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  1. Really nice looking Jeep! Congrats!
  2. From an offroading, on the trail use perspective: Advantages over HAM: - no exam - cheaper radios (compared against the Japanese, not the Chinese radios) Advantages over CB: - better range (although a properly tuned CB should also suffice on the trail) - better reception clarity (again, a good CB is competitive as well)
  3. That tent, like many soft tops are way to complicated to setup. I’ve learned my lesson with my ARB tent. It also looks very heavy.
  4. Having a rooftop tent is never an overdone. Each to its own, but some things need to be experienced first hand to be truly appreciated. I recall for example few trips, like the Mohave one, where I was sleeping like a baby, while others left home sick in the morning due to cold and wind. TrailRecon, the guy in the video, practically lives in his Jeep, and definitely uses his stuff. He does lots of reviews, which might explain some of the stuff he carries.
  5. Good news: the delay is almost imperceptible, almost impossible to detect. Also, receiving simultaneously CB and HAM works as configured: HAM in the front driver speaker, CB in the front passenger's. Lastly, I can't stop singing praises for the President Johnny CB. Whomever is complaining about lousy CB sound quality, like I was when I had the Cobra 75, doesn't know how good the President sounds. HAM quality.
  6. A quick update on this: I've did it and I love it!!! Here's the set-up I've ended up with: HARDWARE: - 2 x External Speaker Wizard (WIZ) by Audiointerrupt.com PRODUCT QUALITY - Made in the USA by an artisan electronics guru. All electronics are encased in a small plastic box (about 2" x 3" x 1") filled with clear epoxy. Totally water/dust proof! Plus it looks cool. - A small dink for the thin gauge wires used to split the amp <-> speaker wire. SET-UP Super easy in my case since I use an aftermarket amp: - power for both WIZs is shared with the AMP. If the amp is on, the WIZ is on. - the wires for the WIZ are clearly labeled. Although small gauge, the run is quite short, so sound quality is not impacted. One WIZ intercepts the CH1, the other CH2 (front L & R channels): AMP CH1 -> WIZ -> Speaker FL, AMP CH2 -> WIZ -> Speaker FR - the input sound from the HAM and CB/GMRS radios is made via a regular 3.5mm jack, same with how an external speaker would connect. The wires are long enough to route them wherever your radio is. - my AMP is under the front passenger seat, and the WIZs are secured there as well. My HAM is under the driver seat, while the CB and GMRS radios are hidden behind the glove box. - lastly, there is a wire on each WIZ, which makes them mute each other (more in the How it Works section) - one WIZ was factory outfitted (for free) with a selector switch for me to pick between the source input as either the CB or the GMRS radio. HOW_IT_WORKS My HAM's sound goes into the front-driver speaker, while the CB/GMRS radios route into the front passenger speaker. Due to the mute wire between the two devices, both front speakers get muted when either the HAM WIZ or the CB/GMRS WIZ are triggered. I've noticed no degradation whatsoever in the sound quality. Also no noise/buzz/etc. Cristal clear! My AMP is 75W per channel (not that I can ever drive it that hard), and the WIZs handle that w/o issue. The CB and the HAM output gets out quite loud as well. Their sound level is set by the volume on the radios themselves - set it and forget it. STILL_TO_DO To test the set-up in real world. Two things that I'll pay attention to: - the delay (if any) when the WIZs will kick in. In other words, if someone talks, will I miss their first words for a sec? TBD. - will there be a cacophony when both the HAM and the CB/GMRS are active in the same time? Or will one mute the other? I'll update this if I discover any unexpected flaws, but as of now, I'm really happy with this set-up!!!
  7. PS: this should not be a JK specific solution. It should work for any vehicle.
  8. I had 3 antennas on my Jeep: one for the radio, one for the HAM, and one for the CB. Soon I’ll need yet another one for the GMRS. This is a personal opinion, but all I needed was one of those propeller hats... So while looking for a solution I stumbled over a wranglerforum thred that discussed how to leverage the CB antenna for radio as well. All you need is a simple $24 muliplexer: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HPH23LA/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I’ve installed it several months ago, and not only I didn’t experience any issues with it, but it actually increased my radio reception, both for analog and digital (HD radio). Installation is straightforward, the biggest issue is to remove the cable that connects the original factory radio antenna. I had to cut mine. The hole left on the fender can be covered by one of this: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FXIFBLC/ref=od_aui_detailpages00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Now, if I could find a (reasonably priced) diplexer and antenna for the HAM and GMRS ...
  9. Good idea. Talking with the owner (John - very nice guy) though, he suggested to go with one Wiz, and a second one with a 2 way switch. Actually he suggested one Wiz with a 3 way, but since I want to be able to keep two devices on (HAM + CB or HAM + GMRS), I’ll go with two devices plus a switch. I might even get rid of the switch and have both the CB and the GMRS connected in parallel, but powering them on with a ON/OFF/ON toggle switch. Once I’ll get the units installed I’ll update the post.
