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Anyone with a CB?

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by ForeRunner, Nov 5, 2006.

  1. Nov 5, 2006 at 1:27 PM
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    I'm kinda in the process of getting/looking for a CB radio. Anybony have an recommendations, I was thinking of either Uniden or Cobra with a Firestick antenna.
     
  2. Nov 5, 2006 at 5:17 PM
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    Best guys to ask are transport truckers. They all have them. I'll try to find out for you.
     
  3. Nov 6, 2006 at 4:40 AM
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  4. Nov 6, 2006 at 8:31 AM
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    Banshee,

    Here’s the scoop. Apparently, Uniden rules especially by number of units sold over Cobra (3:1) Uniden’s are ruggedly built. The better ones to get are PC78XL or PC78 Elite. I’m told you need a good antenna for these units to perform. Recommend a Wilson W1000. Consider magnetic mount so you don’t have to drill a hole through your roof :eek: . Hope this helps. Let us know how it goes.

    Eat Steak
     
  5. Nov 6, 2006 at 11:15 AM
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    I was looking at the Uniden PC78 however Im not getting a magnetic mount antenna but a mount to some off of one of the fenders and out above the hood (probably opposite of the regular radio antenna driver side) and just run the coax through the firewall. There is a place up here in the Seattle area that will supertune the radio and antenna so I'll probably got hit them up friday.

    Thanks for the research.
    Jon
     
  6. Nov 7, 2006 at 12:15 PM
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    What is supertune the radio and antenna? Have you seen how tow truck drivers mount their many antenna's. A bracket like that will help.
     
  7. Nov 7, 2006 at 9:07 PM
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    Kinda hard to explain but basically tune the antenna for a low SWR (Standing Wave Ratio) across the channels and getting a little more out of the radio
     
  8. Nov 11, 2006 at 2:35 PM
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    So I got one today, and I said I wasn't going to get a magnetic antenna but I did instead. I got a Uniden PRO 520XL and a Wilson Little Wil magnetic antenna. Now all I have to do is tune it fo a low SWR. Now who has a SWR meter?
     
  9. Nov 11, 2006 at 4:00 PM
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    You the man, Jon. Magnetic mount is a real auto enthusiast’s choice. A true enthusiast will self circumcise himself :eek: before he would drill into his ride. They are very anal about their rides. When I was about 15, I was hit by a car while riding my bicycle and I ended up in a ditch and was separated from my bike. All I cared about was my bike as I laid in the ditch while the cow's were checking me out;) . This is no ordinary bike owner bud. That $50 bike was my 07 Taco back then. When emergency personnel arrived all I wanted to know was, what happened to my bike and where it was. I refused to go to emergency unless the bike came with me. After a few minutes, they were nice enough to cooperate. There I was in hospital with a bicycle beside my bed that appeared to have been struck by lightning.:mad: Now that you know I’ve got issues, what made you buy the 520XL? I would like to buy a CB too if I can get a neat concealed installation. More like a piece of emergency equipment. SWR=Short Wave Radio meter? Share your CB experience with us because I drive in the bush where there’s no cell coverage in some spots and could use one.
    Moo
     
  10. Nov 11, 2006 at 7:03 PM
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    I went with it one for cost and second size. I put on a cigarette lighter adapter to power it instead of running to the fuse panel or to the battery. With this setup the CB radio and mic fit nicely in the center console and the magnetic antenna is only about 40 inches tall so it fits in the back seat stowed under te baby seat. When I want to use it just get it out of the console plug in the power run the antenna out the back sliding window and I'm ready to go. IT also fits nicely between the passenger seat and the console. no permanent holes or marring of the interior.

    SWR= Standing Wave Ratio. It is the ratio of forward power to reflected power. You have to match the antenna to the radio or else you can kill your radio.

    A Link on it.
     
  11. Nov 11, 2006 at 7:25 PM
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    Can you please post a picture of your center console? Would like to see it with the new addition. Thanks.
     
  12. Nov 11, 2006 at 7:35 PM
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    It's not permanent, the console just stows it. I'll get some pics tomorrow and post them.
     
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    Banshee,
    How much did you pay for it. The Uniden PRO510XL is listed for $36.79 in TW Store. Is it a good deal? Check out the reviews. :) Dont forget the pic's.
     
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    Installation of a mobile two-way radio system :eek:

    As the installation of a mobile two-way radio system in your vehicle COULD affect the following electronic systems, be sure to check with your Toyota dealer for precautionary measures or special instructions regarding installation. (Page vii-2007 Tacoma owners manual)

    Multiport fuel injection system/sequential multi port fuel injection system
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    Eat Steak:D
     
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    if u wanna talk far you gotta go with a connex or galaxy radio.
     
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    Actually, when I was younger I became quite interested in C.B. If you really want to have fun try ham radio. On a 2 meter band & 2 watts, you can talk 50+ miles on fm & use the phone via repeaters. A magnet mount on the roof may be better than mounting to the fender. The roof will act as a ground plane & radiate your signal.
     
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    The little unidens are fine for 1st cb users or just occasional really short range use. You can by a cobra 25 for it's compact size and have a shop install an oversized final transistor and tune the radio for max power. Radio cost about $70. About $30 for new final and a tune. I think the cobra 29 is still great radio is you just want a 40 channel cb. I prefer 10 meter ham radios with cb frequencies put in. The galaxy 33hp is a great radio. Tune up puts out 40watts. General lee radio kick but also. Put out about 60watts tuned up. The general washington is the same as the general lee except it has an American flag on the face plate in stead of rebel flag for those who mind. These radio are fairly large though. I put a Magnum 257hp in my Taco. Its compact like cobra 25 but it's a ham radio and does 65 to 80watts. Has modern looks and great noise reduction and awseome receiver. Online Gijoes cb shop has best price at$195. $30tune. A great radio connected to a poor antenna is a waiste. Wilson 1000 or 5000 mag mounts or through roof mounts work the best, set up easy and can be unscrewed when need be and the have a weather cap. They work best on the Tacos with plastics beds since you can't get a good ground on them there. I've tried them all since 1994. The little wil is ok for shortrange talking. You'll triple your range with the 1000 or 5000 but the cb radio also has to be good quality. It just depends what you want to do.
     
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