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Old 12-29-2012, 05:28 PM   #61
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It is set up to only use channel 1 thru 40 and as long as I don't push more then 4 watts it is perfectly legal.
That's incorrect. Every CB radio has to be approved by FCC. Here are the regulations regarding CB radios: Citizens Band (CB) Service | FCC.gov

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Jerry, I now have a JKUR hence my lack of knowledge
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Exactly what/where is your CB getting its power and ground from?
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The coax thru the cab, power thru the power outlet in the jeep
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Should be coax thru the cb.
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I bought a 4' FS. Wishing i got the 3' now

Anyone mount it to the back bumper? 4' on the tailights would put the antenna too high above the top
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I bought a 2' FS II, and it's bandwidth is too narrow for where I have it mounted- SWR is 2-2.5 on ch.1 and ch.40 depending on how I adjust it. Put the 3' back on and I can get 1.7 on ch.1 and ch.40; 1.2 on ch.20.
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I bought a 2' FS II, and it's bandwidth is too narrow for where I have it mounted- SWR is 2-2.5 on ch.1 and ch.40 depending on how I adjust it. Put the 3' back on and I can get 1.7 on ch.1 and ch.40; 1.2 on ch.20.
Where is it mounted? Curious for future reference when adding a permanent antenna for my daughter.

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Where is it mounted? Curious for future reference when adding a permanent antenna for my daughter.

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Hacked out? I want the kind of hack saw that hacked that out. That's a beautiful bracket, nice job!
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Hacked out? I want the kind of hack saw that hacked that out. That's a beautiful bracket, nice job!
OK, jig saw and a file, 3M pad on the angle die grinder, sand paper, steel wool, and Blue Magic.. Thanks! I enjoy making stuff like this.
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See? It's so shiny that your camera doesn't even know how to properly focus on it.
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See? It's so shiny that your camera doesn't even know how to properly focus on it.
That, or I had too much coffee while I was making it..
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That, or I had too much coffee while I was making it..
Love the bracket. Nice work. I have been trying to figure out a good location to mount my antenna. I made a bracket for the rear taillight but decided not use it. I also have the bestop tire carrier and that looks like a great spot to use. Is that aluminum or did you just super polish some metal? Also where did you run your antenna coax where it leaves the cab and connects to your antenna?
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Love the bracket. Nice work. I have been trying to figure out a good location to mount my antenna. I made a bracket for the rear taillight but decided not use it. I also have the bestop tire carrier and that looks like a great spot to use. Is that aluminum or did you just super polish some metal? Also where did you run your antenna coax where it leaves the cab and connects to your antenna?
It's aluminum. The coax just runs through the RR lower corner of the window. I trimmed ~1/4" from the steel window gasket insert so it wouldn't damage the cable. Window seals as good as it ever did, and the coax isn't pinched.
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That's a pretty nice bracket. You might consider starting up a business on the forum and sell those things.
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I guess I should take some pics of the radio bracket I made. I need to take it back out for a little polishing first.
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I may have missed it but how long does my coax cable need to be to run from the antenna mounted on the back to the cb up front??
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I may have missed it but how long does my coax cable need to be to run from the antenna mounted on the back to the cb up front??
Whatever length works, there is no specific or recommended length... just leave a little extra for future possible needs. The 18' length you occasionally see recommended is nothing more than a myth/old wive's tale where our CB antennas are concerned.
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Old 12-31-2012, 06:35 PM   #82
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I may have missed it but how long does my coax cable need to be to run from the antenna mounted on the back to the cb up front??
All depends. I used 12'. My Antenna is on the passenger tail light and cb sits on top of the side vent between the door and interment cluster on the driver side.
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My CB works fine but someone told me I should not have wired the power and ground into my accessory wiring but instead run it directly to the battery. Any one have any knowledge on that? I simply soldered to the existing connectors. No problems but wondered if that was "sound advice" ( pun intended)
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I may have missed it but how long does my coax cable need to be to run from the antenna mounted on the back to the cb up front??
Just to be on the safe side, I always buy an 18'. With my radio above the windshield and antenna on the rear corner, I have about 2' of slack.
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I guess I should take some pics of the radio bracket I made. I need to take it back out for a little polishing first.
My new antenna came today, so after I put it on and get my SWR adjusted, I'll get some pics of my windshield bracket.
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18ft Works better than 12ft and Midland makes a great handheld.
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Just so there's no confusion... if 18' is needed to make the connection and 12' isn't long enough, then yes 18' works better than 12'. There is no wavelength issue or other electrical characteristic/reason that makes 18' any better than any other length of cable that is long enough to do the job.
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Just so there's no confusion... if 18' is needed to make the connection and 12' isn't long enough, then yes 18' works better than 12'. There is no wavelength issue or other electrical characteristic/reason that makes 18' any better than any other length of cable that is long enough to do the job.
Tell that to my high swr readings and limited range when I had a 12ft. Now with a 18ft my swr is around 1 and I have great range.
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Just so there's no confusion... if 18' is needed to make the connection and 12' isn't long enough, then yes 18' works better than 12'. There is no wavelength issue or other electrical characteristic/reason that makes 18' any better than any other length of cable that is long enough to do the job.
Yea I trimmed my 18ft down to size and soldered it up. SWR of 2.5 to follow. Replaced it with an 18 and got 1.5. I'm not using anything other than 18...
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Yea I trimmed my 18ft down to size and soldered it up. SWR of 2.5 to follow. Replaced it with an 18 and got 1.5. I'm not using anything other than 18...
Trust me, that you restored the 18' length wasn't what reduced your SWR from 2.5 to 1.5. Really. For the unbalanced type of CB and ham antennas we use on our jeeps, feed line length is inconsequential. There are indeed some types of antenna designs that require a specific feed line (coax cable) length but not for the type of antennas we use on our Jeeps.

The 18' cable length thing truly (!) is a myth and nothing more than an old wive's tale. Read up a little on it below.

Exposing the 18' CB Coax Myth

The Ultimate Guide to 11 Meter CB Antennas (scroll down near the bottom, below figure 3)

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