Are you searching for the best CB radio antenna?
Whether you need an antenna for your home or car and truck, I’ve reviewed the top models on the market and after reading this article you will know my recommendations.
Check out the quick list below for links to customer reviews and prices for my picks, or read on for the full review:
- WILSON 305-38 300-Watt Little Wil Magnet Mount Antenna
- Cobra HG A1000 18.5 inch Magnetic Mount CB Antenna
- FireStik FG4648-B Four Foot No-Ground Plane CB Antenna Kit
- BROWNING BR-28 High-Performance Broad Band 63 Inch CB Antenna
- Solarcon I-MAX 2000 CB/Ham Radio Base Station Vertical Antenna – 24′
If you need a strong cb antenna for your home or vehicle read on, I have you covered.
Selecting the Best CB Radio Antenna
One thing to consider when shopping for an antenna is your mounting location, as this will play a huge role in how easily you can mount your new antenna, as well as what kind you are going to buy. While the antenna can be mounted on the bumper, hood channel, roof, and mirror bars, it’s important to consider the pros and cons of each location so that you choose the right spot for your needs.
It’s also a good idea to consider the coil location on your antenna. Antennas are base-loaded, center-loaded, and top-loaded, as well as no-ground plane antennas. They all have their coils located in various areas of the antenna, which offers pros and cons.
I find that top-loaded CB radio antenna work well on RVs, cars, trucks, and even semis, which is why they are such a popular option. Magnetic ones are easy to mount and to remove when you need to, such as when you’re getting your car washed.
Additionally, make sure that you can easily tune your new antenna so that you won’t have problems finding the frequencies that you want to listen to.
Benefits of Having a Quality CB Radio Antenna
CB antennas are able to boost both the transmission and reception ranges of your radio. They produce an even signal and can send signals in all directions. What this means for you is that you will be able to extend the range of your radio and be able to communicate with others.
Additionally, I find that a great CB radio antenna is the best way to enjoy consistent transmission when you are on the road in a vehicle. These antennas are especially helpful if mounted on RVs. They allow you to travel and enjoy communicating with others without experiencing dead spots since they can pick up more signals easily.
What to Look
There are many things to consider when shopping for a CB radio to ensure that you buy the right one for your needs. One thing to consider is the mount size and mount time. If you don’t opt for an antenna that comes with a mounting kit, then you can run into compatibility issues. You also need to make sure that the mount you choose is sturdy and large enough to support your antenna and to prevent it from whipping it from side to side and causing it to tip over.
You also want to look for an antenna that is large enough to provide you with the best reception and frequency, but not so tall that you limit your ability to drive in certain areas or under overpasses and trees. Because antennas do better when mounted high on your vehicle, I recommend considering where you live and drive and how tall of an antenna you will be able to safely use.
Make sure that you look for an antenna that can handle a lot of power or wattage. The higher the wattage on the antenna, the clearer your signal will be. While your location will play a role in your signal clarity, the power of your antenna is just as important.
I also recommend that you pay attention to the frequency bandwidth of your antenna. Antennas that have higher frequency bandwidths will allow you to receive more channels, allowing for better communication.
How to Best Use Your New CB Radio Antenna
Depending on the mount type that you choose, setting up your CB radio antenna is fairly easy. While I think that the magnet mounted ones are clearly the easiest to set up on your vehicle, they may not be the right option for you. This is why I recommend that you look at your user manual before getting started so you can be sure that it is connected correctly and that you will enjoy the best reception.
Correct installation of your new CB radio antenna is important if you want to be able to get the best use out of it. I recommend that you keep your antenna as high as you possibly can and you also want the coil, as well as the majority of the antenna, to clear your roof. Otherwise you will have a lot of the signal bounced back to the antenna.
Additionally, be careful not to install the antenna where it can easily break off of your car. Finally, remember that mounting your new antenna on the front of your driver’s side will result in a much weaker signal, which can be very frustrating.
Best CB Radio Antennas
Whether your looking to update the antenna on your truck, 18 wheeler, jeep, or even dump truck, you probably want a quality antenna that receives excellent reception. When reviewing CB antennas I looked at reception, range, and durability.
