I am going to be purchasing my first CB soon.
I am either getting the Uniden 510XL or the 520XL. I am not too worried about getting too far distance wise with it...just ~2-3 radius is good for me. I am getting the Lil Wil just because its the smallest I could find that you all suggested here.
My first question...how many Emergency vehicles actually use channel 9 any more? The 520 has instant channel 9, which would be nice if it was used and useful. It would be nice to know that they are coming up behind me or from what direction, road, etc.
Second question..is it better to hardwire power for a CB or just use the cig power adapter? See pics below...I have a power area right where I am putting the CB.
..which leads to my next question. How snug should the CB be? The size of the cubby hole is ~5.5" W x 2" H x 8" D. The dimensions of the 510/520 is 6 3/4" (L) x 4 1/2" (W) x 1 1/2" (H). It also states to be sure to have 1" for knobs and 1/2" for the antenna connector. I dont mind the knobs sticking out slightly. Should I just use some thick velcro or make a custom bracket? ...or stuff something in there to snug it up?
..and I am assuming since a CB antenna is set for certain frequencys I could not use it for other uses all at once..radio..GPS..etc. Correct?