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ok guys I want a complete list of what I need to install and have a working cb. I want to get one by next weekend so I can install it. if you guys have any recommendations for anything please be free to chime in and let me know.


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2) antenna with a spring so it won't snap

and I believe their is some thing else I need but I can't remember off the top of my head. also how do I connect my cb to a pa I have laying around my house so I can say something out loud over the pa
 

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You'll need to buy the cable to go from the CB to the antenna also.

You don't necessarily need to use a spring on the antenna. A good antenna like a firestick shouldn't snap on you, especially if you're mounting it in the rear of the Jeep like on the tail light. The spring will over time annoy the crap out of you since it will make the antenna hit the top all the time. Atleast that's my experience with the springs.

The CB would have to have a PA output in the back of the radio. Plug it in and that's about it.
 

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You'll need to buy the cable to go from the CB to the antenna also. You don't necessarily need to use a spring on the antenna. A good antenna like a firestick shouldn't snap on you, especially if you're mounting it in the rear of the Jeep like on the tail light. The spring will over time annoy the crap out of you since it will make the antenna hit the top all the time. Atleast that's my experience with the springs. The CB would have to have a PA output in the back of the radio. Plug it in and that's about it.
that doesn't come with the cb? I thought it did. what is it called? ok thanks for the heads up bud I'll get the firestick no spring
 

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Here you go. I personally run a spring and always recommend it. If you're worried about it hitting a hard top simply slide a tennis ball halfway down the antenna.

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Uniden PRO520XL 40-Channel CB Radio by Uniden http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00004VXNI/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_Oyd3tb1RRY4PC

Firestik SS-3H Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Antenna Spring by FireStick http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00042LC9M/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_jHUXtb07C8VET FireStik K-1A Push-n-Twist quick disconnect by FireStick http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000UTQUAK/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_4HUXtb0D3V671 FireStik FL3-B Three Foot FireFly Antenna With Tuneable Tip (Black) by FireStik http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005AUJXLM/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_xIUXtb1V2YMCR Firestik K-4A Stud with Screw-On Coaxial Termination for Antenna Mirror Mounts by FireS... http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002HRBSU/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_1IUXtb12HBKSQ 18' RG-58A/U Coaxial Cable With Pl-259 Connectors by TRUCKSPEC http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001JT0CGI/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_rJUXtb0Z7V05R The follow works great when doors & top are down so you can actually hear each other on the road. Just plugs in... RoadPro RPSP-15 Universal CB Extension Speaker with Swivel Bracket, 2-3/4 x 4-1/2" by R... http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000ZIC18Q/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_fKUXtb1GKP4HX
SWR METER for CB Radio Antennas with 3' Jumper cable - Workman SWR2T & CX-3-PL-PL by wo... http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002KRME3C/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_1wd3tb0EEFXT1

If you have Amazon Prime it's all Free shipping and here in 2 days. Let me know if you have any questions. Hope the above helps. It is what I run...works, tunes easy. I'd go with a longer antenna before I'd go shorter one...IMO.
 

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I just installed this set up and can't wait to get it out on the trail!!!

Uniden 510 Jeep & Off-Road CB Kit | Right Channel Radios

Almost everything I needed and there is a write up on my build page. I got the 520. I did purchase some extra wire to have enough to get to the battery, and some , oh I can't remember what to call them, but they are like couplers. I also purchased some wire conduit for the engine compartment. I also got this a CB mount. The mount is ok, but leaves a little to be desired in m 97.

http://www.extremeterrain.com/rugged-ridge-cb-radio-dash-tj-1355109.html
 

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4 Ft firestick, 18 foot of cable, 1 L mount and one cobra mini cb and a rugged ridge mount, I added a speaker for clarity all total about 110 bucks
 

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thanks for all the info guys! think I might go with the 520 and the 4' stick with the cable. as its in a jeep I don't need anything fancy so it won't get rained on
 

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Oh..... Don't forget, you will have to adjust or "tune" your antenna. Because of this you will want a meter and pigtail. It comes in the package from Right Channel Radios if you go that route. If not, make sure you get one or get with someone to borrow theirs. It is important.

