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Old 08-28-2006
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CB questions,,

I was cleaning out the garage when I found this:

http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...rt&tab=summary
exact same as that but the box says 5-watt

It works and I like how small it is I just want to know what size antenna could I run? I plan to mount an antenna behind the cab or use the stock antenna if I can. I dont know much about cbs.

What do you recommend? I was looking at:
http://cgi.ebay.com/SINGLE-2-ft-CB-A...QQcmdZViewItem
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From the specs you linked:
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BNC-type rubber ducky antenna
That means you can run any antenna you want. You just need an adapter to go from whatever connector the antenna lead you set up has to a BNC. Radio-smack should be able to fix you right up for a couple bucks.

The specs also say it is 4-watts, which is the maximum permitted power for CB here in the States. That looks like a fine radio. Get yourself a +12VDC adapter and you'll be able to use it in the truck.. then unplug it and put the rubber whip back on and use it away from the truck.

I have a much older, but very similar RS handheld that I use myself. I rarely need a CB radio anymore, so in the rare occasions when I do I just slap a magnet mount antenna on the roof, run the lead through the sliding back window, and plug the handheld into the cig-lighter and use it like that. One handy feature mine has that yours looks to lack is a plug for an external mic. This way I can wedge the radio between the shifter and the center console and use the mic while driving. Works very well.

Regarding antennas, there are a few different kinds. CB antennas are usually classified by size compared to the wavelength of the CB radio carrier frequency. CB works in the ~27 MHz range, which has a wavelength of ~36'. A full wavelength CB antenna would therefore be ~36'. This is obviously impractical, so the most popular is 1/4 wavelength or shorter antennas. But a true quarter-wave antenna would still be 9' tall, still not practical for most of us. So most antennas are physically shorter but use a 'loading coil' to make the antenna 'look' longer, electrically speaking.

Look for a quarter-wave antenna w/ a loading coil at the base. I personally use a 'cell look-alike' magnetic mount antenna. It is probably one of the worst vehicle mount antennas possible, as it is so short (~2'). But it works for my needs most of the time.

I have always wanted a better, permanant mount antenna. But I cannot justify spending money on it for how little I use the CB. If I had my pick, I would go for a Firestik. They are fiberglass poles w/ the antenna wrapped around it. They are tunable, attractive, and fairly durable. @ ~$25 + mounting hardware and shipping, I find the price reasonable. Given your flea-bay antenna is a lot cheaper..
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^^If i ever got a mountable i would get a francis fiberglass....they are already peaked to any radio, no tuning needed....

My lil wil is great.....magnet mounts are the way to go on the ranger...

I didnt think you could get a car antenna for those..i didnt think they made adapters....

I would just get a small cobra 19 CB radio, with a magnet mount or if you want to drill into your back bumper, get a fiberglass stick...dont pay that much for a non name brand 2ft stick....you get what you pay for when it comes to CB equipment.....

You can get a small 19cobra 40 channel from any store for under 50$ and an antenna for under 30....

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^^If i ever got a mountable i would get a francis fiberglass....they are already peaked to any radio, no tuning needed....
How the heck do they do that? Especially if I need adapters and such.. or need to mount the antenna on a non-standard location.. or on a non-standard vehicle.. What if I want to tune for my favorite channel.. maybe not the center of the band?

No thanks, I'd rather have an adjustable. I already have the SWR meter.
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It has a hole for an external mic and speaker and is 5watts, Im thinking of getting a 15" rubber ducky instead,, would it help?
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I swore that the US limit was 4-watts. Meh, whatever. 1-watt isn't going to make a helluva lot of difference either way. Besides, you already own it..

So you're asking if buying a larger 'rubber ducky' antenna than the one you already have would help? A little, maybe. But a handheld like that is not going to work too well INSIDE the cab regardless of how long the 'rubber ducky' atenna is. Your money would be far better spent on a mag-mount antenna for the roof.. or a permanant mount antenna like we mentioned.
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I work for a trucking company and im around them all the time 70% of our company runs francis antenna, because you dont have to tune them...i dont know how they do it because i dont make them, but i know they work, they run about 50$ for a 6ft fiberglass

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I may be partial to what I own, but I highly reccommend a Wilson 1000.

Also, if you can't find an adapter to go to BNC, try finding a BNC connector, one for if one was fabricating a BNC cable. Then you can cut the old connector off the antenna cable and put the BNC connector on.
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i would go w/ the big a$$ antenna u see on the military ones, www.walcottcb.com, they have a review that says it doesnt increase range, but it looks ba
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