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hand held verses vehicle mounted question

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stickycreationz

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Hi all, I have never used a cb radio so please bare with me on this. I have a jeep I am mounting a cb to I have a firestick pro antenna. I have such a limited amount of room and almost no where I want to mount a vehicle based cb I am looking to possibly buy a good handheld and plug it into my firestick and charger. Therefore will this work? Maybe as good as a regular sized vehicle mounted one? Thank you for your input much coveted
 

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It'll work... It'll get beat up bouncing around on the trail, plus the strain on the connections and extra cable getting in the way...

Hopefully you aren't using a mag mount.

I've never had good luck with handhelds, but if that's your goal, it will work, IMHO probably not as well as a mounted unit.
 

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Ok thank you for the input. Whats your opinion on a compact mounted one? Better than handheld? Rear mounted firestick pro on wrangler im using. Only 3 foot long though
 

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Hi all, I have never used a cb radio so please bare with me on this. I have a jeep I am mounting a cb to I have a firestick pro antenna. I have such a limited amount of room and almost no where I want to mount a vehicle based cb I am looking to possibly buy a good handheld and plug it into my firestick and charger. Therefore will this work? Maybe as good as a regular sized vehicle mounted one? Thank you for your input much coveted
With external power and an external antenna, it should work just fine.

Will it work well? Hard to say. Big issue I've always seen is that the portable radios have smaller speakers and are harder to hear at highway speeds. Also, having it sitting in your center console with coaxial cable and power cables gets to be an annoyance in my opinion.

There are some mighty small CB's out there now, have you looked at any of them?
I very, very rarely use CB, but when I was doing a long trip a few years back, I purchased the CMX560, same radio as above without weather channels and a few other functions. The RF deck portion is about the size of a small paperback book. All the controls are in the hand held control head. The cable between the control head and hand held part is just 4 pair cable and I was easily able to extend it with an Ethernet patch cord. I mounted the RF deck behind my rear seat with my other radios, and just had the control head up front. I added an external speaker to help since the small speaker in the mic can be a bit hard to hear.
Benefit to that type of install is that it's always there, it's hidden well, you can disconnect the mic when you are not using, it can be permanently wired and tucked up out of the way under the dash, under a seat, etc.
 

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Well you have me thinking to reconsider my radio to a mounted one for sure.. thank you for ur input very much appreciated
 

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With external power and an external antenna, it should work just fine.

Will it work well? Hard to say. Big issue I've always seen is that the portable radios have smaller speakers and are harder to hear at highway speeds. Also, having it sitting in your center console with coaxial cable and power cables gets to be an annoyance in my opinion.

There are some mighty small CB's out there now, have you looked at any of them?
I very, very rarely use CB, but when I was doing a long trip a few years back, I purchased the CMX560, same radio as above without weather channels and a few other functions. The RF deck portion is about the size of a small paperback book. All the controls are in the hand held control head. The cable between the control head and hand held part is just 4 pair cable and I was easily able to extend it with an Ethernet patch cord. I mounted the RF deck behind my rear seat with my other radios, and just had the control head up front. I added an external speaker to help since the small speaker in the mic can be a bit hard to hear.
Benefit to that type of install is that it's always there, it's hidden well, you can disconnect the mic when you are not using, it can be permanently wired and tucked up out of the way under the dash, under a seat, etc.
If the OP has my luck, he'll install a 27 MHz radio nice and neat, then next year, his jeep club will switch to GMRS :(
 

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I also have a Jeep and space it very limited. I use a gun magnet glued to the ps of the center console, and then just put this mini cb on the magnet when I want to use it and it plugs into the cigarette lighter. I have a fixed antenna on the tire rack but a buddy is using a mag mount on the cowl. https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B07R68N...jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==

its the size of a pack of cigarettes and I keep it in the glovebox for storage
 
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