Topic: CB Radios?

Does anyone here run a CB radio during the rally? I picked up a Cobra 19 Plus at a flea market this weekend for $5 and plan on installing it in the Escort. I know literally nothing about CB radios, but I plan on picking up a short 3' Fire Stik antenna and hooking everything up.

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Re: CB Radios?

They're on the unofficial "you might want to have" list.

Not so much for communication uses, but for general hooptyness and shenanigans.

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The Lowballers ran them for the winter rally. Resulted in some interesting conversations with the judges about missing turns due to Danger Zone karaoke.https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/16299133_1277441865680181_2484134843662121297_n.jpg?oh=1edf3ad4a8ad230e87dbbcf20987a8d7&oe=59D9840C

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Re: CB Radios?

The only time I really used our was for BS'ing with the teams we were working with, or letting everyone know I was getting pulled over

That being said, there's already one in my wagon

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I picked one up at the walmart in Minneapolis on the way down. I wasn't really intending to, but I was wandering through the walmart after spending the night in the parking lot there while waiting for Napa to open, and I noticed they had one, but no price tags to be found. After it took three early sunday morning walmart employees twenty minutes just to get the display case open for a price check, it seemed rude not to buy it. Also got an antenna.
I wired it up at the hotel in Scranton around midnight. It picked some stuff up, but we were never sure we were ever sending anything. At some point I realized that the random key-on powered socket I wired it into was actually part of the dash light circuit, meaning reception clarity dramatically improved with the rheostat cranked, but we still weren't ever sure if we were broadcasting.

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radio is more magicker than carburetors, but you can do a great job on just rule of thumb with 'em.

get the biggest damn antenna you can fit on the car. a good radio with a shit antenna won't be half as good as a crap radio with a huge-ass 102" quarter wave whip and ball spring mount bolted on your back bumper. which also provide a source of amusement/destruction when you forget it's there and it whacks into overhangs or takes out a parking structure's overhead flourescent tube. also they just look crazy now.

Re: CB Radios?

tomicdesu wrote:

radio is more magicker than carburetors, but you can do a great job on just rule of thumb with 'em.

get the biggest damn antenna you can fit on the car. a good radio with a shit antenna won't be half as good as a crap radio with a huge-ass 102" quarter wave whip and ball spring mount bolted on your back bumper. which also provide a source of amusement/destruction when you forget it's there and it whacks into overhangs or takes out a parking structure's overhead flourescent tube. also they just look crazy now.


With a flag.  Gotta have a flag.

Re: CB Radios?

Or bungeed to the front bumper....

The Chevette looks like an RC car with the Lil Wil on the roof.    Still no actual CB though..

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I'm about to pull the trigger on:

Uniden 40-Channel CB Radio (PRO505XL)
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005ZLB0E4/

Tram 300 Magnet-Mount CB Antenna Kit
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008ZDBM10/

Never had a CB setup before, so I'm just going on reviews...

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I thought you were supposed to just buy a few at the thrift store or at yard sales. The concept of buying a new CB from amazon...wow...mind blown

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Re: CB Radios?

Wait until you see what I've done with the car... Opel GT Source, Summit, and Amazon have taken a lot of my money...

I live in a small town, my thrift store is eBay.

1971 Opel Kadett Caravan for Lemons Rally
1998 Volvo V90 with Explorer 5.0 Swap for Fun
2003 Land Rover Discovery for Reliability?

Re: CB Radios?

Can someone bring an SWR meter to tune my antenna, or do I need to spend $20 of my own money?

1971 Opel Kadett Caravan for Lemons Rally
1998 Volvo V90 with Explorer 5.0 Swap for Fun
2003 Land Rover Discovery for Reliability?