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Old 05-26-2012, 10:29 AM   #1
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Question So lets say I was to buy a CB radio........

So lets say I as to buy a CB radio.........Then what?!

I am not very good with electronics etc. but I see the CB as something I will not be able to avoid. I really want to be able to install it myself so I have looked around for some info but halfway through I seem to loose all comprehension.

1. I want a cheap, easy to use CB that has BASIC features. Oh ya did I say CHEAP? I really just want something functional thats all, any recommendations?

2. In addition to the CB what antenna should be purchased...again CHEAP, easy to install, but most importantly functional.

3. How does all of the above end up on my rig ...Ha I am simply asking where/how does one install the CB radio(Do you have to plug it in??) and where does one install the antenna(mounting, grounding etc.) and how do the two connect?

Any help would be awesome and I understand newb-ness of the question but I really want to get this rolling and dont want to screw anything up.

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Old 05-26-2012, 10:47 AM   #2
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So for a CB radio set up you need the radio itself, someway to mount it in the jeep, an antenna, a way to mount the antenna, and a coax cable connecting the antenna to the radio.

So here is what I have that I think works well
  • Uniden 520xl, can be had at $40.00 or its counterpart the Uniden 510 for a few bucks cheaper. It came with a bracket to hold the radio which I simply mounted to the dash.
  • an 18ft coax cable from radioshack
  • Wilson Flex 3' antenna can be had for ~$17 I think. I like it because its flexable unlike the firestik and has a tunable tip
  • antenna stud mount - this is what the antenna screw into. Few bucks from radio shack
  • Since you have a JK there are some cool spots to stick an antenna. I've seen some people drill a hole into their tire carrier, I've seen a mount that attaches to the license plate holder, or a mount that goes behind the tail light.

That's really all you need. Most radio places around here will even tune it for you for free

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To make it really easy to wire up get a 12v outlet plug for it and just plug and unplug it from the cigarette lighter port as you need it. As I found this will also reduce engine noise in the CB.
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So for a CB radio set up you need the radio itself, someway to mount it in the jeep, an antenna, a way to mount the antenna, and a coax cable connecting the antenna to the radio.

So here is what I have that I think works well
[List][*]Uniden 520xl, can be had at $40.00 or its counterpart the Uniden 510 for a few bucks cheaper. It came with a bracket to hold the radio which I simply mounted to the dash.[*]an 18ft coax cable from radioshack[*]Wilson Flex 3' antenna can be had for ~$17 I think. I like it because its flexable unlike the firestik and has a tunable tip[*]antenna stud mount - this is what the antenna screw into. Few bucks from radio shack[*]Since you have a JK there are some cool spots to stick an antenna. I've seen some people drill a hole into their tire carrier, I've seen a mount that attaches to the license plate holder, or a mount that goes behind the tail light.

That's really all you need. Most radio places around here will even tune it for you for free
Great info! Thanks a ton ha this might be the quickest and clearest answer to a question Ive ever had on WF. Well once I gather up the parts I will definitely be posting the end result and maybe a few updates in between.

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To make it really easy to wire up get a 12v outlet plug for it and just plug and unplug it from the cigarette lighter port as you need it. As I found this will also reduce engine noise in the CB.
Thats how I thought it worked and how I will prob set mine up. Just for curiosity sake, are there other ways?
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Great info! Thanks a ton ha this might be the quickest and clearest answer to a question Ive ever had on WF. Well once I gather up the parts I will definitely be posting the end result and maybe a few updates in between.

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Thats how I thought it worked and how I will prob set mine up. Just for curiosity sake, are there other ways?
I had mine directly to the battery, but i wanted a cleaner way to I wired it to an empty fuse slot that powers on and off with the key. May not be the cleanest source of power but it works for my uses. Not sure where I would wire it in a JK.
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I had mine directly to the battery, but i wanted a cleaner way to I wired it to an empty fuse slot that powers on and off with the key. May not be the cleanest source of power but it works for my uses. Not sure where I would wire it in a JK.
Hmm okay that seems interesting but it sounds more permanent than plugging the unit into the cig lighter, and I do like the idea of being able to remove it...it also sounds like more wiring and such .
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Hmm okay that seems interesting but it sounds more permanent than plugging the unit into the cig lighter, and I do like the idea of being able to remove it...it also sounds like more wiring and such .
Not too difficult really. To the battery you just go red to red, black to black. To a fuse you can either get a fuse connector or southern engineer it and shove the wire in one side, and shove a fuse on top of it, then attach the black wire to any part of the tub where there is a screw.
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Not too difficult really. To the battery you just go red to red, black to black. To a fuse you can either get a fuse connector or southern engineer it and shove the wire in one side, and shove a fuse on top of it, then attach the black wire to any part of the tub where there is a screw.
Alrighty then, well im ordering most of the setup this week and ill post pictures when it arrives and the assembly i choose to go with.

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