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Old 01-02-2012, 09:05 PM   #1
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Antenna setup - parts list clarification needed

So I got me a present for new year -a Cobra 19dx IV. Now came the time to buy an antenna for it but as I started looking at what's out there it became confusing to me what parts I do and don't need. Mounts, adapters, wire extensions (that are for some reason requiring some more extra parts to make it work), etc. so the question is - what do I actually need to hook it up considering that I'll need an cable extension of about 15-18 feet. Any ideas, recommendations, suggestions? Thank you guys in advance.

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Antenna coax cable (15' approx)
Antenna mount (ie taillight mount)
Antenna (3' Firestik w/ tuneable tip--my personal preference)
Antenna stud (attaches to antenna with mount sandwiched in between--the placement of the included nylon washers and lock washer is crucial for proper connection)
Antenna spring (optional--but will allow your antenna to flex a little more without breaking anything)

I'd also recommend a cheap SWR meter (bout $15) and a 6' antenna jumper cable--these will be used to properly tune your antenna. You MUST tune your antenna before you transmit with your CB or you will risk frying your radio.

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Old 01-03-2012, 08:55 AM   #3
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What s3nt3 mentioned is pretty much what will get you fixed up.

If you have any decent truck stops near you, that would be the best place to get what you need right away. If you would like to order what you need, Copper Electronics has always done me well.
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I will add that a either a 12' or 18' length of RG-8x "Mini-8" coax will do you a good job.
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i got the same CB for christmas. hooked it all up and went out and climbed a mountain with 7 other jeeps on the 1st. the CB worked amazing! that little speaker is plenty loud! you'll love it.
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I noticed there are three types of connectors with fire sticks: crew-on, FireRing, and ring and separate ground. Any recommendations on those?
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i got the same CB for christmas. hooked it all up and went out and climbed a mountain with 7 other jeeps on the 1st. the CB worked amazing! that little speaker is plenty loud! you'll love it.
I got mine with an upgraded mike - hg-m75. Should be fun. I'm going to hook up a separate speaker and a PA interface. It's all going into re-worked Tuffy overhead console. I'll post some pix when done with it.
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I noticed there are three types of connectors with fire sticks: crew-on, FireRing, and ring and separate ground. Any recommendations on those?
Use the standard screw on...avoid the patented fire ring connector...a lot of people run into problems with it. I think sometimes it causes huge issues trying to properly tune the antenna (messes up the SWR).
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Use the standard screw on...avoid the patented fire ring connector...a lot of people run into problems with it. I think sometimes it causes huge issues trying to properly tune the antenna (messes up the SWR).
Indeed, by the dimensions alone, there is no way that fire ring can present a 50 ohm impedance to the co-ax. Later this month I hope to set up a test jig and actually measure it. But if it's used with a Cobra WX 75, it may not matter any way. The "microphone" connector is not 50 ohm rated ether.
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What s3nt3 mentioned is pretty much what will get you fixed up.

If you have any decent truck stops near you, that would be the best place to get what you need right away.
If you buy your antenna and stuff from them then they would probably be more inclined to help you with getting your antenna tuned and working properly.

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Use the standard screw on...avoid the patented fire ring connector....
If you use the screw on then you may have to cut off one pl259 connector in order to fish the coax thru the body and roll bar padding or where ever you will be running it, and then you will need to get a new pl259 connector and reinstall it when you are done running the coax. Sometimes the ring (not the fire ring)and seperate ground can be easier. It will all depend on where you plan on running your coax.

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I was wondering if I should install a heavy duty spring connector or just stay with a regular stud for my new 5' Firestick. It's being installed on modified OEM tire stop on the right side.
Any suggestions?

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