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Old 03-18-2008, 09:21 PM   #1
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Got my CB today!

Anyone know....
1. Where to get a small antenna and mount for a TJ?
2. how to wire it into the glove compartment fuse box?

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Old 03-18-2008, 09:32 PM   #2
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i have mine on the back tail gate using half a trucker mirror mount. i got my antenae and mount at frys. i dont have the stock tire carrier anymore so i re used a hole. but if you have the tire mount then use that. grab a drill and have at it.

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Old 03-18-2008, 09:39 PM   #3
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Do you think it would work if I slid the antenna between the roll bar and padding?
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im no CB freak but i believe it needs to be grounded or something.
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Old 03-18-2008, 10:01 PM   #5
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Teraflex mount if your gonna go fiberglass, get your antenna at your favorite truck stop.

if you just want to go the magnet mount route, you can get a lil' wilson and run it on your hood or fender.
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Old 03-18-2008, 10:15 PM   #6
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My best outcome would be an antenna you wouldn't know is there from the outside, but is still usable.
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Old 03-18-2008, 11:48 PM   #7
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Toby probly your best option will be a mag mount (lil wilson) Just becouse you don't want it showing just put on when you go wheeling. Take it off when you arn't (is that a word) using the CB.
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Take it off when you arn't (is that a word) using the CB.
yes it is a word but it is written....aren't ...as in "are not"
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Old 03-19-2008, 03:01 AM   #9
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Thx for your suggestions! My dad says that he might still have some mag antennas in his shop from back when his workers used a private cb channel to communicate. I'm going to try one of those when he finds it, although I'm still open to more suggestions of ideas that might work.
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I'm pretty sure that you won't be able to put a CB antenna in between the padding and your roll bar, because CB frequencies require a "vertically polarized" antenna, which is just a fancy way of saying that it has to be straight up and down. If you had it mounted horizontally, you would have terrible reception and your signal wouldn't travel very far.

I've used those magnetic mounts, and they work pretty well.
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I'm pretty sure that you won't be able to put a CB antenna in between the padding and your roll bar, because CB frequencies require a "vertically polarized" antenna, which is just a fancy way of saying that it has to be straight up and down. If you had it mounted horizontally, you would have terrible reception and your signal wouldn't travel very far.

I've used those magnetic mounts, and they work pretty well.
X2 - mounting it next to a metal pole (like your roll bar) will create a mutual inductance problem and reduce your ability to transmit effectively. Ideally, the antenna should be away and above metal objects.
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why do you need a cb?
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Old 03-19-2008, 01:18 PM   #13
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why do you need a cb?
About half of the 4wheeler clubs in Sacramento require them on all offroad trips. So, I got one
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I'm pretty sure that you won't be able to put a CB antenna in between the padding and your roll bar, because CB frequencies require a "vertically polarized" antenna, which is just a fancy way of saying that it has to be straight up and down. If you had it mounted horizontally, you would have terrible reception and your signal wouldn't travel very far.

I've used those magnetic mounts, and they work pretty well.
I was thinking of going up one of the rear bars, but then the metal would be contacting. What about puting one mounted in the trunk? I have a little room in there.
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Old 03-19-2008, 01:27 PM   #15
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this is the one i might get(it goes right between your tail light and the body
http://www.quadratec.com/products/16180_00.htm
and i would wire my cb into my remote wire from my system
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solo97, thats the one I run. I am happy with it. It uses your factory taillight mounts, but a 4th support hole is located above the tail light. since I am running a 4 ft fiberglass, I drilled that hole and used the supplied bolt. As much as I do not like to drill holes into a Jeep that I technically do not own, I am glade I did. Other than the hole that your have to drill, I am very happy with the mount
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yes it is a word but it is written....aren't ...as in "are not"
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solo97, thats the one I run. I am happy with it. It uses your factory taillight mounts, but a 4th support hole is located above the tail light. since I am running a 4 ft fiberglass, I drilled that hole and used the supplied bolt. As much as I do not like to drill holes into a Jeep that I technically do not own, I am glade I did. Other than the hole that your have to drill, I am very happy with the mount
Yep, so thats a no. I don't do any non-reversible(easily) mods. That means no holes in my jeep. Thats why I don't have a snorkel

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you have a couple antenna options depending on what you expect from your radio, unfortunately most will seriously compromise performance or convenience.
The best bet is the tail light mount.
Next best would be either a mag mount or clamp on.
If you have a hardtop you could go with something like this
window mount antenna
Or you could look for a combo am/fm/cb antenna to replace your stock antenna.
The performance of the last 2 options will suck but adequate for just talking to other rigs on trail runs.

As for wiring, there are a couple loose accessory wires behind the glove box just for this, just hook up to one of those and run your ground to the nearest body bolt/screw.
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You are going to want to keep the antenna out of the body of the Jeep (if what I understand you mean about putting it in the trunk is correct). For optimum performance, you are going to want the top of the antenna to be higher then the body (and roll bars, they can still cause interference). If you put it in the trunk the roll bars and body of the Jeep can form a "trap" for your own radio transmissions. A CB antenna is Omni-directional (another fancy word that just means it puts out a signal in a circular pattern perpendicular to the antenna), so to get the most out of it, you want radio waves to be able to hit it all around.

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Old 03-20-2008, 01:35 AM   #21
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Thats all very helpful, thanks. I'm looking into a am/fm/cb antenna, but I cant seem to find one that looks similar to and attaches in the same place as the original. If all else fails I will get a magnetic, and possibly get creative with it.
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Old 03-20-2008, 02:01 AM   #22
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Also, why do I have an instant channel 9 button? Is it the default off-road channel?
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east coast uses channel 19, everyone elses uses 9. on the east coast, 9 is the emergancy police monitored channel.
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east coast uses channel 19, everyone elses uses 9. on the east coast, 9 is the emergancy police monitored channel.
Actually, 9 is the nationwide emergency channel.
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just use the drill!
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x2 - 9 is the emergency and 19 is the "interstate trucker" channel.
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Unless you're on Interstate 5 between LA and Seattle, then it's 17
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just use the drill!
I can't bring myself to do it. Plus, my parents would freak.
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Unless you're on Interstate 5 between LA and Seattle, then it's 17

Ok, I'm confused

So, what channel do most people on the west coast use off-road?
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4 is a common channel, its on the low side and transmission is usually better versus your higher channels.

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