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CB Radio Blog & Technical Information

At CB World, we believe in educating our customers. That's why we offer our CB Radio Blog, to help you choose the right equipment, install it properly and troubleshoot if need be.

Are you new to CB radios? There are several good reasons to install a CB radio in your personal or work vehicle. You can use a CB radio to communicate with friends and family while on the road. CB radios are useful in an emergency since police constantly monitor channels 9 and 19. CB radios also give you access to traffic and weather information. Getting a CB radio installed and working properly isn't always as easy as buying it and plugging it in.

There are several factors to consider when choosing your CB radio components. Where to mount the radio? Where to mount the antenna?  What features you want? How tall should your CB antenna be? These are just some of the questions that can come up during the process. The advice below will help you with choosing and installing a CB radio and CB antenna.

 

Choosing the Right CB Equipment

Choosing the Best CB Radio

Information on the types of CB radios available and what really matters when making a decision

 

Choosing the Best Handheld CB Radio

Information on what we consider to be the best handheld cb radios available and the differences between them

 

Choosing the Best CB Antenna

Information on choosing a CB antenna based on location, height, load, and other factors

 

Choosing Small, Low Profile CB Radios & Antennas

Information on your best options when looking for small cb radios and low profile antennas

 

Cheap CB Radio & Antennas to Consider

Information on understanding must-have features, and less important features, when shopping for inexpensive CB radios and antennas, including our specific recommendations.

 

Choosing the Best CB Microphone

Information on the features and specs of current CB microphones

 

Choosing CB Antenna Springs

Information on CB antenna springs, when to include them, and how to choose the right spring

 

Choosing CB Radios, Antennas & Mounts for Pickup Trucks

Information on how to choose a CB radio, antenna and mount for your pickup truck

 

The Best Motorcycle CB Radios, Headsets, and Antennas

Learn how to choose the best motorcycle CB radio, headset, antenna and mount for your specific needs.

 

Installing Your CB Equipment

How to Install a CB Radio

A how to article outlining the process of installing a CB radio

 

How to Install a CB Antenna

A general article covering the basic steps for installing a CB antenna

 

How to Tune a CB Antenna

A step by step guide for setting the SWR on a CB Antenna

 

Troubleshooting CB Radio and CB Antenna Problems

 

General CB Radio Trouble Shooting Guide

A general guide for trouble shooting common CB Radio problems.  Includes cross-reference chart.

 

Troubleshoot a High SWR

A list of items to check when you have a high SWR reading across all channels

 

Testing Continuity

A guide on using a multimeter or test light to check for continuity.

 

Testing CB Antenna Ground

This guide shows you how to test the electrical ground for your CB Antenna

 

Testing CB Antenna Coax

This guide describes how to test CB antenna coax for shorts and continuity

 

Additional Information
 

CB Radio Range

Are you curious what the range of a CB radio is? This article discusses just that...how to determine CB radio range.

 

CB Radio Lingo

A list of 10 codes, Q codes and other CB radio Lingo

 

CB Radio Frequently Asked Questions

A lit of frequently asked CB radio questions and their answers.

 

What Is SWR

A detailed description of SWR and why it is important to your CB antenna setup.

 

What is CB Antenna Ground Plane?

Defines what a CB antenna's ground plane is.

 

CB Radio Channels & Frequencies

A deeply resourceful guide that offers a list of all CB radio channels, corresponding frequencies, customary uses as well as advice on improving transmission and legality of usage.

 

What is RF Gain and What Does RF Gain Do on a CB Radio?

How to use RF Gain on a CB radio. How it's used just like squelch and how it can be used to adjust your receiver.