Discussion in 'CB Radio Forum' started by wifi_guru, Feb 25, 2024.

  1. wifi_guru

    wifi_guru Light Load Member

    Feb 22, 2024
    so i am better off having a cb shop go through the truck and re wire it and rip out the oem crap???
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  3. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

    Dec 18, 2011

    If it isn't your truck don't.

    All you have to do is install a separate antenna and a good mount with a separate coax to the radio.

    It isn't brain surgery.

    Once this is done, then you start working on the RF grounds to make everything work. The radio is the least important item in the system.
  4. Timin770

    Timin770 Road Train Member

    May 27, 2011
    Canton, GA
    I find that once I choose all my settings on my AT6666, I leave them alone
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  5. jdchet

    jdchet Medium Load Member

    Sep 3, 2012
    NE Ohio
    Check out this guys YouTube channel. Lots of good info for installing an antenna on a Cascadia.

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  6. Diesel Dave

    Diesel Dave Last Few of the OUTLAWS

    Jan 20, 2010
    Hesperia, Ca.
    That’s exactly how I set mine. Only beef I have is the volume, it’s about max out before I have a decent setting. OR, I’m getting deaf o_O
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  7. GGALLIN1776

    GGALLIN1776 Bobtail Member

    Mar 7, 2023
    Best to buy a bit more than you need if you can afford it, the feature/power bug tends to set in quick.

    Stays away from anything uniden made in say the last decade, both the 880 & 980 had their displays die in my truck as soon as summer/winter extremes came along. Just avoid displays like that from any manufacturer.

    Old cobras & even some radio shack stuff can be fun.
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  8. Diesel Dave

    Diesel Dave Last Few of the OUTLAWS

    Jan 20, 2010
    Hesperia, Ca.
    I kick my rear for trading my COBRA 29 GTL(1980) after having it 25 years for a Galaxy 44. The individual I traded him for it knew exactly what my radio did and how far it got out. His truck eventually got stolen. Btw, the Galaxy 44 and my Galaxy Pluto are now sitting on the shelves collecting dust.
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  9. GGALLIN1776

    GGALLIN1776 Bobtail Member

    Mar 7, 2023
    I need to get my 138XLR back to stock form, got it on eBay & was told it was fully functional, however that phase lock contraption killed both the meter, channel readout & channel switch.
    It "works", but if I want to change channels, each dial on that fingertip shredding rotary has to be set....must be from the 70s-80s, never saw anything that clunky added to a radio, let alone a functional one.

    I think the best radio I had was from radio shack, it had some work done on it by the classmate I bought it from. Can't recall if it was Realistic or some other brand of theirs but it had all the fun stuff like being able to scan, only thing missing was SSB.
    The quality definitely was far beyond what you'd expect from bargain basement stuff, wish I had some pictures of my radio table back then, that way I could figure out the model. I've seen similar but none with the same features.

    Came with an ultra fugly but awesome sounding Turner +3 power mic (finding out the make a few years back took hours of searching "blue & white power mic") that used oddball batteries, a matching blue 25'-ish fiberglass antenna of unknown make, spool of coax, a meter & power supply for $20. Talk about a deal!

    Lost it all whilst having to moving out of my ex's place in 2007.

    For some reason I think about that rig a bit more than might be considered healthy keep hoping that antenna is still hiding away with the radio in the garage I forgot to grab it from & someday I'll see it ready to be liberated.

    Chances are good that it's still there, from what I recall, I was the only one to actually go in the garage since the house was purchased some decades prior, it was filled with camping supplies & extension cords from the former owners.
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  10. Xcis

    Xcis Medium Load Member

    Jul 9, 2008
    Bridgeport, Pa
    . All you need is a 4 watt CB radio. The main differences are price and features. They all sound about the same and have the same output. Full sized radios like Cobra 29, Uniden PC78 and others have the most features, the largest physical size and cost the most. Comact radios like Cobra 19,Uniden 505 and others have the least features, the smallest physical size and cost the least. Mid sized radios like Cobra 25, Uniden PC68 and others are in between in number of features, physical size and cost.
    . The big secret is that you can not tell what radio someone else is using just from the sound you receive. And somebody else can not tell what radio you are using by the way you sound to them. All new CB radios have the same 40 channels that everybody else on the 10 meter band which is commonly referred to as CB radio. Spend whatever amount of money you want. The trucks nearby could not care less.
    . The common advice is buy nothing shorter than a 4 foot long antenna. Without spending much more money you could buy a Francis CB25 4.5 foot antenna for slightly more range or better yet a 5 foot antenna for better range.
    . Radios that have more than 4 watt output can transmit farther however if you are outside the other guy's range you can not hear them. High output radios cost a whole lot more than 4 watt radios and for beginners are not worth the money for what you get.
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  11. Vampire

    Vampire Medium Load Member

    May 14, 2011
    Some questions for you Gentleman. Does the anytone 6666 require the pin adapter for the mic? Is a regular battery connection ok for this radio? Does it need an amp?

    Is there any good copper antenna on the market that will mount to my mirror?

    Am considering this CB. Thanks.
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