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Old 06-27-2015, 04:22 AM   #41
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I do not like most of the new radios out there,they do not seem to have very good noise filtering.I run an old school Cobra 148GTL(side mic plug,front mic are the newer ones),Palomar Elite 300,Wilson 1000 and old realistic power mic...When everything is turned up it dead keys around 100 watts and swings up to 300 on AM.Have been into CBs since the 70s,even still have a base thats the same as mobile but with a rebuilt star duster ant. and D104 for the mic....In the long run its up to you what you want to do with it and how much you use it and what you want to pay.
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Old 06-27-2015, 10:28 AM   #42
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Word to the wise, operating a CB radio over 5 watts or modified
to do extra bands or higher power can get you into trouble and
is not legal.

The FCC is still around even if some people might think they are
not they do monitor the CB band.

Using high power can get you a fined and prison time or both,
also your equipment is confiscated and destroyed
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Old 06-27-2015, 11:03 AM   #43
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Where to mount the CB antenna on a Class C

Since the Class C I am ordering has so much fiberglass, where do you find a ground plane? Plus mounting somewhere on the roof or ladder would make you too high and hit trees,bridges etc. I tried a non ground plane antenna on my current Minnie and didn't work worth a darn and hit stuff. I have a good old Cobra 29 classic, but it's worthless without a good antenna.
I do have a Yaesu 2 meter radio with a short Diamond on the ladder and works fine. But again never hear anyone on 520. No room anyway in the E450 cab.
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Old 06-27-2015, 12:48 PM   #44
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Not much 2 meter activity on .520, though an occasional contact and conversation while at the campsite. Did CB in the 70s but not anymore. To much trash talk and noise. Use phone apps for traffic info.


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Old 06-27-2015, 12:55 PM   #45
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CB Radio - do you use one??

Bama Bob if I find my meter we can tune your antenna in Nashville for maximum smoke. I may have tossed it a while ago, have not had a CB for a long time


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Old 06-27-2015, 01:56 PM   #46
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Like the fact it has noaa
Me too - AND the fact that is is compact! I wanted the CB for the Nashville-Goshen rallies this year, but it's ultimate use will be alternate commo for our trip to Alaska in 2018.

I like the fact that we can get a magnetic mount antenna as well - that way I can use it in the Ford now and then perhaps come to a more permanent mounting solution once we get the Dodge.

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The antenna, and how it is installed and tuned, is the most important part of the system.

And now that Radio Shack is pretty much gone, Flying J is likely a good bet for CB type equipment.
Which antenna do you recommend? Based on the fact that I DO like the Cobra Hand Held one.

As for vendors...I have Amazon and know how to use it - just tell me which antenna to order!!

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Bama Bob if I find my meter we can tune your antenna in Nashville for maximum smoke. I may have tossed it a while ago, have not had a CB for a long time
Awesome Brian Thanks!!

Question if we tune it on the Ford, will we have to re-tune it when it gets mounted on the Dodge?
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Me too - AND the fact that is is compact! I wanted the CB for the Nashville-Goshen rallies this year, but it's ultimate use will be alternate commo for our trip to Alaska in 2018.

I like the fact that we can get a magnetic mount antenna as well - that way I can use it in the Ford now and then perhaps come to a more permanent mounting solution once we get the Dodge.



Which antenna do you recommend? Based on the fact that I DO like the Cobra Hand Held one.

As for vendors...I have Amazon and know how to use it - just tell me which antenna to order!!



Awesome Brian Thanks!!

Question if we tune it on the Ford, will we have to re-tune it when it gets mounted on the Dodge?
Once you have each antenna set you can move the radio at your whim.
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Question if we tune it on the Ford, will we have to re-tune it when it gets mounted on the Dodge?
Yes, you will. At least if you want max optimum performance. But if it's a mag mount in the middle of a large metal roof, the difference will be something you can likely live with. It's just a CB.

And after 40 years I'll tell you a secret about tuning SWR that I kept from all my CBer friends at the time:

1. Tune the antenna in an open place with no power lines, trees, buildings, vehicles or other such around. There was a church with a large parking lot I would usually use. The wave length of 27 MHz is about 11 meters. Any metallic object in that range will effect your tune, so for best tune find a clear place.

2. Tune with trunk lids and doors closed. And in the case of a TV, you might even want to tune with the trailer attached. (like right before a trip.)

3. Don't tell anybody.

And as far as a recommendation goes, a base loaded mag mount by K-40 would be my first guess.
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I think Bama Bob needs twin trucker antennas on the Mirrors of his new Ram....

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Not that they will work any better they do have redneck value though....Breaker Breaker good buddy!!!
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I think Bama Bob needs twin trucker antennas on the Mirrors of his new Ram....

Not that they will work any better they do have redneck value though....Breaker Breaker good buddy!!!
If you can get them at least 80 inches apart then you get power fore and aft, almost none to the sides, which is what the big rig drivers want.

But if you can't get them 80" apart... waste of time.
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