Adding a CB - What is needed? - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ General Discussion Forum

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 01-14-2014, 09:01 PM   #1
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
wolny10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 123
Adding a CB - What is needed?


wolny10 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-14-2014, 09:13 PM   #2
Jeeper
 
THE COYOTE's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: San Diego
Posts: 414
Yes a coaxial cable long enough to reach from the cb box to where you plan to mount the antenna would complete the kit. Saw some cool ideas online where guys ran it between the roll bars and the roll bar cover. Pretty straightforward stuff

THE COYOTE is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-14-2014, 09:13 PM   #3
Jeeper
 
Roblaza's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Barrie, ON Canada
Posts: 185
you'll need the CB, a mic (should come with the new cb), power cable (also with the cb), a coax cable (for run from the antenna to the cb), a mounting bracket for the antenna, a mounting stud (may or may not come with the mounting bracket), and an antenna...

may also be a good idea to get a small coax (1-2 ft long) and an swr meter to tune it in so you don't damage your new radio.
__________________
My Build:
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f322/pr...rt-409826.html

Jeepcentral.ca
Roblaza is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-14-2014, 09:15 PM   #4
Jeeper
 
THE COYOTE's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: San Diego
Posts: 414
Good additions rob. The swr meter will help maximize the range and clarity of your cb. Ive heard you can pick one up for about $20 from radioshack.
THE COYOTE is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-14-2014, 09:25 PM   #5
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
wolny10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 123
A Mounting stud..

Quote:
Originally Posted by Roblaza View Post
you'll need the CB, a mic (should come with the new cb), power cable (also with the cb), a coax cable (for run from the antenna to the cb), a mounting bracket for the antenna, a mounting stud (may or may not come with the mounting bracket), and an antenna...

may also be a good idea to get a small coax (1-2 ft long) and an swr meter to tune it in so you don't damage your new radio.


See I knew I was missing something... I will look into that - are they standard for all?

Cable - makes sense, easy enough...

SWR meter - Got it....
wolny10 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-14-2014, 09:39 PM   #6
Jeeper
 
Roblaza's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Barrie, ON Canada
Posts: 185
Quote:
Originally Posted by THE COYOTE View Post
Good additions rob. The swr meter will help maximize the range and clarity of your cb. Ive heard you can pick one up for about $20 from radioshack.
Thanks. I picked up my SWR from an online retailer here in Ontario for 19.95 plus shipping. it's nothing fancy, but it gets the job done!
Quote:
Originally Posted by wolny10 View Post
See I knew I was missing something... I will look into that - are they standard for all?

Cable - makes sense, easy enough...

SWR meter - Got it....
is what standard...?

as far as cable, this is a somewhat controversial subject for some reason. some people say 18ft minimum, some say 12ft. I'm running 12' and have an swr of 1.2:1.3...

and I'm using "RG8X" cable. it's apparently the premium grade of cb coax...
__________________
My Build:
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f322/pr...rt-409826.html

Jeepcentral.ca
Roblaza is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-14-2014, 09:51 PM   #7
Jeeper
 
LukeEC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 605
Uniden 510 Jeep & Off-Road CB Kit | Right Channel Radios

Someone linked this kit in a previous thread. You can choose a different CB if you want.
LukeEC is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-15-2014, 09:56 AM   #8
Jeeper
 
sparky's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Phila
Posts: 1,884
Cable needs to be long enough to reach from the antenna to the radio with a little extra slop. They usually come in precut sizes, 12' & 18' being common. Don't worry if it's too long, if it's too short cable stretchers are expensive

I'd look at the places selling the mounts for the cable to make sure you have the correct connectors on each end. Radio side is a PL259, standard, antenna side varies with the mount. Some use a PL259, others need ring terminals.
If you are not used to working with coax, it's easier to buy premade.
sparky is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-15-2014, 10:44 AM   #9
Knows a couple things...

