Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: North Richland Hills, Texas
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I'm certainly not an expert...hopefully a Ham can chime in....I haven't yet put a CB in my new Sahara but I do have on order: Cobra 29NW/WX, Firestick, Teraflex mount and Firewire coax with Firering and stub.
I put nearly the same setup in my TJ several years ago. I could not get any decent reception or broadcast, but then again I didn't know what I was doing. I took the time to learn a bit and found I made 2 mistakes:
1. Ground. I didn't have a proper ground on the antenna. I bought a nice braided cable, probably overkill but ran it from the antenna base to a solid place on the chassis. This corrected my ground plane.
2. Tightly coiled cable. I had nice straight runs to the radio and antenna, but since I had an 18' coax I just tightly coiled up the excess. I undid that, made nice big 18" coils in a few places between the radio and antenna.
Once these two things were corrected, I hooked up an SWR meter. Used a small jumper cable to the radio, so it was: coax-->SWR-->jumper-->radio. I was able to tune channel 1 to 1.3 and channel 40 to 1.4, so on 19 I had to be really close to that coveted 1:1.
Made all the difference in the world! I regularly got 5 to 7 miles and it was not unusual to get 8 to 12. A few times when conditions were right I could get a good skip and talked to some folks in Virginia once....well, they said they were there anyway.
Hope that helps some....
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2009 Sahara, Red Rock, auto, MyGig REN, Trac-Lok, remote start, soft top, Nuvi 765T, Escort X50 Blue, Cobra 29WXNW, Firestick II, Recovery Kit, Bestop Bikini Top, Soft Top Cover, Jeep Hood Bra