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Cb help

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by jasona250, Mar 15, 2011.

  1. Mar 15, 2011 at 6:11 PM
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    How do I hook up my cb antena?
     
  2. Mar 15, 2011 at 6:31 PM
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    screw one end of the wire to the antenna and the other end to the cb
     
  3. Mar 15, 2011 at 6:32 PM
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    What kinda antenna do you have?
     
  4. Mar 15, 2011 at 6:42 PM
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    Firestick
     
  5. Mar 15, 2011 at 7:17 PM
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    one end needs to be hooked up with the cable and the other end in your cb system....should be that easy...i got a firestick...it all worked out.
     
  8. Mar 15, 2011 at 7:27 PM
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  9. Mar 15, 2011 at 7:28 PM
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    Really? I hadn't heard that about NGP antennas. oh well. The general setup is still there, just have to add a ground
     
  10. Mar 15, 2011 at 7:51 PM
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    1. run cable from unit to antenna

    2. physically attach antenna to truck

    3. attach antenna to cable

    4. make sure outer coax cable is well GROUNDED to chassis/body

    5. Make sure that antenna center coax pin into antenna is NOT grounded. (no continuity between antenna feed line and ground

    6. test with SWR meter on channel 1 and channel 40

    7. You want as low as possible. Tune the antenna (by turning the adjusting screw or cutting to length) to adjust SWR. SWR 1.1 is awesome. less than 1.5 or so probably good enough to roll with. If you can't get it lower than, say 1.6 or so, double check your ground. If it's higher than 2 - look for a short or open.
     
  11. Mar 15, 2011 at 8:17 PM
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    yup sorry about that i should have elaborated. I meant just substitute a non-NGP and ground that one.
     
  12. Mar 16, 2011 at 12:22 AM
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    There is not enough metal in the bed of the truck to serve as an effective counterpoise (ground plane). Doesn't matter if you run a ground wire--the antenna pattern will still be all screwed up, and your SWR is likely to be high.

    A NGP antenna will radiate better than a regular antenna with an inadequate counterpoise.
     
  13. Mar 16, 2011 at 4:40 PM
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    Amateur radio license + 20 years experience. Your 10 gauge wire is a very inefficient conductor of RF current and acts at best as a single ground radial. You'd be better off with flat braid or salvaged coax braid if you want to provide an RF ground. Still, there are few places on the Tacoma where such an antenna mount would work well--hood and roof are about it, since the bed is largely composite.

    The previously posted link (by another poster) already said it:
    I don't know who you might trust. Aside from Rightchannel, maybe you would trust Firestick:
    In order for the antenna radiation pattern to be symmetrical, the ground plane/counterpoise should be as close to perpendicular to the antenna and centered under it as possible. Edge mounting is OK, but it does skew the radiation pattern away from symmetrical.

    ETA: I see you have them at the front and rear metal aftermarket bumpers now. Not as bad as bed mounted antennas, that's for sure.
     
  14. Mar 16, 2011 at 4:55 PM
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    I like wilson "lil wil" roof mount. I removed the satalite radio antenna and replaced it with the cb antenna. hole is already drilled throught the roof.
     
  15. Mar 17, 2011 at 5:14 PM
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    OP remember whatever antena you choose remember to adjust the length of it to obtain the right SRW. Without this adjustment you may have poor reception or transmisions and could run the risk of burning your radio out
     
  16. Mar 19, 2011 at 6:31 PM
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    I agree with JKD. Always use flat braided grounding straps. That what they do best. My 2cents. I swear by Wilson antennas. I've used them since 1994. Wilson mag mount antennas just work and tune so well. I had a lilltle will once and quickly noticed the lack of range compared to the Wilson 1000 & 5000 though. But with that said, the little will internally is not the same animal as the bigger 1000 & 5000's. The little will is the anntenna I'd buy if longer range wasn't an issue and I wasn't running a high power radio. Also if height is an issue, the little wil much shorter. The wilson1000 and 5000 can be unscrewed from is base and taken off truck and a weather cap screws on in it's place . The little will can be unscrewed. It's a all in one unit. My 1st experience with Wilson was in 1994. Now this was compared to a radio shack mag mount 3ft fiberglass antenna. Not a fair fight by anymeans. But it's when I noticed how good the Wilson 1000 was. I had a little uniden68 radio and no amplifier. While talking to my buddy who had the same radio and radio shack antenna. I drove and we talked. I was at 5 miles when I could no longer talk to him. I then swapped to the Wilson 1000 and drove 10 more miles before I couldn't talk to him. There was no turning back. Cb's are one of my hobbies. I like long range. Wilson set up quick and tune easy. K-40 makes a good mag mount also. But like Wilson they too have a smaller look-a-like . Wilson has little will and they have (I think) K-30. These antennas price around $30. They are good but as the saying goes " you wanna play, you gotta pay." wilson5000's are King. $80 to$100. They work as good as the 1000 but have heavier coax cable for running high wattage. I have never tried the Wilson 500. But it's the in between. It maybe a little shorter than the 1000. The3 best antennas I ever used are 102" steel whip, predator 10k and Wilson 5000. It all comes down to height issue, performance needed and what you want it to look like on you vehicle. The taller the better. Center of roof is best. Wilson has 4 options. Fiberglass for mounting anywhere on the body, mag mount, thru roof and trunk lid mount for cars. I hope this helps.
     
  17. Mar 19, 2011 at 9:47 PM
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    I had a NMO hood mount CB antenna for 2 weeks.

    I took it off after I discovered CB is nothing but racism and truckers talking about rape.
     
  18. Mar 20, 2011 at 1:03 AM
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    Correction to my last post. The little wil can not be unscrewed like the Wilson 1000 &5000. I I put can instead of can't. Due to it's height you probably won't have to take it off the roof unless you have a low clearance carport, or go into a parking garage.
     
  19. Mar 20, 2011 at 1:13 AM
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    You're right about all the crap with the truckers. Channel 19 is the road channel. I hate it.but I talk with lots of locals on different channels and we have a ball. Channel 19 comes in handy for directions sometimes and locations on the fuzz but that's all. I like the 10 meter radios and havethe cb frequencies put in.
     
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