Can I use any antenna with my CB radio?

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  1. expedite_it

    expedite_it Light Load Member

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    I started trucking 7 years ago, but I have never had a CB radio until now. I bought a Cobra 29 LTD Classic CB Radio.

    Can I use any antenna made for CB radios with my Cobra 29 LTD Classic radio?

    I see a lot of 3500 watt antennas for sale at truckstops. I think 3500 watts is the most common wattage of antennas for CB radios. Can I use a 3500 watt antenna with my Cobra 29 LTD Classic? If not, what wattage antenna do I need?

    Are there any other features of an antenna that I need to check to make sure my antenna is compatible with my Cobra 29 LTD Classic CB radio?
     
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  2. Finfn1372

    Finfn1372 Road Train Member

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    What kind of truck do you have?

    Most antennas will work,but they might need adjusting.Go with some aftermarket co axle cable,the stuff in the trucks are junk.
     
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  3. expedite_it

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    I have a 2020 Freightliner Cascadia.
     
  4. x1Heavy

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    I don't know.

    What I do use is a Uniden PC76xl and that old radio has a function in which you could match whatever antenna you had on to it. If it "Knew" how big or how small of a antenna it was attached to, the quality of the conversation is adequate.

    My very first CB radio bought the afternoon I graduated Trucking School with a Class A was a basic cobra 19. Here is one example for sale on the bay. I never thought I would see one again.

    However. I soon disposed of the radio when I was educated with much bigger and better radios out there by everyone. They ridiculed my tiny little toy radio because it was just too basic at that time. (Not a bad radio but it was really basic.) It mattered not what antenna you put on. I think I used a wilson mag mount in car and a couple of generic firesticks for the truck. The little three foot ones with the rig being a cabover and you could not get too high.

    Cobra 19 Plus 40 Channel Mobile CB Radio Transceiver | eBay
     
  5. Finfn1372

    Finfn1372 Road Train Member

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    With a freightliner,most install on a bracket that connects to the mirror arm on the door.

    When I had my old freightliner,I bought a bracket,ran cable from the bracket under the hood,through the firewall into the truck behind the dash.

    Had a 5ft firestick,if you run off the arm I wouldn't run under 5ft.

    I believe @craig_sez has a freightliner,could be wrong,but he's the guy that could really help you with this,if he sees it.
     
  6. expedite_it

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    A mechanic is going to install the CB radio and antenna, not me. I'm just trying to find out what I have to know to make sure that my antenna is compatible with my Cobra 29 LTD Classic CB radio.
     
  7. Finfn1372

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    If your just going to install in the factory location,with out running wire,I'd just go with a couple 4ft fiberglass antennas,maybe something that comes pretuned like Francis.

    When your ready for an aftermarket install you can change up than.
     
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  8. CheeseCracker

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    Second Finfn 1372's post. Those Francis are great antennas for your basic radio setup. I would try to get a 5' if you can. The taller the better, but then you don't want it too tall or you might knock it off on tree limbs
     
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  9. expedite_it

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    What about the Wilson 3500 watt antenna? I see a lot of those for sale at truckstops.
     
  10. Finfn1372

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    If your going stock,id stay fiberglass,but with ever you choose if its not pre tunned you're antenna 9 times out of 10 will need adjusting.

    I wouldnt spend alot on a antenna if you're gonna stay stock right now,the pre ran cable in these trucks are junk.
     
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