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I am looking at a portable/handheld CB - likely the Midland 75-822. One thing I notice with the handhelds though, is a lot of them show a car adapter that also looks like it connects to an external antenna perhaps?

If that IS the case, can you just purchase a magnetic base external antenna or mount a permanent antenna on the vehicle, and then only connect it when wheeling?

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I am looking at a portable/handheld CB - likely the Midland 75-822. One thing I notice with the handhelds though, is a lot of them show a car adapter that also looks like it connects to an external antenna perhaps?

If that IS the case, can you just purchase a magnetic base external antenna or mount a permanent antenna on the vehicle, and then only connect it when wheeling?

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I have a Cobra Road Trip that came with a mag mount antenna.. It works ok..

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I am looking at a portable/handheld CB - likely the Midland 75-822. One thing I notice with the handhelds though, is a lot of them show a car adapter that also looks like it connects to an external antenna perhaps?

If that IS the case, can you just purchase a magnetic base external antenna or mount a permanent antenna on the vehicle, and then only connect it when wheeling?

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Yep, you can use a mag mount and slap it on your hood only when wheeling, or put a permanent mount anywhere you like with a quick disconnect to remove the antenna when not in use. Or just leave the antenna on the permanent mount. It's all good.

If you go with a mag mount antenna, a $20 Wal-mart model will work sufficiently well for the trails. If you might want to use it on the highway, you'll want to go with a better quality brand such as K40 or Wilson.

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Right Channel Radios has a "Jeep Kit" that uses the cobra 75wx and has a whip of your choosing. I bought that package and had everything I needed to mount it in the jeep i.e. wires, connectors, spare tire whip mount, radio... The CB goes to a remote box that most people have mounted under their glove box and the remote box goes to the antenna.

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I have had my Midland 75-822 for years. I love it. I have always used magnetic mount antennas. One thing I learned the hard way is not to use fiberglass antennas. I started with a 4' fiberglass antenna on a 5" magnetic mount. One trip it broke loose and fell to the side of my car scarring it very badly. I tried a 3' antenna and it happened again and again. Tree limbs kept knocking it off. I learned my lesson and went with a Wilson whip antenna. I love it and will never use anything else with a magnetic mount. A tree limb can bend it 90 degrees and it will not break free. I also got better reception because of the base load.

I have both the Wilson 5000 (5') and the Wilson Lil' Wil (3'). The Lil' Wil works great on the hood of the JK. The 5000 gets more long range reception on the freeway.
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I have the same Midland model and have a permanently mounted 4' Firestik. Works great. I keep the antenna connector under the passenger seat rolled up and take it out when wheeling.

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Thanks for the feedback. Exactly what I was hunting for....

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