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Old 06-23-2011, 09:19 PM
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I'm buying a cobra 25 ltd cb from buy two way radios and wasn't sure what antenna to get that would match good with that cb and mount somewhere by screw because i wont be able to magnetize it anywhere good on my jeep if anyone with some experience with cbs could help id appreciate it, thanks.

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Old 06-23-2011, 09:35 PM   #2
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get a 3 or 4 foot "Firestick" which is the brand. They are super strong and flexible and if you go 3 foot you will be safe with clearing trees and all.

Otherwise I highly suggest you do some searching I know there was a great great thread on a here for beginners and how to set up your CB. If you don't set it up just right you could end up damaging it and it never working. Otherwise no vehicle should go without! Cobra is a great way to go thats all I own all have done me well

I won't sit here and tell you what to spend your money on and drive ya nuts. Feel free to ask any questions ya need.

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Old 06-23-2011, 09:39 PM   #3
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There's quite a few mounts specifically for jeeps on quadratec and similar sites. Personally, I went with this mount:
Quadratec Exclusive JW-2SP - CB Antenna Mount Kit for 87-95 Jeep® Wrangler YJ - Quadratec

You used to be able to buy just the bracket, you may need to do some hunting to find it by itself now though.
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get a 102" whip, thats what i got and i love it
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get a 102" whip, thats what i got and i love it
Thats the way it SHOULD be! I love my whips... silly I still suggest firesticks when I went crazy with my F250's setup tryin to just make it work. Sure enough got so fed up I went back to my coil base roof mount and personally trimmed whip and my SWR's are damn near 1.1 and you can't argue that! Love the look too its just proper....

I have 2 firesticks here I will try making one work when I setup the radio in the YJ. Wouldn't be sad if I get to just find a new home for them in a friends truck. I like the whip look too
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would the wire wrapped antenna or straight wire antenna probally be better for me if i only go with like a 4 foot antenna
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Old 06-24-2011, 10:21 AM   #7
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would the wire wrapped antenna or straight wire antenna probally be better for me if i only go with like a 4 foot antenna
You can't get a straight cb antenna at 4' it just wouldn't be any good, it's the reason why antenna's are wrapped to get the length of wire needed without the height.

I use to have a mount from these guys. ARIZONA ROCKY ROAD ANTENNA MOUNTS FOR JEEP WRANGLER, UNLIMITED AND LIBERTY
But with my current tire carrier I can't use it and gave it to a friend. I just welded a little plate to my tire carrier with a 1/2" hole and it works great.

The firestik antenna's will be perfectly fine for your application. The length of the antenna is more to where your going to place it. If your mount is up high get the shorter one, if your mount is low get the longer one. Just make sure the tip of the antenna is clearing your roof and you will get good enough range to talk to other people on the trail. If you don't car about hitting drive through over hangs and removing your antenna when you enter parking garages get the longest antenna you can get, it will work better.
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Old 06-24-2011, 04:36 PM   #8
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one thing i dont know if alot of people do but i do this to every vehicle i have a cb in. Once you install it, go pick up an SWR meter {standard wave ratios} hook it up inline with the antena to the cb and fully read the intruction, but it tells you how to adjust your antenna for optimum transmit power. most radio shacks have them for about 15 bucks.
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What we have done for 20+ years is use a professional radio coil and rod for CB. I think the one on my truggy is between 4 and 5 feet long and will never break like a firestick will. Get in your yellow pages and call up your local 2-way radio shop, they can hook you up and tune it for you too.
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My antenna bracket. Made it myself. Used a existing bolt. And I know it isint optimal but it works for wheelin and running the hounds at night
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Quadratec (Spelling) has inferior coax and lousy antenna. The bracket is great. Don't waste your money on the total kit. Use Firestick antenna and only Belden Coax with Amphenol military grade solder-on connectors. Range is never less than 5 miles with a good swr match.
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I have the same cobra and an 8 foot whip I'm pretty new to the cb but I love the idea of it and it's great to have out in the trail I'm pretty muffled when I transmit tho for some reason I could never really figure it out. I hear others loud and clear. I swapped the mic and no better but it does work! let me know if you have any similar problems with yours I'd really like to know. oh and if ya get a whip tie that thing down in the woods or you'll loose it
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If the radio is muffled, it could be the mic. If you tried another one and still had the same muffle, the radio is over-tuned. The limiter is clipped making it over-modulated. Have it tuned properly and it will be clear and clean.
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Old 06-30-2011, 12:50 AM   #14
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I have never had a problem with the 8 ft whip when offroad. If you have to tie it up, replace it with something shorter. The benefit of the 8 ft is the length while vertical in the air.
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I have not tuned my antenae I would like too but haven't yet. I am running a short one. My problem is engine noise. Jeep off I can chat just fine. Engine running. Noise I put a couple chokerson my power line helped just a tiny bit. Still too much noise
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How do I tune it it seams to be a really basic radio ? If you don't want to clutter his thread please pm me with a procedure if you don't mind. thank you
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I have been working on and with CB radios for 35 years. Tuning the radio must be done by a professional or at the very least a knowledgeable amateur. You can tune the antenna yourself with a SWR meter but unless you have some experience its also best left to a pro.
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Tuning the antenna.

I use the CB Radio Store in Fontana, Calif for most every CB radio I need, but Firestick publishes an article entitled, "Everything a CBer should know about antennas", or something to that effect. It is a 30 page detailed tutorial on antenna tuning, and covers it all. I studied it, and now tune the simple antennas myself. It is easy and almost fool-proof. Once you read it, and study it, you can tune most any antenna yourself.

If you cannot find that article on-line, then call Firestick in Phoenix, AZ and they will send it to you.

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