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« on: June 05, 2011, 08:33:42 am »

We just bought our second PC, a 2552. I am trying to figure out where to locate my CB so that it is out of the way. We seldom use it and typically use it only when tied up in traffic and we are trying to hear what the truckers are saying about the situation. In the last one we put it in the lower opening of the center console but that usues up the convienent space. Also our installer said that the only real solution was to mount a magnetic antenna on the hood, a location that looks sort of like Bubba installed it. I would like to hear from others about how they have set up their CB. Bill Help
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« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2011, 10:53:56 am »

We purchased a hand-held from Radio Shack. The Cruiser being mostly fiberglass, there is not a really good "Ground Plane" for an antenna. We use our when traveling with others.
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« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2011, 10:41:46 pm »

The Ford hood is fiberglass.  At least my 2007 is.  So a magnetic antenna would not work anywhere on a Ford PC.

I'd opt for a hand held CB radio too.  You could then take it other places and switch vehicles too, ideal for a tow vehicle situation.
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« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2011, 03:38:59 pm »

The Ford hood is fiberglass.  At least my 2007 is.  So a magnetic antenna would not work anywhere on a Ford PC.

Dayum, I would have bet a hundred bucks my '07 hood was steel without going to look. Just did, Ron ye know the PC up, down, sideways.  Gotta vote with you on the portable too.  The only problem may be that some of the portables I have seen have a magnetic mount antenna, may have to stop and attach it to a stop sign.  I had a GE portable that plugged into the cigarette lighter with a mag-mount antenna and it would out perform a lot of the permanent ones with fixed antenna.  PRS radios seem to work well in groups settings, if you can get the group to buy compatible units or at least teach each other how to get on a common channel.  Better straight line range, less interference and static.
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« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2011, 04:51:57 pm »

My 2010 Ford E-450 has the hood and fenders are made of stamped steel. I did not know that Ford made any vans with fiberglass hoods. It is very interesting what one learns on here.
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« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2011, 05:45:52 pm »

Dayum, I would have bet a hundred bucks my '07 hood was steel without going to look. Just did......L. G.
I heard the hood went fiberglass long before I ever owned a PC.  I think the fiberglass hood goes back many years.

My dad owned an 87 Ford Econoline van and his hood rusted from the inside out fairly quickly.  It was a common problem on many.  Maybe Ford changed to fiberglass for that reason.

At least bugs and hail bounce off it better  Smile
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« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2011, 08:45:35 pm »

I heard the hood went fiberglass long before I ever owned a PC.  I think the fiberglass hood goes back many years.

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« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2011, 09:45:05 pm »

Okay, I will go with the dayum too.  Except I will use that phrase for all the reference of times long ago...You guys really make me feel like the  puppy here..  On my Ford truck we installed the antenna for the cb on the sideview mirror just like the truckers do. They make attachments for this purpose. I am sure if you google this you can find them. A cb is my next purchase on my long list of wants...

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« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2011, 07:42:46 am »

I use the handheld Cobra 75WXST with a Firestik NGP (no ground plate) Antenna:

http://www.rightchannelradios.com/firestik-cb-antenna-110/ngp-side-mount-kit-firestik-cb-antenna-kit-300.html

I installed the antenna myself on our first Cruiser, running the antenna wire under the trim behind the drivers seat.  Pictured here on our second Cruiser, the antenna was installed at the factory during construction.  I then connected the antenna wire to the Remote Connector Box placed under the drivers seat.  The power wire is run under the floor mat to the fuse box.  The CB cord runs out to the right from under the seat.  Works great.  Listen to traffic problems, trucker politics and keep up with the weather.
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« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2011, 09:16:38 am »

Billy --- Did you (or anyone else) ever use the Cobra hand held without the Firestick (additional antenna)?  I'm wondering how the performance would be?

Thanks,

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« Reply #10 on: June 08, 2011, 11:58:50 pm »

We have a firestik no ground plane antenna on the curbside of the roof on our 2900 PC. It tuned great. It is 13.5" tall with a special 15' no ground plane cable.

The CB is the Cobra all in one. Speaker and all controls are in the handset so very little space is taken for the CB.

We also have a Wilson Cell phone amplifier with a Wilson short antenna on the street side of the roof to enhance our cell phone reception. 
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« Reply #11 on: June 09, 2011, 03:30:02 pm »

Thanks --- that answers my dumb question...
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« Reply #12 on: June 09, 2011, 08:37:41 pm »

Antennas, Antennas, Antennas are a funny bread. Wilson is a ham radio operator. Antennas don't like metal, don't like to be mounted lower the the metal cab, fiberglass, I don't know. Had a friend mounted on the right front fender and asked me to check the SWR's, they were high, I tied a string to the antenna, he keyed the radio, I pulled the antenna away from the fender and the SWR's went down. Antennas don't like being mounted next to metal as on the rail of a truck bed next to the cab.
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« Reply #13 on: June 13, 2011, 03:15:43 pm »

We just bought our second PC, a 2552. I am trying to figure out where to locate my CB so that it is out of the way. We seldom use it and typically use it only when tied up in traffic and we are trying to hear what the truckers are saying about the situation. In the last one we put it in the lower opening of the center console but that usues up the convienent space. Also our installer said that the only real solution was to mount a magnetic antenna on the hood, a location that looks sort of like Bubba installed it. I would like to hear from others about how they have set up their CB. Bill Help
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« Reply #14 on: June 13, 2011, 03:21:26 pm »

1518 Mon 13 June 2011  Balt

I suggest that you use a center loaded antenna (Hustler mod RG-27 for CB) on a mirror-arm mount.  I have a 2006 PC 2400 and I am using a Hustler on 2m mounted on a truck mirror mount and it works well.  W3DOT
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