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Installing your CB radio correctly isn't difficult, and a job worth doing is worth doing well!

So get ready to enjoy the wonderful world of free communication in this super simple instructable!

Step 1: Hardware

-CB radio (Mic included)
-Antenna (may already have Coax cable)
-Coax cable (may already be connected to the Mount/Magnetic Mount)
-Tapping clips (1)
-Antenna spring (so it'll flex in lieu of snapping/shattering)

Note: All CB radios are equally powered (out of the box), but not always the same price. I've heard that you should spend $100 on your first setup; that is: $20 for the radio and $80 for the antenna. With experience and in time, you'll start refining your setup. For now, these are just instructions on How To Correctly Install what you've got.
<p>On most modern vehicles the 12V acc plug (cig lighter) wiring is not enough to handle the amperage of a CB radio wile transmitting. RX(listening) only it would be ok, but to transmit I wouldn't use and wire less then 18ga (approx 10Amps)</p>
<p>the cable on cb rigs ie 4w fm output in uk to the 15w ssb max o/p in EU wouldnt carry more than 5Amps do the maths- V x I = Watts 13.2v x 2A = 26watts </p><p>As a radio ham i regularly run 20w vhf /hf from a cig lighter socket as 10A at 13.2v is 130w, and no need for negative(black) lead to go to battery , has body of car/truck is a much better conductor than any cable.</p>
<p>taking advice from a guy that wears crocs? bad idea</p>
Happy Chicken: Yes. Caveat: try and use a matching gauge, and keep the connectors clean.
<p>can i use speaker wireas an extenion to hook up to the battery cause the wire on cb radio is to short</p>
<p>i wouldnt take my power from the radio wiring. its best to just go right to the battery. if you cant, go to the fuse box. the factory wiring may not be able to take the added draw.</p>
<p>if u do, do u need to connect the ground wire to the battery? or can i just connect it to metal in the cab?</p>
<p>you can do either. some people report better performance from running the negative to the battery but i haven't noticed any difference.</p>
<p>if u do, do u need to connect the ground wire to the battery? or can i just connect it to metal in the cab?</p>
Do all units run on 12 volts?
<p>if they are mobile radios then yes. they all run on 12VDC. even my base rigs have a 12v connection in addition to the 120v power cord.</p>
@Abax969: Thanks for the feedback! I had hoped someone would ask about tuning. To be honest, my antenna was registering long. I used a basic Firestik (I forget the model), but was bored and tried a mobile TV antenna for the heck of it. SWR showed good readings! I've been told the signal sounds clean from my end... perhaps it's because I was situated atop a hill overlooking the valley, though:)! <br>Anyway, Tuning Your CB would make an excellent Instructable! I'll get right to it once I'm able to gain access to one -otherwise, I wouldn't mind learning from more experienced CBers out there or even on skip! I go by az&uuml;kiBEAN; &quot;What's your handle good buddy?&quot;
Not a bad instruction, but I see no mention of Antenna Tuning. <br>Without a proper tuning you will not get optimum range.

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