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8 Must-Have Accessories That Will Unlock the Full Potential of Your CB Radio

Posted by Pat Haggerty updated

CB radios have been a staple for communication on the road for decades, providing a reliable means of contact between drivers. But to truly optimize your CB radio experience, it's essential to invest in the right accessories. Whether you're a seasoned trucker or a weekend off-road warrior, these 8 must-have CB radio accessories will take your communication game to the next level.


1. Noise Canceling Microphone

In the noisy environment of a vehicle, clarity is key. The President Digimike Deluxe and Driver Extreme CB Microphone are equipped with advanced noise-canceling technology to filter out background noise, ensuring crystal-clear communication even in the loudest of environments. Say goodbye to unwanted static and enjoy uninterrupted conversations on the road.

President Digimike Deluxe


  • Dynamic noise-canceling system
  • Acoustically tuned for natural sound and clarity
  • Cable: 10' high quality cord
  • Connector: 6 pin conductor wiring
  • Features a 5-level noise reduction circuit that provides adjustment from 1-5 for optimum filtration
  • Hosts a convenient Up/Down channel selector switch and green push-to-talk bar
  • Also operates in VOX mode

    Driver Extreme CB Microphone


    • Dynamic noise canceling system
    • Ergonomic design and contoured switch for comfortable feel
    • Acoustically tuned for natural sound and clarity
    • Cable: 9' high quality cord
    • Connector: Standard 4-pin conductor wiring
    • Internal diffuser to eliminate breath pops
    • Housing: Rugged Cycolac™ ABS plastic
    • Frequency response: 55Hz-7KHz 
    • Sensitivity: -54 dB +/- 3dB 
    • Measurable impedance:  500 ohms +/- 30 ohms

      2. CB Antenna Spring

      Your CB antenna is only as good as its mount, and a quality antenna spring can make all the difference in ensuring its longevity. Medium-duty springs provide flexibility for everyday use, while heavy-duty and super heavy-duty options are ideal for rough terrain and off-road adventures. Choosing the right CB antenna spring depends on various factors, such as the type of vehicle, driving conditions, and antenna setup. 

      Here's a detailed breakdown of when and where each type of CB antenna spring is best suited:

      Medium-Duty CB Antenna Spring:


      • Ideal Use: Medium-duty springs are suitable for everyday driving conditions on regular roads and highways. They provide sufficient flexibility to absorb vibrations and minor shocks encountered during normal driving.
      • Vehicle Type: Medium-duty springs are suitable for most standard vehicles, including cars, trucks, and SUVs.
      • Driving Conditions: Use medium-duty springs when driving on paved roads with occasional bumps or uneven surfaces. They offer adequate protection for your CB antenna without being overly stiff or rigid.
      • Usage and Compatibility: This spring is designed to support antennas made of lightweight fiberglass material of up to 2 feet in length.

      Heavy-Duty CB Antenna Spring:


      • Ideal Use: Heavy-duty springs are designed for more rugged driving conditions, including off-road trails, gravel roads, and rough terrain. They offer increased shock absorption to protect your antenna from damage caused by heavy impacts and vibrations.
      • Vehicle Type: Heavy-duty springs are recommended for larger vehicles such as trucks, SUVs, and off-road vehicles that are more likely to encounter rough terrain.
      • Driving Conditions: Use heavy-duty springs when driving in challenging environments where the road surface is uneven, and the terrain is rough. They provide added durability and stability to your CB antenna setup, ensuring reliable performance even in harsh conditions.
      • Usage and Compatibility: Unlike the Medium Duty spring, which is designed for lighter fiberglass antennas, the Heavy Duty spring is suitable for supporting heavier fiberglass antenna with lengths ranging from 3 to 4 feet. Examples include: Firestik FS and the Wilson FGT.

      Driver Extreme Heavy Duty Antenna Spring:

      Driver Extreme Heavy Duty Antenna Spring

      • Ideal Use: The Stiff Barrel Spring is best suited for applications where minimal antenna movement is desired, providing enhanced stiffness and stability for antennas.
      • Vehicle Type: This spring is recommended for vehicles that require a sturdy and stable antenna setup. It is ideal for larger vehicles such as trucks, SUVs, and off-road vehicles that may encounter rough terrain.
      • Driving Conditions: The Stiff Barrel Spring is most effective in situations where the road surface is uneven or rough. It provides added durability and stability to the CB antenna setup, making it suitable for driving in challenging environments such as off-road trails, gravel roads, and rough terrain.
      • Usage and Compatibility: When installing fiberglass antennas or whip antennas with lengths between 3 and 5 feet, users can utilize the Stiff Barrel Spring to provide enhanced stiffness and reduced movement. This can be particularly useful in situations where minimal antenna sway or flexibility is desired, such as in high wind conditions or when mounting antennas on vehicles where stability is crucial.

