Is it hard to take the outside case off of the CB and how do you do it? Also i wanna get two antennas for my mirrors. What are the best kind to get? Also how do you hook both of them up at once? Do you connect the wires together and have one connector or should I just hook one up and have the other one on for looks?
Nice install! Do you have any engin noise from mounting it there? (unless your driving a diesel, your radio is about 1.5 feet from the distributor) COOL deck also! I have the identical deck installed in my truck.
snowjay: good to hear there was no exposure. haha :
as for the radio noise that is usually caused by bad grounds. if you are getting that noise in either radios, you can do a couple of things. replace your cap/rotor/wires with radio suppresion cores. check the gounds of your radios, make sure that good contact is made. get a noise suppressor. i think you can get those at any stereo shop or pepboys or jcwhitney.
Me and wickedakota did some experiments with his CB anntennas. He has one on one side of the bed and the other on the other side. We hooked one up and turned the squelch to where it didnt make the static sound. Then we hooked the other one up and it started makeing the static sound. So we decided that they were canceling eachother out so we only have one hooked up and it works perfectly. We talked to our neighbor, he drives semis, he said that they have to be 9 feet apart if you have them both hooked up so they wont cancel eachother out. Thats just what I found out.
To correctly run dual antennas, in addition to placing them 9' apart, you also need to run different wiring to properly termiate the signals.
Kinda like running to stiff or too soft of a shock.
Truckers run the dual antennas becase it either doubles or quadruples the range forward and rearward, which is great on the highway. But it kills the range to the sides. Best case, nothing goes out the sides.
That doesn't work well on a trail-rig, when the person you need to talk to could be off to your side.
Another interesting little bit is that co-phased antennas (duals), only get their gains while transmitting, not receiving.
For instance, an un-tuned antenna will receive perfectly fine, but will destroy the radio when you go to transmit.
I think as long as you keep the ignition stock you'll be fine for engin noise. I was with my dual band ham radio, and my HF rig, until I installed the Jacobs ignition system. (yes, radios were properly grounded) filters didn't help. I ended up totally removing the dual bander, relocating the HF radio, behind the passanger seat, and keeping the face plate up front. Re running the coax and power lines to keep as far away from the ignition components as possible. (meant running the power lines up the passanger side to dual battery and keeping coax clear of engin compartment.)
When my ignition was stock, no problems! After putting that monster spark system in, I have basically a huge "spark-gap genarator" (term for a old fashioned broadband CW transmitter) Once I removed the HF radio away from the dash, the noise went away.
This problem will go away completly when I get my new diesel truck!
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