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who has the best cb set up?

i have a over killed cb setup in my ranger ill take some pics tommorow and throw them on here i was just wondering if anyone has a better setup
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Me, but I'm neither showing nor telling
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ummmmm gotta see yours first? lol
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OOH OOH show and tell.
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Yeah I'm curious! I have yet to find a CB set-up I really like. You dirty tease... lol!

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karpe, srry but i got the best......the best non-funtcional, but the best nonetheless...
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here's what's gonna be in mine after christmas:

Antenna
Dual 3ft Firestiks, Firestik K9A 18ft Coax, mounted on Firestik K1A QD's, w/SS3H springs on each antenna
Radio
cobra 148GTL classic with modified single side band, Connex RogerBeep and Talkback,
custom built modulation kit with 1w-3w dead key, 15w-50w modulation swing, recieve booster with +30db boost and -30db attenuator, FC30BT Freq Counter, and a RK56B mic

(reads: overkilled truckers special, minus Wilson 5000 Super Trucker Whip antennas)
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I've got a wallmart cobra cb...i think mine is the best
and a firestick whip..i think (something with an f)
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ill give yall a hint i got duel wilson 5000 antennas
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I've got the best:

3.68 antennas.
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ill give yall a hint i got duel wilson 5000 antennas

in a ranger???? that's a bit beyond overkill...you're on the verge of mobile base station....

with those antennas, if you're running anything less than 29 that's highly modified, a 148 mild, or a 150 mild, you're killing your reception and transmitting by having antennas that can't funtion fully due to a weak radio...

what ohm coax you using???

PL259??? Ring Terminal???
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hey Michael, where you work on Bragg??? What part of Fayette-Nam you live in???
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my cb is pushing 150 watts out the box plus a super mod(1000 watt amp yet to come)
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i live on bragg in the b's
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according to the experts (of which I am not one) a Ranger is too narrow (small) for dual antennas
if you like the look so much and do not want to hurt your own set up, leave one unconnected
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according to the experts (of which I am not one) a Ranger is too narrow (small) for dual antennas
if you like the look so much and do not want to hurt your own set up, leave one unconnected
I've heard this very many times from the experts of the trucking industry...the only reason i'm running my duals is that i'm running a 75ohm coax and my antennas are only 3ft'ers...so it will work out pretty good, for my application at least
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I am not so sure
problem is the they bounce back off each other
given the information you have, why not put in a proper set up from the start?
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it works great i had one on there but it works better with the 2 of them where did yall mount your cbs i pulled my cup holders off my seat and mounted mine where they were kinda sucks i dont have any drink holders
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i gotta look to see what coax i got i dont even know
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I am not so sure
problem is the they bounce back off each other
given the information you have, why not put in a proper set up from the start?

i use my setup for more of a "line of sight" application...so i'm only getting out about 2 - 2 1/2 miles right now....there are filters out there that will stop that "bouncing" and will allow both antennas to function at full capacity, but most are available at CB Repair shops
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the guy at the shop told me to bring it in tommorow something isnt right with my usb ill test it with one and to antennas and see witch is better
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ooooh electronics? hell i thought u just meant the way it was setup in the truck....pshhhh...i got a cobra with a 102" steel whip, with the wilson tennis ball mod....all i need to hear is the effers im following on the tight *** trails...
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according to the experts (of which I am not one) a Ranger is too narrow (small) for dual antennas
if you like the look so much and do not want to hurt your own set up, leave one unconnected
I looked into it and on Firestik's web site there experts say atleast 58 inches apart they recomend for a dual antena setup our truck beds if you have a flareside are 57 inches...

I have a Cobra 29WXST with dual 75ohm cable and two firestik 4 foot antenas and cobra power mic I have had no problems with the dual setup hell I didn't even have tune the antenas when I installed them. I go as high 1.2 on the swr meter. I think im getting a range of 5 to 10 miles.

Anyone know of mods I can do to a Cobra 29WXST radio?
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look on dxzone.com
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Not sure why so many people install those co phased (dual) Firesticks.... On the Rangers this setup is almost useless.... Especially if you install them within 4' of each other. They would work better IF you would install one on the front bumper and one on the rear bumper giving you more than 10' between antennas. Cophased antennas were originally designed to work on the 18 wheelers due to the trailer blocking their signals making them extremely directional on the RX/TX without them.
Having talked with local members of our HF radio club.... and personally run quite a few varieties of CB setups over the years... The best setups for the least amount of investment have been the 102" whip or the Wilson 1000/5000, with an old style Cobra 25, 29 or 148 GTL or a Uniden 66, 68, 76, 122 or Grant XL/LT. Upgrade the coax to LMR 240 and run a little fire in the wire.... Entire setup will cost you about $350; which includes the tuning of the SWR and performance tune of the radio.
As for my self.... I have tried running a RCI Ranger 6900 FTB, RCI 2950DX, Kenwood TS-50S and several other radios. I now have settled on a old style Cobra 148 GTL with a Yaesu MH1B8 mic that I have had for many years....
My antenna setup consists of a Wilson 5000 magnet mount with SIRIO 4000PL 7/8 wave antenna with upgraded LMR 240 coax and SWR of 1.0 for the frequencies I run most often.
When the skip is in.... on SSB; I have talked to Ontario, Canada and NSW, Australia while driving on the highway. On AM which I use rarely.... I can talk 20 miles or more....
But the best setup for talking while on the road or on the trail while offroading is the use of a 2 meter radio.... Bouncing repeaters will allow you to talk when CBs and cell phones just wont do it....

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