      Super Heavy-Duty CB Antenna Spring:

      • Ideal Use: Super heavy-duty springs are reserved for extreme driving conditions where maximum protection is required. They offer unparalleled shock absorption and stability, making them suitable for intense off-road adventures, rock crawling, and heavy-duty industrial applications.
      • Vehicle Type: Super heavy-duty springs are recommended for heavy-duty trucks, lifted vehicles, and specialized off-road vehicles equipped for extreme terrain.
      • Driving Conditions: Use super heavy-duty springs when traversing extremely rough terrain, such as deep mud, rocky trails, or rugged mountain paths. They provide the ultimate level of protection for your CB antenna, ensuring it remains securely mounted even in the most demanding conditions.
      • Usage and Compatibility: This spring is compatible with a range of very large antennas, including 5-foot fiberglass antennas, 102-inch whips, and center-load trucker antennas such as the Wilson 2000 or Stryker SRA 10/20. Its design and strength make it suitable for handling the weight and dimensions of these larger antennas while maintaining stability and minimizing stress on the mounting point.

      By selecting the appropriate CB antenna spring for your specific vehicle and driving conditions, you can ensure the longevity of your CB antenna setup. Whether you're cruising down the highway or tackling challenging off-road trails, the right antenna spring will help protect your equipment on the road.

      3. PA Horn

      Need to make your presence known? A PA horn is a powerful tool for broadcasting messages loud and clear. Whether you're warning fellow drivers of hazards or making announcements at events, an amplified 20-watt PA horn or a durable 15-watt aluminum horn will ensure your voice is heard with authority.

      Speco ASPC20


      • Amplified PA horn for genuine 20 watts of volume
      • 2.5x louder than PA horns powered solely by a CB
      • Includes metal mounting bracket and 3.5mm signal plug and wire
      • Must be powered by DC vehicle power

      Speco SPC10

      • 15 watts of output power
      • Weatherproof construction designed to hold up to the elements
      • Dimensions: 6" (diameter) x 6" (L)
      • Includes 10' cord with a 3.5mm audio plug
      • Heavy-duty mounting bracket
      • One-year manufacturer's warranty

        4. Quick Disconnect

        Installing or removing your CB radio shouldn't be a hassle. Quick disconnects make setup a breeze, allowing for easy removal of your antenna when not in use or when switching vehicles. Choose between heavy-duty and super heavy-duty versions for added durability.

        Quick disconnects for CB antennas offer convenience and flexibility in mounting and removing your antenna. Here's a breakdown of when and where each type of quick disconnect is best suited:

        Heavy-Duty Quick Disconnect:

        Heavy Duty Quick Disconnect

          • Ideal Use: Heavy-duty quick disconnects are suitable for everyday use in standard driving conditions. They offer reliable performance and secure connections, making them a versatile option for most drivers.
          • Vehicle Type: Heavy-duty quick disconnects are compatible with a wide range of vehicles, including cars, trucks, SUVs, and RVs.
          • Driving Conditions: Use heavy-duty quick disconnects when driving on paved roads, highways, and well-maintained surfaces. They provide convenient mounting and removal of your CB antenna without compromising stability or security.
          • Compatibility: Ideal for antennas ranging from 2 to 4 feet in length.

        Super Heavy-Duty Quick Disconnect:

          • Ideal Use: Super heavy-duty quick disconnects are designed for extreme conditions and heavy-duty applications. They offer enhanced durability and strength, making them suitable for off-road adventures, rough terrain, and industrial environments.
          • Vehicle Type: Super heavy-duty quick disconnects are recommended for larger vehicles, trucks, SUVs, and off-road vehicles equipped for rugged terrain.
          • Driving Conditions: Use super heavy-duty quick disconnects when traversing challenging terrain, such as rocky trails, muddy fields, or construction sites. Because they provide maximum stability and security, ensuring your CB antenna remains securely mounted even in the harshest conditions, they have a very tight tolerance when it comes to movement and does not move as much as the Heavy Duty Quick Disconnect.
          • Compatibility: Recommended for antennas ranging from 4 feet to 102-inch whips, as well as Trucker antennas.

