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Old 11-28-2005, 11:51 PM   #11
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CB Radios are really helpful here in West Virginia. We have alot of coal trucks and such, and on the mountains they call out thier locations to help others know when they are coming into a blind curve and will be across the double line. It also works better than a radar detector!

Now to answer a few questions:

daman: My antenna is an all black 6' cellular style mag mount. Looks less ghetto than the silver mag mounts. I have it on the side of the trunk, opposite the radio antenna, so it looks rather nice and performs quite well actually.

JimmyFloyd: I have several CB Radio, my favorite being Cobra 29LTD Classic Sountracker w/weather (since i'm a school bus driver, nice to know when snow is coming and I can take a day off ) The Cobra radios I have are too large. I had one in the car for a year or so, stuffed between the seats. When I decided to do this project, I went to a local CB shop and they had this Midland 1001Z for $35.99. I tested it for a few days and it works nicely (granted it doesn't have the weather feature). It is NOT the Midland 1000 that WalMart sells, that unit is junk with a cheaper mic and no RF Gain. I worked for WalMart for 7 years and most of the things they sell are junk in my opinion, so don't get that one, get the 1001Z or the small Cobra, which is about $15 more and works the same as this unit.

I'm very pleased with the project results, I really like my Bonneville....not bad for a FREE car! Yes, that'* right, my mom gave me this car with 160,000 miles because it was junk in her opinion and "wore out". LOL! I have a new Ford Ranger, and it'* nice not to wear out my truck driving 100 miles a day to work and back. This car rides like a dream and has alot of gettupandgo!
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so you have a 6 foot antenna on your driver side??
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Yes I do...i'll post pics tomarrow if I think about it. I bought the antenna at a truck stop for $29.99 if memory serves me correctly.
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Tell you the truth you WILL get better range if you put it on top center of the car,
you get too much deflection when it'* on the trunk.
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I know that it would work much better on the roof, but it wouldn't look as nice. I'm trying to maintain a nice clean look.
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That'* a sweet install, it looks really fantastic. I used to always put a CB in my cars, my current Bonneville is really the first car I didn't put one in, as I no longer drive long distances, so I can't justify it. On my old 1978 Bonneville I put the K40 trunk mount base at the top center edge of the trunk lid. I had to remove the antenna if I opened the trunk, otherwise the antenna would whip the top of the car. Other than that, it was a really good place for the antenna for both looks and signal. That would probably work really well on your Bonnie too. (Still want to see pics of your 6' magnet-mount!)

I'm not sure where I'd mount up a CB in my 97SE if I were going to install one today.
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I have my 6 foot magnetic mount in the center of the trunk on my lumina. Also placed it there on the bonneville. Because I have the sunroof, When I open the trunk, the antenna only ever hits that, so no paint damage from it.

I haven't gotten around to actually putting the CB in the lumina yet, but that will probably happen with the heated seats.
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I took some pictures of my Bonneville today on my way home from work. Here are the front and rear, with a picture of the antenna.





Sorry about the poor quality photos, my camera is cheap.
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Hows your range with that set up? can't be very good.

Hows your SWR, did you ever check it??
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The reception is actually very good, your assumption is wrong.
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