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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-26-2002, 04:03 PM Thread Starter
 
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Well here I go again with the questions what should I look for when buying a cb. I will only really use it when I go wheeling to talk to people in the group or to get a hold of park rangers if needed dont ever really get to far from the rangers station the park is only 15000 acres. any suggestions on a cb and anntenna would really help I have absolutly no clue as to what I am looking for.
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For what your use is, just get one on sale, like right now during after christmas. Radio shack probably has one for $40.
They are all probably about 4watt, the max legal. radio shack also sells the fiberglass whip or "off road" steel whip, which is what I use.
I discovered that cable quality matters, as does having an SWR meter to test your setup or finding a CB shop to test it for you. You will also need a mount.
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Here's a couple old posts to look at. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
CB Brands.
CB Antenna Location.
Hmmm. That's a "pre MT/R" picture. [img]images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img]
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hey thanks I only went back 6 months guess I should have gone back farther but maybe there will be some new opinions here this time. but for the most part it sounds like any old cb and anntena would do for my use.
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Just DONT buy a Midland, i will NEVER buy another product from them! [img]images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img] POS!!!
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Re: CB questions

Well, yes and no. often the more expensive CB's give you extra gadgets and that's all. Mine has squelch and RF gain controls, and that is all I really needed.

Do a search on internet for CB SWR (Standing Wave Ratio) and do some reading. Trust me, just hooking up the CB to an antenna won't cut it. You will need to pay someone to "tune it" or you can do it yourself if you or someone you know has an SWR meter. I recently did a post concerning this, i.e. effect on SWR of antenna placement, grounding, cable used, type of antenna, length, etc.

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For what its worth, I have a Cobra 25 with a Wilson 2000 Stainless whip. The radio was peaked, tuned and had upgraded finals installed. I also have a Turner Road King mic on it. I tuned the ant. myself using the instructions in the ant. package. Make sure the ant. mount is well grounded. I have found this is essential. I can easily talk 5-6 miles and have talked 14-15 miles early in the morning. The great thing is I have not spent a fortune on this set up and after doing it right it has been no problem. Good Luck,
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