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I've been out of CB radios for a very long time. My last radio was a Pierce Simpson Panther SSB radio pushing x10 linear amp.( After-burner Plus tube set)

today for my ZJ I was thinking it would be nice to have another CB radio. Where I will be riding there is no Cell service.
I've been looking at two radios for my ZJ since I want the radios small to fit where I want to put them.
1. President Electronics "Bill" FCC..so far this is the smallest radio I've seen for sale. a solid 4 WATT ( not adjustable) radio wit a 6 mile transmission as per Youtube test.
2. Uniden 510 Pro XL which also has good reviews and very inexpensive to purchase.
No idea as to what antenna I will use, magnetic or permanent.
On the P/S Panther for my FJ-40 I used a 1/2 wave stainless steel whip antenna on a spring. It was tuned by me and worked very well.
What are the radios you using that works well, fits the ZJ Jeep and folks can hear you clearly off of your antenna for 2020?
 

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CB is still the most common way for trail communication with the people in your group, or people nearby when on the roads. These days there is hardly anyone on CB, and you would be extremely lucky to reach anyone else with emergency communications. With some basic knowledge and few practice tests, you can get your Ham Radio license and communicate from almost anywhere with the right set-up.

Right Channel Radios has good CB buying and installing guides. www.rightchannelradios.com/blogs/learning-center

As in the olden days of CB, cheap radios and cheap antennas are cheap for reason. President and Uniden make good radios. New Cobra radios are not worth the money compared to the old ones. I use Wilson magnet mount antennas and Firestik permanent mount antennas. 1/2 wave whips are annoying, and most 4x4 clubs and organized 4x4 events do not allow them for spectator safety.
 

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What Tim said.

I have a Uniden in the Jeep with the controls in the Mic. so it is easy to remove and stash in the console
and a fire stick antenna tuned by me. This set up works as well as can be expected.

It only gets used on the trail when others have CB.
On the road, not many people on, seems the truckers don't even use it anymore.
I think the Rubber Duck went 10-7 years ago LOL. What chatter I do hear is usually in Spanish

I have considered switching to GMARS. Also We have a pair of hand held FRS radios
we sometimes bring along. Nice for Jeep to Jeep or spotter to Jeep LOL
 

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The Uniden 510xl Pro, or 520xl Pro (a few more features for a couple bucks more) is built like a tank. I have the 520 as a backup at work when I'm in a different tri-axle dump truck. It's great little unit. Pair it with a Little Wil magnetic antenna and you're up and running for not much money.
 

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I think the Rubber Duck went 10-7 years ago LOL.
The last time i heard anybody use the 10 codes was watching Smokey And The Bandit. I happen to dig out my old modded ham rig(26-32mhz) And it's nothingness across all of it not even skip. Can hear some CW way off in the ham ban but that's it. I'm surprised that old hammers still use it.
 

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I asked the president of New Mexico's oldest and largest off-roading club and he replied tonight that they do in fact use CB radios to communicate with each other as they ride.

Both hand held and mounted radios.
Thank you for all the replies.....good buddy. Put the petal to the metal and let her roar.....that's a Falcon 214....KHK7093....Out.
 

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While I have a Kenwood 2 meter Ham radio mounted in the Jeep, I also have a Uniden 520 XL Pro Cb. I use the CB much more often on trail rides.

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Uniden's Pro 520xl and Pro 510xl are both tough to beat for reliability. Same with Firestik antennas.

For offroading CBs are still king and the most popular for trail communications. I have both a CB and 2 meter ham radio in my TJ and use the 4 watt CB 99 times to each time I use my 75 watt ham radio.
 

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I'm in the Uniden 520 camp too.

When I need a radio in the Jeep, I plop a 55-inch Wilson 500 mag mount antenna on the hood of my TJ, get the coax through the passenger-side window and connect it to the Uniden, which is mounted temporarily in the cabin.

My setup communicates well. When I don't need it anymore, the antenna and radio are out in a minute.

The Wilson tunes to a low SWR where I put it, and with no RF interference from the engine, life is good.
 

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After much reading,comparing warranties, and overall size and where to put it, I went with the President Electronics BILL FCC. This radio will fit between the drivers seat cushion and the center consul with room to spare for cooling and sound. It is the smallest CB radio that is in one piece being sold today.
I made my own antenna bracket and will be installing the Wilson Flex 4' tune-able antenna.
I have started the process of getting my HAM License and will use the "ash-tray" mounting idea or other location for that radio.

There are combo radios that are several HAM frequencies as well as CB that are not larger than the Uniden 520 radio. If I go with that radio later on, I will move the CB radio to my VW TDI Passat Wagon.
 

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I'm running a Galaxy DX47HP, Hustler antenna, and a static mic.
A friend of mine had a Connex and we experimented on I-80 across the Bonneville Salt Flats. At 30 miles the signal faded to where it no longer sounded like the other guy was sitting next to you. At 45 miles we were no longer line of sight because of the curve of the Earth, so it was staticy.


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The CB Radio showed up this morning. The quality is first rate and the housing is cast aluminum. The speaker opening is tough plastic. The radio will just fit into the palm of my hand.
Too many features to list.

President Electronics BILL FCC model.
 

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I just did a trial fit and the radio and the quick release bracket will fit between the drivers seat and the center consul with room to spare.
I also noted that the CB radio will fit in the space where either of the sun-glass holders are in the overhead for those of you who want it above your head. That would make a very neat installation.
 

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RapidRob, I received a Cobra CB for my birthday to replace my old CB since it was fading away. Everything is in the handheld part and the other part will reside somewhere under the dash. The Las Cruces 4x4 club is starting to switch to a different radio system for the Chile Challenge since distance is not such an issue. I've used some of the FMR units when hiking but they are not as reliable as I thought they would be.

Best wishes on your install and while out riding. I'm staying at home these days since I haven't installed the new trackbar and I don't want the darn COVID since both my wife and I are in the High Risk category.

Vietnam was so long ago, but the memories from that time never go away. (Army 67-70; 412th Trans Co, 2nd LOG)
 

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I I had a Uniden 520 and it was a screamer right out if the box. It had a good set of ears too. I do not use my squelch at all. Which is why I went with the 520. It has adjustable RF gain. Stock microphone works best with it. I experimented with a noise canceling mic. They can't get the radio modulated. If you or someone else decides to go with that radio later one. You won't be disappointed.
 

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What radio system are they going to?
I just checked their bylaws and it still says CB in there. But if they are following the general trend it'll be to GMRS/FRS. Jeep Jamborees will be requiring GMRS/FRS vs CB starting 2021. Smaller equipment and antennas easier to tune usually comes already tuned. FM vs AM sound quality. Repeater access.

CB is kind of losing steam with a lot of groups. It's still out there for sure but not near as much as it used to be. I think with this new solar cycle coming in CB may "wake up" again for those still using it. I run HAM, GMRS/FRS, and CB right now. It's pretty much the only way to effectively "cover the bases" when it comes to the fractured comms landscape of the off road community.
 

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I bought a Wison FLEX antenna for the rear mount of my ZJ. The antenna SWR is so high it is not safe to transmit.
I had to buy a roof top magnetic mount to see if I can get the SWR down to normal readings.
The FCC HAM exam is next month and I hope to get one of the two licenses.
I use Family Band radios now for the shooting club I run and they are pretty poor.111p
 
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