There is a problem: the use of the radio does not end on the radio. It requires a lot of additional equipment.
What if we neglect the necessary parts and accessories?
Then new problems will arise. Accessories are an important part of the radio.
Yes, the radio works independently, but you need to connect a lot of things together. And this process requires a lot of extra stuff.
No secret: the most common radio is CB. And what additional parts and accessories do a CB radio require?
Just a few minutes and you will learn about everything. Follow me below!
What is CB radio?
I think everyone will agree with me: it is better to start from the very foundations and go from the general to the particular.
CB radio was created back in 1940 and was civilian radio as short-range radio communication.
The main function (short-range action) radio still retained. Honestly, almost all the characteristics of the radio remained unchanged, it just became more modern. The same goes for the look of the radio.
CB radio has a large radio spectrum, which usually consists of 40 channels. All of these channels operate in the 27 MHz (or 11 m) band.
How Many CB Signal Can Support?
Only one. Moreover, being on one channel you do not know what is happening on other channels.
Middle communication is an important feature because thanks to this you do not need a license to work (unless you want to increase the power and increase the radio range). One is pleased that you do not need to take the test for the FCC.
What Does This Look Like?
You find CB radio out from a thousand. Distinctive features: portability, battery life or stationary, located in the car (then powered by the electrical system).
The range affects many radio amateurs and this is obvious. In the case of CB radio, you need to be careful because something constantly affects the range of this radio.
It can be anything from forests and skyscrapers to flat landscapes. But do not count beyond 2 miles.
CB radio is a complex, capricious but interesting radio. Its installation, configuration, and more require additional accessories.
For example, to tune the radio up, you will need anSWR meter, a coaxial cable, and an antenna. The same set will be useful in optimizing the signal from the radio.
So, you will connect the coaxial cable to the chassis and to the CB radio, then connect the SWR meter, adjust the antenna of the SWR meter, and you can enjoy the result.
But this is only a common vision. Let’s move on to a specific list of accessories that you need to work with CB radio.
CB Radio Parts and Accessories
I would be Captain Obvious, but you need CB radio. Why am I talking about this?
The fact is that CB radio includes a microphone, a mounting bracket, and a power cord. You can open any CB radio box and find just such a set.
All these accessories are essential if you want it to work and not stand on the shelf.
In addition to CB radio and related parts, you need a CB-antenna. The antenna is also a key element, without which the radio will not catch the connection.
If there is an antenna, then there should be a mount for the antenna. The antenna must be firmly attached to the car. It can be a magnet or rubber – anything.
Be careful because the antenna must also be “all dolled up.” The antenna should have a spring at the base (which will allow the antenna to bend and not allow it to break) and quick-disconnect options (this will be between the antenna and the surface on which you are installing the antenna). Stubby antenna also work fine.
As I said, you will need a coax cable. This part is needed to connect the CB radio and antenna. There is good news: usually, a coaxial cable is sold in one set with an antenna.
Do you want to work with CB radio? You need to have an SWR meter. It is an indispensable thing in the proper tuning of the antenna.
Many people neglect the use of the SWR meter. And in vain! As a result, they get reduced system performance and complete damage to the radio.
Plus, you need an external sound signal with which you can configure the speakerphone.
CB External Speaker
It is one of the important accessories if you are a lover of good sound. Your CB radio can be very cool and make the best sound. But you also use the radio in a car, the engine noise of which drowns out everything. The road is often very noisy, and the radio becomes virtually silent.
In such cases, the CB external speaker can help. This accessory gives clear sound even when around is very noisy.
External Speaker for CB radio should be compact, have a swing arm and be suitable for the radio station on all parameters. But portability is not the most important thing.
More importantly the power of the external speaker. Count on the power of no more than 10 watts.
That is true, CB radio already has a microphone. As a rule, the microphone bundled with the radio is weaker. And many CB radio users choose more powerful microphones because for them it is important to transmit the signal in a quality form.
CB microphone is different. Some have an echo and Roger beep for entertainment, some have a noise cancellation function, so the operator transmits a cleaner signal. The main reason for which such an accessory is needed for volume and clarity of sound.
