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Old 11-13-2009, 09:28 AM   #31
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For my personal use that Cobra CB works great. My rig is trail only though so I never have to be talking "on the road" or worrying about wind etc..... So what Jerry stated is good info because i doubt I'd like it as much if I had to actually hear while driving on the road. But for the money and convenience I like it. Also had the place I bought it from boost its power a bit.

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Old 11-13-2009, 10:16 AM   #32
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You know what i dont like the sounds of, is grinding the paint away on my tub so the antenna bracket can get a good ground...Is't the tailight bracket a painted bracket? wouldnt that prevent a strong signal too. I also have those steel baskets that cover my tail lights, would those pose an issue.

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Old 11-17-2009, 09:07 PM   #33
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good q, like i think i said before, mine is mounted onto the tire carrier. i just drilled a new hole in there. got a reading in b/w 1.25-1.5 with the meter i think. good enough for me. on the trail it works perfect. and i pick up the truckers on 19 whenever they're around.
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Old 11-17-2009, 10:58 PM   #34
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You know what i dont like the sounds of, is grinding the paint away on my tub so the antenna bracket can get a good ground...Is't the tailight bracket a painted bracket? wouldnt that prevent a strong signal too. I also have those steel baskets that cover my tail lights, would those pose an issue.
For the types of CB antennas we typically mount on our Jeeps, the antenna is split into two halves... the whip antenna itself, and the Jeep itself. The Jeep is what is called the "ground plane" which is half of the antenna... so it is a critical part of the antenna. This is why it is important to grind the paint away between where the mount and tub (bumper, whatever) are bolted together... the mounting base is what connects the Jeep so it can be the required half of the antenna. If the paint isn't ground away, the antenna won't work nearly as well as it can and should.
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Old 11-19-2009, 10:07 AM   #35
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I run a Cobra DX III and Firestik KW series. As mentioned before make sure and get FS if you can, I neglected to double check, bought the KW and threw away the receipt. You only save $2 or so buying the older KW. I also have a PA horn I need to install but I believe its simply speaker wires and I need to somehow make my way to radio shack and connect a plug in to these hanging speaker wires.

Also yes tune your antenna, I have a SWR meter, but have no idea how to work it. So im going to track down the guy who said hed help me when I got here
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Old 11-19-2009, 10:25 AM   #36
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I have the Cobra 29 BT (Blue Tooth) and the Firestik 4', works very well on/off road

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I use the coil spring on the antenna base, for protection against tree limbs/casino/home garages/low altitude F18's

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Old 11-19-2009, 10:51 AM   #37
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on my tow rig i have a walmart cobra cheepo like $30 and im running true dual 4ft barajan? whips but they aint very whipy and they work great.

the same set up was on my ranger mounted to a plastic tool box and i could hear out to 15-20 miles evey day on my way to school
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Old 11-19-2009, 11:34 AM   #38
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I use the coil spring on the antenna base, for protection against tree limbs/casino/home garages/low altitude F18's
any chance You could provide the mounting details that you used
installing the antenna base on top of the spare tire / 3rd brake light ?
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Old 11-19-2009, 12:36 PM   #39
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I don't have any pics left, but


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any chance You could provide the mounting details that you used
installing the antenna base on top of the spare tire / 3rd brake light ?
I got an "L" construction bracket from my local hardware store and drilled it (4) equispaced holes for attaching on the Back of the brakelite stalk and drilled the "L" for clearance of the antenna base/insulating washers and made sure the paint was scraped off the back of the stalk, where it attach's to-

I ran the cable thru the tailgate and out an existing hole, thru the stalk and drilled hole/o ring in the top for immediate access to the antenna, I grounded the stalk to the jeep body thru the sparetire attachment bolts

I would take some quick pics for you, but the jeep is in Nevada and I won't be there untill early December

If you want it this way, you can lay it out and do it pretty simply, just think/draw twice-drill once

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Old 11-20-2009, 09:46 AM   #40
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JimBox, does your Antenna fit in your garage or parking garages? or do you simply get out and unscrew it?
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There is my antenna bracket and my antenna I purchased at my local cb shop it has been the best antenna I ever bought. I have had fracis whipps and k40's as well as firesticks. Its a BROWNING BR-27 and that antenna paired with my RCI-2950dx (250w box helps to) I am happy with its performance. I pick up skip as well as reach out far without the box I have hit 10-15 miles away. The antenna just sticks up above my hard top and I only needed to drill two holes right above my brake light to mount the bracket. Just make sure that the hot side (thicker post) is insulated from touching the body. The antenna is a whip nice flexable steel and does not even hit my top either during daily driving.
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Old 12-03-2009, 08:31 AM   #42
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Sorry I didn't catch your question terrible2, I was in LA


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JimBox, does your Antenna fit in your garage or parking garages? or do you simply get out and unscrew it?
It won't fit, so I unscrew it, I forgot once and the base spring took care of it--no effect or damage

When I put the antenna on, it's only hand tight, so removing is no problem

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I got this package from Right Channel Radios. Fast delivery, easy install, good price and the CB works great!

Uniden Pro510XL Off-Road CB Package - $119.95

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