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Old 02-10-2009, 09:36 AM
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Question CB Radio Suggestion?

Hi All, I see there's a requirement to have a CB radio in your vehicle for CM09. Can someone make a sugestion on a brand and also where to get it? Assuming it's not a hand held, is there a suggestion for the antenna as well?
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Old 02-10-2009, 10:02 AM
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Uniden and Cobra are both good brands. You will be much happier with a radio that is installed in your vehicle than a handheld radio.

Buy a decent mid-line radio from a good brand and have it peaked for maximum range. Then invest in a very good antenna, which makes a big difference. Don't mount the antenna parallel to to another metal surface if possible -- you'll get much better range.

I'm a fan of this place:

Radio Service Center
918 South Sheridan Boulevard
Denver, CO 80226
(303) 922-8107

The nice thing about buying a CB radio from a place like this is that they can tune your radio for maximum performance. You buy a new radio from them, then pay an extra fee (like $30) for them to open the radio and tune it up. You'll have better transmission power than a stock, out-of-the-box radio.
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Skip the cb and go right to ham.

It'll be interesting to see how much chatter there is on cb with most of the club and more than a few participants using ham now.
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Old 02-10-2009, 06:30 PM
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Uniden and Cobra are both good brands. You will be much happier with a radio that is installed in your vehicle than a handheld radio.

Buy a decent mid-line radio from a good brand and have it peaked for maximum range. Then invest in a very good antenna, which makes a big difference. Don't mount the antenna parallel to to another metal surface if possible -- you'll get much better range.

I'm a fan of this place:

Radio Service Center
918 South Sheridan Boulevard
Denver, CO 80226
(303) 922-8107

The nice thing about buying a CB radio from a place like this is that they can tune your radio for maximum performance. You buy a new radio from them, then pay an extra fee (like $30) for them to open the radio and tune it up. You'll have better transmission power than a stock, out-of-the-box radio.

Great advice, all around!
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Old 02-10-2009, 10:19 PM
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Skip the cb and go right to ham.

It'll be interesting to see how much chatter there is on cb with most of the club and more than a few participants using ham now.
A CB is a requirement for Cruise Moab this year. Not enough trail leaders have both ham and CB to justify the either/or requirement. The thinking is that most ham guys will still have a CB radio, or at minimum a handheld unit.

Wasn't my suggestion -- I'm a lover of all things ham.
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Old 02-10-2009, 10:26 PM
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I have both HAM and CB. Spend the least possible on a tuned CB setup.

Went wheeling with someone that purchased one of the chepo combo units from Walmart (hang it out the window) and he had about 1/8 a mile coverage .

I have a Uniden 510 ($33) and Wilson Magnetic Mount Little Wil CB Antenna ($40 ). The Little Wil was tuned at Camelot before they went out of business ($10 to tune the CB and HAM). It works fine for wheeling but the HAM is 10 times better.

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I recently purchased a CB as well (Cobra 75 xt, I think, off e-bay) and was wondering if I can mount the antenna on my front ARB? If so, is it OK to just mount it where there is already a light tab on the top tubing, or is it better to drill a hole in the actual flat part of the bumper and mount it there? I purchased a 4' tunable firestik antenna if that makes any difference.

Also, my coax cable is longer than it needs to be. Is it OK to put make a loose wind with the excess cable and secure it? Or does it have to be shortened? I'd rather keep the excess in case I ever decide to move the mount to the rear.

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Old 02-11-2009, 11:42 AM
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The nice thing about buying a CB radio from a place like this is that they can tune your radio for maximum performance. You buy a new radio from them, then pay an extra fee (like $30) for them to open the radio and tune it up. You'll have better transmission power than a stock, out-of-the-box radio.
Did you mean tune the antenna to the transceiver for $30? Because if you're paying somebody any amount of money to "tune" your CB radio, you're getting ripped off. You cannot "tune" your CB radio to have better transmission. You can tune your antenna to your radio, though. Is that what you meant to say?
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The brand or quality of the CB receiver is only marginally relative to transmit/receive quality! Antennas are everything! Same with Ham for the most part. A quality antenna along with good quality grounding and wiring with a cheapo transceiver will out shine the highest quality transceiver with a mediocre antenna and/or bad wiring! That said, I also have the Cobra 75WX transceiver in my 80 and I really like it. I am using a Wilson 5 foot fiberglass top loaded whip along with braided ground straps and weather tight bonded/shielded coax. For a CB it gets out pretty good. I used to think it had some real range before listened to the Devils advocate, Nathanial, and got into 2 meter. In my opinion, CB is still manditory in a trail rig and 2 meter is an extremely wise choice! It is rare in RS to need the CB but nearly every run still CB is needed for communication for 90% of other trail users out there!
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Old 02-11-2009, 11:53 AM
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Also, my coax cable is longer than it needs to be. Is it OK to put make a loose wind with the excess cable and secure it? Or does it have to be shortened? I'd rather keep the excess in case I ever decide to move the mount to the rear.
Coil the extra coax into about an 8" diameter loop then zip tie the loop in its center to form a figure 8 in the coil. Doing this will prevent your introducing problems into your antenna system (read: high SWR) from a circular coil causing unwanted inductance in your antenna feed line. Make sense?
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