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Unread 11-13-2006, 09:28 PM   #1
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CB Tips

I'm going to be putting a CB into my TJ and wanted to see if anyone had any good tips before I get started?

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Unread 11-13-2006, 09:35 PM   #2
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Get a cheap one. It may not be in there too long. Mine wasn't.
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Unread 11-13-2006, 09:54 PM   #3
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x2 on the cheap one
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Unread 11-13-2006, 09:56 PM   #4
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I just bought a Uniden on Amazon.com for like $26 shipped.
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Unread 11-13-2006, 09:57 PM   #5
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Welcome neighbor...where 'bouts in Idaho do you live?

As far as the CB goes click here for a good post!

Also welcome to the forum and hopefully nobody bashes you too hard for posting this in the Tech section when it should be in this section...
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Unread 11-13-2006, 09:58 PM   #6
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I bought a uniden for $10.00 at a garage sale

Any install tips....

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Unread 11-13-2006, 10:05 PM   #7
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Anebrich,

I'm in Coeur d'Alene....how r things in the Treasure Valley?

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Unread 11-13-2006, 10:07 PM   #8
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BTW thanks for the links.
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Unread 11-13-2006, 10:11 PM   #9
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mount it inside your console and run an external speaker.
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Unread 11-13-2006, 10:51 PM   #10
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Do you just run the cable under the carpet? I was going to run the antena cable out of the hole for the third brake light that I removed.

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Unread 11-13-2006, 10:58 PM   #11
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mount it inside your console and run an external speaker.

Or you could use some quick disconect mounts. Not sure where to get any off the top, but I had a scanner that had them and my father uses them all the time. He's a HAM raido operator, so his stuff costs just a LITTLE bit more than ours so he has them for his smaller radios. Between that and quick disconnects for the power/ground, you'll be set. That's my plan for when I get my setup. Put it in when I hit the weekend, take out it during the week.
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Unread 11-13-2006, 11:00 PM   #12
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I have one that plugs in to the cigarette lighter. That way I don't have to leave it in unless I am on a wheelin' trip. I just run the antenna cable out the bottom corner of the zipper on the back window. Keeps thieves away by quickly unplugging it and taking it inside.
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Unread 11-13-2006, 11:21 PM   #13
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Two good quality but still inexpensive CB radio recommendations, both from Uniden: Pro510XL and Pro520XL. The only worthwhile feature the more expensive Pro520XL offers over the Pro510XL is that it has a PA (public address) function that only needs an external speaker. Either would be a sound choice without breaking the bank.

Do take care on putting the antenna mount together and mounting it properly. Most problems with new CB installations can be traced to an improperly assembled (like forgetting to install the nylon insulating washer included with most antenna mounts) mount or not having mounted the mount next to bare metal that the paint has been scraped away from to give a good electrical ground so necessary for the antenna to work well. And pay no attention to any recommendations you may see that say you should use exactly 18' of cable. That's an old untrue myth. Use whatever length antenna cable you need. Finally, power the new CB directly from the battery to reduce the likelihood of noise that is present at places like the cigarette lighter and many of the fuse box locations.
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Unread 11-13-2006, 11:34 PM   #14
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Anebrich,

I'm in Coeur d'Alene....how r things in the Treasure Valley?

JH
Not bad, not bad. I was just at the C'dlane Resort last Friday (4 days ago - now I'm in Tulsa, OK!).

And you're welcome for the links...

g'night!

P.s. listen to Jerry in post number 13...
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Unread 11-14-2006, 04:14 AM   #15
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Two good quality but still inexpensive CB radio recommendations, both from Uniden: Pro510XL and Pro520XL. The only worthwhile feature the more expensive Pro520XL offers over the Pro510XL is that it has a PA (public address) function that only needs an external speaker. Either would be a sound choice without breaking the bank.
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Do take care on putting the antenna mount together and mounting it properly. Most problems with new CB installations can be traced to an improperly assembled (like forgetting to install the nylon insulating washer included with most antenna mounts) mount or not having mounted the mount next to bare metal that the paint has been scraped away from to give a good electrical ground so necessary for the antenna to work well. And pay no attention to any recommendations you may see that say you should use exactly 18' of cable. That's an old untrue myth. Use whatever length antenna cable you need. Finally, power the new CB directly from the battery to reduce the likelihood of noise that is present at places like the cigarette lighter and many of the fuse box locations.




Buy only top of the line Antenna and Coax; do not go to Rat Shaq for either.

Wilson makes great Antennas but a lot of people use the Firestik Antenna and I have heard of one called 'Everhart" that I will be trying when I get my next antenna.

Coax... buy only one of two manufacturers’, Belden RG-8X or Times MicroWave LMR240, both are high quality coax.

As Jerry said, "buy only enough coax to get from your CB to the antenna mount".
Allow for NO sharp corners and a mistake or two finishing the end off.
If possible buy a length of coax with one PL259 Connector on it already and you need to finish one end.

My only thoughts are:

Use an Antenna Mount that uses Ring Lugs and use ring lugs on the coax.

Run an extra ground cable from the antenna mount to the body/frame of the vehicle.

Run an extra ground wire from the rear of the CB Chassis to a good ground point.

Get your antenna tuned for lowest SWR after install.

Run both the red and black wire (power and ground) from the back of the rig to the battery for power and fuse at least the red wire close to the battery.

An External Speaker will help in most cases to hear.
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