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What CB radio to buy?????

well guys im looking for a cb radio for pretty cheap. Im only going to be using it when i wheel and maybe sometimes when im just driving around talking to random people.


I was thinking of getting the Cobra 19 III
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What would you guys recommend i don't want to spend over 50 bucks.


I know Justin had said something to me about getting a different mic once i got one but i don't remember what he said. I could get that later i just want to get a cb for now.


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you need to buy a decent radio, i good antenna and a good mic. im no cb expert, but i know my new antenna and mic made a big difference
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well im getting a fire stick from Jason and good cable from him.
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the radio is only as good as the antenna and the mounting spot.


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that should be okay for what your gonna be doin... i have a uniden 510xl that im sure is older than me with a radioshack mag mount antenna and its pretty good...
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you need to buy a decent radio, i good antenna and a good mic. im no cb expert, but i know my new antenna and mic made a big difference
what mic did you say i should get a while ago? what one are you using? i think thats the one you told me to get.


IM planning on running a 4 foot fire stick off my front fender and as short of cable to the radio its self.


I dont know much about these so any teaching would be great.
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you cant mount it on rust, it has to be mounted to metal that is still in existence

ill have to get you the name of my mic, i dont remember it
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^^ *** lol there is metal where the fender bolts on
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your gonna get alot of radio and engine intference from it bein so close to the engine.. just fyi
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your gonna get alot of radio and engine intference from it bein so close to the engine.. just fyi
well i don't know this stuff so school me plz b4 i go and make a mount and everything it work like ****.


I know Shane has his on his front fender and i really like the look. at least he did
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the only time ive seem em on the front is if they have some kind of thing that can seperate the engine and radio squelch.. which is way over my head.. my antenna is on the roof.. kinda like a cop cars.. it is routed through my third brake light...
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there are multiple sites on the web on how a cb should work and how to get the best out of it. hit up google. heres one: Things Every CB'er Should Know -- ©1997 FIRESTIK® ANTENNA


my cb was tuned by a cb shop in indiana. so for all them annoying ppl doing dumb crap i key my mic and shut them down.
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^^ alright man im sure shane will chime in and let me know how his is run
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I have the $50 model from wal-mart (cobra 19 DX VII?), 4 foot firestick antenna, stake pocket mount, and a cheap cable. Works fine for wheeling, atleast it worked great out at the dunes. I dunno about on the road, never had a use for it on road.

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the only time ive seem em on the front is if they have some kind of thing that can seperate the engine and radio squelch.. which is way over my head.. my antenna is on the roof.. kinda like a cop cars.. it is routed through my third brake light...
I must have that doo dad, because I get no interference from the engine, and that is where my antenna is mounted. Hell, my radio is silent other than the occasional trucker.
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^^ alright man im sure shane will chime in and let me know how his is run
shane is gone for a couple days goodluck lol
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I must have that doo dad, because I get no interference from the engine, and that is where my antenna is mounted. Hell, my radio is silent other than the occasional trucker.
so you just ran yours in jimmy and had no problems?
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anyone else ????
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I think the most important thing is the antenna and if your SWR is set up properly.

I used this site to set mine up and it works great. has a range of about 5-6 miles for both receiving and transmitting. At least thats the farthest I have confirmed.

Check out the tech section on Firestik's Website:

Tech-Docs Index

Should answer pretty much any question you have about setting up a CB radio.
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i have my SWR around 1.5. depending on your setup yours might be different. i also have a tuner for it. so be sure your antenna has a good ground
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alright thanks guys for the info im def going to read up more on this. anything else anyone would want to add would be great too
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i have a cobra 19 with the squelch and rf gain adjustment. have a PA hooked up to it too.

with a 4' firestik. had a buddy tune my antenna for me, and it sounds great.

the mic it came with is just fine. and the speaker built into it is plenty loud.
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