I Have A CB Question.

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Jay R. R2-Detour 's Comment
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I want a CB and I getting either the 49 or 69 dollar Cobra one. My Celadon truck has the red and black wire by the cb mount, do I need an antenna? I don't need 400 mile range, just like to know of Abby break checks a couple miles ahead, it be able to ask what the hold up on the roadway is.

RedBeard's Comment
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I cant help you but others might if you say what make, model and year your truck is just saying.

Kenneth L.'s Comment
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Yea, you're going to need an antenna and coax cable with connectors if your truck doesn't already have them installed. Both my trucks already had them installed and I only need to provide the CB radio. The max range on a barefoot CB is only about 4 miles max. Most times you will only hear about 1 mile or so because you will tend to increase the squelch till it takes a strong signal to overcome. The red connector is the positive voltage and the black is the ground. Look around for the coax (thick black wire) with a connector on it. Look on the outside of your truck for antenna(s). If you don't have an antenna and coax, then you might want to check with your shop for solutions.

Jay R. R2-Detour 's Comment
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I cant help you but others might if you say what make, model and year your truck is just saying.

2015 Freightliner.

Jay R. R2-Detour 's Comment
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I cant help you but others might if you say what make, model and year your truck is just saying.

2015 Freightliner Cascadia Evolution to be more specific.

Turbo Dan's Comment
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I cant help you but others might if you say what make, model and year your truck is just saying.

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2015 Freightliner Cascadia Evolution to be more specific.

I drove a 2014 Cascadia FreightShaker,,, CB Antenna is Built into the Fiberglass Cab body, in my truck the Antenna Cable and power wires were in the overhead above the windshield on the Drivers side. Put your right hand up,,, was behind a removable (2 screws) panel,, was enough room to install the CB up there also. 2015 ? Google search

Snappy's Comment
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Good choice going for a cheap Cobra. That's what I have, a DX IV. For what I usually hear on the CB, I'm glad I didn't spend any more.

As far as signal quality, the FCC regulates how much power the unit can put out, so unless you want NOAA weather radio, lots of chrome, or other fancy stuff, you're basically getting the same thing no matter what you spend.

Quality improvements come primarily from tuning the antenna to the radio. You can pay a CB shop to do that, or if you can see how to adjust your antenna, a $20 SWR meter and a 3 foot patch cable can be used. Just YouTube search for instructions. SWR meters are built in to most of the fancier radios.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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You don't need anything crazy to start as others mentioned. If you want to spend a few bucks more, the Cobra 29 has stood the test of time as a solid radio that can be improved upon down the road. Or, just leave it alone and have a solid radio that will work every time you switch it on. The antenna is built into your truck, the owners manual might let you know where they run the coax for the antenna. Red = hot / black = ground.

Jeff L.'s Comment
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I have been told that they do not become useful until weather situations and jams, so at that point it would be good to carry some. Distance. I need one by winter. Had one with my trainer and could not get ahold of the vehicle that was dripping flames but was able to worn other drivers

Jay R. R2-Detour 's Comment
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You don't need anything crazy to start as others mentioned. If you want to spend a few bucks more, the Cobra 29 has stood the test of time as a solid radio that can be improved upon down the road. Or, just leave it alone and have a solid radio that will work every time you switch it on. The antenna is built into your truck, the owners manual might let you know where they run the coax for the antenna. Red = hot / black = ground.

There's a mounting plate in the dash for the cb, the red and black wires are right behind it. I need to look for a 3rd coax cable though, right?

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