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I'm thinking about putting a CB in my Xterra does anybody have any suggestions or advice
Oh yes! This is my setup… I run a yaesu vx8dr (so i can be tracked if going somewhere ive never been) or kenwood thf6a with magmount antenna and handset for my ham (amateur) radio setup and i run a Midland 75-822 with handset and Stryker antenna.I'm thinking about putting a CB in my Xterra does anybody have any suggestions or advice
Cool! I also have my amateur Ham license, but haven't yet got it set back up after my three year long move, hopefully I can get back to it.Oh yes! This is my setup… I run a yaesu vx8dr (so i can be tracked if going somewhere ive never been) or kenwood thf6a with magmount antenna and handset for my ham (amateur) radio setup and i run a Midland 75-822 with handset and Stryker antenna.
I love this setup as i can make it disappear quick n easy (in funky areas) n i get all of the reach i need. You don’t need to drill or hardwire or Solder anything. I love the Stryker antenna!!!! It glows blue when you key the mike.
And the Stryker A-10 (https://www.amazon.com/Stryker-SR-A10MM-Magnetic-Mount-Antenna/dp/B01MRA7U9Q/ref=mp_s_a_1_10?crid=2V87SXEEG2IB1&keywords=cb+magnetic+antenna&qid=1678827417&sprefix=cb+mag,aps,1057&sr=8-10&ufe=app_do:amzn1.fos.f5122f16-c3e8-4386-bf32-63e904010ad0)
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I know the glass mounted antenna isn't rhe best, but I wasn't ready to drill into anything yet, and I don't like magnetic antennas, this is only temporary, I will probably be going with a fire stick soon.I have a 2000 X. I had a single DIN stereo with a pocket below it so it could take an aftermarket double DIN unit. I installed a single DIN Kenwood radio on top with a Cobra CB (front facing speaker... not facing down speaker) below the radio. Fits like a dream. Looks custom. If you are really interested I could post a pic. Glass mount antennas suck... stay away. At least a 4db loss at that low a freq.
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Specifically, you are matching the impedance [50 ohms] of the radio to the impedance of the antenna. If the match was perfect at 50 ohms, your SWR would be zero. You will find that any antenna that is mounted below the roof line of the vehicle will have worse [higher] SWR readings due to the radio's transmitter signal power being reflected back to the radio transmitter by the metal vehicle body. Any power lost in reflections reduces the power actually transmitted by the antenna. This obviously effects the range of your radio. There are also radio receive implications due to the antenna not being able to "see" the full wavelength of the incoming signal.It's more that you tune the antenna to the CB to get the lowest SWR readings.
A lot depends on if you are just talking from vehicle on the offroad trail or you are trying to talk distance on the highway. Almost anything will do if you can see the vehicle you are talking to.I'm thinking about putting a CB in my Xterra does anybody have any suggestions or advice