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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. If you need help with an order or product information, please click here.

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 Equipment

Radios

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

Handheld Radios

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

Antennas

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

Microphones

Information on the features and specs of current CB microphones

Antenna Springs

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

Coax Cable

Information on selecting the correct coax able and connectors for the right CB set up

AM/FM Antennas

Information on improving your current AM/FM antenna set up and Firestik recommendation

For Pickup Trucks

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

For RVs/Campers

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

For Motorcycles

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

For Jeeps

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

Small, Low Profile CB Radios & Antennas

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

Inexpensive CB Radios & 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

Emergency Communication Equipment

Advice and product recommendations regarding emergency communications. Don't Wait. Stay Safe. Be prepared.

When to use (NGP) "no ground plane" Equipment

If you try to use standard ground-based CB equipment with a vehicle that needs a "no ground plane" antenna, you'll experience both high SWR levels and extremely poor performance


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 Radio and Antenna Problems

Radio Trouble Shooting Guide

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

Electrical and Engine Noise

Engine noise/electrical interference can make it extremely hard to hear incoming transmissions and can occasionally get so bad as to render your CB radio unusable

Troubleshoot a High SWR

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

What Is SWR?

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

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

CB Microphone Wiring

Helps understand microphone wiring and how microphones can be wired differently

Additional Information

CB World Frequently Asked Questions

A list of frequently asked CB radio questions and their answers

Frequently Asked Questions About CB Radios

A list of frequently asked CB radio questions and their answers

What is the Range of my CB System?

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

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

What is CB Antenna Ground Plane?

Defines CB antenna ground plane

CB Radios in the Modern World

Learn about the many different ways people are using CB radios today

Survival Communication for Emergency Preparedness & Preppers

Learn why communication during a catastrophe is quite possibly the most important survival tactic, and what your options are with CB and Ham radios

History of CB Handles & Trucker Names Generator

Ever wonder how CB handles and trucker names came about? We give you a little history behind them, as well as provide a fun CB handle name generator (and infographic) to help you come up with your very own.

CB Radio Lingo

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