CB radio

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  1. CCoop

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    Want to get a CB for the rides. I know this is broad question. Suggestions on CB type? Where to purchase? Antenna? Anyone with used stuff? Cheap radio good antenna?
     
  2. LouisianaZJ

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    i have a $30 basic radio from walmart. its going on like 5yrs strong

    im running a 24" firestick and stainless firestick mounting equipment. i think all that ran like $50 or so with cables and all

    works good for trail rides, on the highway and long range it kinda sucks, but it works for what i need it for. im sure if i ran a better radio and a 4' antenna it would work alot better, but i needed something smaller and cheaper
     
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    <a href='http://delta4x4club.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=2912' target='_blank'>http://delta4x4club.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=2912</a>
    i run the 29 ltd in my truck and Jeep
     
  4. David Lindsey

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    x2 on the 29ltd. Great performance.
     
  5. maglite121

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    cobra 75-good trail radio takes up no space
    cobra 18,19-good cheap radio takes up a little space
    cobra25/uniden 68-good all around easily modified radio(same boards btw) takes up a little more space
    cobra 29-doesn't peak the same as 25/68 when you step up to galaxy final pretty sure its about the same size as a 148
    cobra 148-oooooh big f'in radio w/sideband otherwise see cobra 29
    any galaxy radio-awesome esp if it has a freq counter
    cobras/unidens go from 50-200 bucks
    galaxy starts @ 300 i'm pretty sure
    just found out that a box will cost out teh <!--emo&:goatse:--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/goatse.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='goatse.gif' /><!--endemo--> cause of the toshiba final cost going through the roof
     
  6. bamacj

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    Any of the smaller radios will be fine for trail use. "about a mile max" There might be times when the skip is bad and you cant talk 1/2 mile but calafornia says you sound fine. A radio that has been tuned up or just a hi end radio, "galaxy,ranger etc. can get agrivating on the trail. They get LOUD up close. I have ran a 3 foot wilson silverload with no problems for a while, it is fine for the short haul. You can look at some different radioa and antennas at www.copper.com
     
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    im running a cheapie radio shack radio. read somewhere that the radio itself doenst matter much, the cheap ones work the same as the big ones. the big ones just have more switches.
    for the antenna, i have a 4 foot firestik mounted on my spare tire carrier(97 TJ). it jut touches the spare, and although i was originally worried about the constant pressure breaking it, its been there for months. 4 foot is kinda long for that location, but it was free. also, antennas dont come with brackets to mount them. but radio shack sells one for like 5 bucks, drill a 1/2" hole in the tire carrier, and screw in the antenna. i think, in this location, a 2 foot would work. you could mount a 4 foot on the bumper and be fine. the guy at radio shack actually helped me tune it with a SWF meter that he borrowed from the store.
    for the cable, again, radio shack. they have pre-made lenghts (10 ft isnt enough), or they have big spools of wire that they sell by the foot. it was actually cheaper to buy it by the foot, and they put the ends on for me. i got 14 feet, but it turned out a bit short for how i wanted to run it.
    as far as where to put it, mine is sitting on my dash, half- covering that little clutter tray. i used sticky velcro strips to hold it down. the original idea was i could take it out if i wasnt going to use it, but its not been moved in near 6 months.

    not sure of my range, its hard to figure, but i can pick up truckers on the interstate from my house, which is probly near 6 miles <!--emo&:rock:--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/rock.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='rock.gif' /><!--endemo-->
     
  8. jas

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    i recently bought a cobra 19dxIII cb, and on the two rides i've been on since, it's worked great. i also bought a 4 ft tuneable firestik, 18ft of cable and a mount. i got all that from a truckstop across the river in port allen for $100. i'm sure if i had searched, i could have gotten it a little cheaper somewhere else, but i was there, so i just did it. the actual mount i got from quadratec. the one issue i dont really care for with the cb is the mic is huge, but it's got a lot of cool features....PA switch, easy to read display, big knobs so you don't have to keep looking down to see what you're doing. all in all, i really like it. no returns at the truckstop though, so make sure you like it <!--emo&:cody:--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='biggrin.gif' /><!--endemo-->

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    oh, and i looked at radioshack and they were expensive, and the walmarts in br don't carry them anymore.
     
  9. maglite121

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    cable lengths should be in multiples of 3: 3', 6', 9', 12', 15', 18', 21'; for optimum performance
     
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    <!--QuoteBegin-maglite121+Aug 9 2005, 03:11 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(maglite121 @ Aug 9 2005, 03:11 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteEBegin-->cable lengths should be in multiples of 3: 3', 6', 9', 12', 15', 18', 21'; for optimum performance
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    I've read some pretty good articles that this is a ploy to sell more coax and its basically unproveable.

