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Old August 1st, 2008, 07:08 PM   #1
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how many of you guys carry onboard cb radios? i just picked up a uniden pc66 for $25. i was wondering if this is a good radio? i was also planning on mounting a 4' Wilson Flex fiberglass. if anybody has any constructive input whatsoever i would be interested.
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I got the cheapest Cobra I could find. You only have to reach the rest of the guys in your group, anything that works is fine for the trail.
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Old August 2nd, 2008, 10:25 AM   #3
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the pc 66 is a good radio. most of the full size unidens are pretty good. your fiberglass antenna isnt the best for signal strength. a whip will send and recieve better. but a fiberglass wont put out your friends eye, so its a give and take. the setup you mention sould do very well as a trail cb.
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I got the cheapest Cobra I could find. You only have to reach the rest of the guys in your group, anything that works is fine for the trail.
yep i got about 30 bux into my whole trail rig cb set up... a stiff fiberglass antenna is not a good trail item IMO. a flexible one is MUCH better idea.. i see way too many broken fiberglass antenna on the trail and my magnetic mount 36" whip never evens bends.. the whip will flex with the branches etc.. and if it gets too hair the magnent will give way and fall over before it bends or breaks
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thanks for the input. does anybody have any sudgestions for a good wip setup. would it be best to mount a coil base and wip on the rear bumper. i planned on mounting the wilson flex on a tab on the top of the brush guard.
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thanks for the input. does anybody have any sudgestions for a good wip setup. would it be best to mount a coil base and wip on the rear bumper. i planned on mounting the wilson flex on a tab on the top of the brush guard.
dont run a Long whip cause it can get deadly.. just a 3' or less is fine..
im running this one on my trail rig but i dont think my whip is that long..
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yep i got about 30 bux into my whole trail rig cb set up... a stiff fiberglass antenna is not a good trail item IMO. a flexible one is MUCH better idea.. i see way too many broken fiberglass antenna on the trail and my magnetic mount 36" whip never evens bends.. the whip will flex with the branches etc.. and if it gets too hair the magnent will give way and fall over before it bends or breaks

I agree, but a fiberglass one is fine just use a spring to stop it from breaking.

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I agree, but a fiberglass one is fine just use a spring to stop it from breaking.
x's 2. i it a branch pulling out of the drive way everyday. springs are just fine. i dont belive it has ever hit the jeep at all while on the road.
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all you need is to be able to clear the top of the jeep for trail riding if you are less than a 1/2 mile from the front to back. I used the tire stop to mount my to. just welded in a small strap to hold the antenna to Oh I'm using a francis 3.5 foot one it clear the roof lin about 6 to 8 inches. plenty of flex in it to bend back and spring forward without smacking the top.

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I was using a 102" Stainless whip for a while, when I went offroading, all I had to do what tie it down, it was durable and when I was on the road, I could talk out and receive like crazy!
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how many of you guys carry onboard cb radios? i just picked up a uniden pc66 for $25. i was wondering if this is a good radio? i was also planning on mounting a 4' Wilson Flex fiberglass. if anybody has any constructive input whatsoever i would be interested.
Depands on your ground plane, and where you mount the antenna. I tried to run the same exact antenna you are talking about, mounted to the side of my XJ. I tried everything to get the SWR below 3.5 and had no luck. On the trail the radio was usless, even at about 30ft away people said they could not hear me. I tried to mount it to a bunch of different locations and still got nothing. I suggest doing a little homework about antennas, I wish I did before I picked a set up that I thought would work and didn't.
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I use to run 2 fiberglass antenas and I had good reception on the road but I couldnt hear people talking back, Now I have a 102 whip witch is what my truck driver friend has on his recovery rig.
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if you have extra coax because it is to long don't just wind it up and stuff it out of the way, ideally you should have only enough to go between the radio and antenna with only just a little extra for wiggle room, if the coax is all coiled up,you could get poor performance.
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i read some where that you should have a set lengeth of coax to achieve propper swr
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What I have been told by my trucker friend is that Ideally you want it to be only as long as you need, but it has to be in 3 ft sections. So say your antena is 10ft away from your radio you need 12ft of coax.
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is there anybody in the muskeegon area who could help me set up my cb radio while i am at school? i know my profile says i live in fenton but i will be attending school in muskeegon. any help would be great thanks.
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is there anybody in the muskeegon area who could help me set up my cb radio while i am at school? i know my profile says i live in fenton but i will be attending school in muskeegon. any help would be great thanks.

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hoping i could find someone on the west side of the state who could help me.
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