Depending on what mount you use and such. You nay need to grind or sand off powder coating and such to make sure you get a good ground for the antenna also.
 

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does anyone know if the 520's catch the NOAA & emergency alert stations? that is a main feature I would like in a cb, that way when the next hurricane hits, I live in southeast Louisiana and we are due for one, or bad weather stuff like that I can tune in an listen over my cb.

Oh..... Don't forget, you will have to adjust or "tune" your antenna. Because of this you will want a meter and pigtail. It comes in the package from Right Channel Radios if you go that route. If not, make sure you get one or get with someone to borrow theirs. It is important. Depending on what mount you use and such. You nay need to grind or sand off powder coating and such to make sure you get a good ground for the antenna also.

are those the official names of them? also can you post up a link so I can get the right ones instead of something else. ok thanks for the heads up on the grounding also dawg!
 

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No, I do not believe there is a function for the NOAA or Emergency Alert. As far as a link, go up to my post ,#5 on this thread, and go through all the parts. It is an SWR meter or something like that. A pigtail is just a short jumper of coax to use with the meter.
 

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Your welcome!!! Good luck, and let me know if you have any more questions.
 

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Here you go. I personally run a spring and always recommend it. If you're worried about it hitting a hard top simply slide a tennis ball halfway down the antenna. Amazon Links: Uniden PRO520XL 40-Channel CB Radio by Uniden http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00004VXNI/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_Oyd3tb1RRY4PC Firestik SS-3H Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Antenna Spring by FireStick http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00042LC9M/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_jHUXtb07C8VET FireStik K-1A Push-n-Twist quick disconnect by FireStick http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000UTQUAK/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_4HUXtb0D3V671 FireStik FL3-B Three Foot FireFly Antenna With Tuneable Tip (Black) by FireStik http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005AUJXLM/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_xIUXtb1V2YMCR Firestik K-4A Stud with Screw-On Coaxial Termination for Antenna Mirror Mounts by FireS... http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002HRBSU/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_1IUXtb12HBKSQ 18' RG-58A/U Coaxial Cable With Pl-259 Connectors by TRUCKSPEC http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001JT0CGI/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_rJUXtb0Z7V05R The follow works great when doors & top are down so you can actually hear each other on the road. Just plugs in... RoadPro RPSP-15 Universal CB Extension Speaker with Swivel Bracket, 2-3/4 x 4-1/2" by R... http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000ZIC18Q/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_fKUXtb1GKP4HX SWR METER for CB Radio Antennas with 3' Jumper cable - Workman SWR2T & CX-3-PL-PL by wo... http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002KRME3C/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_1wd3tb0EEFXT1 If you have Amazon Prime it's all Free shipping and here in 2 days. Let me know if you have any questions. Hope the above helps. It is what I run...works, tunes easy. I'd go with a longer antenna before I'd go shorter one...IMO.
I have a power horn speaker underneath my jeep do I need the extension speaker thing? and where is yours mounted? think I'll look for another cb that has NOAA an emergency feature but thanks a bunch for the links an all bud! gonna order this afternoon
 

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I KNOW The speaker on the list works with that CB. It'll depend on what CB you get and plug size of your speaker.
ok thanks bud, I wanna get busy a basic one like the 520 but with the NOAA and emergency alert stuff. it would also come im handy if their were another plant explosion since I live in southeast Louisiana and I live within 50 miles of probably 20 or so chemical an petroleum plants
 

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I'm no fan of antenna springs... they can make the antenna harder to tune and allow the antenna to sway unnecessarily. And you don't need an antenna that is so tall that a spring is needed to prevent it from snagging on everything that could break it. As my TJ grew taller and my garage doors provided less clearance, my antenna went from a 4' to a 3' to its current 2' height which I've been using for 14-15 years now. My 21 Firestik FS-2 antenna works superbly on the trail, I always get solid signal reports... I have never wished for a longer CB antenna, short antennas work fine for offroad needs and have ranges of up to several miles. Just make sure to tune it properly so it puts out all the power your CB is capable of. A mistuned or untuned antenna will limit how much power a CB can transmit with.

