know a bit about 'em.
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my CB is the cobra 148, i new it was 1*8, great CB just you dont get much use outof the upper and lower side bans
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Cobra LDT 25 classic with a wilson antena. If you want to get really fancy get an adjustable wilson and have a shop tune it for you. I just got one of the normal magnetic wilsons and it smoked the old Firestick it replaced, great setup. I even ended up putting on in my DD and its gotten me out of several speeding tickets on the interstate, trucks love to tell other trucks where the speed traps are
Or you could get a Francis and not have to worry about tuning.
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also a common misconception is that two antenna's are fine,they will actually get in each others way if their not almost exactly 8 feet apart.
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Old 09-20-2007, 10:26 PM   #18 (permalink)
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I just mounted my CB (Uniden PC68XL) in my truck on Wednesday. Today, I went and bought a 4' Firestick, coax, and a mount. Before, I was just using a magnet-mount antenna, and I swear I could get out 20 miles just fine (I used to talk to my friend across town at nights).

But, I dont want a magnet mount, so I bit the bullet and am trying to do it right this time around. I mounted the antenna in on my driver's side bedrail just behind the first stake pocket, and tomorrow's task is to try to run the coax through the cab and into the bed, and then take it to get tuned for free.






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My advice is to only get the features you want and nothing extra. I don't think all the extra knobs do that much for the user and the fewer the extras the smaller the radio. I use a $30 dollar radio from a truck stop and it works good. They all have the same output and input power, its the antenna that will help you the most.

The best place for the antenna is in the center of your metal roof.
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ok guys thanks a lot for your help
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Old 09-21-2007, 02:18 PM   #21 (permalink)
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A little more info I found

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