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Finished CB Installation

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by ahigginsdeca, Apr 2, 2008.

  1. Apr 2, 2008 at 8:04 PM
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    ahigginsdeca

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  2. Apr 2, 2008 at 8:13 PM
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    jhodge83

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    wat?
    ditto...i'm having probs getting mine under 3.5:1. i've been talking w/ kilo and i'm gonna try some different things when the weather clears up
     
  3. Apr 2, 2008 at 8:17 PM
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    for a while, I couldn't figure out why I wasn't getting any reception and the SWR was so high, but then I figured that my cell phone charger, which plugged in right next to my CB, would really screw it all up. As soon as I took it out, everything went to wear it's supposed to be and I so far, I've gotten reception up to a little over 3 miles...

    The next step is to intall a PA system with the CB...:)
     
  4. Apr 2, 2008 at 8:31 PM
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    hmm...might need to unplug my radar detector and see how it is. i wanna get me a lil cheap speaker off ebay and hook it up to my PA as well
     
  5. Apr 2, 2008 at 8:35 PM
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    Yeah, the charger was definately the problem. I'm not quite sure what I need, specifically, for the PA so you should let me know if you find out...
     
  6. Apr 2, 2008 at 8:44 PM
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    wat?
    u should have a PA jack on the back of the cb...and if so, all u have to do is buy a horn/speaker for it. i actually just ordered one off ebay. here's what i got.....

    http://cgi.ebay.com/BLACK-PA-SPEAKER-for-CB-or-HAM-RADIO-Extra-Loud-NEW_W0QQitemZ360038934192QQihZ023QQcategoryZ48695QQtcZphotoQQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp1742.m153.l1262
     
  7. Apr 2, 2008 at 8:49 PM
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    do you know where I can get a waterproof one? That one that jhodge83 posted a link to seemed like what I need. Just the speaker and 10' wire...
     
  8. Apr 2, 2008 at 8:53 PM
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    the one i posted is weatherproof and for marine use as well....factory warranty and 2 year replacement warranty from the seller....and they say u can hear it from 1-2 blocks...we'll have to see about all that.
     
  9. Apr 2, 2008 at 8:55 PM
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    I'm probably going to buy one. It wasn't that expensive either, but I may get what I pay for. It would be worth it to at least try though. You'll have to tell me how it does.
     
  10. Apr 2, 2008 at 10:32 PM
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    3.5:eek: Holy cow, dude!
    And you haven't fried you radio?
    I'd almost check for a short. Either in the wire itself
    or the antenna mounting bracket.
     
  11. Apr 3, 2008 at 8:39 AM
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    Everything is working fine and I mounted dual antennas, which don't really help with distance being that they are only about four feet apart, and a really high quality CB. That 3.5 (approx) was from a truck straight in front of me on a flat and straight highway. For what mounted, it seemed normal. Am I completely wrong or is it fine?
     
  12. Apr 3, 2008 at 8:43 AM
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    "CB operators can expect a fairly consistent operational range of three to five miles in an area of limited obstructions."
    From Firestik Antenna's Website

    From that, I'm hoping that everything is in proper working condition, but only time will tell...
     
  13. Apr 3, 2008 at 9:26 AM
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    I think your setup will work well, Just make sure to tune your SWR to an acceptable level. Otherwise your radio needs to work so hard to push 4 Watts out the antenna it will eventually die.
    The Cobra 29's or any Cobra is a good radio. And Firestik is the most popular antenna out there.
    Good Choices.
     
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    I installed and tuned my cobra compact and at the max ive talked to my buddies at 12 miles, antenna and tuneing are the keys
     
  16. Apr 9, 2008 at 9:24 PM
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    oh wow! I've never even heard of that, but I guess it's possible... What antennas do you have?
     
  17. Apr 10, 2008 at 5:23 AM
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    Just remember mounting "Dual" antennas do NOT help with radio frequency transmission distance. and if the antennas aren't mount a certain distance apart(distance is affected by the electrical length of the antenna )they could in fact have adverse effects on the radiation pattern of the antenna also this setup up is very directional (causing unwanted signal reflection from the vehicle body). The best thing i could recommend using (for the greatest transmit and receive distance) is a single stainless steel 102" (or cut to length for the exact frequency) dipole antenna mounted on a good ground plan mounted as hi as possible effectively creating a "balanced" radiation pattern for the RF energy to disperse upon

    sorry about the rant but I'm a Ham radio geek and I just couldn't help myself!
     
  18. Apr 10, 2008 at 6:09 AM
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    I got just a 5 foot fiberglass K40, and one night i was talking to my buddie on his base station at exactly 11.8 miles.
     
  19. Apr 10, 2008 at 6:53 AM
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    That's really good distance. I put on dual 3' antennas and am thinking to replace them with 4' antennas, but I don't know if that will make that much of a difference
     
  20. Apr 10, 2008 at 7:11 AM
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    :rolleyes::rolleyes: Yeah more antennas is definitely the answer why stop at two maybe you should get 4.. or 6 ya thats it six antennas that will do the trick!:D and then ........:rolleyes::rolleyes:
     
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