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cobra uniden make decent radio's, they're not the only good ones but the first that come to mind. for best results the antenna should be mounted to a large flat metal surface that is grounded to the vehicle. a good quality co-ax cable of the right length will help keep tx/rx efficiency up there. wilson, firestik, make good antennas, others have had great success with other brands. tuning mostly applies to antennas with a plain wire section, held in a socket with a small allen screw. you test the completely installed radio to see the transmitter efficiency then adjust the length in small increments until peak efficiency is reached. it can be the difference between 2 miles and 15 miles range. generally if good quality components are used you can hit 10-15 pretty much right out of the box. wilson makes some very fancy expensive antennas which are mostly for show unless you are operating a high wattage(illegal) radio. just get a good fiberglass stick antenna, or two
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Last edited by nitrogen; 10-02-2010 at 07:02 AM.