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rileyw05 07-31-2006 01:36 PM

CB Set-ups
What kind of CB radio set ups are you guys running?? I'm in the market for a new one right now and just want a few ideas and opinions.....pic are helpful but not necessary.....as of right now i just have a Cobra 29 LTD:biggthump

Shalafi49 07-31-2006 01:40 PM

4' no I think 3'....anyway a Firestick antenna mounted in my toolbox. Cobra 29 NW LTD. My guess is the only difference between yours and mine is mine has NightWatch. Not a huge deal. I love it tho!
Also a PA Speaker mounted to the firewall, facing forward.

l2en 07-31-2006 01:56 PM

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I run a lil cobra 19 with a 102" whip.

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RangerBoy03FX4 07-31-2006 02:00 PM

i got a cobra cb with a 4' k40 whip mounted to my rear bumper and a pa speaker mounted behind the grill.

Red_Ak_Ranger 07-31-2006 02:09 PM

I think the peak CB antenna length is a 6 foot antenna?

Nvm i goggled it and im waay wrong. Here's a quote


The CB portion of the spectrum begins at 25.01 megahertz, so a full wavelength antenna would be a bit more than 39.34 feet long. That's obviously a little long to attach to your bumper, so people tend to use antennas that are a fraction of the wavelength: 1/2, 5/8, 1/4 and 1/8 are all common wavelengths for antennas. In the case of CB, the 1/4 antenna at just under 10 feet long is the common "whip" that you may see on cars and trucks.

Shalafi49 07-31-2006 02:13 PM

My Firestik has done just fine so I don't see a need for a whip. :shrug:

StorrowN 07-31-2006 03:31 PM

Yes, ideally the "best" length for a car is a 9' whip antenna, best recieving power and convenient length, i.e. not too tall. But may I suggest a k40 or a Wilson 1000 antenna. They are not 9' tall because a few feet are coiled in the base, which makes them ideal to mount on the roof, which is the ideal location (highest point and centered in the truck). Remember, your ruck is the ground, so mounting it on the bumper or toolbox will give you a loss in signal from the metal cab "shielding" the antenna.

Any radio will do fine, it's not so much about the radio as it is the antenna. A more expensive radio just gives you better filtering, which is not needed as much in a higher quality antenna. Because all radios are capped on power output by law, so the extra price just goes to cleaning up signals, not making them stronger.

Just as an example, I have a 1980's cobra 40 channel that I pcked up for $20 with a wilson 1000 and I can talk and recieve signals 30 miles away. But, also mine is peaked and tweaked by a friend so the output is above the legal limit, but that only affects x-mitting, not recieving.

emericax21 07-31-2006 03:46 PM


Originally Posted by l2en

hey can you show me a pic of the bumber there

catfish hunter 07-31-2006 04:00 PM

use a uniden 510XL with a firestick attached to the lip of the bed with a homemade mount.

l2en 07-31-2006 09:01 PM

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Originally Posted by emericax21
hey can you show me a pic of the bumber there

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sniper_101 08-02-2006 08:47 AM

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I have a old Hy Gain II 40chl, PA co-phased to dual 4ft Wintenna fiberglass whips:
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