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Teach me about: CB's.

So, I'm looking for a CB for the jeep. After this weekends snow storm, and the next one coming in right after it, I'm looking for a CB, and a place to get it tuned.

My location is Elkton, MD. Baltimore and Philly are within driving distance, so any place between there that anyone might know of for tuning a CB would be awesome. Or, if someone could teach me how to do it, that would be great too.

What CB do you guys and gals run? I've seen the Cobra 75 mentioned a few times. Anything else? What about hand-held CB's? Are these feasible to use in a Jeep? Keep in the house?

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Uninden PC510 or Cobra 19 are good inexpensive units for fixed mount. Both are available at WalMart or any truck stop.
If you buy a CB and a 3 or 4 ft "Firestick" style antenna. It will be matched pretty close out of the box. Get your stuff and ride around the truck stop areas looking for a CB shop to do the final tune of your antenna.
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Cobra 75= great all around CB. Good quality, compact design and all inclusive. Great Jeep radio.

Midland 75= Portable. Good quality. Can mount inside Jeep and take with you with supplied battery packs.

I have the Cobra 75 and love it. It is paired with a 4ft firestick and clarity and range are both good.

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Cobra 75= great all around CB. Good quality, compact design and all inclusive. Great Jeep radio.

I have the Cobra 75 and love it. It is paired with a 4ft firestick and clarity and range are both good.
i went with same set up ^^^, with the cooltech bracket. i just finished installing mine on friday night, used it for the first time saturday. loved it! some people have complianed that it isn't loud enough on the trail, but my jk has stock exhaust, and i stayed far behind the one dude in the group with no exhaust, so i didn't have any issues hearing at all.

although i was told on this forum that i would need to tune the firestick prior to use, i did not have access to an SWR, but it seemed to work well without having done so.

only thing i was disappointed, was that the antenna did not come with a coupler. nor did i know i needed one, until after i already had the plastics and carpet torn up laying the coax, and had the back gate torn apart. would have been nice for the antenna to have come with one, or provide better install instructions for chicks like me trying to figure it out for the first time.


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then ran the electrical to the always powered outlet. just removed the bottom section of the center dash, where your little net thing is. then pushed the two vertical pieces of dash that sit on either side of the center dash portion, pushed them apart enough to get the center part of the dash to unclip enough to get behind that power outlet to tap into it. i'm not gonna lie, there isn't a whole lotta room back there.

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What CB do you guys and gals run? I've seen the Cobra 75 mentioned a few times. Anything else? What about hand-held CB's? Are these feasible to use in a Jeep? Keep in the house?
Midland 75-822 Best of both worlds. Works good as a hand-held as you're just starting off with a CB and will also convert over to a normal antenna setup when you're ready to go that route. It's as easy as sliding ON/OFF a battery pack or power adapter to switch between hand-held or vehicle mount.

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Midland 75-822 Best of both worlds. Works good as a hand-held as you're just starting off with a CB and will also convert over to a normal antenna setup when you're ready to go that route. It's as easy as sliding ON/OFF a battery pack or power adapter to switch between hand-held or vehicle mount.
I've been reasearching quite a bit on this as well, and I think I'm going to go with this route. That way I've got a portable one for me to bring in the car when I take that on road trips and a base unit in the jeep and make it a handheld on those trips if necessary.
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I'm using the Midland too. I like it. I have the end of the coax poking out from the carpet at the bottom edge of the console in the passenger wheel well, so it's easy to connect when I need it. Otherwise the radio lives in the console. I fits my wife's cell phone holder, so when we're on the trail we ditch the cell and hook up the cb, hang it on the cell phone hook and we're good to go. The battery pack thing is nice too, when you park and go to spot someone you can bring your radio with you. I paired it with a radio shack brand antenna much like a firestick. My reception is pretty weak but I haven't tuned the antenna yet... swr meter ordered from ebay and on the way.

Something to be aware of on both the midland and cobra handhelds, there is not enough physical room in the device to have it peaked and tuned. So if you require exceptional reception these will not be your best option. This probably won't apply to anyone using their radio off road but if you use it on the highway and need long range you aren't going to get it.

