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Unread 12-01-2010, 08:36 PM   #1
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Installation of a Midland 75-822 CB

Many still exclusively use CBs to communicate on the trails. The CB along with an external antenna (I have a FireStick Firefly installed antenna installed with the CB: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f96/i...mount-1135646/) permits us to join in on the conversations.

This is what you get. It's a pretty flexible CB. You can use the power from the Jeep, or outside of the Jeep with the small supplied antenna and rechargeable or non-rechargeable batteries:


Plastic furniture leg caps can be placed on the CB ends to keep the dirt out:


The antenna and CB must be tuned using a SWR meter and cable:


With everything connected, set the CB to Channel 1, key the mic, and with the meter set to FWD calibrate the meter:


With the mic still keyed, switch the meter to REF and check the SWR reading:


Repeat this procedure for Channel 40. If the SWR doesn't match, then adjust the antenna until Channel 1 and 40 are the same. Once they're the same check Channel 19 (Channel 19 is the center frequency and should be the "best"). You want your SWR to read 2 or below on all channels. For more detailed information check out the FireStick Library.

Here's the CB "installed":


I got a bracket to hold the mic:


Iíve used the CB on one run and was told my transmission was clear. I could also receive the transmission from others on the run with no problems.

I recently decided it would be nice to have more volume on the speaker, so I made a cable to plug the output of the CB into my radio. Here are the parts (stereo on one side mono the other - right angle connectors):


Assembled and tied into the radio:


In the Jeep:


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Last edited by joe002; 03-26-2011 at 09:55 PM.. Reason: Added info on speaker cable.
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Unread 12-01-2010, 08:44 PM   #2
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For what is worth, tuning the antenna isnt really required when using it just on the trail. It transmits fine for a little over a mile depending if its setup right. I can even get the weather channel clearly.

Very cool setup btw, I like how its portable.
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Unread 12-01-2010, 08:52 PM   #3
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For what is worth, tuning the antenna isnt really required when using it just on the trail. It transmits fine for a little over a mile depending if its setup right. I can even get the weather channel clearly.

Very cool setup btw, I like how its portable.
Thanks. I really liked the portable features, though I haven't used it walking around very much at all.

I agree that you don't need have GOOD tuning for the trail as you really aren't talking over vast distances. Iíve seen where some worry that their SWR isnít right at 1.0. Yeah, donít worry about it. OTOH you really should get out the meter to make sure you donít have any shorts and your SWR isn't so high that you'll blow out your CB. Just keep it under 2 and youíre good to go.
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Unread 12-02-2010, 07:23 PM   #4
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I saw your post on one of the forums too. Nice job!

Why did you choose this one over the Cobra?

What did you use for a bracket to mount the mic?
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Unread 12-02-2010, 08:30 PM   #5
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I saw your post on one of the forums too. Nice job!

Why did you choose this one over the Cobra?

What did you use for a bracket to mount the mic?
Thanks.

The Cobra 75? Well, I liked that the Midland could be hooked up to power and in the Jeep or with you could walk around with it using batteries, and I liked that the entire radio was in the hand piece. There's no extra little box that needs to be mounted or wires that need to be run (except of course for the antenna wire). I plug it into the power output - no noise issues. The audio from the unit is not great, but OK, though I can run a wire from the hand unit to my radio and I'm sure the sound would be plenty loud. Also, the Midland tends to cost less than the Cobra.


I had a custom bracket fabricated:



Fits nicely with no sharp edges:
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Unread 12-03-2010, 08:29 AM   #6
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Thanks for the insight. Basically the same thoughts I had, so thanks for the validation.

Nice mic bracket. Were you able to pull it off more cheaply that the Cool Tech one or was there some other reason or feature you wanted?

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Unread 12-03-2010, 03:55 PM   #7
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...Nice mic bracket. Were you able to pull it off more cheaply that the Cool Tech one or was there some other reason or feature you wanted?...
No, it wasn't the price (about the same with shipping), it was the mounting. The Cool Tech is made for the Cobra CBs. Here's the back of the Midland:


With the Midland you just need a flat mounting surface. The bracket thing on the Cool Tech sticks out and would need to be removed. Once it's removed there's no edge to hold the CB from slipping off to the right, so I had my bracket made with a bend in it. Plus the bent edge is probably a bit more forgiving on your body if you happen to accidently slide down on/hit the bracket.
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Fabricated Custom Bracket

What are the details on the custom fabricated bracket?
Where can I get one?
The place where you got yours have contact info?
Are there blueprints to make my own?
Thanks.
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Unread 04-02-2012, 08:22 PM   #9
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What are the details on the custom fabricated bracket?
Where can I get one?
The place where you got yours have contact info?
Are there blueprints to make my own?
Thanks.
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Try jahill69@sbcglobal.net. Tell them you want a bracket like the one they made for joe002 back in August 2009.
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Custom Bracket for CB

Thanks. I will give it a try.

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Thanks for your concise and thorough breakdown.
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