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David P.'s Comment
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Quick question. I have a couple of weeks before I get my own truck. What's the best cb I can put into my truck under $200 ( I don't want to go crazy) And also what is the best antennas to run run. I'll be getting a KW T880. Thanks

David's Comment
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Quick question. I have a couple of weeks before I get my own truck. What's the best cb I can put into my truck under $200 ( I don't want to go crazy) And also what is the best antennas to run run. I'll be getting a KW T880. Thanks

I've got a Cobra 25LX. Its good one. Never had any issues with you, you can change the color of the display.. as for antennas, most trucks have them installed, but I'd take your CB to a shop and let them tune it for you. you could upgrade the antennas, from what Ive been reading, the fiberglass coil work great.

DOUBLE TROUBLE's Comment
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I have the Cobra 29 LXBT. Works great!  Cobra 29 LXBT CB radio

Antenna, I run dual FIRESTIK

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David's Comment
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I have the Cobra 29 LXBT. Works great! 29LXBT.jpg

Antenna, I run dual FIRESTIK

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only difference in your to mine is the Blue Tooth..

mine runs great, even in my 70 Vw Bug... just waiting on my antenna.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Either radio will work but just don't through it in a truck and go. Make sure you take it to a cb shop and have it peaked and tuned and for God sakes have the swr's set which matches the antenna to the truck. To high of an swr and it can blow the finals in your radio then it's just a paper weight which would cost almost as much to fix the radio as it would to just get a new one.

My taste in radios runs more towards the export/ham radio side which is quite a bit more expensive than what you can buy in a truck stop. They are ham radios that have been converted from 10 meter to 11 meter so they can talk on the 27 mhz band with all the normal cb's but keep their high powered output of power. The cobra 25 and 29 will get about 30 watts of power which is more than enough if your using it for just normal communications. I run a Galaxy 94 that does 130 watts. I like to be heard when I talk on the radio. And I like to talk long distance. Which are two totally separate things.

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Either radio will work but just don't through it in a truck and go. Make sure you take it to a cb shop and have it peaked and tuned and for God sakes have the swr's set which matches the antenna to the truck. To high of an swr and it can blow the finals in your radio then it's just a paper weight which would cost almost as much to fix the radio as it would to just get a new one.

My taste in radios runs more towards the export/ham radio side which is quite a bit more expensive than what you can buy in a truck stop. They are ham radios that have been converted from 10 meter to 11 meter so they can talk on the 27 mhz band with all the normal cb's but keep their high powered output of power. The cobra 25 and 29 will get about 30 watts of power which is more than enough if your using it for just normal communications. I run a Galaxy 94 that does 130 watts. I like to be heard when I talk on the radio. And I like to talk long distance. Which are two totally separate things.

does that galaxy come converted or did u have to get someone to do it for u?

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Either radio will work but just don't through it in a truck and go. Make sure you take it to a cb shop and have it peaked and tuned and for God sakes have the swr's set which matches the antenna to the truck. To high of an swr and it can blow the finals in your radio then it's just a paper weight which would cost almost as much to fix the radio as it would to just get a new one.

My taste in radios runs more towards the export/ham radio side which is quite a bit more expensive than what you can buy in a truck stop. They are ham radios that have been converted from 10 meter to 11 meter so they can talk on the 27 mhz band with all the normal cb's but keep their high powered output of power. The cobra 25 and 29 will get about 30 watts of power which is more than enough if your using it for just normal communications. I run a Galaxy 94 that does 130 watts. I like to be heard when I talk on the radio. And I like to talk long distance. Which are two totally separate things.

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does that galaxy come converted or did u have to get someone to do it for u?

Havre to have it converted.

Michael Y.'s Comment
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I have a CB question as well. Assuming everything is peeked and tuned and mounted correctly, what's best a single or dual antenna setup? I like the looks of a dual setup but will go single if that's best. Also, whats a good antenna? I have seen many with open air coils like the 20,000 watt one from K40. I been looking at those or the Wilson trucker 2000/5000. Need new antennas fast. I could be heard before just have short range both TX and RX. I can hear but cant be heard now. Also by chance is there a CB shop in the Little Rock area?

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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I have a CB question as well. Assuming everything is peeked and tuned and mounted correctly, what's best a single or dual antenna setup? I like the looks of a dual setup but will go single if that's best. Also, whats a good antenna? I have seen many with open air coils like the 20,000 watt one from K40. I been looking at those or the Wilson trucker 2000/5000. Need new antennas fast. I could be heard before just have short range both TX and RX. I can hear but cant be heard now. Also by chance is there a CB shop in the Little Rock area?

Upstairs in the Petro there is one. Dual antenna systems are a waist of money cause you will not be able to get the antennas 18 feet apart. If your using the mount that came with the truck.... Don't. Get another amount. And if your driving a Cascadia it's even more important to get a mount that goes on the mirrors.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Michael Y.'s Comment
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Thank you Guyjax. Now what's a good antenna? I want to get out there.

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