Hit your local TA, Pilot, Flying hook, what have you truck stop and for
$5 you can buy a power plug for the radio that will plug into the cigeratte
lighter. And dont go putting twin antennas on the thing, it isnt wide
enough, they need
at least 8 ft between them or they fight one another..
My antenna of choice is the good ole 102" stainless steel whip mounted on
the left rear
cornor. Radio Shack $19.99. But skip radio shack for the coax, their
cables are lousy,
the ends corrode terrible, and the "cable" quality is really poor. Nothing
kills your ablity to
talk or hear like poor quality cable. Cable should be 18' , dont coil the
excess in a tight coil,
loop it like a skein of yarn 14"-16" and wire tie it in the center. Tight
coils act like a "choke"
mess up reception, and make it very hard to get a good match. Mounted right
you should have a near
perfect match with the 18' cable and 102" antenna. Make sure the radio has
a good ground from the
radio chassis/housing to the vehicle.
Next choice after Stainless steel whips is a 48" Francis. Wilsons are good
too, but not any
better than ether for the first two, and way more expensive. Firestick used
to be a
good buy, but thats was 15 years ago, the new ones are the pits. Hustler
used to be top shelf, way back when CB was king, the 19" Hustler ceramic
center load was one
of the best.
good page with lots of info even if the antennas
One upside is Wilson is made in the USA.
As to your radio choice, its not a bad radio, but I hope you paid less than
it. The Uniden Cobra 29LTD is only $59 after rebate right now at Pilot
The "soundtracker" radios from Uniden are paper weights. I will say the
older Cobra 29 LTD Classics
are better than the new ones ie made in Japan vrs made in China.
Microphones, get a good noise cancelling mike, ether a Turner Road King
RK56, or an
Astatic 636L. Forget power mikes, and for god's sake dont go getting a
bloody echo, or any of the "video game" noise makers. Be very careful of
shops offering "peak and tune" there are a lot of hacks out there today.