WF Supporting Member
 
Jerry Bransford's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Escondido, Calif.
Posts: 31,803
Images: 2
Quote:
Originally Posted by Roblaza View Post
Thanks. I picked up my SWR from an online retailer here in Ontario for 19.95 plus shipping. it's nothing fancy, but it gets the job done!


is what standard...?

as far as cable, this is a somewhat controversial subject for some reason. some people say 18ft minimum, some say 12ft. I'm running 12' and have an swr of 1.2:1.3...

and I'm using "RG8X" cable. it's apparently the premium grade of cb coax...
RG8X coax antenna cable is a slightly larger diameter cable that while it's fine to use, is overkill for a CB in a Jeep. RG58 is what most people use and is ideal (less costly too) for a CB in a Jeep.
__________________
Remember that having a different opinion doesn't also require one to be a jerk when expressing it.

When you have a choice, buy American.

Jerry Bransford is online now   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-15-2014, 10:49 AM   #10
Jeeper
 
raif281's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Norco, LA
Posts: 476
officially subscribed
raif281 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-15-2014, 11:13 AM   #11
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
wolny10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 123
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford View Post
RG8X coax antenna cable is a slightly larger diameter cable that while it's fine to use, is overkill for a CB in a Jeep. RG58 is what most people use and is ideal (less costly too) for a CB in a Jeep.
As always - thanks Jerry!!!
wolny10 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-15-2014, 11:35 AM   #12
Jeeper
 
drillbit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 32
I wouldn't go with the brake light mount. My buddy had it for awhile and he ripped the tail light off the body from the antenna hitting trees and what not.
drillbit is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-15-2014, 11:50 AM   #13
Jeeper
 
Jeffreybomb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Chicago
Posts: 703
Images: 3
Quote:
Originally Posted by drillbit View Post
I wouldn't go with the brake light mount. My buddy had it for awhile and he ripped the tail light off the body from the antenna hitting trees and what not.
He should've used an antenna spring.

I have the Teraflex driver's side CB antenna mount and I haven't had any problems with it.

However, if you decide the tail light mount is the way you want to go, you might want to consider a right-angle male-to-female adapter.

I have taillight guards (yes, Jerry, we all know what you think about them already), and there's not enough room between the underside of the mount and the top of the tail light guard to connect the cable's jack without causing stress to the cable, the tail light, and the mount simultaneously.

I'd probably get one if I didn't have the guard because it still lessens the stress on the cable itself.

Click image for larger version

Name:	image-557171815.jpg
Views:	142
Size:	109.2 KB
ID:	670306

The quick disconnect is also another useful gadget to have.
__________________
Search first, ask questions later.
Jeffreybomb is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-15-2014, 12:25 PM   #14
Jeeper
 
digitalbill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Lake Worth, FL
Posts: 317
Personally, I purchased a Uniden compact.
It plugs into my 12V and screws onto a magnet mount antenna.
I plug the headphone jack into my stero so I can hear it thru my stock speakers.
When I am done for the day, the CB gets locked in the little storage thing between the seats and the antenna lays down in the cargo area.
I would like to do a permanate mounted antenna because when we get into some really thick stuff, my magnet antenna does get knocked off the hood but other then that, I am pretty happy with the compact unit.
digitalbill is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-15-2014, 01:54 PM   #15
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
Water Dog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Roseville, CA
Posts: 5,252
Images: 11
I use the Terraflex mount without a spring with a 3' Firestick with the fire ring coax and haven't had any issues at all with the mount. The antenna hits my garage door several times a day.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Antenna 1.jpg
Views:	81
Size:	53.3 KB
ID:	670562   Click image for larger version

Name:	Antenna 2.jpg
Views:	78
Size:	58.3 KB
ID:	670570  

__________________
Dennis
Water Dog is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-15-2014, 05:27 PM   #16
Knows a couple things...

WF Supporting Member
 
Jerry Bransford's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Escondido, Calif.
Posts: 31,803
Images: 2
I had the same problem with my 3' Firestick antenna mounted at that same height hitting my garage door Water Dog. I replaced it with a 2' (FS-2) Firestick and been loving it ever since. The 2' works so well off road that I never noticed any difference in performance after converting from the 3'.
__________________
Remember that having a different opinion doesn't also require one to be a jerk when expressing it.