        By choosing the appropriate quick disconnect for your vehicle and driving conditions, you can enjoy the convenience of easily removing your CB antenna when not in use while ensuring reliable durability on the road. Whether you're a weekend adventurer or a professional driver, the right quick disconnect will help streamline your setup and enhance your overall CB radio experience.


        5. External Speaker

        Enhance the audio output of your CB radio with an external speaker. Whether you're struggling to hear over engine noise or want to improve clarity in noisy environments, options like the Cobra CB Extension Speaker with Noise Filter, Driver Extreme External Speaker, or Amplified 15-Watt External Speaker will ensure every transmission comes through loud and clear.

        Cobra CB Extension Speaker with Noise Filter:


          • Noise Filtering: The built-in noise filter reduces background interference and static, ensuring clear audio transmission even in noisy environments.
          • Compact Design: The compact size of the Cobra CB Extension Speaker makes it easy to mount in various locations within your vehicle, providing flexibility in installation.
          • Versatile Compatibility: Compatible with a wide range of CB radios, the Cobra Extension Speaker is a versatile option for drivers seeking improved audio clarity.

        Driver Extreme External Speaker:

          • Rugged Construction: The Driver Extreme External Speaker is built to withstand the rigors of the road, featuring durable construction that can handle vibrations and rough terrain.
          • Enhanced Durability: Designed for outdoor use and challenging conditions, this speaker is ideal for off-road enthusiasts and drivers who frequently encounter rugged terrain.
          • Improved Sound Quality: With high-quality components and construction, the Driver Extreme External Speaker delivers clear and powerful audio output, ensuring every transmission is heard loud and clear.

        Amplified 15-Watt External Speaker:

          • Increased Audio Power: The amplified design of the 15-watt external speaker provides a boost in audio power, delivering louder and more pronounced sound for improved clarity and range. Additionally, the speaker's amplified design requires DC power for efficient operation, ensuring compatibility with standard electronic setups.
          • Versatile Mounting Options: With its compact and versatile design, the amplified external speaker can be easily mounted in various locations within your vehicle, allowing for customizable installation options.
          • Ideal for Noisy Environments: The amplified speaker is particularly well-suited for use in noisy environments where engine noise or other distractions may interfere with communication. The increased audio power ensures clear and audible transmissions even in challenging conditions.

        By considering the advantages of each external speaker option, you can choose the one that best suits your specific needs and preferences. Whether you prioritize noise filtering, rugged durability, or enhanced audio power, there's an external speaker available to enhance your CB radio experience on the road.


        6. SWR Meter

        Optimizing your antenna setup is crucial for peak performance. An SWR meter allows you to measure standing wave ratio, ensuring your antenna is properly tuned for maximum efficiency and minimal interference. Choose from options like the SWR Meter with Jumper Cable for convenience, or invest in higher-powered models like the Dual-Window 100 Watt or Dosy Inline 1000 Watt for professional-grade accuracy.

        10-Watt SWR Meter with Jumper Cable:

          • Jumper Cable: This SWR meter comes with a jumper cable, making it easy to connect between your CB radio and antenna system for tuning purposes.
          • Designed for Stock Radios: The SWR meter is specifically designed for use with stock CB radios, ensuring optimal compatibility and accurate readings.
          • Easy to Use: With simple operation and clear instructions, this SWR meter is suitable for both novice and experienced CB radio users.

        Dual-Window 100 Watt SWR Meter:

          • Dual-Window Display: This SWR meter features a dual-window display that shows both forward and reflected power simultaneously, allowing for easy monitoring and adjustment.
          • High Power Handling: With a power handling capacity of up to 100 watts, this SWR meter is suitable for use with high-powered CB radio setups.
          • Precision Measurement: The dual-window display provides accurate readings of SWR levels, ensuring precise tuning of antenna systems for optimal performance. Additionally, the Dual-Window SWR meter displays Power on one side and SWR on the other side, facilitating easy monitoring and adjustment of both parameters.

        Dosy Inline 1000 Watt SWR Meter:

          • High Power Handling: The Dosy Inline SWR Meter is designed to handle power levels of up to 1000 watts, making it suitable for use with high-powered CB radio setups. With selectable power modes of 10, 100, and 1000 watts, it offers versatility to accommodate various systems.
          • Inline Design: This SWR meter features an inline design, allowing for easy installation in the coaxial cable between your CB radio and antenna system.
          • Triple Display: The meter features a triple display, showing SWR, Power, and Modulation simultaneously, providing comprehensive monitoring of key parameters.

