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Best kind of CB

I'm looking at getting a CB for my truck, but I'm not sure which is the best kind? It can't be too big, cause I'll probably mount it under my aftermarket CD player, but aside from that, I'm not too picky. just looking for suggestions...

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antenna is more important than the radio. get a small cobra 19 or uniden 40 something. one that fits where you want it and spend the $ on a nice antenna. like a wilson 500 or something better.

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Re: CB

There are some different options you can go with. I agree with the sentiment that the antenna is most important. I got a small Radio Shack model that I was able to fit into the coin pocket under my stereo head unit. I have a magnet mount antenna. It works great for club runs. Uniden even has a smaller model that some guys are installing in the ashtray slot. Do a search, there are even pics.

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The Cobra 18 WX ST II is DIN mountable, which means it fits right in the dash. Perfect for what you are describing.

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the small uniden is a very popular model

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I've got the RadioShack mini model hooked up to a firestik fiberglass antenna. the CB fits where the ash tray used to be, and everything works great. i think i got the CB for 50 and the antenna for somewhere around that as well. Good Luck!

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Another one for the Cobra WX 18 ST II, I think that it looks nice and it was really easy to put in too. I just needed a 90 degree coax connector for the back of the unit.

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How hard was this install? This is how I want to do mine. Do you have any details on the install?
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Another one for the Cobra WX 18 ST II, I think that it looks nice and it was really easy to put in too. I just needed a 90 degree coax connector for the back of the unit.
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99TRDTaco, The install was pretty easy; all I did was get some double sided 3M VHB Tape to hold the CD player and CB together. Then I took some big zip ties and put them around the whole thing to help support the CB better. Most of the weight is on the zip ties so the tape's only really job it to keep the unit from sliding around. On the back of the CB you need a 90 degree coax connector like this so the unit will slide all the way in. So far this set-up has held up great and I hope that helps.

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The best kind of cb is the one you get on craigslist w/antenna and coax for $10.

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As we learned this weekend, the best CB is one where both parties can be heard on each end.
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What good is a CB radio if you can't be heard by others on the trail? That and we had several drivers without a CB at all. Don't blame us when we tell everybody on the CB to stay left at the Y and your dumbass with no CB goes right.
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99TRDTaco, The install was pretty easy; all I did was get some double sided 3M VHB Tape to hold the CD player and CB together. Then I took some big zip ties and put them around the whole thing to help support the CB better. Most of the weight is on the zip ties so the tape's only really job it to keep the unit from sliding around. On the back of the CB you need a 90 degree coax connector like this so the unit will slide all the way in. So far this set-up has held up great and I hope that helps.
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i've got a uniden with a firestik 2 5'? whip. a uniden wouldn't work very well for you because the speaker is on the top of the radio but it does have an audio out on the back of it so you could hook it up to your cd player if you have an aux input on it.

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ive got a 36dollar cobra 40 channel from walmart, and a 4foot firestick works great!
also get a swr meter(i think thats what it was) to tune the radio and the antenna.

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swr= standing wave ratio meter

how much did you pay for the swr?

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swr= standing wave ratio meter

how much did you pay for the swr?
I got this one from WalcottCB.com, and it worked great for what I need it to do (basic tuning). It even comes with the little 3-ft jumper piece of coax. When I got it, it was on sale for $15.99.

http://www.walcottcb.com/sale-pdc1hs...c1-p-1248.html

Says they're on backorder right now though. Another option would be to get one from RadioShack, but when I looked there, the only one they sold was like $40 or $45 You might check at a ham radio store if you have one locally.

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I bought one from a local electronics store for $14.99.
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mine was free a buddy bought a new cb with one built in so he gave me his old one. my firestick cost me a box of bullets haha same buddy i traded him.

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ive got a uniden 40 with a 8'5 foot stainless whip and no no problems wat so ever other then beating up the local jack in the box drive through. i get about an 8mile range when im in deep valleys and canyons. on top of a mountain ive gotten ships on the coast over 90miles away
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I have a Uniden 75-822 that I installed in my '08. I have it hooked up to a 3' Firestik FireFly antenna that's mounted in the center of the toolbox in my bed. It's nice because it doesn't really take up any space in the cab. I flush mouned an extra 12V outlet and a PL-259 coax connector in the back of the little cubby hole between the steering column and the A/C controls, and the radio sits tucked away in the cubby when not in use. The radio also receives the NOAA weather broadcasts, which can be helpful down here for hurricanes and stuff.

I just got it installed last week, and the best tune I was able to get so far was an SWR on channels 1 / 19 / 40 of 2.1 / 1.5 / 2.1, which is okay, but definitely not great. Even at that tune, I was talkin to a trucker on I-45 (flat ground) about 1.5 miles from me and he said he was getting me loud and clear. Hopefully after I ground my toolbox I can get my SWRs down to less than 2.0 across the board. I'm thinking about getting a 4' antenna also...I think that extra foot would make a huge difference, cause I've barely got 2/3 of the antenna above the roof line of the truck, which most people consider to be minimum. But regardless, if you're only going to be using it for trail use, anything over a mile is plenty, unless you're trying to talk someone into your location from a long way out.


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