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OkieGene

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Posted: 02/24/22 02:25am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The shorter the antenna, the more lousy it the reception/transmission becomes.

You have to do what you have to do, but that's a lousy idea, the shorter antenna.

You need to get at least 1/4 to 1/2 wavelength, and decent coax and connectors.

Most CB coax is junk and the connectors are too.

Best wishes to you.

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OkieGene wrote:

The shorter the antenna, the more lousy it the reception/transmission becomes.

You have to do what you have to do, but that's a lousy idea, the shorter antenna.

You need to get at least 1/4 to 1/2 wavelength, and decent coax and connectors.

Most CB coax is junk and the connectors are too.

Best wishes to you.


A fender mount can't handle a 5 footer?


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Supercharged111 wrote:

I am liking the fender mount idea. This site has a bunch, but not seeing one that specifies my year.

https://www.wearecb.com/hood-mount/

I'm sure a number of them would work fine. I feel if I could find someone locally with a selection that that would be the best solution.


Check your local CB dealer or truck stop. I got my original hood gap mount bracket from a shop in a nearby city. I'm on my third Firestik (Damaged the last one like a moron in a drive thru) and the original wore out after several years.


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A fender mount can't handle a 5 footer?


I have a fender gap mount on our jeep jk. I would not trust it to handle a 5' antenna.


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BradW wrote:

Supercharged111 wrote:



A fender mount can't handle a 5 footer?


I have a fender gap mount on our jeep jk. I would not trust it to handle a 5' antenna.


What's the anchor points like on yours? Mine has five screws that anchor it into the body and its been successfully holding the 5' firestiks without a spring for sixteen years, including having a dolt like me smacking the antenna into tree branches and a low hanging drive thru.

If your hood area is aluminum or plastic, then yeah, that makes total sense, but if its half way decent sheet metal one like that should stay put.

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https://youtu.be/H_s4kA2LEh8

Similar to this mount. I added two additional screws and a spring.

* This post was edited 02/25/22 09:17pm by BradW *

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I removed mine after hearing the amount of swearing and very rude language. So glad it's gone, Just like avoiding a place where it more important for some individuals to throw others under the bus and click about it.

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I generally use our cb when we are traveling with others who have cb radios. I only switch to 19 when there is a wreck/traffic back up or I'm just bored.

Swearing doesn't bother me on 19. What does piss me off is the racist insults aimed at people out working hard just trying to earn a living.

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BradW wrote:

https://youtu.be/H_s4kA2LEh8

Similar to this mount. I added two additional screws and a spring.


Mk, yeah I can see why you might not trust it. Its thinner than the mount I have and would likely be more prone to bending.

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BradW wrote:

On our old lance I mounted two 2' firestik antennas on the top of the ladder.. Since they "saw" each other, they used each other as a ground plane. That setup worked very well.


A groundplane is an entirely different thing. It’s effect is to lower the radiation pattern from mostly skyward to more line of sight.
Two antennas near each other affect the radiation pattern differently, they make it more directional. They really need to be about 9 feet apart, a quarter wavelength.
The reason you saw that on trucks in the CB heyday with twin antennas on the mirrors, which are about 8 feet apart, is they make the radiation pattern like a figure-8 as viewed from above. They’re directional to the front and rear, and much less to the sides.
The idea was to concentrate the signal up and down the highway and minimize interference from the sides.
Your ladder was acting as the groundplane.
The reason they works well was how high up they were. You’d probably do better with a single one.


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