When you have a choice, buy American.

Jerry Bransford is online now   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-15-2014, 05:49 PM   #17
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
Water Dog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Roseville, CA
Posts: 5,252
Images: 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford View Post
I had the same problem with my 3' Firestick antenna mounted at that same height hitting my garage door Water Dog. I replaced it with a 2' (FS-2) Firestick and been loving it ever since. The 2' works so well off road that I never noticed any difference in performance after converting from the 3'.
Funny story. My wife and I are both in our 60's and she is about 5'7" and has kind of a little bit of a struggle getting in the passenger side of the Jeep. She always told me she wouldn't ride in it any more if I raised it any higher. I had a problem because I wanted to put in a 1" bl for my belly up project so I did it on the sly. After I took it up that 1" she got in while the Jeep was in the garage and while backing out the antenna hit the door (it never had hit before the bl when she was in the passenger seat). She then asked, "the antenna hit the door, did you raise this up higher?" I thought quick, not wanting to lie, and said, "maybe you just lost some weight."...win win..! I finally did tell her a few months later.

I'm seriously considering getting a 2' firestick ...probably should have done it when I did the bl before I got caught...
__________________
Dennis
Water Dog is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-15-2014, 08:47 PM   #18
Jeeper
 
THE COYOTE's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: San Diego
Posts: 414
Quote:
Originally Posted by digitalbill View Post
a magnet mount antenna.
Are you able to mount it up high or is it on the hood? If it's on the hood, what kind of reception do you get?
THE COYOTE is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-15-2014, 10:53 PM   #19
Jeeper
 
TJ Green's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: west jordan utah
Posts: 183
Quote:
Originally Posted by Water Dog View Post
I use the Terraflex mount without a spring with a 3' Firestick with the fire ring coax and haven't had any issues at all with the mount. The antenna hits my garage door several times a day.
i should have used the fire ring , it looks a lot cleaner.
TJ Green is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-15-2014, 10:57 PM   #20
Jeeper
 
Jeffreybomb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Chicago
Posts: 703
Images: 3
Quote:
Originally Posted by TJ Green View Post
i should have used the fire ring , it looks a lot cleaner.
A little worried about the pinch-factor behind that tail light, though.
__________________
Search first, ask questions later.
Jeffreybomb is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-16-2014, 12:01 AM   #21
Jeeper
 
EnglishBulldog1's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: West Central Iowa
Posts: 472
External speaker. I just got CB for my Wrangler and I have been told this is a good addition,
EnglishBulldog1 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-16-2014, 05:56 AM   #22
Jeeper
 
konadog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Brawley, Ca.
Posts: 119
I dump the cb and went with a HAM radio you can use them in simplex (antenna to antenna) or hit a near by repeater and reach for miles and miles.
konadog is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-16-2014, 08:24 AM   #23
Jeeper
 
digitalbill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Lake Worth, FL
Posts: 317
Quote:
Originally Posted by THE COYOTE View Post
Are you able to mount it up high or is it on the hood? If it's on the hood, what kind of reception do you get?
I put the antenna on the cowl between the hood and the windshield but, hood height.
My reception is at LEAST 300 yards (that is as far as the lead guy got ahead of me) but, it was crystal clear.
My biggest problem is that we hit some pretty thick brush and it got knocked off a few times.
It is a cheap alternative if you are just getting started with all of this.
Also, the Uniden comes with a battery pack and small antenna so you can get out of your vehicle and use it as a mobile CB although with the small antenna, your range is cut down to only about 100 yards.
digitalbill is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-16-2014, 08:46 AM   #24
Jeeper
 
THE COYOTE's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: San Diego
Posts: 414
Awesome! That sounds like about as much range as i need, for now. Thanks
THE COYOTE is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-16-2014, 09:07 AM   #25
Jeeper
 
raif281's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Norco, LA
Posts: 476
so what's the longest antenna you guys have on your jeeps? and I would love to see pics of them mounted up, I wanna see what the longest without looking to stupid/awkward is. i would like to get a lot of range on mine, mounting possibly on the back bumper on the passenger side. maybe a nice 6 foot antenna lol
raif281 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-16-2014, 09:53 AM   #26
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
Water Dog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Roseville, CA
Posts: 5,252
Images: 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jeffreybomb View Post
A little worried about the pinch-factor behind that tail light, though.
There is no pinch factor. I slotted the mount to just above the tail light so the wire lays in the slot and is the same thickness as the metal.
__________________
Dennis
Water Dog is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-16-2014, 09:56 AM   #27
Knows a couple things...

