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helvis

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If all you want to do is talk a few miles down the road pick up a Cobra 29. That radio comes in different versions and all versions work well.
Next you will need some good quality American made coax, a good antenna and a way to mount the antenna. I'm not sure exactly what you're driving but I'm going to assume you operate a big rig truck. Since the tractors' cabs now are mostly composite / fiberglass... i.e. other than metal grounding the antenna is very important and should not be overlooked. Do you want a co-phased antenna set up or just a single antenna set up? the coax will differ depending on what you choose.
There is so much info out there. I recommend the Firestik.com site. There is a technical section there that uses lay terms and eases off the geek speak. Good luck to you. Glad to hear you are getting back into the hobby.
 

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If you can find an older Cobra 29 or Uniden PC76 or PC78, they are the workhorses. If you can find a reputable tech to go through it, that's about the best bang for the buck. Add good coax, and something like a Wilson trucker antenna; and you should have no issues getting the results you're looking for.

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What is a good coax?

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For single antenna mobile, some decent belden RG8X, if you want to co-phase, you need 75ohm cable. GR6 is good for that. (provided you are going to run barefoot. GR6 doesn't like high power).
 

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Make sure you search for a reputable tech if you go that route. ..there are a lot that say they're a tech that couldn't tune a radio correctly if their life depended on it. I only know of a handful that are worth anything.

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Can u point me to one. I travel all over and can make my way to one? I really want to get this right. Thanks

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Wirelessly posted (Opera/9.80 (Android 2.3.4; Linux; Opera Mobi/ADR-1309251116) Presto/2.11.355 Version/12.10)

If you're in southern Michigan, the guy inside the TA at the 167, on I-94 has a good reputation.
 

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I have had excellent results from Snake Radio Customs. Look it up on the Interweb. The tech does solid work and I have set up all my friends with radios.
 
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