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lost 07-02-2007 03:08 PM

im getting a cb
 
I want to order a CB today.

I dont know much about em except that everyone recommends the uniden 510 or 520.

What antennae is good and whats a coax cable and whats a good one to get?

lastly, where do you recomend me buy one from.

thanksd

Matt

JCS05Rubi 07-02-2007 06:44 PM

Jeepers Creepers had a "kit" last time I checked. It was a cobra CB (the one with all the controls on the handheld thing, since Jeeps have no space), with a Firestick antenna (your choice of 3 ft or 4 ft and color), a firestick quick disconnect, firestick COAX I believe, and your choice of bumper mount, tailgate mount, or spare tire mount. Think it was 175 for everything you would need except the SWB calibration

JCS05Rubi 07-02-2007 06:47 PM

Here it is:

http://www.jeepersandcreepers.com/cl...php?prokey=207
The J&C Kit that is included comes with:

Cobra 75


One heavy duty antenna mount (for the stock tire carrier or mounts availble at no extra charge)
One heavy duty antenna quick disconnect
18' heavy duty coax cable
One FireStik II CB antenna (your choice of 3' or 4' in red or black)
One custom power wire kit
Connector kit and install kit with instructions

Also have UNIDEN 510/520 kits:

http://www.jeepersandcreepers.com/cl...php?catPath=85

If it was me, I think I would get the cobra 75, with spare tire mount, and the 4 foot stick, but thats only from what I have read.

Good luck

Scoob 07-02-2007 09:05 PM

Uniden 510 and 520 are great radios that will take a beating and keep working. That is if you want a small radio. For a mid sized radio A Uniden PC68 is a great choice. Stay away from the Cobra 75 unless your willing to sacrifice Everything for the small size. They are one of the worst sounding radio's (on both transmit and receive) there is. Its easy to pick them out of a group of jeeps by noise alone. Fortunately you don't have to listen to them long since they also don't have near the range of a higher quality radio. If this is for close range use only it would be just fine

For an antenna I would recommend almost anything except a firecrap. Unless its for trail and short range use only. Then the very limited firestik would work just fine. First choice in antenna's would be an Everhardt Super Tiger followed closely by a Wilson Silver Load. Either would outperform the firecrap both on and off road. For length that would depend more on where you mounted it. If up high on a Tail Light Mount
a 3 foot works very well. The longer the better, just as long as its not so tall to be getting smacked into things all the time.

For Coax I have found it better to go with a RG-8X, known as mini-8 it has a high shield rating (helps keep noise out) and stands up to abuse.
Coax. Don't get cheap and thin Rg-58 coax. You are better off with a cheap radio and good coax then vice verse. Stay away from the firecrap Fire-ring series of coax. I have seen many people have nothing but problems with it.

As for a place to buy these things I would recommend you get the antenna straight from Everhardt for the most savings. For everything else I would order online from Walcott CB unless you have a big truck stop near you.

woody_k 07-02-2007 09:27 PM

I would recommend one with the weather channels and if possible one that will alert you when the NWS issues a warning/alert in the area you are in.

I had it happen to me in Montanna. A huge thunderstorm busted wide open and spawned a tornado. The CB came on and alerted that a Tornado warning/watch had been issued.

lost 11-01-2007 02:06 PM

cb:
http://www.walcottcb.com/product_inf...{45}559{51}673

ant:
http://www.walcottcb.com/product_inf...{40}784{39}802

coax:
http://www.walcottcb.com/product_inf...{93}964{94}966



http://www.walcottcb.com/firestik-k4...ion-p-247.html
or
http://www.walcottcb.com/firestik-ss...ing-p-585.html
?

lost 11-01-2007 02:23 PM

whats better, the spring or the stud?
http://www.walcottcb.com/firestik-ss...ing-p-585.html

http://www.walcottcb.com/firestik-k4...ion-p-247.html

Smeghead 11-01-2007 02:33 PM

Why do so many Jeepers have CBs? To keep in touch on the trails?

