i bought a CB today after 3 years of using hand signals

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  1. shatteredsquare

    shatteredsquare Heavy Load Member

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    truck is pre-wired but i don't think there is an antenna built in on the truck, all i hear is static and the occasional weak voice when i crest a hill. white noise is soothing. i heard someone sing today WAY DOWN YONDER ON THE CHATTAHOOCHEE IT GETS HOTTER THAN A HOOTcHIE COOCHIE. the day had taken the toll on that guy i think by that point.
     
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  3. jessejamesdallas

    jessejamesdallas Road Train Member

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    You don't think there is a antenna built in on the truck?

    You don't see a 2 or 3 or 4 foot antenna sticking up anywhere?........Antenna's are not invisible...

    "If you don't see a antenna, then there's not one hooked-up!"
     
  4. Gunner75

    Gunner75 Road Train Member

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    Depends on the truck, crapcadea's have their factory antenna integrated into the truck
     
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  5. shatteredsquare

    shatteredsquare Heavy Load Member

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    it is prewired with the power connections and a coaxle cable, plugged those in and get a bunch of static and the occasional weak broken transmissions. the roof has a few black knobs on it (XM antennas??) but no tall CB antennas.
     
  6. Slowmover1

    Slowmover1 Road Train Member

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    Hirschmann Thin Film Antenna (embedded in cap overhead on latest Cascadia).

    I used it in a 2018. Was good for a couple of miles where radio had proper align/tune.

    Mirror mount best way to go; using a 7’ Skipshooter produces good results. (10-15/miles with very good radio; comes down to other man’s rig).

    Coax can be run thru door seal. Power at fuse box feed.
     
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  7. J Rich

    J Rich Medium Load Member

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    I think more info is needed here on what truck the OP has.
     
  8. Meteorgray

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    "Hirschmann Thin Film Antenna" sounds like metal foil material implanted behind the composite body . Is it horizontal following the roof line, or does it run up the side from the floor to the roof, or both? This type of antenna might be good for close-in communications at loading docks and such, but not so good when trying to get road reports a few miles away?
     
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  9. Slowmover1

    Slowmover1 Road Train Member

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    I looked at website. Metal in some shape in plastic

    Your assessment about right. All it’s really good for is across a parking lot.
     
  10. tucker

    tucker Road Train Member

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    Think of the fuel savings
     
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    Ours are on the back 15367592220968253605533765924390.jpg
     
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