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Old 07-24-2011, 03:57 PM   #1
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cb and cb spring reccomendations?

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I am looking into buying a CB setup and I think i've settled on the Cobra C18-WXSTII along with a 4' Firestik Firefly antenna with a magnet mount. I was basically looking for the cheapest CB i could get that would get weather channels along with CB channels. First off, any experience with these products/setup? reccomendations?

secondly, with the mag mount and 4' antenna, firestik recommends a 'spring shock' at the base of the antenna. What i am wondering is 1) do i really need this? 2) should i go with their Medium duty or heavy duty spring? and 3) will i need to purchase anything else to complete my setup? i know little about cb's, so any insight is appreciated. thank you


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I've got the Cobra 29 Classic. It's a great radio, but just a little over $100. I had a Midland 40 channel with a 4" Wilson that worked great. It's really the antenna and proper SWR adjusting that matter. If you have a good antenna, it's just your personal choice for the radio itself.

Also, if you're expecting to hit trees or anything, get a Wilson. You can bend one 180* and it won't break. There's no need for a spring on it either.
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Old 07-24-2011, 04:10 PM   #3
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get a wilson with a steel wip. No need for a spring
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Old 07-24-2011, 04:38 PM   #4
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Thanks guys. I looked into the wilson bases, will the fit most whip antennas? How about the One I mentioned in my oP? Also, do they make any black whips? Aesthetically, I was looking for a black antenna to kind of go with the black truck. Thanks again
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Old 07-24-2011, 04:39 PM   #5
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[QUOTE=hamNswiss on rye;3481439]all links are below

I am looking into buying a CB setup and I think i've settled on the Cobra C18-WXSTII along with a 4' Firestik Firefly antenna with a magnet mount. I was basically looking for the cheapest CB i could get that would get weather channels along with CB channels. First off, any experience with these products/setup? reccomendations?

secondly, with the mag mount and 4' antenna, firestik recommends a 'spring shock' at the base of the antenna. What i am wondering is 1) do i really need this? 2) should i go with their Medium duty or heavy duty spring? and 3) will i need to purchase anything else to complete my setup? i know little about cb's, so any insight is appreciated. thank you


Radio: http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...ductId=2538415

Antenna: http://www.google.com/products/catalog?hl=en&safe=off&q=firestik+firefly&um=1&ie= UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=7962069746612734175&sa=X&ei=2pQsTo6 8NYX20gGgwLTkDg&ved=0CCQQ8wIwAg

Mag Mount Base: http://www.toy4education.com/electro...w-18-coax.html

Medium Duty Spring: http://www.amazon.com/SPRING-SHOCK-S...1543466&sr=8-1




Heavy Duty Spring: http://www.amazon.com/SPRING-SHOCK-S...1-1[/QUOTE]
check this link out
http://www.buydig.com/shop/product.aspx?sku=COB19DXIV
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Old 07-24-2011, 05:01 PM   #6
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I got the lil wil. Works great
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Old 07-24-2011, 05:12 PM   #7
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The Wilson will fit in a CB mount. I didn't even know they came in anything but black lol
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Old 07-24-2011, 05:27 PM   #8
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check this link out
http://www.buydig.com/shop/product.aspx?sku=COB19DXIV[/QUOTE]


I looked at that one, but I don't think I can get any weather stations with it...
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Old 07-24-2011, 05:31 PM   #9
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Unless the weather channels are CB channels, I don't think you'll be getting them. I see you're from Tempe, tomorrow give Apollo Communications a call. (623) 939-2240

That'll be your last stop for any CB questions you have. They've installed and tuned CB's for me in 2 vehicles. The owner is one of those guys that has forgotten more about radios than I'll ever learn.
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get the heavy duty spring. my friend has the medium duty one. it has trouble keeping the antenna upright.
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Old 07-24-2011, 06:13 PM   #11
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thanks guys. if i were to get the spring, would i also need a 'stud mount' to connect the spring to the antenna/spring to base? this is what amazon is recommending
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http://www.amazon.com/FireStik-SS-34...=pd_rhf_shvl_4
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Old 07-24-2011, 10:07 PM   #12
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Unless the weather channels are CB channels, I don't think you'll be getting them.
The weather channels are ~160mhz VHF FM. I have seen several CB radios that have that additional receiver built in, including the OP's radio.
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Old 07-26-2011, 10:32 PM   #14
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thanks for all the info guys...atriplett, ill try them sometime this week thanks. any other insight guys?
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