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Old 03-31-2013, 10:30 AM   #1
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which antenna for midland 75-822?

Title says it. I am thinking about the license plate mount and I know that I will need coax to go up to the radio, but I know nothing about antennas. This is my first cb and I am just trying to get more range out of it than the little antenna that the radio comes with. I am wanting the midland because I don't want to have to mess with amps and all that stuff.

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Old 03-31-2013, 10:39 AM   #2
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I used the Teraflex bracket that mounts to the spare tire bracket and it works great with the handheld. Just make sure you grind of some of the powder coating around the mounting holes and antenna hole on the bracket so you get a good ground.

I have a 3 foot Firestick adjustable antenna

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Old 03-31-2013, 08:22 PM   #3
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I just bought the Cooltech Gatemount setup. Comes with 18' coax, stainless steel mount, and 4' Firestik Firefly antenna. Just tuned it tonight and got it down to 1.2 SWR on channels 1&40 on the Midland 75-822.
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Is 18 enough for a jku?
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18' of coax cable is enough. As recommended above, I'd go for a 2' or 3' Firestick antenna. The Firestick FS series of antennas are very good & easily tunable. A 3' would be an FS-3, a 2' would be a FS-2, etc. I personally used to run an FS-3 but now run an FS-2 so it will fit under my garage door. My FS-2 performs very well on the trail.
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I'm looking for CB options and I was wondering about the Midland 75-822. What do you think? How is the range without an external antenna? Thanks!
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Is 18 enough for a jku?
I mounted on the rear gate and have about 2.5-3 feet left over to the center console.

My 4' rises about 10" over the roofline mounted from just below the vertical center of the gate.
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Old 03-31-2013, 11:35 PM   #8
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I made my own bracket to mount a 4' firestick firefly over the brake light on my TJ. Firesticks are American made quality. Their website is VERY helpfull to.
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I'm looking for CB options and I was wondering about the Midland 75-822. What do you think? How is the range without an external antenna? Thanks!
For use in a Jeep for offroading, it wouldn't be my first choice. Its little "rubber ducky" antenna is only good for very short ranges so for decent range, you'd want/need an external antenna. Now you have a handheld with an antenna cable & short-lived AA batteries. Plug it into the cigarette lighter for power instead, which frequently introduces electrical noise into the received or transmitted signal, and now you've got a very uncomfortable handheld CB that is heavier than a normal microphone, has two cables hanging off it, and has a tiny tinny-sounding speaker that isn't loud enough for a typically noisy Jeep interior... not something you would enjoy using in an offroad situation where you're trying to steer over obstacles & use the CB at the same time which is very common.

I'd stick with a more traditional permanently mounted CB like Uniden's Pro-520XL or Midland's equivalent which is under $50 all over the internet. Add a $15 antenna, cable, etc. & you have a MUCH better performing & easier to use CB for about the same cost.
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I'd disagree with the 'tinny' description. I've got this radio and it's more than acceptable for on road use. Speaker is plenty loud and there is a single coiled cord similar to what you'd have with a regular CB.

I do hear noise when I turn squelch to zero, but when you're talking with someone within range it is crystal clear. It's also not super heavy, but it does feel substantial which makes it not seem cheap, which I like.

The main gripe I have with it is the backlight doesn't stay on for more than 7 seconds.

That's not to say that this is perfect, but I like the fact that I can store it in the center console out of sight. It's a good starter radio for me and I may upgrade to a full unit in the future once I figure out a good way to mount it up top above my rear view mirror. Right now it is suiting me fine.

Now I'm not saying this thing is the best of breed, but it's a pretty convenient form factor that's easier to install than the Cobra equivalent handheld.
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I'd disagree with the 'tinny' description. I've got this radio and it's more than acceptable for on road use. Speaker is plenty loud and there is a single coiled cord similar to what you'd have with a regular CB
It has & needs three cables when you plug in an external antenna to replace the short-range rubber ducky antenna and when you connect it to external power so it doesn't go through its little internal AA batteries. And its tiny 1" speaker just can't put out much volume so if it's noisy in your Jeep as mine is and you have to turn the volume way up to hear it, it does indeed get tinny-sounding when compared to larger speakers like Uniden's 3" speaker. Not many offroad Jeeps are quiet enough for a 1" speaker to be enough.
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I just bought the Cooltech Gatemount setup. Comes with 18' coax, stainless steel mount, and 4' Firestik Firefly antenna. Just tuned it tonight and got it down to 1.2 SWR on channels 1&40 on the Midland 75-822.
This is the same route I'll be going, had some Amazon gift cards to use so I picked up the Midland 75-822 and will be getting the Gatemount and probably a 3' Firestik to keep it low enough to pull into my garage. My intent is to use this for the trails, and it should be just fine for that purpose.
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Just mounted my LX25 and used the teraflex spare tire mount, went with a 3' firestick II. Tuned in to 1.2 on channel 1 and 1.2 on channel 40 getting like 1.1 on channel 20. the antenna seems to stick up about a foot over my hard top and with SWR like this I would expect a little better reception, for the trail it is fine but on the road do you guys think maybe getting a 4' firestick II would extend my range better? any insight would be great.

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