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05-31-2013 01:33 PM
kurtz265
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Originally Posted by R51 View Post
Another option that is super portable is the Midland 75-822. It can actually be run off a battery like a walkie talkie. It plugs in by default to the cigarette lighter so you may get a bit of engine noise with it. It also can and should be run with a mounted antenna. With CB's it is all about the size (and quality) of your antenna what kind of range your going to get. For a good antenna I would get the FireStik FireFly. It comes in 3' or 4'. If this tickles your fancy I would check out this post>Installation of a Midland 75-822 CB

x2 for this. I don't need a CB cluttering up my already limited space inside the jeep. It's portable, works in various applications, relatively cheap and works well.
This is what I run- works just fine when paired with an antennae
05-31-2013 12:54 PM
R51 Another option that is super portable is the Midland 75-822. It can actually be run off a battery like a walkie talkie. It plugs in by default to the cigarette lighter so you may get a bit of engine noise with it. It also can and should be run with a mounted antenna. With CB's it is all about the size (and quality) of your antenna what kind of range your going to get. For a good antenna I would get the FireStik FireFly. It comes in 3' or 4'. If this tickles your fancy I would check out this post>Installation of a Midland 75-822 CB


x2 for this. I don't need a CB cluttering up my already limited space inside the jeep. It's portable, works in various applications, relatively cheap and works well.
05-24-2013 11:59 PM
Rooster76
Took some more pictures of my CB today

I took some more pictures of my Uniden 520XL today while installing some RIGRIPS handles. I posted some of this stuff before, but I figured I would organize it all into one place. It's been about a year and I'm still diggin' it up there.

I like the fact that the mic doesn't get in the way if you cannot clip it right away. It dangles at about the perfect height to grab.


Driving view. I sat normally an took the picture at eye level. You don't even notice it is there. It's nice because the speaker is on the bottom. All the controls are easy to get to also for the driver or passenger. The phone mount on the dash is made by iOttie. (Amazon.com: iOttie ) I made the video below with it and my iPhone5. You can also hear in the video how well the CB works. @ 13:00 slaytman started chatting it up pretty good.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0N6v8U1gHPU

Amount of space between window and CB. Guess I should have measured to the hinge it hangs from. Looks to be 6"+. A guy put a full sized Cobra 29 mounted like this.


This is another view of the no Drill Footman Mount


This shows how the clamps should be inside the L-braces vs straddeling them for the best fit. You can also see goodies you don't get on the 510 version like RF gain, ANL = Automatic Noise Limiter(that I never really use), and the most used switch for the PA.. Road Bikers. In the sun you cannot read what channel your on.
USING THE PA TIP: You need to put the squelch all the way up or it will broad cast the channel your on. Also turn the volume and RF gain all the way up for max volume.


The no drill mount works with the new hardtop design 2011+


The mic stays put when driving day to day. When new you have to convince it to stay up there and lock it in with the mic.


The mounts hardware is about $10


MOUNT INSTRUCTIONS
I got everything that I needed to do this mount for a Uniden 520 at Home Depot for about $10. This should work with almost any CB if it is not too deep. It works with the 2012 hardtop. It leaves the back of the radio about 2" to the windshield. I might have to get a right angle adapter for the antenna cable.

The insulated clamps are in a box in the nuts and bolts row. 3/8" is the size you want. It is best to put the L brase on the outside of the clamp instead of being sandwiched in there. It will give you a much tighter fit and won't scratch the paint.

The 1" corner brace was in the row with hinges and gate locks. It is the perfect size. You can also put one or both of the L braces facing in to move the mount or get it to work better.

I had some 1/2" size 10 bolts lying around so I used them. As a bonus they are brass so they will not rust. You need 4 of them and washers and nuts. They were the right size to fit very snug through the corner brace.

The antenna coax I ran down the roll-bar.
05-24-2013 04:46 PM
sparky No problem on the band issue. And you are correct, monitor all you want. For weather, either a dedicated weather radio, or if your a ham, most 2M rigs will listen up there. Right now with all the police/fire going to digital trunking systems, there are a lot of older analog scanners people don't want. They are great for listening to weather or the marine bands.
05-24-2013 02:42 PM
kenb1023
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Originally Posted by sparky View Post
Slight correction; CB's are AM HF, not UHF.

You cannot use a marine radio on land. The few places that have them such as marina's have a special use permit. They are not for vehicle use.
My bad on the UHF. You can monitor Marine on land but can't transmit. Not much use except for the weather band. I do know tha shore based stations are used to communicate with sea (Or any other body of water)going vesels. We use to talk to the house while out on lake Michigan fishing. Today cell phones work ok but they have limited range out on open water.
05-24-2013 12:45 PM
sparky
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Originally Posted by kenb1023 View Post
Not a dumb question for a novice. The radios operate at different frequencies. Marine radios are FM VHF and CBs are AM UHF. You can use a Marine in your Jeep but no one will hear you except for boaters. Vice versa for a boat. Marine Radios do have great weather channels that are 24-7. I have a hand held Marine radio that I keep in the RV. To use a Marine radio on land (Transmit) you need to be licensed I believe.
Slight correction; CB's are AM HF, not UHF.