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Something to be aware of on both the midland and cobra handhelds, there is not enough physical room in the device to have it peaked and tuned. So if you require exceptional reception these will not be your best option. This probably won't apply to anyone using their radio off road but if you use it on the highway and need long range you aren't going to get it.
Very good point. My 75 works great on the trails, but my range is probably under 2 miles to transmit.....

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I run Cobra 75s in both of my jeeps. Great hidden option for a vehicle with limited space that is easy to break into.

The mic is pretty quiet, so I mounted two hidden external 2" speakers in the corners of the roll cage and it is loud as hell!

The first Cobra 75 I installed had crappy range. I took it to a local CB shop and had the "experts" tune it and they also improved the ground. Now the range is great; about twice as far as before. After that experience, I get all my CB set-ups tuned by a pro.
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Where can you locate a tuner at?

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You can pick up a tunner on Ebay, I think truck stops and even Radio Shack

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Stupid question....

I'm guessing they come with instructions on how to tune them?

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Two kinds of "tuning". The radio can be peaked and tuned (if it's big enough to open, play with and put back together) by a cb shop. The antenna can also and should be tuned. This is done with a SWR meter (Standing Wave Ratio) which are readily available online or at radio shack. CB shops can do that for you as well.

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Stupid question....

I'm guessing they come with instructions on how to tune them?
These instructions are good:

http://www.alpharubicon.com/elect/tuningantennaeli.htm

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I got a Cobra 19 and 4' fiberglass K-40. Good cheap setup,
but I may switch to Midland for the handheld option.

I didn't think I would ever need it, but the last wheelin' trip I spent
some time spotting over the air waves. It would've been a whole lot
easier if I was outside the jeep.
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If you are just going to talk short distances then a CB is ok. But if you what longer distance, repeaters, and good emergency capability everyone need to get their Ham license. Yes you need to take a test but there is no more morse code needed.
Better reception farther distances without a repeater then tap into a repeater and have emergency capability.

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I got a Cobra 19 and 4' fiberglass K-40. Good cheap setup,
but I may switch to Midland for the handheld option.

I didn't think I would ever need it, but the last wheelin' trip I spent
some time spotting over the air waves. It would've been a whole lot
easier if I was outside the jeep.
Both? I have a cobra 19 inside (just bought a 29 though), I picked up a midland for $32 new from frys for spotting and such. Or if someone needs a radio

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I had the 75 in my Jeep and still have a 75 in my truck. To be honest Im not crazy about it. It works fine in my truck out on the open road but in the Jeep, out in the woods not so great. If something happened that you were stuck out somewhere and needed a CB you wouldnt be able to get out. The 75 will get out a couple miles (perfect conditions) as long as your antenna has been SWR'd. Down in a hole or tall trees dont count on it.

I have since switched to a Cobra 29 limited Edition Black Chrome peaked and tuned to 25 watts and a whip.

Do yourself a favor. If you use a Firestick, Wilsons or comparable buy a spring to mount it to. Otherwise you will break your antennas. I broke 3, another reason I got fed up and switched radios and went with a whip.

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I have the midland 75-822 cb. It's portable. Plug into the cigaratte lighter while in the jeep or any vehicle for that matter or you can use the battery pack while your out hiking or at the house.
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okay...lemme see if I got it: the Midland 75 handheld can be used by itself, or even better, by hooking it to a Firestick external antenna? --I will only be using this on the trail.

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Both? I have a cobra 19 inside (just bought a 29 though), I picked up a midland for $32 new from frys for spotting and such. Or if someone needs a radio
cuda- how does that little $32 midland handheld work?

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okay...lemme see if I got it: the Midland 75 handheld can be used by itself, or even better, by hooking it to a Firestick external antenna? --I will only be using this on the trail.
That is correct... There is video somewhere around here showing you how it works. You can also see the video on youtube.
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Is this the Midland 75 you're talking about:

http://www.amazon.com/MIDLAND-75-822...5819420&sr=8-1

or is it this one?

http://www.amazon.com/Midland-75-785...5819420&sr=8-4

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The first link is the one I have. I have the 75-822

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