How To Install A CB Radio

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Updated June 27, 2022

Installing even the best cb radio is easier than you might think. CB users already know this. And once you have it installed in your vehicle, you will be able to enjoy the world of citizens’ band communication. So let’s get right into it and I will walk you through some very basic instructions on how to install a cb radio. While you’re upgrading the radio, you may want to also take a look at the best trailer tires too.

How To Install A CB Radio – Hardware You Will Need

Here’s the hardware that you will need for installation:

  • CB radio with your CB microphone
  • Coax cable
  • Antenna

Mounting Your CB Radio

These tips can apply to base stations as well, though most people choose not to mount those units. You can always hire a professional to mount your mobile CB radio, one that can handle the CB installations, but if you want to do it yourself, it is very easy. You can mount the CB radio right in the dashboard or if you have a larger radio you can use a U bracket to get your CB mounted.

Mounting Your Antenna

The best area to mount your antenna is usually the roof of the vehicle, which also acts as a ground plane with your antenna mounted on it and gives you good signals in every direction. You can also have a mounted antenna on your trunk, bumper, fender or rearview mirror. It depends on your vehicle’s configuration. For some areas of your car or truck, you may have to drill a hole or two to mount it. There are also magnetic mounts that you can buy, but if you use one, make sure it is a strong magnet so that it won’t pop off while you are cruising down the highway.

Connecting The Coax Cable

The CB coax cable connector can affect your radio’s performance, so it is important to get it right. You should use a thickly insulated cable that is weather resistant. Run your cable from the CB to the CB antenna and make sure the connections are secure when connecting the antenna.

Powering Your Radio

For power, you can either connect it directly to the vehicle’s battery or you can use the cigarette lighter plug. If you will use the battery, be sure to connect red first then black. You can connect the red wire directly to the positive terminal of the battery or to a connection on the fuse box that will always be on. The black wire will connect to the negative side of the vehicle, typically the chassis. Another location with good electrical contact will also be fine for your radio installation.

Next, you will be able to use your CB radio while driving.

Can You Use A CB Radio On A Motorcycle?

Believe it or not, you can mount a CB to your motorcycle as well. They sell CB radios that work well with CB radio installation on motorcycles. You can mount the radio using special mounting accessories.

Many people like to use a handheld CB radio on their motorcycles or a compact unit. Mounting options will vary by vehicle and type of CB radio.

And one last tip for tuning rather than how to install a CB radio. Don’t forget to use SWR (standing wave ratio SWR) meters for tuning your antenna. SWR adjustments let you get the most out of your radio by lowering background noise getting a better range.

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