WILSON 300 Watt Little Wil Magnet Mount Antenna
This powerful CB radio antenna can easily handle 300 W of power, making it incredibly powerful and mighty, even though it is rather small. Even though it is smaller and much more compact than other options on the market, it still offers incredible performance without making it too difficult to achieve the clearance that you want with your vehicle.
- Large 10 oz magnet makes mounting fast and easy
- Designed with high impact thermoplastic
- 14-gauge copper wire offers plenty of clarity
- Very easy to tune and offers a wide range, making it great for radio enthusiasts
- Side plastic that protects the magnet isn’t waterproof
Cobra 18.5 inch Magnetic Mount CB Antenna
Thanks to the heavy-duty magnet on this antenna, it is very easy to mount quickly on most personal vehicles without worrying about damaging the car. Not only is it easy to install, but it is also easy to remove when you need to take it off. It’s great for picking up frequencies of 26-30 MHz and is weather channel ready.
- The 4” magnet is powerful enough to hold the antenna in place during bad weather
- Can be installed on the trunk or roof of any vehicle
- Includes 15’ of coaxial cable
- Works with all 10 meter and CB radios
- Difficult to get the SWR down below two
FireStik Four Foot No-Ground Plane CB Antenna Kit
Since this antenna comes with everything that you need to install it, you can easily plug it into your radio and begin tuning without a huge delay. The spring and the antenna are both very high quality and designed to last once installed, without needing a lot of additional repair or maintenance. Thanks to the fast tuning tip, it’s easy to raise SWR to get the frequency that you are looking for.
- Works great on wood, aluminum, plastic, and fiberglass vehicles
- Features tunable tip for fast SWR adjustments
- Rated wattage of 100 watts
- Can be difficult to calibrate to the CB
BROWNING High Performance Broad Band CB Antenna
A 63 inch CB antenna. It’s easy to adjust the antenna to compensate for the spring length since the rod slides in and out of the main body easily. It is very easy to install and picks up such a wide range of frequencies that users don’t have any problem tuning in to hear news on a specific frequency. With a stainless sheep shaft and whip, this antenna is incredibly durable and designed to last for long periods of time without any signs of damage or wear and tear.
- 10,000 W
- Coil is triple-chrome plated
- 49” stainless steel whip with 6” stainless steel shaft
- Frequency range of 25 MHz to 30 MHz
- Can easily be pulled off of the car if not tightened
Solarcon I-MAX 2000 CB/Ham Radio Base Station Vertical Antenna 24′
This antenna is incredibly quiet and easily outperforms many other antennas that are on the market. Installation is easy, although you need to get it as high as possible to have the best DX. This antenna is best installed in calm weather due to how long it is and how much movement and torque will occur if it is windy out.
- Comes in three sections, but is easy to assemble
- Includes U-Clamps
- Operates effectively and correctly on meter bands 6 through 20 with tuner
- Doesn’t produce much white noise
- Needs more radials for a better SWR
For more guides and tips check out these articles:
- Best Emergency Radio
- Best Ham Radio Base Station
- Best Shortwave Radio
- How to Get a Ham Radio License
- Best Ham Radio Transceiver
- Best Long Range Walkie Talkie
- Best Marine VHF Radio
- Best CB Radio
- How to Tune a CB Radio Antenna
- Best SWR Meter
At 10,000 watts, the Browning BR-28 CB radio antenna is the most powerful one on this list. This means that you will have an easier time finding various frequencies and tuning in without having to deal with a lot of static and interference. I really like the long length of it, at 63”, this antenna can easily clear the roof of your car so that you don’t have to worry about the signal bouncing back. Additionally, it is incredibly durable and can easily withstand bad weather and storms without you worrying about it being damaged or being ripped from your vehicle.
Fred is the Ready Zeal owner and editor. He has been passionately pursuing all things emergency preparation since working alongside his grandfather as a boy growing up in the Midwest. When not working on the family homestead he can be found brewing coffee and reading a good book or backpacking in the wilderness. Contact Fred at [email protected]