CB Antenna Mount Needed!

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I've been going round and round what to get for communication on trails. Can you recommend the "A basic UHF/VHF radio"?

A 2m/70cm transceiver. A decent mobile chinese model like I have will cost you about $100. I have the Anytone AT-778UV, which has a full color display and 25w of output. Paired to a good antenna with a good setup, you can reach WAY out there compared to CB (I get 40 miles out of my Anytone, and maybe 4 miles with my legal CB)

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The antenna I use is a pricey, but good, Comet 2x4SR. It both folds and has a built in spring. The thing is made of thick steel rods, and does not like to bend. So The spring and fold over feature are rather necessary for use in the woods. There are smaller, cheaper, and more flexible options out there, but I doubt you'd get anywhere near the performance as this 3' Comet. Its marketed for search and rescue vehicles. Antenna choice is almost more important than radio choice.


$65 for the base model, and the spring is an extra $30.

https://powerwerx.com/antenna-ultra-wide-dual-band

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Other radios are available without the pretty display, and with the addition of the 1.25m band for about the same price. That way, you have three entire bands to legally talk on with your Technician license. 1.25m is an odd duck band, as its only legal in north america, so the japanese manufacturers don't really make radios for it, but its starting to become popular since its "the best of both worlds" between 2m and 70cm here. Chinese radios are becoming fairly common now thanks to Baofeng. These chinese radios are "more open" than they should be, and will allow you to transmit outside of the HAM band limits. My Anytone is pre programed to disallow transmissions outside of band, but the lockout can be disabled when you program the frequency list.

I leave mine "unlocked", as the unit can talk on anything from FRS (the cheap walkie talkie band) to GMRS (the nice/ business band walkies) to MURS to Marine, and even the upper portion of the Air band (specifically ATIS and center control frequencies), the NOAA weather band, as well as search/ rescue, and un-trunked police and fire. Keep in mind, I DONT talk on those bands, but I have the ability to if I need to (emergencies).



  • just a word of warning...... the JL is EXTREMELY noisy in the 2m band when its running and in drive. I think the ECU or BCU throws out a lot of interference. Because of this, I almost always run UHF (70cm) when driving around, and only jump on VHF (2m) when Im stopped.
VHF typically gets you more range, while UHF typically "penetrates" better. The basic rule is to use VHF in the country, and UHF in the city. The 1.25m band is smack in between the two, and supposedly is a nice hybrid between each's strengths. (I don't use it, so I don't have any first hand knowledge). The 40 mile range I mentioned I was getting was on the 70cm band at 25w talking to a repeater on the highest building in michigan. Line of sight is everything, and my antenna and repeater choices are optimal to achieve that range.
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A 2m/70cm transceiver. A decent mobile chinese model like I have will cost you about $100. I have the Anytone AT-778UV, which has a full color display and 25w of output. Paired to a good antenna with a good setup, you can reach WAY out there compared to CB (I get 40 miles out of my Anytone, and maybe 4 miles with my legal CB)

1000.jpg


The antenna I use is a pricey, but good, Comet 2x4SR. It both folds and has a built in spring. The thing is made of thick steel rods, and does not like to bend. So The spring and fold over feature are rather necessary for use in the woods. There are smaller, cheaper, and more flexible options out there, but I doubt you'd get anywhere near the performance as this 3' Comet. Its marketed for search and rescue vehicles. Antenna choice is almost more important than radio choice.


$65 for the base model, and the spring is an extra $30.

https://powerwerx.com/antenna-ultra-wide-dual-band

ultra-wide-coverage-vhfuhf-dual-band-antenna-for-public-safety-and-amateur-radio__2547_580.jpg





Other radios are available without the pretty display, and with the addition of the 1.25m band for about the same price. That way, you have three entire bands to legally talk on with your Technician license. 1.25m is an odd duck band, as its only legal in north america, so the japanese manufacturers don't really make radios for it, but its starting to become popular since its "the best of both worlds" between 2m and 70cm here. Chinese radios are becoming fairly common now thanks to Baofeng. These chinese radios are "more open" than they should be, and will allow you to transmit outside of the HAM band limits. My Anytone is pre programed to disallow transmissions outside of band, but the lockout can be disabled when you program the frequency list.

I leave mine "unlocked", as the unit can talk on anything from FRS (the cheap walkie talkie band) to GMRS (the nice/ business band walkies) to MURS to Marine, and even the upper portion of the Air band (specifically ATIS and center control frequencies), the NOAA weather band, as well as search/ rescue, and un-trunked police and fire. Keep in mind, I DONT talk on those bands, but I have the ability to if I need to (emergencies).



  • just a word of warning...... the JL is EXTREMELY noisy in the 2m band when its running and in drive. I think the ECU or BCU throws out a lot of interference. Because of this, I almost always run UHF (70cm) when driving around, and only jump on VHF (2m) when Im stopped.
VHF typically gets you more range, while UHF typically "penetrates" better. The basic rule is to use VHF in the country, and UHF in the city. The 1.25m band is smack in between the two, and supposedly is a nice hybrid between each's strengths. (I don't use it, so I don't have any first hand knowledge). The 40 mile range I mentioned I was getting was on the 70cm band at 25w talking to a repeater on the highest building in michigan. Line of sight is everything, and my antenna and repeater choices are optimal to achieve that range.
Thanks! I'll check this out.
 

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Fellow JL Owners - We are in the last stages of finalizing a very trick, all stainless steel Antenna Mount for the new JL. We have a couple of prototypes in hand and we are just collecting a bit more information on on various spare tire sizes and common aftermarket mounts so that we can insure that we will have a mount that will work for most configurations... and will continue to work for YOU as you may make future modifications to your JL. The mount will offer conventional 3' of 4' fiberglass antenna mounting as well as compatibility for NMO mounts for the HAM guys. Stay-tuned as I will try to post updates in this thread. Our objective is to have availability before the end of April.
I know this is an older thread, but I'm finding, quite literally, that what you say and reality are 2 completely different things. I have the rugged ridge tailgate reinforcement & this particular antenna mount will NOT fit due to the location/offset of the bolts: I emailed not only my question, but images of the offset and the reinforcement.....crickets!
I'd love to get an all in one kit with an antenna mount that fits the RR reinforcement, but until one is found, I'm taking a hard pass, no matter how intriguing it may sound
 

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I know this is an older thread, but I'm finding, quite literally, that what you say and reality are 2 completely different things. I have the rugged ridge tailgate reinforcement & this particular antenna mount will NOT fit due to the location/offset of the bolts: I emailed not only my question, but images of the offset and the reinforcement.....crickets!
I'd love to get an all in one kit with an antenna mount that fits the RR reinforcement, but until one is found, I'm taking a hard pass, no matter how intriguing it may sound
We've had our CB antenna mount out for the JL for almost 2 years and it works for the OEM tailgate and for those using the MOPAR tailgate reinforcement kit. I'm sorry ours doesn't appear to work with the Rugged Ridge reinforcement. Also, we recently introduced a stainless steel front-mount antenna bracket that can be mounted on either side of the Jeep (at the cowl) and which works equally well for CB and GMRS antennas.
 

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