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Unread 09-15-2004, 01:06 PM   #1
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cb mounting spots and cable length

I have a cb and I put the antenna on my tailgate right behind my spare, now I was wondering where everyone else was putting their cb radios inside, I heard of some people putting them right under the vents for air condition. Right now I just have my sitting on the side of my drivers seat can't really hear it because the seat muffles the speaker. also I was wondering how much length of cable I should use, I heard of people saying don't use under 13ft cause it distorts the signal, but then again I read that you should use around 18ft or longer. I know I can run it under my tub as long as its not coiled up. let me know what you think or any suggestions

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Unread 09-15-2004, 01:37 PM   #2
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I have mine mounted where the ash tray use to be, I dont smoke, so it wasnt a problem.

As for cable length, hmm I've heard so many stories as to what length is better that I said the heck with it and went with 18'.


You can pick up a cheap external speaker at a truck stop or online to help you hear the CB better.
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Unread 09-15-2004, 04:10 PM   #3
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the proper length is whatever the distance from your antenna to your CB is...

for some "enlightening" reading, try this out:

http://www.stu-offroad.com/misc/myth-1.htm

IF your CB has an external speaker output, that is definitely the way to go...the speakers usually run <$10...

I mounted my speaker directly above my head, tied to the rollbar "corner"...I run a Safari top or hard top all the time, so rain is no issue for it...

An external speaker was a MUST for me, as I can't hear the standard speaker at all, due to my mounting location:



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The 18' cable length recommendation propagated by some is nothing more than a hard-to-kill myth, really.

Use the amount of cable needed to make the connection and properly route it and that is all you need to be concerned with. If you want to use 18' because it came in that length but you need to coil up the excess, go for it... but the 18' length won't help performance in the least. In fact, though the loss is negligible at this length comparison, a 16' length would result in less loss than the 18', and a 10' etc., would give even less loss.
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The 18' cable length recommendation propagated by some is nothing more than a hard-to-kill myth, really.

Use the amount of cable needed to make the connection and properly route it and that is all you need to be concerned with. If you want to use 18' because it came in that length but you need to coil up the excess, go for it... but the 18' length won't help performance in the least. In fact, though the loss is negligible at this length comparison, a 16' length would result in less loss than the 18', and a 10' etc., would give even less loss.
I just bought 12' of cable yesterday from a CB shop. The guy said length didn't really matter. It was just the right length to run from the tire carrier bumper on the pass rear to the cb under the middle of the dash.
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Unread 09-20-2004, 05:04 PM   #6
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Mine is mounted in the glove box. It's worked well for me. Keeps it out of sight when not in use. You can check here for pictures:

http://www.imagestation.com/album/?id=4286376895&idx=4
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