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Best CB and Antennas

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by mkwl, Oct 8, 2008.

  1. mkwl

    mkwl 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,361

    I'm looking to get a CB for my truck- what's a good one in the price range up to $150? What are good antennas (want to do twins on my backrack)? I'd like a CB I can set up with a PA system as well if possible.

    Thanks,
    Matt
     
  2. Joe D

    Joe D Senior Member
    Messages: 605

    I have a uniden, paid about $150 for it. Has the PA and all the good stuff. I run a Wilson antenna. It's a loaded base 2000 I think. You don't want to run dual antenna's as they need to be 8' apart to work correctly or they will fight each other. My friend has a Firestick on his backrack on the drivers side.
    I bought all my stuff at a CB shop and I did all the install and they tuned it. You can tune them yourself with a meter, but the shop offered for free
     
  3. sweetk30

    sweetk30 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,588

    x2 from what i hear. and even hard core cb users over the road will run 1 big ant rather than 2 sticks. chevk local truck stops for measage boards for possible used stuff for sale cheep . i got my nice peaked and tuned uniden with big ant. used for less than 100 bucks. and the ant. can handle around 400-500 watts if i add a power adder. heck i even have weather in my cb radio. dont use the little pa tho. i have a 100 watt federal signal pa unit. man is it loud :dizzy:
     
  4. ABES

    ABES PlowSite.com Addict
    from MN
    Messages: 1,322

    If you want the "look" of having dual whips thats fine just only hook up one of them.
     
  5. Enzo

    Enzo Senior Member
    Messages: 387

    how far can cb go, and is it possible to find an open channel?
     
  6. deere615

    deere615 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,919

    My find used to have a pa on his station wagon, he used to drive around yelling at people it was halarious
     
  7. nrplowguy

    nrplowguy Senior Member
    Messages: 130

    go marine its the only way to go i can about 25 miles with mine on a good day. a cb only puts out 4 watts at least the legal ones lol and they only go about 7-8
     
  8. Enzo

    Enzo Senior Member
    Messages: 387

    Yeah, for the heck of it I bought a Cb and havent tuned it yet, I know I will get the meter and do it, but I do get about 8 miles with it currently. It is a Cobra 29 with a 48" antenna magnet mount.
     
  9. bluerage94

    bluerage94 Senior Member
    Messages: 398

    Got a uniden with a wilson 2000 works good, distance depends on the terrain. If there are alot of hills I only get a mile or two.
     
  10. SKYNYRD

    SKYNYRD Senior Member
    Messages: 420

    i have a midland in one truck and a cobra in the other. both use firestick antenna's. one truck has a single antenna and the other has dual. we get great reception between the trucks but i don't know the mile range we have. i do know this past saturday the trucks were 30 minutes away from each other in a snowstorm and we had crystal clear reception. the firestick site has tons and i mean tons of info on it. do a lot of reading on there and follow their suggestions. def got to tune the antenna(s) though.
     
  11. crossboneracing

    crossboneracing Senior Member
    Messages: 137

    First, Wilson is the best in antennas that are base loaded. Firestick for fiberglass. Dont bother with fiberglass, they suck and the range will dissapoint you. Second, consider a decent export or "modified 10 meter radio" as it has more power, channels, and more options. Also, a good power mic such as a red devil or astatic d-104 will help with audio. Decent setup that will really get you out there for around$ $300 or so. Try this site, they are wholesale cb parts and such. http://www.hyelectronics.com Hope this helps!
     
  12. sledrider2005

    sledrider2005 Member
    Messages: 49

    i would run a wilson 1000 magnet mount you can run a linear amp for more fire in the wire but remember you need to have your radio power turned down unless you have adjustable power
     
  13. solarbarack

    solarbarack Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    I'm running a magnum s-380 w/ an astatic mic and wilson 5000 magnet mount.