Back when I had my first seven slat vehicle, a 1990 Wrangler (in 1992), cell /mobile phones, were not as ubiquitous as they are today…the CB radio however, was not yet TOTALLY forgotten…
Sidebar…remember the Nextel phone, and the Push-to-Talk feature? Now, if that service still existed…and if it does, there can’t be more than two people that still have it…it would be the perfect trail comms solution.
Today, the CB radio is all but forgotten, however I believe that the CB radio is an effective trail comms solution. Many in the Jeep community would argue for the use of two-way radios, or hamm, and I understand that these technologies are in many ways better, however for overall investment, ease of use, and practicality, I believe that the CB radio is the way to go for trail comms.
Below is my set-up in my 2014 JK.
I did have to add a Metal MIC HOLDER / Clip – Screw In for CB / Ham Radio to the CoolTech mount, as well as a Universal Replacement Microphone Hanging Buttonfor the belt clip that comes with the radio.
I added the Firestik SS-3H Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Antenna Spring to my antenna mount for what little flex I can get between the tailgate and tire, however more for the couple of extra inches to reach above the top for better reception.
When routing your antenna coax DO NOT wind any excess coax in a circular coil shape, as this can cause RF (radio frequency) issues that will interfere with your signal.
Very important is to tune your antenna, and I use the ASTATIC PDC1 100 Watt SWR/RF TEST METER W/ Workman 3 foot jumper CX-3-PL-PL as it is simple to use, and comes with the needed jumper wire.
I recently learned, while listening to the Jeep Talk Show, that it is a good idea to check and re-adjust your antenna tune if your antenna impacts anything on the trail AND if you remove the top and/or doors on your Jeep! Below is a great video from Right Channel Radios on how to tune your antenna.
So that’s my set up, what’s yours? Can we MAKE CB RADIO GREAT AGAIN?