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darticus 06-08-2013 04:15 PM

Nice little CB install
 
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Just put in the Midland 75-822 Two in one radio in my wrangler. Seems nice, small and works good. Using a Firestik Firefly FL4 4 foot antenna and Quadratec's stainless rear spare tire mount bracket. Real nice mount. Usually use the old bigger CB's like Cobra 148's and Galaxy DX66. They seem too big for the jeep although many want them. I have a bunch sitting on a shelf and if this little midland don't perform thats where I'm going to get the next radio. Always like to hear about your setups so speak up. Ron

JoshCOS 06-19-2013 05:20 PM

Where did you run your ground to?

darticus 06-19-2013 06:16 PM

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HI!
I hate wires so I put a cigarette lighter plug on the end and pluged it in the cigarette lighter socket in the console. The antenna wire goes into the side of the console through the wire opening, on the bottom side of lid and the mic wire comes out of the console on opposite side of lid wire opening. Mic or radio sits right on the brake lever. Lighter plug stays hot so I have to make sure the CB radio is off. Ron

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Originally Posted by JoshCOS (Post 3878332)
Where did you run your ground to?


JoshCOS 06-20-2013 09:49 AM

Nice and clean, well done.
I was having tuning issues and thought it was the ground, thus the question, but turned out to be the antenna cable connection. All good now!

Das_Jeep 06-21-2013 07:56 PM

I did a very similar install a few weeks ago. The only thing I did different was run the antenna up into the rear of the center console and drilled a 3/8 hole with a rubber grommet. Now the antenna is hidden inside the console and is easily attached to the midland CB.

I just hook up the antenna and plug the cb into the 12 power port and rout it out the side when I need it...just haven't found a good way to mount the hand held, it has a belt type of clip on the back and I am trying to find a cb type of quick release to us so I can mount it and use it just like a regular cb mic.

The Green Monster 06-21-2013 08:17 PM

Did the same thing this week, but fed the coax wire to the console. I have found this little midland great for a trail CB.

http://i1123.photobucket.com/albums/...ps48f695cb.jpg

http://i1123.photobucket.com/albums/...ps3d53962b.jpg

Tanks 06-21-2013 08:22 PM

I love those midlands. My dad and I have them to use for our in helmet radios so we can still talk to the jeep when my lady drives it. I carry one on the trail too for spotting and whatnot. Even with the rubber ducky antennas they do really well. I have mag mounts for them also and give them to folks as loners or my dads VW when he is towing our quads out somewhere and the jeep is coming too.

Das_Jeep 06-21-2013 08:33 PM

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Originally Posted by The Green Monster (Post 3886913)
Did the same thing this week, but fed the coax wire to the console. I have found this little midland great for a trail CB.

http://i1123.photobucket.com/albums/...ps48f695cb.jpg

http://i1123.photobucket.com/albums/...ps3d53962b.jpg

Yep...looks identical to my setup :thumb:

Moonrider 06-26-2013 06:19 AM

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Originally Posted by darticus (Post 3839450)
Just put in the Midland 75-822 Two in one radio in my wrangler. Seems nice, small and works good. Using a Firestik Firefly FL4 4 foot antenna and Quadratec's stainless rear spare tire mount bracket. Real nice mount. Usually use the old bigger CB's like Cobra 148's and Galaxy DX66. They seem too big for the jeep although many want them. I have a bunch sitting on a shelf and if this little midland don't perform thats where I'm going to get the next radio. Always like to hear about your setups so speak up. Ron

Hi, did you have to buy an SWR Meter for tuning this CB radio or anything like that? I wanted to see if there is anyth else i need to buy to run that CB.

Tanks 06-26-2013 01:24 PM

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Originally Posted by Moonrider (Post 3900405)

Hi, did you have to buy an SWR Meter for tuning this CB radio or anything like that? I wanted to see if there is anyth else i need to buy to run that CB.

You should always tune your antenna no matter what radio is on the other end or you can damage the radio pretty bad or have it perform really poorly.

Just my 2c.

Ridgeback 09-13-2014 06:19 PM

I'm in the process of setting up like this and I've hit a snag: how did you make the connection for the antenna inside the console. I cannot seem to find a part to screw into the rear wall of the concole that allows me to connect the antenna cable on one side and the cb cable on the other.

The Green Monster 09-13-2014 06:44 PM

I drilled a small hole and placed a grommet in it to finish it up nice. You can screw the head of the coaxial cable (CB side) so it can be put through a small opening. I just ran the cable underneath the side of the console behind the passenger seat and then through the hole I drilled into the inside of the console.

See my picture above.

Ridgeback 09-13-2014 06:54 PM

Thank you.
I was looking for some sort of panel mount to put in the rear wall of the console to take the end of the antenna cable on the outside and the cb cable on the inside but the male/female type connections never seem to match up on both sides simultaneously.

vertical horizons 09-21-2014 02:54 AM

I am using the 75-822, too.
However, for the time being, when I am not using the CB, the mic stays either lying in one of the drink holders or under the driver's seat.

Nice little radio.
My AM/FM radio has an aux port, so sometimes I plug an audio cable into the CB & the stereo. That way, I can hear the CB at highway speeds.
Playing the sound through the stereo also allows you to adjust the treble & bass, so that voices are easier to pull out.

toddster8 09-21-2014 07:27 PM

Looks very nice.
I've had the similar shaped Cobra all-in-one for years - just transferred it over to my YJ from my old 4Runner. Works fine for inter-vehicle or on-ranch use but I haven't every really tried to use it for DXing. (Replaced my full-sized unit to make room for one of those fancy new (1992?) car phones :cool: ) in the 4Runner (which seems more like your console) the mic clip was to one side of the shifter boot, so the speaker faced up and toward the driver.

The PO of my YJ left a mic clip screwed to the dash, so that's where I've been hanging it. Good sound from the speaker in that orientation, but it really clutters up the dash. I've been thinking I'll relocated it to the "hollow" between the dash and the door, on or just below the windshield hinge bracket. Either that or fabricate a bracket to hang it below the "black" section of the YJ dash, where it will blend in better.

Another weird installation note that may be irrelevant to your situation: The PO left power leads below the dash with spade connectors - obviously for the CB - so I used 'em. The positive is on the same circuit as the stereos "key on" power lead. When the Cobra unit is disconnected and stowed, the darned stereo won't turn off! It keeps playing for some random period of time after you shut off the Jeep and start to walk away. I kept looking for some fault in the ignition switch. Finally I realized that the problem does NOT happen when the CB is plugged in. There's a capacitor or something in the power supply module that keeps enough charge on the circuit to fool the stereo into thinking that the key is still "on." I've just got in the habit of killing the stereo by bumping the (sound bar - same circuit) dome light after I shut off the engine. Will re-wire to an auxiliary fuse block that I bought but am waiting for some rainy day to install.


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