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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-14-2008, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
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Any recomendations on a good CB setup with magnetic antenna for my Jeep? Does the head unit really matter? Any brand/model suggestions? Thanks!

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-14-2008, 09:51 PM
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Had good luck with Cobra and Midlands in the past. I just used an aftermarket magnet mount antenna. Worked better than teh factory one. Had permanant mount ones that were just great for long range on my ranger's rollbar.
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I don't know a ton about them, but i've done a few amateur radio installs. I think it depends on the range that you want to have. and how "legal" you want to be.

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Galaxy DX99 is a good radio, Wilson 5000 is a good match for it as far as antenna goes.
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Why bother... You get more static than noise. If you need short range, get one of those short range handhelds radios.

I had one of these back in the day modified for 11M operation (cb frequency). http://www.rangerusa.com/rci-29dx.html
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Midlands and Cobra's are real nice radios. It all depends on what you want. I had a a Cobra in my old chevy with a permanent mount 102" whip. I had the radio bumped up a bit and it worked great. I had a midland in my last truck that was clipped for a little more power and ran two antennas permantly mounted to the truck. I've had good luck with both but I just gave up on useing them when everyone started going to nextel during plowing. I don't run one anymore but I do carry a small hand held when i take vacations. Good for listening to traffic backups and speed traps. K40 makes some real nice antennas. http://www.das-roadpro.com/k40/ Just make sure you tune the antenna to the radio for best results.
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You should be able to pick up a decent Cobra for relatively cheap and they work well. I've had my current unit for over 10 years and with a mag-mount on the roof, it puts out 4 miles easily.

A hand-held's ability will depend greatly on the antenna. Unless you go external, you'll be lucky to get a mile.

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Sweet, thanks all. I do have a portable unit, but the range sucks. I'll look into this a bit more now that I armed with some solid info!

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back in the day i had a cobra that was modified and a 102" whip.

Willard: When I was home after my first tour, it was worse. I'd wake up and there'd be nothing. I hardly said a word to my wife, until I said "yes" to a divorce. When I was here, I wanted to be there; when I was there, all I could think of was getting back into the jungle.
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