You cannot use a marine radio on land. The few places that have them such as marina's have a special use permit. They are not for vehicle use.
05-24-2013 09:46 AM
SilverSport
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Originally Posted by peck1959 View Post
Finally checked my SWR. Took forever, back and forth. Only able to get a 1.8ish on ch.1 and 2.0 on 40. 1.4 on ch. 20. A little dissapointed that I couldn't get better.
Took me like 10 tries to get the SWR dialed in. Obviously the closer to 1.0 you are the better, but anything under 2.0 is acceptable.

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Originally Posted by GonzoBobH View Post
Here might be the dumb Q of the day -- as it's coming from someone who knows nothing about CB: Are marine radios, frequency-wise or whatever, basically the same as what we are discussing here, but also water- and more-vibration proof? Meaning, is there any reason for putting a marine radio in a jeep?

Okay, bracing myself for replies, haha.

BobH
Bob - Im no expert so this thread helped me greatly, but......I believe marine radios operate on different frequencies than citizens band radios so you wouldn't be able to talk/hear folks with regular CBs.
05-24-2013 09:46 AM
kenb1023
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Originally Posted by GonzoBobH View Post
Here might be the dumb Q of the day -- as it's coming from someone who knows nothing about CB: Are marine radios, frequency-wise or whatever, basically the same as what we are discussing here, but also water- and more-vibration proof? Meaning, is there any reason for putting a marine radio in a jeep?

Okay, bracing myself for replies, haha.

BobH
Not a dumb question for a novice. The radios operate at different frequencies. Marine radios are FM VHF and CBs are AM UHF. You can use a Marine in your Jeep but no one will hear you except for boaters. Vice versa for a boat. Marine Radios do have great weather channels that are 24-7. I have a hand held Marine radio that I keep in the RV. To use a Marine radio on land (Transmit) you need to be licensed I believe.
05-24-2013 09:12 AM
GonzoBobH Here might be the dumb Q of the day -- as it's coming from someone who knows nothing about CB: Are marine radios, frequency-wise or whatever, basically the same as what we are discussing here, but also water- and more-vibration proof? Meaning, is there any reason for putting a marine radio in a jeep?

Okay, bracing myself for replies, haha.

BobH
04-30-2013 12:41 AM
peck1959
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Originally Posted by SilverSport View Post
I too used a stainless steel mount. I went with the CoolTech version.

I suggest a star washer between the ground wire connector and the mount.
Finally checked my SWR. Took forever, back and forth. Only able to get a 1.8ish on ch.1 and 2.0 on 40. 1.4 on ch. 20. A little dissapointed that I couldn't get better.
04-28-2013 01:06 PM
FiveBoro Found a pass through here, just behind the battery on my 13. Comes out right behind the glove box. Perfect location for running power to my Cobra 75 connection box.
04-28-2013 10:29 AM
SilverSport
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Originally Posted by peck1959 View Post
I've heard often that it is not so much the radio, but the antenna hardware that is the critical componate. So I bought the stainless steel mount, since it will not rust and is a good material to mount to. I also bought the Wilson high quality coax, that has a protective boot and the removeable PL256 adaptor, which helps when you're feeding the coax through tight spots.
I too used a stainless steel mount. I went with the CoolTech version.

I suggest a star washer between the ground wire connector and the mount.
04-28-2013 03:37 AM
peck1959
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Originally Posted by jyp View Post
It's what i used. It's great.

I've heard often that it is not so much the radio, but the antenna hardware that is the critical componate. So I bought the stainless steel mount, since it will not rust and is a good material to mount to. I also bought the Wilson high quality coax, that has a protective boot and the removeable PL256 adaptor, which helps when you're feeding the coax through tight spots.
04-28-2013 01:03 AM
jyp
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Originally Posted by peck1959 View Post

I ordered the Teraflex stainless steel rear tire carrier mount. Only seen it advertised through Quadratek.
It's what i used. It's great.
04-28-2013 12:51 AM
peck1959
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Originally Posted by SilverSport View Post
What antenna mount did you go with?

I ordered the Teraflex stainless steel rear tire carrier mount. Only seen it advertised through Quadratek.
04-28-2013 12:12 AM
SilverSport
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Originally Posted by peck1959 View Post
Between Silver Sport and Rooster, I think I have the antenna mounted. Took quite a while trying to be careful removing the subwoofer. I'm not very good at soldering. Dont have a multi meter, so I hope everything is hooked up right. Won't find out for a few days, when I have time to try it out with the 75-822 with the new 3' firefly.
What antenna mount did you go with?
04-27-2013 11:41 PM
peck1959 Between Silver Sport and Rooster, I think I have the antenna mounted. Took quite a while trying to be careful removing the subwoofer. I'm not very good at soldering. Dont have a multi meter, so I hope everything is hooked up right. Won't find out for a few days, when I have time to try it out with the 75-822 with the new 3' firefly.
04-27-2013 10:21 PM
krawdaddy I have a Galaxy 44dx I bought back in the mid 90s. Fried the circuit board in it (tuned/peaked several toys) Need to get it fixed but can't seem to find a place to mount it, except overhead. Guess I'm afraid of theft too. It has a lot of sentimental value
04-27-2013 06:04 AM
michiganadam Dont buy a new one. Buy used. Preferably galaxy. Quality has gone down significantly about ten years ago and there is an abundance of used ones from truckers who quit....

cobras suck now, they used to be good. Now they will fail from sitting on a shelf not being used....

