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Old 03-12-2008, 03:18 PM   #29
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Drill the hole, put some paint on the metal edges, grommet the coax. It won't make any difference in your resale value, if you can detect any.
There's lots of licensed amateur radio operators on this site that would be happy to help with legal radio setups and the theory of tuning antennas. Amateur radio ops can go to 1500 watts legally on some bands.
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Old 03-13-2008, 06:50 AM   #30
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The rubber gumby weather strip will make room for your 1/4" coax and take the sting out of the door closing on it.

If you are going to drill any holes, I would do a roof mount and bring the coax in between the headliner and door post to your radio for the cleanest and probably the best performing setup. Honestly, it doesn't sound like you are ready for that.

I am a ham operator and belong to a club. Most everyone there has a mag mount antenna slung through a door or window including me. No problems.
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Old 03-13-2008, 09:27 AM   #31
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They do have a fender mount gizmo that would be easier to install...but I'm not sure if the antenna would work as well in that position, due to "ground plane" and all that. the fender mount thingy is a sort of "Z" shaped bracket that doesn't interfere with the hood.
Sounds like you need to make a decision...

...between "ease of installation" vs. "antenna range"!
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...Honestly, it doesn't sound like you are ready for that.
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Sounds like you need to make a decision...

...between "ease of installation" vs. "antenna range"!
heck, I haven't even decided whether or not I really want a CB...

but, you know...just kickin' around ideas.

I wonder really if it makes that much difference in range. Big rigs often mount the antenna on the mirrors. But they're up high, too.
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Old 03-13-2008, 12:21 PM   #33
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heck, I haven't even decided whether or not I really want a CB...
If you do decide to install a CB...then you will have even more decisions to make...such as: Should I get one for the truck only? Do I need one for the Airstream too?

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exactly!
I was thinking maybe a handheld...but still install a regular antenna to plug into the handheld when in the truck. Then you could use the hand-held in the trailer when at big rallies. But...we don't GO to big rallies.
and on...and on...and on....

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I was thinking maybe a handheld...but still install a regular antenna to plug into the handheld when in the truck. Then you could use the hand-held in the trailer when at big rallies. But...we don't GO to big rallies.
and on...and on...and on....

I personally see no value in having the CB in my trailer. My goodness, what ever happened to getting off your butt and walking over to someone's trailer to chat? I'd rather do that than use the CB. I guess at really large rallies (i.e., International), there is public-interest broadcoasting done during the day over CB's. I still can't imagine what it is I would need to "hear" over a CB during a rally while inside my trailer that would justify outfitting my trailer with a CB. Most of the time during the day I don't spend in my trailer anyhow.
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...I still can't imagine what it is I would need to "hear" over a CB during a rally while inside my trailer that would justify outfitting my trailer with a CB.
right. they could send an IM to your cellphone, (which you could hear over your blue-tooth enabled gps, if you were in the truck...)....but they won't. because they have a cb. because Wally had a cb in 1956, and that's the way we've always done it.

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Got my ears on

I found a ham radio store that sells cb's, and it wasn't on the other side of the county. I bought a Cobra 75 WX that has all controls and speaker in the handset. The base unit is stowed up under the lower dash, and out ot the way. They put on an antenna that clips onto the side of the hood, and it will unscrew, so I don't have a bunch of coax cable inside the cab.

The unit seems to be just what I want. Now all that I have to do is read the instructions, and learn what all it does. Thanks to everyone for their suggestions. I learned a lot from y'all.

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I found a ham radio store that sells cb's, and it wasn't on the other side of the county. I bought a Cobra 75 WX that has all controls and speaker in the handset. The base unit is stowed up under the lower dash, and out ot the way. They put on an antenna that clips onto the side of the hood, and it will unscrew, so I don't have a bunch of coax cable inside the cab.

Have fun! Be sure to check back in and let us know how you like the hand held unit. I know I would be curious to hear how it works out.
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Well I just got back from Hempstead, TX, about 180 or so miles east of San Antonio. Most of the travel was on a state hwy or a US hwy. The hand held Cobra seemed to work properly. Once I turned the squelch down I could hear transmissions clearly. Since these roads had no mile markers, I guess that the range was in the 3 - 5 mile area. The only complaint I have is that the cord is too short. The hand unit stretches tight when I hold it in my hand, and it won't rest on the seat or cup holder. Changeing channels, broadcasting, and adjusting volume and squelch are not difficult to do as they are contained in the hand unit so you're not reaching under the dash to find a knob.

For the few times that I will be using it, it fits my needs just fine. I'll know more about broadcast range in a few weeks when I join a caravan to Big Bend.

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After antenna connections and placement, the biggest and most worthwhile work is to avoid the cigarette lighter hookup and go straight to the battery. I used to do this on every Freightliner that I was assigned to drive (among other things). Dispatch grouched at the delay, but it was always worth it.

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Stream 1529 -- is it possible to replace the cord with a longer one?

REDNAX -- we hooked ours to a fuse. There are a couple of benefits to that setup -- less cabling needed to run to battery, no chance of running battery down if CB is left on while truck is off, and it is protected by a fuse.

I'm curious why you are advising against the 12v plug setup? Less power?
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It's easy enough to do. See the TSB for proper way. Straight to the battery almost eliminates the noisy vehicle electrical system for far better reception (more important, IMO, than transmission). You will think you've bought another (more expensive) radio rig.

The HAM guys around here could also offer advice. I have seen some nice threads with pics on other sites.

Getting rid of "noise" makes the difference between okay and very good.
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