I'd also make sure the antenna you get has an adjustable tip on it to make it easier to tune. Like Firestik's FS-2, FS-3, or FS-4 (the number being its height in feet) tunable tip series. That series has a brass tuning screw hidden under the vinyl tip cover. Others require you pull a wire out and cut cut cut until it's tuned... a PITA way to tune an antenna.

No specific length of coax cable is required to connect the CB to the antenna. Whatever length it takes is all you need, it does not need to be a specific length like 18' which is a hard-to-kill internet myth. Oh... make sure the coax cable says RG-58 on it, there may be some additional lettering after the RG58 like A/U etc. which is fine. Just avoid RG-59 which looks identical but is the wrong stuff for a CB antenna. Any shop that sells coax antenna cable will know about RG58 when you ask for it.
 

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I'm no fan of antenna springs... they can make the antenna harder to tune and allow the antenna to sway unnecessarily. And you don't need an antenna that is so tall that a spring is needed to prevent it from snagging on everything that could break it. As my TJ grew taller and my garage doors provided less clearance, my antenna went from a 4' to a 3' to its current 2' height which I've been using for 14-15 years now. My 21 Firestik FS-2 antenna works superbly on the trail, I always get solid signal reports... I have never wished for a longer CB antenna, short antennas work fine for offroad needs and have ranges of up to several miles. Just make sure to tune it properly so it puts out all the power your CB is capable of. A mistuned or untuned antenna will limit how much power a CB can transmit with. I'd also make sure the antenna you get has an adjustable tip on it to make it easier to tune. Like Firestik's FS-2, FS-3, or FS-4 (the number being its height in feet) tunable tip series. That series has a brass tuning screw hidden under the vinyl tip cover. Others require you pull a wire out and cut cut cut until it's tuned... a PITA way to tune an antenna. No specific length of coax cable is required to connect the CB to the antenna. Whatever length it takes is all you need, it does not need to be a specific length like 18' which is a hard-to-kill internet myth. Oh... make sure the coax cable says RG-58 on it, there may be some additional lettering after the RG58 like A/U etc. which is fine. Just avoid RG-59 which looks identical but is the wrong stuff for a CB antenna. Any shop that sells coax antenna cable will know about RG58 when you ask for it.
thanks jerry your input is always welcomed and appreciated!! I will go through an get all the correct stuff, most of what someone else posted is what you said the RG-58 coax cable and the fire stick 3' antenna. only thing I need to do is find me a cb that has the features I like
 

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Does anyone know of a no drill antenna mount that they like? Or don't like? Just wanting to get some feedback before I go buy one
 

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I want something with these features but not the price tag
I'm not here to tell you which features you should or should not want in your CB radio, but if you're insistent on having weather alert channels, you're gonna have to pay to play. It's as simple as that.

I'm a big fan of Uniden CB radios. As I peruse their lineup, I see their cheapest model with weather channels starts around $90 (street price). Amazon's price on that Cobra 29LX you mentioned is $100. One key difference--and this may be a deciding factor for you--is the Unidens have 7 weather channels while that Cobra has 10 weather channels. If I was dead set on the weather alerts and genuinely thought they would be vital to my well-being, I would go for the Cobra since it has more of them. Maybe you feel differently.

A lot of us here rave about the Uniden PRO510XL and PRO520XL. These little radios are rugged, durable, and only cost around $40. We love 'em. However, they don't have any sort of weather channel capability. That doesn't bother most of us, but--again--you need to make your own decisions and spend accordingly.

I hope that helps.
 
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