CB Radio Suggestions?

Chris S

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Jul 20, 2017
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Hanover, VA, United States
This has probably been posted/asked before but I couldnt seem to find it.

What is the best/a good option for a cb radio?

Do i need to tune it or are most ready to go out of the box?

I currently have a 4ft firestik cb antenna

Any other tips?
 

Daryl

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Apr 29, 2018
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I use the same one that Alex and Mr. Bills use. Also agree that you need to adjust the antenna length with an SWR meter.
 

piratemonkey

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Nov 4, 2017
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Australia
Ever considered a hand held?
A good unit will still cover a big distance, one less thing in the car to attract thieves, and you can use it anywhere (getting out to guide someone, walking, etc etc.)
 
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IPerkWVU

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Feb 11, 2018
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I have a very similar set-up, a Uniden 510xl, teraflex mount, and 4" firestick. Agree with the others to tune it, swr meters are fairly cheap on Amazon or if your lucky someone in a local Jeep group can usually help you out! Make sure you grind some of the powder coating off the external mount to ensure you have a good ground for your antenna.

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toximus

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Ever considered a hand held?
A good unit will still cover a big distance, one less thing in the car to attract thieves, and you can use it anywhere (getting out to guide someone, walking, etc etc.)
I have a buddy who insists on a handheld unit on trips. Whenever he goes around a bend, over a hill, or a little too far, the reception drops like a rock (much more so than a mounted antenna).

Having a hand held unit can be nice for spotting though.
 
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Chris S

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Jul 20, 2017
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Hanover, VA, United States
The antenna is now mounted using the teraflex taillight mount. I ordered a Uniden pro 520XL and a swr meter. Im thinking about mounting the cb to the back of the center console. Has anyone else on here done this? if so do you have pictures?
 
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piratemonkey

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Nov 4, 2017
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Australia
I have a buddy who insists on a handheld unit on trips. Whenever he goes around a bend, over a hill, or a little too far, the reception drops like a rock (much more so than a mounted antenna).

Having a hand held unit can be nice for spotting though.
That might be more the quality of the unit.
My first handheld was a tiny uniden, I think it was about $50 for a pair . Great for walkie talkies, but nothing more
I then invested in a good unit that I’ve never had an issue with.
 

ac_

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Jun 15, 2017
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The antenna is now mounted using the teraflex taillight mount. I ordered a Uniden pro 520XL and a swr meter. Im thinking about mounting the cb to the back of the center console. Has anyone else on here done this? if so do you have pictures?
Mine is not mounted behind the center console, although I may like that idea better I am going to look into it, but instead it is hanging under the dash.

BTW I have the same setup as you, but I bought mine as a set from Clear Channel CB's, and it came with SWR meter. I didn't see what your antenna was, but mine is a 4 foot firefly on a spring, so I can tuck it away in the parking garage.

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billiebob

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Mine is not mounted behind the center console, although I may like that idea better I am going to look into it, but instead it is hanging under the dash.

BTW I have the same setup as you, but I bought mine as a set from Clear Channel CB's, and it came with SWR meter. I didn't see what your antenna was, but mine is a 4 foot firefly on a spring, so I can tuck it away in the parking garage.

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