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Old 01-15-2011, 11:49 PM   #21
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Did your CB Radio come with the mounting bracket or did you have to buy it separately?
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Very nice write up man! I pretty much have the exact same setup haha. Same radio, different speaker (100w from radioshack) and I just used industrial velcro to keep the radio against the center console.

The PA system comes in handy during special occasions while driving
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Old 01-16-2011, 12:14 AM   #23
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Great write up . I don't even want a CB and I read it all .

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Old 01-16-2011, 06:40 AM   #24
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Did your CB Radio come with the mounting bracket or did you have to buy it separately?
the mounting bracket came with the CB. i am pretty sure the bracket comes with all CBs.
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Old 01-16-2011, 06:55 AM   #25
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Great write up . I don't even want a CB and I read it all .

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is anyone able to post a picture of the deadpedal removal?


and rather than start a whole new thread (didn't search - yet), is there any use for the cigarette lighter if it's not used for smoking?

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Old 01-16-2011, 01:50 PM   #27
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Thank you sir for your review. I will certainly reference it when I will get to installing my cb radio. I especially like how you made your antenna fold down and out of sight although I would have probably installed some sort of clip on thingie so that end of antenna does not wobble all over the place as you are driving.
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Wow great post! Thank you
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is there any use for the cigarette lighter if it's not used for smoking?

thanks
i put a small USB connector in my cigarette lighter. so now, i dont have to use a car specific USB cable to charge my devices. i can just use a normal USB cable for everything.
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is anyone able to post a picture of the deadpedal removal?
thanks
ya, i would like to see that too. i assume it just pops off.
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although I would have probably installed some sort of clip on thingie so that end of antenna does not wobble all over the place as you are driving.
ya, i may do that. however, the only time i can think of when i would fold it down would be at the car wash and in a parking garage. both of which, i would not be driving very far. i will have to see how bad it wobbles when folded down.
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so, i was sitting at work this morning (in louisville, co) trying to pick up any conversation on the CB. i had the gain turned all the way up and the sqeltch turned all the way down and i was able to listen to a couple of guys talking about the weather. i listened for a while and they said that they were near mississippi and wadsworth in lakewood, co. i checked mapquest and thats over 22 miles away! i tried breaking into the channel, but there was no way that they heard me from a 4 watt CB.

from this situation, should i assume that they were broadcasting on a CB that puts out waaaaay more than 4 watts? or can the CB/antenna setup that i have really receive broadcasts from that far away?
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Old 01-17-2011, 06:49 PM   #34
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driving home from work today, i managed to have a conversation with a dude on the CB. when i got home, i mapquested the distance and it was about 3.4 miles in the city (lots of power lines and buildings around) and in front of the truck. the signal was clear so i figure i could probably get 5.0 miles in the city. i am happy with that. it will be interesting to see how far the range is in an open area.
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from this situation, should i assume that they were broadcasting on a CB that puts out waaaaay more than 4 watts? or can the CB/antenna setup that i have really receive broadcasts from that far away?
Antennas make as much or more difference in the broadcast/receive picture as transmission power.

They could e.g. be using home base stations with a 1/4 wave ground plane antenna on a 2nd story rooftop.

I've hit a mountaintop repeater on Ham 2m using only 5watts 125 miles away - not because my setup is particularly great, but because it's a great antenna on a mountaintop fire observation platform.

Hearsay has it (I haven't tried it!) that for mobile CBs, a full 108" whip with a good ground plane (e.g. roof) can cause the user to be accused of running an illegal linear amplifier. But most folks (me included) don't want to run a 108" whip antenna mounted to our roof.
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Excellent write up. I just passed my tech & general ham exams, and have been thinking about installing a rig myself. This helps much!
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original post updated (at the end of it).

i found a solution for the electrical noise coming through the CB speaker.
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Old 01-20-2011, 04:07 PM   #38
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damn good writeup!!!! I had my old cb mounted haphazardly in my old 4runner, but when I got my new taco I haven't wanted to drill anywhere... yet. Thanks for the ideas!
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Excellent write up!
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Old 02-05-2011, 11:36 AM   #40
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A job well done..hats off to you
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