Jase 11-01-2007 02:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lost (Post 154136)

Doesn't that spring have to screw into a stud? The bottom of it is not something a coax could connect to.

Jase 11-01-2007 02:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Smeghead (Post 154143)
Why do so many Jeepers have CBs? To keep in touch on the trails?

Yep.. it was very convenient to have this past weekend out on the trails, especially when someone in the back needed to slow the group down for something.

Jase 11-01-2007 02:37 PM

Lost, I did basically the same thing. I bought a foldover mount for the antenna however it was not a stud the coax could connect to. I had to run out at the last minute to Radio Shack to grab a stud.

I did get that same antenna & coax... two thumbs up on those :)

lost 11-01-2007 02:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jase (Post 154144)
Doesn't that spring have to screw into a stud?.

http://www.jeepforum.com/gallery/fil.../4/hsughno.gifi dont know :D

lost 11-01-2007 02:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jase (Post 154147)
Lost, I did basically the same thing. I bought a foldover mount for the antenna however it was not a stud the coax could connect to. I had to run out at the last minute to Radio Shack to grab a stud.

I did get that same antenna & coax... two thumbs up on those :)

o ok so I have to get a stud, and the spring or foldover mount goes between the antenna and the stud (right?)

Jase 11-01-2007 02:46 PM

Yep.. just keep in mind your overall height. With the antenna and stud I am barely able to get into my garage. I cannot use the foldover piece as it makes it too tall.

As for the Firestik combo spring/studs on Walcott's site, I cannot tell what type of connection those have at the bottom. It does not look like a PL259 connection (the kind your coax has).

lost 11-01-2007 02:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jase (Post 154151)
Yep.. just keep in mind your overall height. With the antenna and stud I am barely able to get into my garage. I cannot use the foldover piece as it makes it too tall.

As for the Firestik combo spring/studs on Walcott's site, I cannot tell what type of connection those have at the bottom. It does not look like a PL259 connection (the kind your coax has).

http://www.walcottcb.com/firestik-k4...ion-p-247.html
that stud has the PL259 (F) connection on the bottom. but will this spring work with it? http://www.walcottcb.com/firestik-ss...ing-p-585.html

thanks btw :D

Jase 11-01-2007 02:56 PM

The two pieces you picked will work together with your antenna & coax from the previous posts.

Jase 11-01-2007 02:59 PM

Actually, you could get this one:
http://www.walcottcb.com/firestik-ss...unt-p-823.html instead of the two pieces

whiteyj 11-01-2007 03:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Smeghead (Post 154143)
Why do so many Jeepers have CBs? To keep in touch on the trails?

Because they are stuck in the dark ages. You can do so much better with a FRS handheld. I just don't get it. Hell we've got at least one club here in the Bay Area that requires them to go on a run.

Jase 11-01-2007 04:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by whiteyj (Post 154177)
Because they are stuck in the dark ages. You can do so much better with a FRS handheld. I just don't get it. Hell we've got at least one club here in the Bay Area that requires them to go on a run.

Dark ages? :confused: FRS is for short range only (line of sight).. like simple two way radios kids use. For trail riding only, it would be ok, but you can use CBs over a much larger distance. If I were stuck on the side of the road, I could hail someone on a CB easier than I could on FRS.

debruins 11-01-2007 05:06 PM

what is the spring thing for over the antenna???

Jase 11-01-2007 05:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by debruins (Post 154204)
what is the spring thing for over the antenna???

The antenna attaches to the spring at the base. When you are offroad and a tree limb (or parking deck for the mallcrawlers) catches the antenna, it will bend on the spring instead of snapping the antenna or breaking the stud or mount.

debruins 11-01-2007 05:18 PM

ok so how does al this look like, basicly what u posted, but condensed

http://www.walcottcb.com/product_inf...{40}784{39}802

http://www.walcottcb.com/firestik-ss...unt-p-823.html
http://www.walcottcb.com/product_inf...{93}964{94}966

http://www.walcottcb.com/uniden-pro5...dio-p-533.html

anything else i need to add to my christmas wishlist/future mod list Cb wise?

