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Old 12-01-2015, 05:40 PM
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CB help needed

My jeep currently has a cobra CB installed, however I have no antenna at the moment (mount broke). Prior to the mount breaking the CB was horribly unreliable.

I am looking into new systems. I haven't fooled with CB radios in about 20 years. I know I should probably spend more on the antennae than the radio. I'm looking at a setup for under $350 if possible. Any advice?

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Easily done in your budget. Cobra 75 or cobra 29 if you want a more traditional style. Good fire stick antenna. A mount. There are many to choose from and high quality coax cable. You can do under 200 - 250 easily. I forgot a SWR meter to tune your antenna. The fire stick site has the info on how to do that. Chances are you can borrow a SWR meter from someone.

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Old 12-03-2015, 02:18 PM   #3
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My jeep currently has a cobra CB installed, however I have no antenna at the moment (mount broke). Prior to the mount breaking the CB was horribly unreliable.
When you say it was unreliable, what do you mean? The radio kept shorting out and wouldn't work? Or you just couldn't get somebody to talk to you on it? If the radio doesn't function, then you (obviously) need to replace it. If nobody would talk to you, well, that's another matter entirely.

Either way, you're gonna want to properly install a quality antenna. I would begin there. Once the antenna is in place, see if your Cobra works. If it does, you're all set. If not, then replace it with a new radio and be on your way.
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When you say it was unreliable, what do you mean? The radio kept shorting out and wouldn't work? Or you just couldn't get somebody to talk to you on it? If the radio doesn't function, then you (obviously) need to replace it. If nobody would talk to you, well, that's another matter entirely.

Either way, you're gonna want to properly install a quality antenna. I would begin there. Once the antenna is in place, see if your Cobra works. If it does, you're all set. If not, then replace it with a new radio and be on your way.
Haha, it was an electrical issue of some sort. Radio traffic would only come through sporadically even if someone was talking to you from 100 yards away. It would work one day at breakfast and then may not work at lunch. Of course when the antennae was gone it quit all together
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Easily done in your budget. Cobra 75 or cobra 29 if you want a more traditional style. Good fire stick antenna. A mount. There are many to choose from and high quality coax cable. You can do under 200 - 250 easily. I forgot a SWR meter to tune your antenna. The fire stick site has the info on how to do that. Chances are you can borrow a SWR meter from someone.
I appreciate the advice. I will probably take it to a local radio shop I have dealings with through work to get it installed and tuned correctly. I think I will probably add the cobra 75 to my Christmas list
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I can't recommend the Cobra 75 for a couple reasons... if/when the mic goes bad, you can't just pick one up at the local CB shop or truck stop. Truck stops always have mics for sale since they fail but you won't find just the mic for the Cobra 75. The main reason I don't recommend it is the Cobra 75's speaker is too tiny, since it has to fit inside the microphone which means it cannot put out much volume... and if the Jeep is at all noisy inside or the top is down, it can't be turned up enough to hear it clearly. Many with the 75 end up installing an aux external speaker so they can hear it better. Not to mention having used the 75 that its controls on the mic are nowhere nearly as easy to control as they are on a traditional CB.

My last comment is that where today's Cobra quality is, it's nowhere near where it was back when Cobra made the best radios. In terms of quality and reliability, it used to be #1 but today I'd put it behind Midland and Uniden.

Personally, I'd go for a more traditional radio like the Uniden Pro-520XL which is well known as pretty darned bulletproof. Of all the radios on the trail, I see that one most commonly installed. I've had that radio in my two TJs over the past nearly 20 years and never a problem. Not to mention the 520XL can be found all over the Internet for under $50 and often for $40.

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This will sound like I'm beating a dead horse, but I had to chime in here and say I completely agree with everything Jerry just said... especially this last part:

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Personally, I'd go for a more traditional radio like the Uniden Pro-520XL which is well known as pretty darned bulletproof.

I've had that radio in my two TJs over the past nearly 20 years and never a problem.

My CB is the model just below his, the Uniden Pro 510XL. The only real difference is mine lacks one adjustment knob and two switches, as you can see in this photo:



The Pro 510XL is every bit as durable as the 520. I bought my first one way back in 1993 and put it in the car I owned at the time. I have moved it from car to car, and then into my first Jeep (an XJ), and then into my first TJ, and then from TJ to TJ until now, where it presently sits in my current TJ. In all these years, it has given me perfectly reliable service; I've never had to do more than occasionally wipe some dust off it.

I could not recommend any product more strongly than this.
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This will sound like I'm beating a dead horse, but I had to chime in here and say I completely agree with everything Jerry just said... especially this last part:



My CB is the model just below his, the Uniden Pro 510XL. The only real difference is mine lacks one adjustment knob and two switches, as you can see in this photo:



The Pro 510XL is every bit as durable as the 520. I bought my first one way back in 1993 and put it in the car I owned at the time. I have moved it from car to car, and then into my first Jeep (an XJ), and then into my first TJ, and then from TJ to TJ until now, where it presently sits in my current TJ. In all these years, it has given me perfectly reliable service; I've never had to do more than occasionally wipe some dust off it.

I could not recommend any product more strongly than this.
And the 510XL loses no performance to the 520xl without that RF Gain knob or the switches. I never turn my 520XL's RF Gain knob, it stays turned all the way up as the 510's internal circuitry has it set to. And while I tried the 520XL's PA (public address) function years ago which the 510XL does not have, the PA function is one of those "toy" things that isn't needed or used on the trail.
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Thanks, Jerry, for making up for my failure to point out the relative insignificance of those switches and the RF Gain adjustment as far as the performance of these radios is concerned.

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