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how to install a CB radio

Discussion in 'Ham Radio - CB - Trail Communications' started by metstalker, May 9, 2003.

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  1. metstalker

    metstalker Active Member

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    hey guys, i need to know the instructions on installing a cb radio. one was given to me and i was wondering how hard it would be. i have installed an amp and sub woofer but that is about the limit of my experence.

    all post will be appreciated.
     
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  3. matey

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    i know you will have to get the antena tuned but thats the limit of my knowledge try posting in the cb and ham radio bit
     
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    Its easy to install, find a place to mount the radio, tap into the cigarette lighter for power, mount the antenna and then run the wire from the antenna to the CB. depending on the CB there may be an SWR meter on it t tell you if the antenna is tuned right. but any decent CB antenna is already going to be tuned to the correct frequency.
     
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    Yeah, but you still need to tune for the specifics of the vehicle. I've installed plenty of low band, CB's, VHF and UHF radios. I've always found the tuning to be the most difficult b/c its alot of trial and error and moving the antenna up and down and up and down and cutting off small pieces and so forth. But if you've got a meter and a buddy to help you key it up, you'll be fine. There's on 3 (max) power connections and then the 2 PA wires if you have that option.
     
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    if you can install an amp and sub, installin a cb will be easy. just gotta hook up the power (usually just power and ground), mount the cb, run the coax and mount the antenna(the most difficult part). you need to figure out where you want your antenna mounted. i mounted mine right in the middle of the roof (optimal location) using a triple magnet mount. magnet mount antennas will be the easiest to mount, just clean the surface, and stick it on. tuning is pretty easy to do, shouldnt take more than 5 min if you read the directions. if you dont want to deal with it, than any cb shop should be able to tune it for ya for a small fee ($5 around here). check some of the posts in the cb/ham radio forum to see how others have mounted to there explorers.
     
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    I ran two dedicated power wires straight from my battery, fused on both leads as close to the battery. I mounted my CB to the little piece of hard plastic under the dash below the glove box, to the left.
     
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    i dont use the cigarett lighter, could i just cut the wires and uses one for power and one for ground. would this be possible? if it could what color is the power and ground
     
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    got the antenna on and wire ran to the back of the passenger seat but it is too short. damm do you think there are extensions to the antena wire.
     
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    ya, u can run it from the cigerette lighter. im sure some people will say that it wont perform as well, but your not dx'ing or anythin like that, so the cigerette lighter will be fine. the center conductor of the cigerette lighter is positive (red) while the outer conductor is ground (black). they have extensions for the antenna coax, but it would be best to use a single piece (less chance for interference). you can always make your own cables. pick up some RG-8M cable from radioshack or cb shop, and pick up some soderless PL-259 connectors. make sure you measure how much cable you will need (and buy a few extra feet). run the cable through the car to the locations you need it to go, the put the connectors on (always a good idea to use a multimeter to make sure the cable is not shorted electrically). if your not gonna tune the antenna yourself, take it down to a shop to get tuned. tuning it yourself is easy though, go buy a swr meter from radio shack for about $3 (they are disctontinued) read the directions, and tune it up yourself. that way you can make sure your antenna is always tuned up (hitting trees and stuff sometimes moves the tuning rod on fibergalss antennas and causes them to get out of tune). good luck man!
     
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    thank yall very much i installed it with no trouble i have not tuned it yet but i seem to be picking up truckers pretty well.

    thankyou again
     

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