CB Radio Equipment for Truckers
This CB World Help Center Article was designed to give truckers an all-in-one place to find and select CB radio equipment for their rig. Despite the intention of this article to lean towards truckers, it can be installed in any vehicle that will accommodate a larger radio and can use one of the antennas included (so long as your vehicle has a metal body).
These radios were chosen because they provide a full range of features, and they have a built-in SWR meter. Truck drivers tend to be more familiar with CB radios and can make good use of extra filters and additioanl fine tuning. A built-in SWR meter is very convenient and gives you the ability to check your antenna at any time to ensure that your antenna is propelry tuned. Remember- every CB antenna needs to be tuned for its application!
Cobra® 29 LTD Classic - We recommend this radio by default because it is a time-tested radio that has been popular with drivers over the years. Does not include SSB.
Galaxy DX959 CB Radio with SSB - Great Features, classic style, tried and true.
Uniden BearCat BC880 - This is a very modern radio that is a little smaller than the others on this list. Does not include SSB.
President MCKINLEY CB Radio with SSB - Compact yet full of features and offers selectable color display.
These antennas are kits that include single or dual antennas, 3 way mirror mount(s), and a coax. Some kits also contain springs. We have tried to keep it simple while still providing some options for personalization. Some of these kits will perform better in certain situations than others. It is important to keep the following in mind:
1) We only recommend dual antennas if there will be at least 7-8 feet inbetween the antennas so the performance is not negatively affected. A dual antenna kit is good for full 360 degree coverage. This is especially important for long haul drivers on the open road.
2) Tune your antennas. The radios in this kit all include a built-in SWR meter. There is no reason not to tune your antennas, and check them periodically to make sure your antennas are optimized for performance and to help ensure that you don't potentially damage your radio.
3) If you are doing a lot of in town driving or are up in the mountains on back roads, you may want to go with a single antenna on the drivers side. There is no point to having two antennas if you keep breaking one off on tree branches. A single antenna mounted on the driver's side (which is usually closer to the center of the road where there are less things to hit overhead) will serve you better.
4) Looking for the Cascadia Kit? The Frieghtliner kit was designed for the Cascadia Trucks.
The Dual Trucker Antenna Kit is one of our recommendations as these antennas will go head to head with Wilson any day of the week and the double shielded coax will give you extra protection from inverters and other electrical devices in your cab.
Accessories Unlimited Dual Antenna Kits - High quality products that don't break the bank!
- AUMM22- 2 Foot Kit
- AUMM23- 3 Foot Kit
- AUMM24- 4 Foot Kit
Firestik Antenna Kits- Firestik is a trusted name in CB antennas. We offer the dual or single Firestik antenna kit. Both kits include a spring for the antenna(s), a high quality coax, and sturdy mirror mount(s).
- FS364A- 3 Foot Kit
- FS464A - 4 Foot Kit
-B for Black
-W for White
Other colors available!
If you are planning on mounting your radio in an overhead slot, down on the floor, or on the passenger side, you will need a good external speaker to get the audio closer to your ear. We recommend the DRX9010. It puts out a loud and clear sound. We also have other options available for powered and economical CB speakers.
CB Microphone Upgrade
For the most part, you can stick with the microphone that comes with your radio, especially if you go with a Peak and Tune on the radio. We have a few options for upgraded mics that are either favorites with drivers, or can come in handy (hands-free, that is).
Astatic D104 Power Mic - This microphone is a favorite among truck drivers. Astatic is a synonymous with quality in the CB world.
Superstar DM452 Echo Mic - This is another power mic that includes and echo feature.
Cobra® CA MS4 Hand Free Mic - This mic will keep you safe while driving and talking.
Cobra® CABTCB4 Wireless Mic - Another hands free mic that will also connect to your phone via Bluetooth.
And of course this all comes with the unparallelled support of the CB World staff. If you have any problems or questions during installation, we are here to help! You can check our help section any time for detail installation and troubleshooting guides, or contact us directly with any questions!