WF Supporting Member
 
Jerry Bransford's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Escondido, Calif.
Posts: 31,803
Images: 2
Quote:
Originally Posted by konadog View Post
I dump the cb and went with a HAM radio you can use them in simplex (antenna to antenna) or hit a near by repeater and reach for miles and miles.
As a general class ham guy (N6TAY), getting rid of the CB for a ham radio would be a really bad idea. Adding a ham radio and keeping the CB would be a really great idea.

For offroading, CBs are (by far) much more popular and WAY more commonly used in offroading groups. I use my CB 99 times for every 1 time I use my 2m ham radio.

Last Saturday was the first time I had been ever wheeling in a group where I used nothing but my ham radio.

Both are great but I would sure not get rid of my CB, not that I ever use the CB for anything but offroading.

Quote:
Originally Posted by TJ Green View Post
i should have used the fire ring , it looks a lot cleaner.
For structural & protection from the elements reasons, I'd rather use a PL-259 connectors at both ends of the antenna cable. Ring connectors can be easier to connect for those unable to properly install a PL-259 (which is not easy) but if that's taken out of the equation, I'd go PL-259 at both ends every time.
__________________
Remember that having a different opinion doesn't also require one to be a jerk when expressing it.

When you have a choice, buy American.

Jerry Bransford is online now   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-16-2014, 10:43 AM   #28
Jeeper
 
sparky's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Phila
Posts: 1,884
When compairing CB & ham on the trail, while a VHF ham radio usually has a greater range (simplex), CB has a greater people coverage. More CB users than hams.
sparky is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-18-2014, 07:55 AM   #29
Jeeper
 
konadog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Brawley, Ca.
Posts: 119
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford View Post
As a general class ham guy (N6TAY), getting rid of the CB for a ham radio would be a really bad idea. Adding a ham radio and keeping the CB would be a really great idea.

For offroading, CBs are (by far) much more popular and WAY more commonly used in offroading groups. I use my CB 99 times for every 1 time I use my 2m ham radio.

Last Saturday was the first time I had been ever wheeling in a group where I used nothing but my ham radio.

Both are great but I would sure not get rid of my CB, not that I ever use the CB for anything but offroading.

For structural & protection from the elements reasons, I'd rather use a PL-259 connectors at both ends of the antenna cable. Ring connectors can be easier to connect for those unable to properly install a PL-259 (which is not easy) but if that’s taken out of the equation, I’d go PL-259 at both ends every time.
I also have my ham license KJ6VGH Not one person I jeep with here (Brawley, ca.) has a cb. But I see your point.

Thanks,
konadog is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-18-2014, 11:29 AM   #30
Knows a couple things...

WF Supporting Member
 
Jerry Bransford's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Escondido, Calif.
Posts: 31,803
Images: 2
Quote:
Originally Posted by sparky View Post
When compairing CB & ham on the trail, while a VHF ham radio usually has a greater range (simplex)...
As one who has been involved with HF, VHF, and UHF radios since the 60's, I can't go along with that. VHF radios operating simplex are limited to line-of-sight communications & in my mountainous terrain, you won't get very far with a simplex 2m or 440 MHz radio. I can probably get out further with my HF CB in some of my local terrain than with my 75 watt 2m ham radio operating in simplex mode.

__________________
Remember that having a different opinion doesn't also require one to be a jerk when expressing it.

When you have a choice, buy American.

Jerry Bransford is online now   Quote Quick Reply
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jeep Wrangler Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:08 AM.



Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC