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Old 12-09-2005
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Need Advice on CB set up.

I need to set up a CB in my BroncoII...

Can I get any good range for under $250?

How much do I need to spend to have a distance great enough to call for help on a trail if somethign goes wrong?


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$250 is a reasonable price for a good starter setup. I have a Cobra C75WXST, its got all the controls in the handset so you don't need to mount a box anywhere in the cab, a stakehole mount, a spring, and a 3' firestikII.. You could probably get all of that and the odds and ends (connector, cable) for around $250.
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for 250 you can get a cobra 148GTL 18' of rg58 coax and a wilson 1000 antenna which will give you plenty of range after tuning....
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Well The Bronco I bought has the provisions for a reagular CB mount where the Ashtray used to be. Plus the wire already to an antenna base in the back, just no antenna screwed on.
So, Don't have to worry about mounting the box, as long as it fits in the ashtray.

Thanks for your help, I have been looking at some of the Cobras that Summit sells, but wasn't sure if they were any good or not.
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well as far as cobra goes, you CANNOT go wrong...

Cobra25 low-medium performance - somewhat moddable - good price
Cobra29 mid-high end performance - very moddable to get stellar output - good price
Cobra148 top of the line - very moddable - decent price

i've got the 148 mated with a 300 watt linear....it's highly modified for highway use...
when i had my wilson cool 5000's (old style center load) i could run a copper wire from antenna to antenna, slide a hot dog onto the wire and microwave it.... It was setup to run in my KW W900...in my ranger it will kill my battery if i hold the mic down for around 30 secs, and that's with the engine running going down the highway....
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I have my new cobra 40 channel and 300 watt antenna on and im actually heading to a local CB shop now to get it tuned and see if he has anything better that will get me out there further and come in alot clearer...

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Don't clip the ALC circuit.... and have the deadkey wattage set at 2 watts for maximum swing.....
Have the antenna SWR set as close to 1.1 as possible and you are set to go!!

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Man, I wish I understood all of this stuff.

IS there anythign you can just buy that is "good enough"
I have never dealt with CB's before. Is there a good webpage to visit that gives a good explanation on all of the technical terms and how exactly different items function. I think that would be the best so I could make a educated purchase. All you guys have these great set ups, I am not sure I really need all of that. Especially something that will cook a Hot Dog I think tha tmay be more than what I need.

What do you all use your CB's for?
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i use mine for hunting and when we go out a night and yell at people on PA...just got a new cb the other day...here it ishttp://www.http://www.premiere-electronics.net/...magnum257.html
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that is one sweet *** radio..i love the blue backlighting....as soon as i get my 148 back i'm gonna convert it over to blue
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thanks man super bright at night..id agree with Sad Savant....Cobra is great radios....cobra 29 is the best all around one ..
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