    "the proper length of coaxial cable needed is that length that is just long enough to connect the radio and antenna together. In other words, there is no special length needed, no magic measurement that you buy so your radio will work better."

    just go to stu's site and read the 18' cable myth in the index of writeups....its pretty darn convincing.

    www.stu-offroad.com
     
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    THat is what SWR settings are for, arent they?
     
  12. mtndewnut

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    SWR = Standing Wave Ratio ... which means..... the amount of signal that stays in your antenna. So you want to keep it low. Which is....all signal is getting out.

    Best location for an antenna is at the highest point and as in the middle of the vehicle as possible.

    Firesticks are ok....but they are overpriced. Everybody likes the name. Wilson antennas are Firestick equals and are generally cheaper. I stand strong by Wilson antennas. I will never buy anything else.

    Cobra CB's are the most popular radios for the "beginer". Once again they are more expensive than the Uniden CB's... which are built exactly the same. You can buy any CB radio and it will work, you'd want to get something that can be worked on , modified, or sold. Cobra's and Uniden's are averagely priced and are excellent radios.

    My personal preferences are : if you want a small radio... Uniden PC 68XL and a Wilson antenna of your choice. Larger radio....Uniden PC 76XL or Uniden PC 78XL and your choice of a Wilson antenna. You'll spend less money and have great quality products. <!--emo&:pbizzle:--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/pbizzle.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='pbizzle.gif' /><!--endemo-->
     
  13. bamacj

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    The debate on coax length has been beat to death with no change in each sides opinions. On a vehicle I have been using 18ft with no problems. In the house its whatever it takes to get from the radio to the top of the tower, no problems there either. I have been in ham radio a long time and some people think its critical and others say it doesnt matter.

    Just use whatever length you need to get from the radio to the tenna and unless a problem comes up let it ride. my 02

    What you are measuring with the swr meter is the difference in impedance "sp" of the feed line and antenna versus the radio. The radio wants to see 50 ohms. If the antenna system is at 50 ohms the swr is 1.1:1 " the optimum swr" and maximum power will be sent to the antenna. If the swr is say 1.5:1 there will be a small amount of wattage lost in the coax. " not noticable" I would not worry about it til swr was over 2.0:1.
     
  14. CCoop

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    thanks for the info.... <!--emo&:rock:--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/rock.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='rock.gif' /><!--endemo-->
     
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    So, uh, I decided time to hit the pawn shops. Probably get the 75 fixed and dump it in my trail rig when I get one...in about a billion years.

    I saw a Cobra 19 and Uniden 68?? (dope...forgot already) Another Cobra I couldn't see the model number on it...more modern looking that the 19. So, what should I expect to pay for a decent cb used?? They were 39 to 69 dollars. Can't remember which was which.


    OH I SAW AN OLD BUSTED UP HiLift Jack for 69.99 <!--emo&:rotflmao:--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/rotflmao.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='rotflmao.gif' /><!--endemo--> <!--emo&:loser:--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/loser.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='loser.gif' /><!--endemo--> I may have given him 10bucks for it if it was price tagged at 15.
     
  16. maglite121

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    lance, buy a new radio cobra 19s go for $50 new and you know it works out the box-i've been screwed once or twice before on electronics (price and function) at pawn shops merchandise is sold as-is w/no warranty/exchanges
     
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    I am selling a Cobra 19 DX IV for $35. It is brand new. I installed it in my Jeep two weeks ago, but got an awesome deal on a 75 so I am selling it for $35. I will post it in for sale so go there.
     
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    <!--QuoteBegin-texasag02+Aug 10 2005, 06:42 AM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(texasag02 @ Aug 10 2005, 06:42 AM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteEBegin-->I am selling a Cobra 19 DX IV for $35.  It is brand new.  I installed it in my Jeep two weeks ago, but got an awesome deal on a 75 so I am selling it for $35.  I will post it  in for sale so go there.
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    Replied to your for sale post. Lets wheel and deal <!--emo&:grin:--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/grin.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='grin.gif' /><!--endemo-->
     
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    Ross,

    I think I'm going to look for a Cobra 18 WX ST II. Got some features I want.
     
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    If you're talking about the WX part (weather channels). That only works if you're near or somewhat near a major city with NOA weather transmitting.
     

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