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CB Learning Center

Our learning center has you covered every step of the way, from selecting the right equipment through installation and troubleshooting.

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CB Radios for Pickup Trucks

Covers the most popular antennas, radios and mounting locations for pickup trucks.  Everything you need to know to get a CB up and running in your truck.  

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CB Radios for Jeeps

Everything you need to know to get a CB installed in your CJ, classic Wrangler or JK.  Covers the most popular antennas, radios and mounting locations for Jeeps.

 

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Choosing the Best CB Radio

This article discusses CB radios in-depth and covers individual features (RF gain, NBL, weather, etc) vehicle considerations for CBs and recommended models.

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Choosing the Best CB Antenna

Everything you need to know to pick the perfect CB antenna for your vehicle.

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CB Radio Fundamentals (Video)

If you've never used and/or installed a CB before, this is definitely worth watching. Discusses how CBs work, what you'll need for a new install, what items are compatible with each other, and much more.

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Choosing the Right CB Equipment (Video)

Here you'll find radio and antenna selection tips, how to pick the proper mounting location for your antenna and much more.

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Common Purchasing Mistakes

If you're buying for the first time, there are a number of common mistakes you'll want to avoid! Following these tips will help you get the most for your purchasing dollar and steer clear of expensive and frustrating problems.

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Complete System Checklist

If it's your first time assembling a CB system, you'll want to refer to our checklist to make sure you're not missing any essential items! Also includes a list of optional, but popular CB accessories that will make your installation more convenient and/or functional.

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The Dual CB Antenna Guide

Dual CB antennas sure look impressive.  But are they a good choice for your truck / vehicle?  We cover everything you need to know.

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Complete Guide to CB Coax

Everything you need to know about picking and using coax cable with your CB radio install.

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Frequently Asked CB Questions

A number of commonly asked questions related to CB radios, antennas and mounting methods

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CB Antenna Range Approximations

One of the most common questions we get is "What kind of range can I expect?" This article discusses approximate ranges for different antenna types, and variables that affect transmit and receive distance.

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Installation Guides & Tips

Elements of a Successful Installation

CB installations can, unfortunately, be a bit complex and there are a lot of things that can go wrong. However, if you follow a few simple rules you'll be much more likely to end up with a trouble-tree installation.

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CB Antenna Tuning Instructions

Tuning your antenna for optimal performance is achieved by using a SWR meter to determine the optimal length. It can be a bit confusing if you haven't done it before, which is why we've created a step-by-step video with written instructions as well.

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Interpreting SWR Meter Readings

You've successfully measured your SWR - great!  Should you be happy...or worried?  We'll walk you through what SWR readings in different ranges actually mean.

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Understanding SWR

If you're curious about why it's so important to "tune" your antenna for optimal SWR, this article is for you! This isn't mandatory reading before tuning / adjusting you antenna, but it will give you a much better idea of WHY you're fiddling around with that funny meter.

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Powering Your CB Radio

Getting power to your CB radio isn't exactly user-friendly. Most CB radios come with bare-end positive and negative leads and it's up to YOU to figure out how to tap into your vehicle's electrical system. This article discusses your options.

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Poor CB Antenna Mounting Locations

Mounting a CB antenna in certain locations is asking for trouble. Remember these mounting tips to reduce the chance of post-installation headaches.

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Troubleshooting Guides

High SWR Troubleshooting Guide

Can't get your CB antenna's SWR within a reasonable range?  Going crazy trying to troubleshoot the problem?  Our guide can help.

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Resistance and Multimeter Use

An understanding of electrical resistance is required to successfully troubleshoot most CB electrical issues. This guide discusses the principle of resistance and basic multimeter use.

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Testing for a Ground

Far and away, the most common cause of high-SWR is an improperly grounded antenna. This guide discusses how to use a multimeter to determine if your installation is properly grounded.

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Testing for Defective CB Coax

A defective coax cable will result in sky-high SWR. Fortunately, testing coax is very straightforward.

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Testing for a Defective CB Antenna

A defective antenna will result in high SWR. Testing is very similar to coax testing, and easy with a multimeter.

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SWR Meter Coax Connections

It's not uncommon for people to struggle with off-the-charts SWR readings only to realize their meter wasn't connected properly! Here's how to make sure your meter is properly installed.

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Identifying a Faulty SWR Meter

While rare, a faulty meter may give you bogus high SWR while you struggle unsuccessfully to find a solution. The good news is you likely don't have a SWR issue - just an equipment malfunction.
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Reached Limit of Antenna's Adjustability

Occasionally the tuning process will indicate that you need to further increase/decrease the length of your antenna. Here's what to do if you've reached the limit of how far the antenna will lengthen.

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Great SWR, Poor Performance

Have great SWR readings from your antenna, but struggling to talk more than a 1/2 mile? It's probably time to upgrade your antenna.

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CB Radio Problems

CB radios are rarely the cause of problems. Issues can almost always be traced back to an antenna, coax or grounding issue. However, there are a few radio-related issues discussed in this article.

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Electrical and Engine Noise

Electrical noise picked up by your CB can distort your signal and make it difficult to hear incoming transmissions. Moving a few wires or installing a filter may solve the problem.

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Performing a System Wide Continuity Check

An open can be a result of improper assembly, and can cause high SWR readings in your CB radio and antenna install.

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Should You Be Using No-Ground Equipment?

Having performance issues on a vehicle with a limited metal chassis? You may need to consider no-ground plan CB equipment.

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Troubleshooting the Stud Washer

It's such a small item in the system, yet it can cause major problems. An incorrectly installed stud washer will always result in high-SWR.
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