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how much CB coax?

how much CB coax did every one use? just trying to get an guesstimation
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I think I got 18ft.
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I think I got 18ft.
were did you mount your antenna?
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I got about 12 feet. I believe.

Mine is mounted here:

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I also didn't go out and buy mine, I had it lying around, LOL!
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The optimum length for a single antenna installation is the shorest distance possible. Period. End of story. That whole "optimum 18ft" thing is a myth purported by "experts" who heard from other "experts" and passed on by people who believed those "experts" for the last 40 something years. It is crap. If 18ft happens to be the length you need, then fine. But don't be fooled into thinking you need it when you don't.

Avoid sharp bends that kinck the coax. Avoid loops and coils. Leave yourself about a foot of slack on the radio end so you can move it around and work. And you should leave yourself about a foot of slack on the other end too so you have some wiggle room and incase you need to replace the connections down the road.
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up there on my rollbar. I believe 18ft is the norm to mount it on the bed with alon's brackets

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The optimum length for a single antenna installation is the shorest distance possible. Period. End of story. That whole "optimum 18ft" thing is a myth purported by "experts" who heard from other "experts" and passed on by people who believed those "experts" for the last 40 something years. It is crap. If 18ft happens to be the length you need, then fine. But don't be fooled into thinking you need it when you don't.

Avoid sharp bends that kinck the coax. Avoid loops and coils. Leave yourself about a foot of slack on the radio end so you can move it around and work. And you should leave yourself about a foot of slack on the other end too so you have some wiggle room and incase you need to replace the connections down the road.
yeah the cb guy told me about it only being a myth. i know shortest length possible is best, he told me i need about 18ft and thought it was a bit much, i bought it anyways, and since it being pre-fabbed/soldered i didnt want alot of extra coax floating around

im mounting it behind the cab in the front corner of the bed
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The optimum length for a single antenna installation is the shorest distance possible. Period. End of story. That whole "optimum 18ft" thing is a myth purported by "experts" who heard from other "experts" and passed on by people who believed those "experts" for the last 40 something years. It is crap. If 18ft happens to be the length you need, then fine. But don't be fooled into thinking you need it when you don't.

Avoid sharp bends that kinck the coax. Avoid loops and coils. Leave yourself about a foot of slack on the radio end so you can move it around and work. And you should leave yourself about a foot of slack on the other end too so you have some wiggle room and incase you need to replace the connections down the road.
so if i mount it by the driver door put the antenna right off the front fender mount the ones that sticks out when you close the head
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took all of 18FT to go from the back of my center console to my REAR stake pocket
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Took almost all of my 18ft as well.

I would plan out how you are going to run your coax first and then go buy it.
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Took almost all of my 18ft as well.

I would plan out how you are going to run your coax first and then go buy it.
Bingo i got out string and ran it how i was gonna do the coax and measured when i was done thus i knew exact what i needed
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i ran the coax today and it only took about 16ft so i got about a foot on each end. i also cut the bed liner and was going to drill the holes but my drill was dead.
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18'. they work in 9's. use only stranded coax.
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18'. they work in 9's. use only stranded coax.
the guys make them themselves from massive bulk, and its $15 any size so he gave me an 18ft piece. and its stranded ,says so on the cable
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I got 15 ft. from the radio to the end of the bed using the Alon mount. The guy I went to makes his own coax at the cb shop, and I noticed a big difference in interference coming from the truck when going from the radio shack coax to this heavy duty stuff...
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I took my CB out this past weekend,never use it anymore plus tree limbs like to bend my bracket.
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what cb did u have?
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The little cobra...works fine
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the 19DXVI?
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whatever this one is....

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so u say u took it out? gonna use it again? wanna sell it to me? lmao
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These things are 35 bucks new at walmart. It would cost alot to ship it too you
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These things are 35 bucks new at walmart. It would cost alot to ship it too you
I bet you could ship it for under $15.

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lmfao is that tuned from walmart though?
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