CB antennas receive and transmit signals in citizen band (CB) radios, which are used for communicating with other people over short distances. They have approximately 40 channels scattered throughout a 27-MHz band.
Most of today’s CB antennas come in compact and mobile types installed on the roofs, trunk lids, and windows of vehicles. They are available in window mount, mobile, rooftop mount, and mirror mount models.
Types of CB Antennas
Kinds of CB Antennas include the following:
Mobile CB antennas
Mobile CB antennas can be magnetically mounted inside vehicles or above trunk lids. They typically use center loaded coils, making them more efficient. These mobile CBs usually have handling capacities of up to 300 watts and frequency ranges of 26 to 30 MHz.
Window mount CB antennas
Window mount CB antennas are made of stainless steel. They are installed inside buildings, near windows. They have special energy transfer systems for transporting energy from the inside portion of the window to the outside portion without the need for wires. They usually come in 27 megahertz (MHz) models.
Rooftop mount CB antennas
Rooftop mount CB antennas are designed to be installed on the roofs of vehicles. They typically have handling capacities of up to 30 watts. Rooftop CB antennas are low-profile antennas designed for maximum head clearance.
Mirror mount CB antennas
Mirror mount CB antennas have a high handling capacity of up to 3,000 watts. They are usually made of copper coils plated in 24-karat gold. They have frequency ranges of 26 to 30 MHz.
Choosing CB Antennas (Buying tips)
Relief springs. Choose a CB antenna with relief springs to prevent antenna damage caused by whip lash.
Removable radiator. Choose a CB antenna with a radiator you can remove when your car is being washed. The radiator can get damaged if not removed.
Lay-down option. To prevent your CB antenna from bending, folding, or breaking in low headrooms (like when you drive through a tunnel), look for one with whip and coil assemblies that can be loosened.