Gwjvw 11-01-2007 05:20 PM

I perfer the wilson antenna 3 footer or 4' whip.

Jase 11-01-2007 05:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by debruins (Post 154210)
ok so how does al this look like, basicly what u posted, but condensed

http://www.walcottcb.com/product_inf...{40}784{39}802

http://www.walcottcb.com/firestik-ss...unt-p-823.html
http://www.walcottcb.com/product_inf...{93}964{94}966

http://www.walcottcb.com/uniden-pro5...dio-p-533.html

anything else i need to add to my christmas wishlist/future mod list Cb wise?


Those are all good items. The only other thing you would need is a place and possibly a bracket to mount it. You need to think where you want your antenna.. a body mount, tailgate mount, bumper mount. If you need to drill through your tub, I would suggest getting the 18' cord with the removable end. Also, after you decide on where you want to mount the antenna, you will know if you need the 4'er. If you are mounting it by your mirrors or on one side of your hood, I doubt you need a 4'. If it will be on the bumper, 4' is probably best. And as mentioned earlier, consider the overall height and if garages and places you drive will be a problem.

Tj Bunch 11-02-2007 12:59 PM

Jase can't just fold the antenna down to get in the garage? i use a QD type but then have to store the antenna. With my 2"BB and 31's my 4' antenna hits my garage.

Greg

sgnellett 11-02-2007 01:17 PM

Anybody ever use a boat style mount for an antenna that allows you to ratchet it loose and fold it down?

whiteyj 11-02-2007 03:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jase (Post 154199)
Dark ages? :confused: FRS is for short range only (line of sight).. like simple two way radios kids use. For trail riding only, it would be ok, but you can use CBs over a much larger distance. If I were stuck on the side of the road, I could hail someone on a CB easier than I could on FRS.

The only way a CB is going to help you is IF you are along an interstate and IF some trucker takes pity on you and does soemthing with your call.

A cell phone or HAM gear are going to be much more useful.

skeeter 11-02-2007 03:39 PM

Every time we go to one of the more popular offroad areas there are people with cb's
We aren't hardcore offroaders so our Jeeps are on road 98%, there isn't a city in this country where I can't get local assistance with a cb. I've done it in my big truck all over America.
If you can talk to the truckers you can get their help and with a cb you can talk to em from miles away.
FRS is handy but it doesn't compare to cb in range, or audio quality.


KE7KKL

Jase 11-02-2007 03:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tj Bunch (Post 154412)
Jase can't just fold the antenna down to get in the garage? i use a QD type but then have to store the antenna. With my 2"BB and 31's my 4' antenna hits my garage.

Greg

That is what I was hoping, but with my swing away, it cannot go all the way over and the idea of putting it up and down everytime I want to enter my garage is more than I want to do. I might look into a QD, and leave the antenna in the garage until I go trailriding, but I like turning the CB on when I'm running around town. And if I didnt disconnect, the antenna would definitely hit my garage. I'll have to figure it out soon though.. the stock Rubi height and 32s wont last for long and I only have about .5" before my antenna hits.

Quote:

Originally Posted by whiteyj (Post 154436)
The only way a CB is going to help you is IF you are along an interstate and IF some trucker takes pity on you and does soemthing with your call.

A cell phone or HAM gear are going to be much more useful.

I agree cell & HAM are > CB in emergencies, but I would definitely not say FRS is > CB, which is what I was responding to. I personally do not feel like getting license or equipment for HAM so I am content with my verizon wireless coverage and CB.

debruins 11-02-2007 11:32 PM

im gonna say that cell i sway worse than any of those, sure its the best if you ahve sevice, but all the places i wheel i dont get any service so what good is a cell phone gonna be!
you NEED a CB or at least a FRS to be able to contact rescue teams if u do get stuck and they are sent out to find you!
a cell phone is worth about as much as a penny is when ur in the middle of nowhere!


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