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Good, Cheap CB sugestions?
Posted 02 November 2003 - 08:59 PM
What I'm looking for is sugestions on:
1. Cheap new CB's that you guys have found work well - ie: easy to use while driving, good range, good clarity.
2. Model numbers of CB's that I could find used on ebay for pretty cheap.
3. Antenna's, and their placement on the rig so they don't get in the way while driving.
Keep in mind my budget is tight - I want to do everything for $50 or less if possible...
Anyone out there who has upgraded and wants to get rid of their old one?
Posted 02 November 2003 - 09:03 PM
I got my whip from Napa for $17. It was packaged as a trucker special, came with a 60" whip, mounting bracket and a 6' cable.
I broke my cable when my brushguard was hit by a tree. I went to RadioShack and got a magnetic base mount that had 10' of cable leading from it, it was on sale for $10 (was all old and beat up, packaging ripped)
The magnetic mount worked ALOT better than my brushguard mount. I put the magnetic mount in the center of the roof for the wagon. I've heard the roof act's as a type of dish that the signals bounce off of and are picked up by the antenna. When my antenna was mounted to the brushguard, i couldnt pick up anything. Now with the same antenna mounted to the magent and in the center of the car i pick up ton's of channels clear as a whistle.
Posted 02 November 2003 - 09:57 PM
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Posted 02 November 2003 - 10:55 PM
I still havent had my CB Tuned, and it worked great on my off-road trip with Adam and Tony. It also worked great the entire drive home, i followed Jared (rooinator) from Eugene to Sacramento, and we stayed awake most the time by chatting over our CB's.
Posted 02 November 2003 - 10:59 PM
And what is K-40?
I'm assuming wilson is a brand?
Posted 02 November 2003 - 11:01 PM
Matched means the CB has been tuned to the Antenna and vice versa. Your antenna works best when its matched to the CB, a propperly tuned CB and antenna will give you the best results, but it is not necessary.
Posted 03 November 2003 - 08:38 AM
But this CB unit has been flawless for me for almost 6 years now. I had it my old '63 VW Single Cab that I took around the Northwest backroads looking for old VW's.
Right now I'm looking for one of those antennas that double as an AM/FM antenna. They look just like a regular car antenna and so hide the fact you're running a CB. (I suppose a magnetic mount would do well for stealth too) Anybody have any experience with those? I've seen them online from various sources but haven't heard how they well they work.
And General D., West Linn is close to Canby. I'll send you a pmail and maybe we can hook up for a or something...
Posted 03 November 2003 - 09:10 AM
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Posted 03 November 2003 - 01:02 PM
Posted 03 November 2003 - 03:03 PM
I admit that the Cobra brand that are used buy over the road drivers ALOT are nice and stable and rock solid and have Cadillac appeal for the longevity of use but, I also admit that the Pro V. Con debate over radio shack is vald too.
Currently have 2 different CB's in the two sub's both radio shacks
the best experience is the 12 years i got from the then $129 model which had WX bands on it and a PA.
...that thing worked flauwlessly and I also own a SWR meter for "tuning the antenna to the CB"
well the two CB's i have now are both using built in calibrating dials for SWR *balancing*.
magneting mounting antenna on the wagon and a trunk lip mounted unit on the XT6.
as for the range dialogue on location of the roof for mounting....
the theory I learned about RF communication is that to have the maximum range in front og you on a car the antenna needs to be at the rear of the highest place on it, there by aiding in the directional "boosting" of its reception (so-sto-speak)
now here is my logic jumpoing in and asking that comment ot explain why to the cab-over trucks use just the mirror arms as mounts and still get "supposedly better or equal range then my cars setup?" And the responce to that was antenna is higher off the ground, there is more metal mass - thus more opportunity to recieve RF then the lower to the ground car antennas.
you deside. your car, your money....
every time i have had to buy a new one over the years it alwasy seemed to be onsale and the Shack dude or dudette gave me a killer deal on the antenna as well.
Personally I won't buy a CB thats listed for under $70 its just not going to have the reange... we have tested it when i was in the navy with several buddys on roadtrips to Miami and North Carolina from Jacksonville NAS.....