The 2 digit galaxies are cool but are actually illegal. The fcc no longer enforces cb regulations as long as you only piss cb people off.

I run a galaxy 99 in my big rig puts out about 60 watts deadkey. The law is 4 watts. I paid 200 used. I plan on using a galaxy 949 in the jeep. Paid 50 for it and its actually a legal radio. These are 200 brand new.

Dont ever buy from a truckstop no matter what. Prices are often doubled... if you do, buy from pilot or ta, theyll accept returns for cash.
04-27-2013 05:09 AM
peck1959
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Originally Posted by Rooster76 View Post
Try scrolling up after clicking the link.

Ooooh!
04-27-2013 04:47 AM
Rooster76 I made a video showing how to test your antenna has a good grounding spot with a multimeter.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Rj7CyohK98
04-27-2013 04:08 AM
Rooster76
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Originally Posted by peck1959 View Post

Your link for the sub box info. takes me to mounting a CB to the footmans loop?
Try scrolling up after clicking the link.
04-27-2013 12:09 AM
peck1959
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Originally Posted by SilverSport View Post
Use this link for removing the subwoofer. Actually quite easy once you know how to do it: Remove Sub Box to Ground and Run Antenna Coax - 2DR 2012

I suggest using a star washer between the head of the bolt and the ground wire to ensure a good connection.

Your link for the sub box info. takes me to mounting a CB to the footmans loop?
04-26-2013 10:47 PM
SilverSport
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Originally Posted by peck1959 View Post
Well, I went out and bought a cheap soldering iron and finished one end of the grounding wire. While debating where to feed the coax and wire either the grommet on the right side, or the venting? I then noticed there isn't much body exposed on the inside of the vehicle.

My JKU Sport S has sthe rear subwoofer and it is mounted solid. Even after loosening the lower bolts on the floor so, could I put the other end of the ground wire under one of these bolts? Or, under one of the bolts that secures the hardtop to the body?

Thanks in advance
Use this link for removing the subwoofer. Actually quite easy once you know how to do it: Remove Sub Box to Ground and Run Antenna Coax - 2DR 2012

I suggest using a star washer between the head of the bolt and the ground wire to ensure a good connection.
04-26-2013 10:17 PM
peck1959 Well, I went out and bought a cheap soldering iron and finished one end of the grounding wire. While debating where to feed the coax and wire either the grommet on the right side, or the venting? I then noticed there isn't much body exposed on the inside of the vehicle.

My JKU Sport S has sthe rear subwoofer and it is mounted solid. Even after loosening the lower bolts on the floor so, could I put the other end of the ground wire under one of these bolts? Or, under one of the bolts that secures the hardtop to the body?

Thanks in advance
04-26-2013 08:39 AM
SilverSport
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Originally Posted by peck1959 View Post
I went a head and bought some 10ga spkr wire, and a couple of those connectors that a bolt/screw can fit through, for a ground wire. They didn't crimp right, wire keeps coming out, so I have to find a soldering gun it would seem.
I soldered mine.
04-26-2013 01:21 AM
peck1959
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Originally Posted by SilverSport View Post
You may already know this but running a 10 or 12 ga ground wire from the mount thru the tailgate to the body ensures an optimum ground.
I went a head and bought some 10ga spkr wire, and a couple of those connectors that a bolt/screw can fit through, for a ground wire. They didn't crimp right, wire keeps coming out, so I have to find a soldering gun it would seem.
04-21-2013 09:06 PM
jyp I wouldn't trust the tire carrier a being sufficiently grounded. You really want a good ground. I ran a wire down to the frame.
04-21-2013 09:22 AM
Dusthol Has anybody noticed their coax cable breaking where the tailgate swings? I ran mine with the wire harness and noticed that its breaking at that spot.
04-21-2013 09:03 AM
SilverSport
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Originally Posted by peck1959 View Post
I ordered a 3' firesick firefly, quick disco, Wilson high qual. coax and stud from Right Ch. Received it all in two days. I also ordered the Teraflex stainless rear tire mount from Quadrateck. Still waiting on it. Ought to be here by my next weekend hopefully, so I can install. Hoping I have your success with swr. The tire carrier mount must have a sufficient ground.
You may already know this but running a 10 or 12 ga ground wire from the mount thru the tailgate to the body ensures an optimum ground.
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