Who needs this radio accessory? It will definitely be useful for those who speak quietly, as well as those who have a weak signal and are often forced to transmit a signal in noisy conditions.
It is for these categories of operators that microphones have a good speaker, echo effect, noise cancellation function and Roger Beep, and also the possibility of wireless communication.
CB Mic Holder
If you need a CB microphone, CB mic holder is needed all the more, then. It is a complete fastening system on special latches.
There are different mic holders. Some have the belt mount function. This function reduces a cable and helps remove the microphone from the lining. The mount can be large (about 40 inches) and small (about 25-28 inches) in size.
Why is it good? CB mic holder makes using your microphone even more compact. Imagine: you use a microphone, and after that, it just rolls around and minders.
It is fraught with the fact that driving a car will be uncomfortable for you and the fact that the microphone will quickly acquire a shabby appearance.
CB mic holder will be a great thing that will hold the microphone and it will not fall, and you will not need to look for a fallen microphone. Everything is very convenient!
CB Noise Filter
This accessory is required for use. Perhaps this is the first thing you need to buy for your CB radio.
CB noise filter eliminates unwanted noise, making the sound clear. When we drive in the car we hear engine noise, some kind of electronic noise. All this knocks the sound, makes it not clean.
Such a sound is unpleasant and difficult to hear. To eliminate extraneous noise, there is CB noise filter and it becomes especially useful if your radio station does not support this function initially.
To be honest, CB noise filter is a useful accessory even if CB radio already has this feature. It will help to better clear the sound of electrical noise, engine noise, and so on.
CB Radio Speaker Splitter
Speaker splitter is needed to use the CB antenna for AM and FM. In this case, you will need only one antenna in the car, because you can connect it to all the radio.
One antenna – one problem. That is why CB Radio speaker splitter is necessary for everyone who uses not only CB radio.
CB Radio Mount
CB radio mount is another accessory for those who have several CB radio blocks. You can place several radio blocks (usually, 2) compactly in your car via radio mount.
Actually, this is a standard bracket for installing the radio. It is possible to adjust the bracket and hold the radio. It is especially useful for punches and turns.Radio mount is a support on the stand in which you need to install radio units.
Do you want to have more powerful CB radio? Buddy, you need to have CB amplifier.
Many CB radios have weak sound and poor performance, especially if you use it in a big city. You can fix this with the CB amplifier.
The amplifier does not allow extraneous noise to spoil the sound quality. So, the amplifier improves the sound quality to a professional level.
Modern amplifiers have many additional functions, such as the cooling function, the necessary connectors for the antenna cable, the necessary buttons, and the reverse polarity protection functions.
The main thing is to place the amplifier in a ventilated place and be sure that the antenna can withstand the power of the amplifier. It will make use of the amplifier trouble free.
What Do You Need To Properly Install A CB Radio In A Car?
You might think: “And why is all this necessary?”
I want to show what set of accessories you can use in working with CB radio.
To successfully install a CB radio, you will need an antenna, a coaxial cable, an SWR meter, and a radio.
Apart from CB radio, the antenna is a very important component. Much depends on the location of the antenna.
I recommend installing the antenna in a high position, as this will provide better reception and greater range.
What To Focus On Installing The Antenna?
See that the antenna (if it is long) is above the roof line or at least 1/3 higher.
Usually, antennas are mounted on the spare wheel (if we are talking about a jeep), on a tail light, front bumper, hood or fender of a car.
It is not just where you install the antenna, it is important how you do it. There are cases when the antenna mounting bracket is painted. Before you install such an antenna you need to get rid of the paint.
It is logical that to install CB radio you need CB radio. You will connect the antenna and SWR meter to the radio.
Coaxial cable as a conductor between antenna and CB radio. Few people pay attention to the quality of the cable. But only high-quality and properly laid (your task) cable will not let you down in severe weather conditions, will not get rust and will not break.
Finally, the SWR meter is an important part of the installation that controls the process. SWR-meter is especially needed if you are going to tune the radio yourself. What it is?
It is a standing wave ratio meter. That is, this portable device measures the quality of signal transmission. The SWR-meter is an inexpensive meter, but its use in setting up radio is priceless.