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NYPI 06-29-2010 08:41 AM

CB Radio & Antenna

I am sure that this question has been "asked and answered" many times before in this forum....but I am new to the group and could use some direction.

I am looking to install a CB radio and antenna in my 2005 Wrangler and could use some help! In your opinion, what is the best set up?

Any suggestions from personal experience will be greatly appreciated!

OklaTJ 06-29-2010 09:04 AM

For a Wrangler I have a Corba 29 CB! In my Ex Hood Pete I have a Connex 3300 HP! I would say to use a wip Ant,the fiber glass (Fire stick) for example are very hard to set the SWR's (Ant Tune) That is why I use the wip ant! The line of wilson CB ant's are a okay one to go with! I Use a Striker that are hand made in Oklahoma city,but I'm picky lol! You will be told by some to put a Corba 19 and such in and I'm okay with that but make it easier on your self and don't use a Fire stick!

Stas73 06-29-2010 09:16 AM

Welcome to the forum!
Here are lots of ideas how to install it. I've done a huge research before making a decision on what radio and where to place it. I hope you will find something that will work for you!

Six Gun Matt 06-29-2010 10:16 AM

This is the setup I have, and I opted for the Teraflex mount behind the driver's side tail light and upgraded to the Pro 520 (for the PA output):

Uniden Pro510XL Off-Road CB Package - $119.95

I love this kit, it was relatively inexpensive, and it sounds great. My buddy put the same kit on his Ranger, and we get really decent range and clearity. Pretty powerful PA output too.

localfiend 06-29-2010 11:44 AM

I went with a Cobra 29 since I already had one for the occasions when I drive semi. I also have an external speaker, so that I can actual hear things when driving with the top off. Whatever hardware you end up getting, the radio and antenna will have to be tuned - The best setup is one that follows the directions, and is properly calibrated.

I have a 4' Firestik antenna, and if the SWR meter on the cobra is correct I run around 1.1-1.2 which is really good. Whatever antenna you go with, be sure to follow the instructions made for that antenna. For example, firestik reccomends RG-8 cable 18' feet in length to insure that you can get the best possilbe calibration.

It's my opinion that your jeep will work best with a standard ground plane seteup, be sure to follow the instuctions with whatever mount you get.

Here's some good general reading matierial for you:

Firestik Faq

Intro to SWR

The importance of Grounded Mounts

Things every CB'r should Know

OklaTJ 06-29-2010 11:59 AM

Like localfiend said the 18' coax is the best and follow the instructions made for that antenna. It is up the the person the type and so on! And make sure u ground the ant mount it make the SWR much easier to get down.1.1 -2 is the best not much more then that!

Jerry Bransford 06-29-2010 12:56 PM

The 18' cable length recommended by some is nothing more than a myth, really. SOME types of balanced antennas require a specific length of feed line for minimum SWR but the type of antennas we use on our Jeeps do not. Run the length of cable that works and it will be fine. I've been working with HF, VHF, and UHF military, commercial, and amateur antennas, transmitters, and receivers since the sixties and really, there is no truth to that 18' cable myth.

So far as CBs go, I'm personally a big fan of Uniden and Midland radios and not so much Cobra as I used to be. Uniden's Pro-520XL is an excellent choice for under $50 (Internet) and includes a PA (public address) function. Their Pro-510XL is under $40 but just doesn't include the PA function, or the separate RF gain control which is not really needed anyway.

Antenna-wise, there are a lot of good ones but two brands that work well are Wilson and Firestick. I prefer Firestick simply because it isn't as "whippy" as the Wilson is so it doesn't whip around and bang into my Jeep on extra bumpy trails. Firestick's FS series is the one you want if you go with Firestick. The FS series of antennas come with an easily tunable tip which makes the antenna tuning process easier. If you need a 3' antena, you would go for an FS-3, I use an FS-2 which is a 2' tall antenna.

Be careful when installing the antenna mount, follow the assembly directions 100% accurately and carefully. Misassembled antenna mounts are the causes of 99.9% of all CB problems in our Jeeps. :)

kpool 11-08-2010 05:41 AM

Body mount. Cable hooks on the inside. No need to ground.[/IMG]

jgano23 11-08-2010 07:16 AM

the uniden pro510xl with a 4' firestick antenna is a popular set up. i have that set up and am very satisfied with the performance.

tw_jeep 11-08-2010 05:51 PM

I have been happy with my Cobra 75 WX ST cb and 4' Firestik with tunable tip.

jwb1637 11-08-2010 06:56 PM

Nice lookin jeep you have.

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