CB Radio and Antenna on a Pickup Truck
Looking to add a CB radio system onto your pickup truck? We’re glad you are! There are several things to note during your installation process to make sure everything goes smoothly and ensure your system works perfectly. In this article, we’ll cover certain aspects to be wary of as you install your CB radio system into your pickup truck.
When it comes to antenna placement, consider what you are looking for in your radio system. Are you looking just to listen or be able to transmit as well? If you’re looking to just listen, your CB antenna can go wherever is most convenient for you. If you wish to use your system to transmit signals as well, make sure you install your antenna in an area with free space so signal can more easily go out.
If you want to install the antenna system to the bed of the truck, which is very common, we highly recommend it to be grounded properly to ensure the SWR is below 1.5. If not, this area is prone to leaving your system with high SWR and other performance issues. We highly recommend a good magnet mount on the top of the cab for the best results. A great choice for a magnet mount is the Stryker sr-a10 Magnet Mount.
When purchasing an antenna, the ideal length is 4 feet or taller. Once installed, be sure to follow all standard check ups such as measuring its SWR. Check out the Firstick Fiberglass antenna and our many other offerings!
We hope you found this article informative and helpful towards your CB radio installation! At CB Radio Supply, we are here for all your radio needs and offer a wide range of customer service! Our free domestic US shipping and hassle-free returns is our guarantee you’ll be satisfied with your choices. Give us a call to speak with our expert staff today!