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CB questions

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by garlicbreath, Aug 3, 2006.

  1. garlicbreath

    garlicbreath 1/2 ton status

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    I am putting a CB in the blazer and need some advice. I picked up a Uniden 68XL and need an antenna. I like the long steel whips the best, and would keep it tied up when on the trail, but it seems alot of people frown on them. WHat do you guys run and do you like it? Any tips on CB tweeking for better reception or transmit range? What about antenna location, is that important? I won't mount it to the body, I was thinking the back bumper.
     
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    A 102 is what I run right now, mounted to the right rear of the bumper. An antenna works best when its placed in the center of the vehicle, think dead center of the roof. Im about to swap up my cb setup, get rid of the 102, my cobra 75, and Im going to change to a predator 10k mounted on the toolbox & a galaxy 959.

    I have a 100w linear, which helps the transmit range, but dont tell uncle charlie.
     
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    As far as peakin an tweakin, if you live near any truck stop they tend to have cb shops close by, I would take it to one of them and they can do it for you. Average cost is anywhere from $20-25 on up.

    I have a Uniden PC76XL that's about 7 years old. I used to run it in my Pete when I ran over the road. The last guy I had look at it was about 5 years ago, it's putting out around 35-40 watts. When I had it hooked up to a set of Wilson 5000's I had no problem getting out 25-30 miles. When hooked to my Palomar 350 and the Wilsons...across the country was not a problem. Now I have it hooked to a single Wilson 2000 and it still has very good range.

    If you do go to a cb shop, pay the extra to have them tune it to your radio, the performance will be a lot better.

    Andy
     
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    i personaly run an 8ft steel whip. I love it huge and fun to play with when people are standin around your truck after school and not lookin. lol mine is mounted to my rear bumper, i drilled 2 holes and bent piece of flat iron, screwed it to the bumper.
     
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    There is a "Communications" fourm on this site that has lots of info. You can take a look there for more tips :cool1:
     
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    Well I'll be, I never even slowed my scroll wheel down long enough to see that! Thanks.
     
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    102" whips are awesome. They are very tough, transmit/receive very well, and don't need tuned. Grounding the mount good is real important. If you make a mount on a bumper, you may want to put a ground strap from the bumper to the frame. Use a grinder and get both down to clean bare metal. I also run ground straps from the battery to the frame and the body to the frame. For the radio, I connect the negative wire of the radio to the battery and also ground the case of the radio to the body of the truck.
     
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    What is a linear? Is it like a pre-amp?
     
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    It ups the transmit power, from the legal 4w, to whatever the amp is rated at. If you were to get a cb that had SSB your power would effectively double.

    In regular operation you can push 8w on SSB, but with a 100w amp, it will push 200w on SSB.
     
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    Thanks for the sig. :haha:
     
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    thnx i can see why that could be misinterperted SP?
     
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    A SSB rig pushes around 12W
     
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    yeh thats what I meant *slap*, what was I thinkin
     

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