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Choosing a CB set

CHOOSING A CB SET. The choice of set might seem bewildering when you look at our product pages, but there are a few things to bear in mind when making a choice. There are many things that make a good CB better than a mediocre CB - mainly receive & transmit performance, usefulness of any functions and quality of construction.

Generally, you will get what you pay for with the better sets having a better sound on receive & transmit, and slightly higher sensitivity so they might "hear" better. Their facilities might be better implemented, the quality of the control knobs & switches will be higher and the general life expectancy should be longer.

Choosing an aerial mount

CHOOSING AN AERIAL MOUNT If you don't mind drilling a hole for the aerial mount, the most common method of fixing is to use a Dome mount through the roof or wing, or a PSM-1 mount or dome & angle adapter at the rear of the vehicle, just below the roof line. If you have a roof-rack then this can be an ideal mounting place, using a roofrack or bar mount. If you have a roll-cage, you may find a small plate already on it, or you could use our Rollcage/bullbar mount - bull-bars can also be a good location for an aerial.

If you want a magnetic mount aerial, using a large magnet with a protective rubber or vinyl boot that will make sure that the aerial will not be pulled off, or move causing any scratches. Remember though that magnetic mounts will not stick to aluminium panels, i.e. Defenders, Range Rovers and series vehicles, but will stick to steel bonnets. (Discovery has a steel roof so magmount is an easy solution here.)

Choosing an aerial

CHOOSING AN AERIAL. Choice of aerial is fairly crucial to the performance you will get from your CB set-up, although even the smallest ones will usually give satisfactory range for most short range off-road purposes. A good all-round aerial for offroad and general work is the Springer - it's available in large (1.6m about 5 feet) and small (100cm about 3feet) versions.

It's nice and flexible, works as well as most aerials of the same size (the larger one works quite a bit better than the small one) and is very tough, making it ideal for 4x4 and farm vehicles.

Most of the aerials featured in this catalogue are good for off-road use, although some are more suited to on-road. Our aerials product pages show our selection of the most suitable ones based on our experience.

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