          7. Microphone Mount

          Keep your microphone secure and within reach with a quality microphone mount. Options like the Extendable Microphone Mount, Stars and Stripes design, or Driver Extreme Microphone Hook offer reliable mounting solutions that add a touch of personality to your setup while keeping your microphone safe when not in use.

          Microphone mounts provide a convenient and secure way to store your CB microphone. Here's a detailed look at the features and benefits of each type:

          Extendable Microphone Mount & Stars and Stripes Microphone Mount:

            • Adjustable Length: Both mounts feature an extendable design, allowing you to adjust the length to accommodate different microphone sizes and configurations.
            • Versatile Mounting: With their extendable designs, these mounts can be installed in various locations within your vehicle, providing flexibility in installation.
            • Secure Hold: Both mounts securely hold your microphone in place, preventing it from rolling around or getting damaged during transit.
            • Pleasing Design: The Stars and Stripes microphone mount features a patriotic motif, while the Extendable Microphone Mount features a balanced gray tonal color, adding some style to your CB radio setup.

          Driver Extreme Microphone Hook:

            • Heavy-Duty Construction: The Driver Extreme microphone hook is built to withstand heavy use and provide reliable performance in demanding conditions.
            • Secure Mounting: The hook securely holds your microphone in place, preventing it from shifting or falling during transit.
            • Easy Access: The open design of the hook allows for quick and easy access to your microphone when needed.

            8. Handheld CB Radio Accessories

            For drivers on the go, handheld CB radios offer portability and convenience. Pair your handheld unit with essential accessories like the President Randy II FCC Speaker Microphone for hands-free operation, a Dock Charger for easy recharging on the road, and a 24" Flexible Extended Range Antenna for improved signal strength and range.

            President Randy II FCC Speaker Microphone:

              • Hands-Free Operation: The President Randy II FCC Speaker Microphone allows for hands-free communication, enabling drivers to keep their hands on the wheel while transmitting or receiving messages.
              • Built-in Speaker: The speaker microphone features a built-in speaker for clear audio output, ensuring you can hear incoming transmissions loud and clear.
              • Durable Construction: Constructed from high-quality materials, the President Randy II FCC Speaker Microphone is built to withstand the rigors of the road and provide reliable performance in demanding conditions.

            Dock Charger for President Randy II FCC:

              • Convenient Charging: The dock charger allows you to recharge your President Randy II FCC handheld CB radio quickly and conveniently, ensuring it's always ready for use when you need it.
              • Compact Design: The dock charger features a compact and lightweight design, making it easy to transport and store when not in use.
              • LED Indicator: The charger is equipped with an LED indicator to display the charging status, allowing you to monitor the progress of the charging process.

            24" Flexible Extended Range Antenna:

            24" Extended Range Antenna

              • Extended Range: The 24" flexible antenna extends the range of your handheld CB radio, allowing for improved signal strength and communication capabilities. It's compatible with radios like the Cobra HH 50, Uniden 501 that use a BNC connector. If you want to use it with a President Randy II, you need the TNC to BNC adapter.
              • Flexible Design: The antenna features a flexible design that can be easily adjusted to different angles and positions, allowing you to optimize signal reception for maximum performance.
              • Durable Construction: Constructed from high-quality materials, the flexible antenna is built to withstand the elements and provide reliable performance in various weather conditions.

            Investing in these 8 must-have CB radio accessories will not only enhance your communication capabilities but also ensure a safer and more enjoyable driving experience. From noise-canceling microphones to heavy-duty quick disconnects, each accessory plays a vital role in unlocking the full potential of your CB radio setup. So why wait? Gear up and hit the road with confidence today!


            Pat Haggerty

            About the Author

            As the owner and operator of Right Channel Radios, Pat Haggerty has been helping customers find the best radio solutions since 2008. He is highly knowledgeable in all mobile radio options and setups, including CB radios, GMRS radios, and HAM radios. His wide library of how-to and help articles is frequently referred to as one of the best resources for CB radio installations and technical support online. When he's not assisting radio enthusiasts online or on the phone, you can find Pat enjoying all that Montana's trails have to offer on his skis, mountain bike or Land Cruiser.