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18 Apr 2024 00:16 #255631 by francisfung
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Hi all,

I am thinking of installing a CB radio in my Jimny 2019, does anyone know if the THUNDERPOLE T-600 is any good? and also if CB radio still a thing? if you guys are still using CB radio for green lane ing?
www.thunderpole.co.uk/cb-radio-packs/thu...off-roader-pack.html

Also, is there anyone are in the Surrey area and like to go green laning? 

Thank in advance. 
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18 Apr 2024 05:25 #255633 by gv42
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Yes to the thunderpole t-600 I have it in my 2 jimnys ,and we all have CBs for green laning
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18 Apr 2024 06:18 #255634 by Soeley
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If you haven't seen this one and don't really want a permanent installation then THIS is a good one with the car kit, it is also a mobile CB. I have this one for laning days.
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18 Apr 2024 07:50 #255638 by DrRobin
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I fitted a tiny CB radio (PNI) in place of the ash tray (made a bracket to go in place of the ash tray bracket) on my Gen3 and made a bracket to carry an aerial on the spare wheel carrier, I used a similar antenna to the Thunderpole, worked really well.

To be honest I didn’t use it much and also bought a PNI handheld with a small mag mount and short whip antenna that can easily be fitted when needed.

www.radioworld.co.uk/pni-hp62-48-handhel...m_term=&gad_source=1

I also bought the option Lithium battery and short flexible antenna (rubber duck) to go portable.

I took the CB out of my Gen3 before selling it, but doubt I will fit it to my Gen4, I will just use the handheld with car kit and probably sell the ash tray CB when I can get round to it.

Robin

2020 blue SZ5 (one of the last to be registered in the UK)
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18 Apr 2024 09:17 #255640 by francisfung
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seems a good one to get then, which size of orbital did you choose? the mini or full size, the full size seems a bit too long for the Jimny.

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18 Apr 2024 09:47 #255641 by 300bhpton
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Hi all,

I am thinking of installing a CB radio in my Jimny 2019, does anyone know if the THUNDERPOLE T-600 is any good? and also if CB radio still a thing? if you guys are still using CB radio for green lane ing?
www.thunderpole.co.uk/cb-radio-packs/thu...off-roader-pack.html

Also, is there anyone are in the Surrey area and like to go green laning? 

Thank in advance. 
tbh I suspect any and all CB radios are perfectly fine. They all have to adhere to the same legal power outputs.

If you want to mod for illegal power it might be different.

Apart from that I'd look at size, shape, packaging and features. There are some interestingly shaped and packaged CBs these days. Which can aid installation. In a JB74 Jimny there isn't a huge amount of places to install a radio.

There are also hand held radios with car kits that can be more compact that you may want to consider.

Feature wise, depends if you want things like a bleep noise when you stop transmitting and the like. I would say I prefer radios that have dials and are quick and easy to change the SQL or RF Gain. Modern CBs seem to have menus and multi function menu's which can be annoying to have to remember button clicks.

As for CB, yes I think it is seeing a resurgence. Although I'm personally not all that interested in talking to strangers for no reason. I only use a CB when laning or doing something in multiple cars across the fields such as Land Rover trials events etc.

A longer aerial should give better performance as a rule as line of sight matters with a CB. And while CBs can reach good distances, if you are in the mountains or laning range can rapidly diminish.

In a way I think PMR446 would be a better radio setup than a CB these days, but you do need to convert all the people in your group to making the switch over.

Interested to see how where you plan to mount the radio and antenna and what kind of mount you plan to use.
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18 Apr 2024 09:51 - 18 Apr 2024 09:51 #255642 by francisfung
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hey, thanks for your info, will share some photos on here after I decided which one I will get and installed.

Ps. nice picture you got there, is that a cliff next to an ocean?
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18 Apr 2024 11:07 #255644 by Soeley
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Just noticed my link above didn't work. 2nd time lucky. 
Midland Alan 42DS CB Radio amzn.eu/d/9qQizZ4
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18 Apr 2024 14:24 #255646 by Gadget
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I have the Midland Alan 42DS linked above by Soeley and it's good, although I've only used it once in the year or so I've had it. CB only seems useful for driving in a group when greenlaning, I can't see any use for it other than that.

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