  10. Few savings at https://www.morris4x4center.com/ : - $30 Off $300 - 15% Off lots of Alpine stuff AUDIO15
  11. Agreed, if assuming that all three devices are on at the same time. My assumption is that I'll only have one - at the most two (HAM +CB or HAM + GMRS), so I might go with Left Front Driver Speaker - HAM, and Right Front Driver (or maybe Left Back Driver) for CB + GMRS.
  12. OK. My Jeep will look like a Christmas tree, with three antennas (one for the CB, one for the GMRS, one for the HAM). Soon I'll have to buy a trailer to carry all the external speakers (one for the CB, one for the ... ). Perhaps I'm not the only one annoyed with this situation, so here's a possible solution, not much more expensive that buying an external speaker: Meet the Wiz (https://audiointerrupt.com/Content/Wizard.html). Not sure if this was already suggested in this form - my apologies if it was. This is a very simple device that works by interrupting the sound signal to one of your stereo's speaker (I'll set-up for front driver), while your CB/GMRS/CB radio receives a signal (someone speaks). It does that by sitting in serial with your speaker of your choice. This means that you need to splice the speaker wire, but it is a really simple splice - check their web site for the detailed diagram. Few caveats - none really any different than what you have now: 1 - The CB/GMRS/HAM radio will drive the voice (only when receiving) of the speaker, which means that it will not be able to compete with your radio's amp. It will still mute the speaker, but you should have your stereo at a reasonable volume. 2 - It will NOT mute the stereo when you transmit - they have a model that does that, but it's more expensive. This is another reason why the stereo can't blast at full power. 3 - I've made an inquiry to them to find out if I can connect 3 Wiz units in parallel, so that all the CB/GMRS/HAM talk will come to one single speaker. I'll update the post if this is not recommended. In that case I'll have one radio on the Left Driver, one on the Back Driver, and yet another on on the Right Driver. Now, if only I could find a reasonably price solution to my antennas... Oh, off-course there is one last problem: three mics. Well, thanks God for JeepUniq.com - they have some great mounts to address this
  13. Fantastic pics George. Thanks for sharing. Just saw an episode of "Mysteries of the Abandoned" that featured this bridge.
  14. Looks much cooler than the Hi-Lift one. Here're some specs when compared with the 60" Hi-Lift: Max lift: ARB - 48" (1230mm) vs 58" for the Hi-Lift Weight: ARB - 23lb vs 29 for Hi-Lift (60" version) Ease of use: ARB wins : hydraulic vs mechanical ratcheting Reliability: Hi-Lift wins: no oil, valves, etc Storage: Hi-lift can be attached outside the vehicle (cast iron), the ARB is too pretty, plus seems to be unprotected aluminum. Cost: not sure yet, but I guess the Hi-Lift will be cheaper (not even considering clones such as HF) Cool factor: ARB 5 out of 5, Hi-Lift 4 out of 5 (for the Red one ) All in all, I'm a fan of ARB products, an this one will be another one to lust after.
  15. Looks really nice. George is a very inventive ... and very attached to that roof-coating: always finds new uses for it
  16. You are the second person I heard in the last few day that's going with the CMX760. I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
  17. The Uniden Pro 520 and the 510 were also on my short list. They are quite highly rated. I just lusted for more features I guess. The Johnny is about the same size, and also has a built in speaker - however I use it with the same small external speaker that I used with the Cobra.
  18. As some of you might know, I was quite unhappy with my Cobra 75WX ST CB radio: the reception quality was very bad no matter what antenna I had (5', 4', 3'), plus I really, really hated that it kept returning to channel 9 whenever I stoped the engine. Oh, and the LCD screen is so tinny that I needed my glasses to read it. So I've replaced it with a President Johnny III USA CB. The quality difference between the two is night and day. On the last ORP trip I had both the HAM and the CB on, and I couldn't tell which one was which. I had to keep an eye on the HAM's VU-meter to figure out which was which. And this is with a 2' CB antenna. The thing I liked about the Cobra was its minimal size. But the President is not bad either: I have it sandwiched between the passenger's seat and the cup holder console. Perfect fit, close to see, and control. The auto-squelch works absolutely amazingly. As I said: HAM sound quality! - Weather Alert - can do background scans of NOAA channels. - Manual squelch and ASC - Large Multi-functions LCD display - S-meter - ANL filter and HI-CUT - RF Gain - Scan - Priority channel memory - Roger Beep - Front microphone plug - perfect for using it with a JeepUniq mic mount! Downsides: a bit more expensive than comparative size CBs, but that's not apple to apple comparison this is a fully featured CB (it only lacks sideband to be considered top-of-the-line). If you are curious to learn more: https://president-electronics.us/CB-Radios/AM-transceivers/JOHNNY-III-ASC
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