Unidens have never in my experience been units to have any range of use. never heard an over the road driver talk goood about a uniden either.
Posted 03 November 2003 - 03:06 PM
(been an amateur radio operator for 26 years !)
Posted 03 November 2003 - 06:04 PM
We also usually have an AT&T Cell and they will work most places.........
I'll be using an old GE CB in the Buggy.
For what it's worth,
82 Hatch, well it use to be........ :temper:
01 Forester, still is.............
Posted 03 November 2003 - 06:34 PM
Posted 03 November 2003 - 08:35 PM
Having your 'tenna mounted central in the vehicle is beneficial. The body of it acts like an mild amplifier. Twin 'tennas are better than singles, if you have the match right.
Lot of single 'tennas are out there and they be good ones. But match is the key. You can have top of the line everything, but if it ain't matched, you got a lot of expensive junk.
I've played with many different set-ups as far as units and 'tennas. Like the Cobra models, but there are other as good. Have an RCA Co-Pilot 40-ch w/side bands as a base, can be used as a mobile as well. Just takes up alot of room in the vehicle, to be a mobile.
CB's are better than a cell phone, ( as stated), cause you have more ops for contact that with a cell. Haven't been on that much lately, but there's still alot of people on the air.
As stated, it's free communication. All it costs you is the initial investment, no monthly bills. No long distance charges, no out of service crap. Best of all, no tele-marketers.
Still finding good CB's in yard sale around the area. Can get them for $10-20 complete.
Listen to any Trucker, they'll set you straight on the best of the best. Tell you what to steer clear of, and what not.
86 subaru (Jim) is a trucker, don't know how much he is into CB's. but I know he can find out, easier and faster than most of us.
Posted 03 November 2003 - 09:42 PM
I drove truck long haul for 12 years, my personal preference on a radio is Cobra, and my personal preference on an antenna is Wilson...BUT ...have had several off brand antennas that worked just fine, and so do the cheap radios...The number one factor is getting things peaked and tuned, and matched. that is where any performance improvements will be made.
most cb's out of the box are set up to run 18 feet of coax for best stock performance...not too many people need 18 feet, but that is where they are factory set, just a note for those that didnt know. If you are going with a shorter coax, then you REALLY need to get it matched up.
Another tidbit, coax should be replaced regularly for best performance, and do yourselves a favor, DONT buy the cheapest coax you can find. I have tried several styles over the years and find the grey coated ones last longest. the skinney little, cheap black ones are good for maybe a year, depending on the weather in your area (hot & dry being harder on them than cold & damp), the grey ones can go several years, again depending on the weather conditions. the 'clear' coated ones dont last long at all, had a freind get this style and he replaced it within 6 months, he was that disappointed with the performance. Just remember to replace with the same length as you had when getting things matched, it does make a difference.
Just my two cents worth....
Posted 03 November 2003 - 09:59 PM
Posted 04 November 2003 - 01:02 AM
Posted 04 November 2003 - 02:35 AM
It was like $190 for the Cobra 148 NW ST (its top of the line though )
Then afew bucks more for the 18 feet of coax to run to the antenna (I am ALWAYS told to run 18 feet for some reason)
Then like $25 for the fender mount, spring and whip antenna
My CB actually works TOO well.... I get alot of weak signals that I have to use the squelch to close out.
Posted 04 November 2003 - 03:22 PM
Posted 04 November 2003 - 05:09 PM
I then tied the 8.5 foot steel whip down with parachute cord so it doesnt "trim trees"
Yes I actually would see small branches falling behind me when the antenna clipped low trees at 40 MPH
I dont tend to snag it on anything now... though the antenna still can bounce around enough to smack the roof here and there (nothing like trying to catch air into the driveway of work)
Posted 04 November 2003 - 07:19 PM
On my last trip to Oregon, i was able to move the antenna from my hood, to my roof, to the bumper of my car and then remove it for the drive home. It does leave marks, but so do the rocks and tree's I hit.
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