School me on CB radios - Ranger-Forums - The Ultimate Ford Ranger Resource


New Ideas Have a new idea for your Ford Ranger? General discussion of new ideas for the Ford Ranger.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 02-22-2012
warlocke's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Lees Summit, MO
Posts: 189
School me on CB radios

I am looking to install a CB radio in my truck, I have a few friends that use them and my dad has one in his 98, It would be handy for when me and dad go to the farm (cell phones dont work there lol) to be able to figure out where everyones at.

Not looking for anything mindblowing And I want it to look neat when its installed. Looking for maybe 200 for everything (not sure what the prices are on everything needed, thats just a figure I have to work with atm.)
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 02-22-2012
98liftedranger's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (5)
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: California
Posts: 12,538
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 02-23-2012
Scrambler82's Avatar
Old Guy Userů ltr
iTrader: (12)
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: SoCal
Posts: 6,773
Uniden Pro520, small compact unit that has everything you would need.

http://www.walcottcb.com/uniden-pro5...th=340_377_379

Get an antenna from Wilson, one of the best manufacturers of antennas.
Something like this: http://www.cbradiosplus.com/shop/pc/...idproduct=1247, works well if you have a Back-Rack but the antenna is dependant on the mounting location; you can get them longer if you want. You can get the bae loaded unit with a tall s/s whip if that is your look.

You need to decide where you want to mount the antenna before buying anything.
The higher the better and as close to centered is the rule of thumb on a mobile setup.

Spend a little more on the antenna and coax cable (Belden RG-8X) because this is the most important part of the CB System.

After that power it from the battery both red and blk wires. (you can leave a CB on over night and it will not run your battery down, unless the battery it weak already).
Depending on which antenna mount you use it has to be grounded.

After all is installed get the antenna tuned to the system/vehicle for lowest Standing Wave Ratio (SWR) it will make the whole system work better.

Any more questions ?

Last edited by Scrambler82; 02-23-2012 at 12:17 PM. Reason: spl chk
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 02-23-2012
StxDangerRanger's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (2)
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Flat Rock, Mi
Posts: 6,313
Quote:
Originally Posted by 98liftedranger View Post
Hey Gomer, Your search sucks.

try this on instead man

https://www.ranger-forums.com/showth...light=CB+Radio
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 02-23-2012
98liftedranger's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (5)
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: California
Posts: 12,538
I typed CB into the search bar and copied that link. There are 300+ threads on CB's.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 02-23-2012
Scrambler82's Avatar
Old Guy Userů ltr
iTrader: (12)
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: SoCal
Posts: 6,773
Two main things about CBs and Rangers.
One is where you will mount the CB in the Cab.
Two where you will mount the Antenna outside of the Cab.
Both have there problems.
With a smaller CB you can mount them almost anywhere, even overhead so watch where you want it before you buy.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 02-23-2012
StxDangerRanger's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (2)
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Flat Rock, Mi
Posts: 6,313
Quote:
Originally Posted by 98liftedranger View Post
I typed CB into the search bar and copied that link. There are 300+ threads on CB's.
I clicked it 3 different times in two different browsers and got a "no results found" page
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 02-23-2012
99offroadrngr's Avatar
TOYOTA
iTrader: (37)
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 11,728
Quote:
Originally Posted by StxDangerRanger View Post
I clicked it 3 different times in two different browsers and got a "no results found" page
lol poad

"Sorry - no matches. Please try some different terms."
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 02-23-2012
StxDangerRanger's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (2)
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Flat Rock, Mi
Posts: 6,313
You know what i mean Kewn.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 02-23-2012
99offroadrngr's Avatar
TOYOTA
iTrader: (37)
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 11,728
i meant adam got poad lol
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 02-23-2012
StxDangerRanger's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (2)
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Flat Rock, Mi
Posts: 6,313
Nice.
At least i'm not the only one who sees it.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 02-24-2012
98liftedranger's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (5)
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: California
Posts: 12,538
Yeah doesn't work for me either. I don't know why and don't want to fix it.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 02-24-2012
warlocke's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Lees Summit, MO
Posts: 189
Well I plan on mounting the antenna on the bed rail. I dont like the looks of trucks with the antenna on top of the cab. I could scoot my tool box forward with enough room to place the antenna in between it and the cab.

Thanks for the info above, I will read it this weekend and get some ideas. Thanks.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 02-25-2012
Scrambler82's Avatar
Old Guy Userů ltr
iTrader: (12)
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: SoCal
Posts: 6,773
Quote:
Originally Posted by warlocke View Post
Well I plan on mounting the antenna on the bed rail. I dont like the looks of trucks with the antenna on top of the cab. I could scoot my tool box forward with enough room to place the antenna in between it and the cab.

Thanks for the info above, I will read it this weekend and get some ideas. Thanks.
The higher the better is the name of the game for Radio antennas Ham as well as CBs.

Mounting behind the cab will block most of you signal out front, depending on the antenna you will need to get the antenna loading coil above the roof line at a minimum.

Fiberglass antennas radiate from the top first but they still need all of the antenna to get the complete wave form out there. Base loaded antennas with the coils at the bottom need to get the coils up over the cab.
So mounting behind the cab, in between the tool box and the bed rail will a compromise at best.
The infamous 102” S/S Whip is not the cure all answer that most people think it is; a well tuned 3 or 4 foot Flexible fiberglass antenna will out perform them easily if located in the right spot and the based loaded roof mount antennas with the 36” S/S Whips will easily out perform the 102 plus easier to tune and won’t whip around when on the trail and start hitting things and people.

