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Old 04-28-2013, 01:06 PM   #91
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Found a pass through here, just behind the battery on my 13. Comes out right behind the glove box. Perfect location for running power to my Cobra 75 connection box.
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Old 04-30-2013, 12:41 AM   #92
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I too used a stainless steel mount. I went with the CoolTech version.

I suggest a star washer between the ground wire connector and the mount.
Finally checked my SWR. Took forever, back and forth. Only able to get a 1.8ish on ch.1 and 2.0 on 40. 1.4 on ch. 20. A little dissapointed that I couldn't get better.

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Old 05-24-2013, 09:12 AM   #93
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Here might be the dumb Q of the day -- as it's coming from someone who knows nothing about CB: Are marine radios, frequency-wise or whatever, basically the same as what we are discussing here, but also water- and more-vibration proof? Meaning, is there any reason for putting a marine radio in a jeep?

Okay, bracing myself for replies, haha.

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Old 05-24-2013, 09:46 AM   #94
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Here might be the dumb Q of the day -- as it's coming from someone who knows nothing about CB: Are marine radios, frequency-wise or whatever, basically the same as what we are discussing here, but also water- and more-vibration proof? Meaning, is there any reason for putting a marine radio in a jeep?

Okay, bracing myself for replies, haha.

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Not a dumb question for a novice. The radios operate at different frequencies. Marine radios are FM VHF and CBs are AM UHF. You can use a Marine in your Jeep but no one will hear you except for boaters. Vice versa for a boat. Marine Radios do have great weather channels that are 24-7. I have a hand held Marine radio that I keep in the RV. To use a Marine radio on land (Transmit) you need to be licensed I believe.
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Finally checked my SWR. Took forever, back and forth. Only able to get a 1.8ish on ch.1 and 2.0 on 40. 1.4 on ch. 20. A little dissapointed that I couldn't get better.
Took me like 10 tries to get the SWR dialed in. Obviously the closer to 1.0 you are the better, but anything under 2.0 is acceptable.

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Here might be the dumb Q of the day -- as it's coming from someone who knows nothing about CB: Are marine radios, frequency-wise or whatever, basically the same as what we are discussing here, but also water- and more-vibration proof? Meaning, is there any reason for putting a marine radio in a jeep?

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Bob - Im no expert so this thread helped me greatly, but......I believe marine radios operate on different frequencies than citizens band radios so you wouldn't be able to talk/hear folks with regular CBs.
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Old 05-24-2013, 12:45 PM   #96
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Not a dumb question for a novice. The radios operate at different frequencies. Marine radios are FM VHF and CBs are AM UHF. You can use a Marine in your Jeep but no one will hear you except for boaters. Vice versa for a boat. Marine Radios do have great weather channels that are 24-7. I have a hand held Marine radio that I keep in the RV. To use a Marine radio on land (Transmit) you need to be licensed I believe.
Slight correction; CB's are AM HF, not UHF.

You cannot use a marine radio on land. The few places that have them such as marina's have a special use permit. They are not for vehicle use.
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Slight correction; CB's are AM HF, not UHF.

You cannot use a marine radio on land. The few places that have them such as marina's have a special use permit. They are not for vehicle use.
My bad on the UHF. You can monitor Marine on land but can't transmit. Not much use except for the weather band. I do know tha shore based stations are used to communicate with sea (Or any other body of water)going vesels. We use to talk to the house while out on lake Michigan fishing. Today cell phones work ok but they have limited range out on open water.
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No problem on the band issue. And you are correct, monitor all you want. For weather, either a dedicated weather radio, or if your a ham, most 2M rigs will listen up there. Right now with all the police/fire going to digital trunking systems, there are a lot of older analog scanners people don't want. They are great for listening to weather or the marine bands.
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Talking Took some more pictures of my CB today

I took some more pictures of my Uniden 520XL today while installing some RIGRIPS handles. I posted some of this stuff before, but I figured I would organize it all into one place. It's been about a year and I'm still diggin' it up there.

I like the fact that the mic doesn't get in the way if you cannot clip it right away. It dangles at about the perfect height to grab.


Driving view. I sat normally an took the picture at eye level. You don't even notice it is there. It's nice because the speaker is on the bottom. All the controls are easy to get to also for the driver or passenger. The phone mount on the dash is made by iOttie. (Amazon.com: iOttie ) I made the video below with it and my iPhone5. You can also hear in the video how well the CB works. @ 13:00 slaytman started chatting it up pretty good.




Amount of space between window and CB. Guess I should have measured to the hinge it hangs from. Looks to be 6"+. A guy put a full sized Cobra 29 mounted like this.


This is another view of the no Drill Footman Mount


This shows how the clamps should be inside the L-braces vs straddeling them for the best fit. You can also see goodies you don't get on the 510 version like RF gain, ANL = Automatic Noise Limiter(that I never really use), and the most used switch for the PA.. Road Bikers. In the sun you cannot read what channel your on.
USING THE PA TIP: You need to put the squelch all the way up or it will broad cast the channel your on. Also turn the volume and RF gain all the way up for max volume.


The no drill mount works with the new hardtop design 2011+


The mic stays put when driving day to day. When new you have to convince it to stay up there and lock it in with the mic.


The mounts hardware is about $10


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I got everything that I needed to do this mount for a Uniden 520 at Home Depot for about $10. This should work with almost any CB if it is not too deep. It works with the 2012 hardtop. It leaves the back of the radio about 2" to the windshield. I might have to get a right angle adapter for the antenna cable.

The insulated clamps are in a box in the nuts and bolts row. 3/8" is the size you want. It is best to put the L brase on the outside of the clamp instead of being sandwiched in there. It will give you a much tighter fit and won't scratch the paint.

The 1" corner brace was in the row with hinges and gate locks. It is the perfect size. You can also put one or both of the L braces facing in to move the mount or get it to work better.

I had some 1/2" size 10 bolts lying around so I used them. As a bonus they are brass so they will not rust. You need 4 of them and washers and nuts. They were the right size to fit very snug through the corner brace.

The antenna coax I ran down the roll-bar.
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Old 05-31-2013, 12:54 PM   #100
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Another option that is super portable is the Midland 75-822. It can actually be run off a battery like a walkie talkie. It plugs in by default to the cigarette lighter so you may get a bit of engine noise with it. It also can and should be run with a mounted antenna. With CB's it is all about the size (and quality) of your antenna what kind of range your going to get. For a good antenna I would get the FireStik FireFly. It comes in 3' or 4'. If this tickles your fancy I would check out this post>Installation of a Midland 75-822 CB


x2 for this. I don't need a CB cluttering up my already limited space inside the jeep. It's portable, works in various applications, relatively cheap and works well.
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Another option that is super portable is the Midland 75-822. It can actually be run off a battery like a walkie talkie. It plugs in by default to the cigarette lighter so you may get a bit of engine noise with it. It also can and should be run with a mounted antenna. With CB's it is all about the size (and quality) of your antenna what kind of range your going to get. For a good antenna I would get the FireStik FireFly. It comes in 3' or 4'. If this tickles your fancy I would check out this post>Installation of a Midland 75-822 CB

x2 for this. I don't need a CB cluttering up my already limited space inside the jeep. It's portable, works in various applications, relatively cheap and works well.
This is what I run- works just fine when paired with an antennae

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