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    New guy in Michigan

    Hey all! I don't know that I'd call myself an official CB junkie yet, but I'll no doubt end up there, just as I do with every hobby I start.

    I'm just working on putting together a VERY basic setup at the moment. I have an old Realistic TRC-422a radio that has been collecting dust in the basement for ages. Deciding on an antenna setup is leaving me a bit torn... I would really prefer something like a K40, but I park in my garage, so I'm leaning more towards a pair of 3 foot firestiks mounted in the front corners of my pickup bed, protruding out the sides slightly. I know it's a less-than-ideal solution, but I'm inclined to air on the side of practicality.

    I'm sure I'll upgrade my radio sooner than later. I could also use some input on the subject of modifying a decent radio for more power vs running a separate amp.

    Thanks in advance for any input and for your patience with yet another newbie.

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    Welcome to the board! Your antenna choose is a good idea if challenged with low objects. Using a hustler center load antenna from rightchannelradios.com is what I personally recommend. Hope this idea helps man!

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    Welcome to the cb world. Sounds like your off to a good start. Keep us posted

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    Welcome from Iowa
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    Silverado 996 Austin, TX with a wave... Break! Break!

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    Hello from NJ! Firestick is a good choice, but use one. Your performance will actually suffer with two!
    619 the Chef, choppin' lips and deep-frying those ducks in the Yellin' Yukon and I'm gone...

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    Well, I decided to ditch my ideas of garage door clearance and practicality, and smack a Wilson 1000 up on the roof... If I need to fit in someplace, I'll just take the coil off.

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