Make sure the antenna mount is grounded, by the way the bed is not grounded well at all and it needs to be grounded too.
A separate wire from the mount to the FRAME helps.

A CB Antenna.setup is a compromise no matter what you do, mount the antenna, run the coax and tune it up and see what you get.

Luck,

Last edited by Scrambler82; 02-25-2012 at 08:47 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 02-25-2012
SteelDirigible's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (4)
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Lexington, KY
Posts: 3,666
your best option on a ranger is on the roof right in the center, but I had mine on the bed rail and it did ok. If you're going to be using it on the farm mainly then you should be fine.

I second the uniden 520, I have it and it has everything you need, no reason to spend more. $200 is a healthy budget to spend on CB, so if you want a radio with extra features, then go for it. the uniden 520 is about $40-50.

And the antenna is the most important part, as far as signal goes. all cb radios are limited to the same wattage and it is a very simple radio. spending more will just get you features,like noise limiters, weather radio channels, or even bluetooth.





Attached Thumbnails
School me on CB radios-dsc_9191.jpg   School me on CB radios-dsc_9190.jpg   School me on CB radios-dsc_9189.jpg   School me on CB radios-dsc_9188.jpg   School me on CB radios-p4120054.jpg  

Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 02-25-2012
Scrambler82's Avatar
Old Guy Userů ltr
iTrader: (12)
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: SoCal
Posts: 6,773
Everything in RadioCommunications is a compromise… if it works, it works, so nail it.
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 02-25-2012
SteelDirigible's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (4)
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Lexington, KY
Posts: 3,666
there's a lot more to it than people think!

OH, not sure if tuning SWR was mentioned.... that needs to be done too, at least checked so that it's moderately acceptable.

Lots of good info here... They make good antennas as well, I have one of theirs.

http://firestik.com/Tech_Docs.htm


by the way Grev, I'm a licensed ham as well. Haven't done much of anything with it in quite a while though.
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 02-25-2012
Scrambler82's Avatar
Old Guy Userů ltr
iTrader: (12)
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: SoCal
Posts: 6,773
Quote:
Originally Posted by SteelDirigible View Post
there's a lot more to it than people think!

by the way Grev, I'm a licensed ham as well. Haven't done much of anything with it in quite a while though.
Firestik antennas work for a lot of people and the newer ones have that tip tuning so not a bad choice BUT PLEASE stay away from the FireStik Fire Ring connection at the Antenna. It is not sealed up as well as I would like to see it and not opened enough to allow the dirt to get out.

To me stick to Ring Lugs at the antenna, easier to use than a PL259 and closer to a 50 ohm match too, which is needed for a low SWR when tuning.

I went back and underlined the Tune the Antenna statement.

And on the Amateur Radio thing, good to have another HAM on board for me it has been a long time in the hobby when 20 WPM was a fun thing to do, only in the VHF bands lately and some 6 meters for Emergency stuff.

Last edited by Scrambler82; 03-02-2012 at 07:44 AM. Reason: spl chk
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 03-01-2012
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 1
Cb's are pretty cool, I had the cobra 98 in my truck (ended up not working for some reason) Anyway, I had a 4 foot fire stick whip, with a 9 foot coax cord, And had a PA hooked up to it. There pretty cool, to mess with. A lot nicer then a dang cell phone. But I could never get a good signal with mine for some reason.
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 03-03-2012
warlocke's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Lees Summit, MO
Posts: 189
So I plan on getting a setup in a month or so, One thing I cant decide is how to mount the antenna, I do not want to drill through the body, but My tool box is an option, Maybe make some kind of bracket that will allow the antenna to mount to it, then drill holes in the box and bolt it down/seal the holes up with silicone or something.

How well would that work? Like I said before tho, we are only really 5-8 miles from everyone, so I dont need anything major. Plus we are usually sitting still when we are using it (sitting in the fields on either side of the property)
Reply With Quote
  #21  
Old 03-04-2012
StxDangerRanger's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (2)
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Flat Rock, Mi
Posts: 6,313
I've seen tons of guys mount it to the side of their tool box.
I've also seen it mounted on:
Back bumper
Front bumper
Hood gap
Tail light
Inbetween cab and bed
On the roof

Pretty much anywhere you can stick an antenna, its been mounted there.
Reply With Quote
  #22  
Old 03-04-2012
warlocke's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Lees Summit, MO
Posts: 189
One more question, Running the coax. I am thinking of running it through one of the drain plugs under the body, then silicone it to seal it back. It that a viable option, or is there a better way?
Reply With Quote
  #23  
Old 03-04-2012
SteelDirigible's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (4)
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Lexington, KY
Posts: 3,666
It's what I did, I didn't even seal it. run it up/through the frame/body with a few zip ties. you should be home free.
Reply With Quote
  #24  
Old 03-04-2012
warlocke's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Lees Summit, MO
Posts: 189
ok, and do you think 9ft would be enough to go from the tool box, to the dash and still have enough room to hide it? or should I go longer?
Reply With Quote
  #25  
Old 03-04-2012
SteelDirigible's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (4)
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Lexington, KY
Posts: 3,666
I had a 12ft and it was about perfect.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
School me on CB radios bonez General Ford Ranger Discussion 3 05-08-2010 02:06 AM
Swaping factory radios SouthernMudSlinger New Ideas 4 01-22-2007 06:29 PM
CB radios Nate97Ranger General Technical & Electrical 27 10-03-2005 07:11 PM
CB Radios 00RANGER00 General Ford Ranger Discussion 36 06-19-2005 06:39 PM
What's the best dash kit for aftermarket radios? Mnemonic Audio & Video Tech 10 10-28-2004 10:33 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:02 AM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.