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Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by 95 taco, Jun 16, 2012.

  1. Jun 16, 2012 at 7:30 PM
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    i just got a cb with antenna for free from my uncle and im trying to figure out where to mount my antenna i would really like it to be on my rollbar (which isnt made yet) so since it would be mounted on a 1 1/2 inch tube directly behind the cab would i have to get a firestik with the no ground plane kit?
     
  2. Jun 16, 2012 at 8:50 PM
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    If your roll bar is connected to the frame or metal box you could use anything
     
  3. Jun 16, 2012 at 8:58 PM
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    ok thanks itll be connected to the bed but i wont scrape off the bedliner so ill get a ngp antenna
     
  4. Jun 17, 2012 at 4:45 AM
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    What is the antenna you have now? NGP antennas aren't the best performers.
     
  5. Jun 17, 2012 at 6:23 AM
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    As long as you get contact with metal through the box you would be better off with a regular antenna.
     
  6. Jun 17, 2012 at 7:24 PM
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    im not sure but it looks like the original 3ft firestik , it might be ngp as it was mounted on a motorhomes roof
     
  7. Jun 17, 2012 at 7:29 PM
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    ok, thanks i didnt know that,
     
  8. Jun 17, 2012 at 9:52 PM
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    whip vs fiberglass antenna. is there a range difference? can i use a whip when its end is pulled into the bed like the hummm v's?
     
  9. Jun 18, 2012 at 4:10 AM
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    A steel whip will outperform a fiberglass antenna. It's a full 1/4 wave in one straight piece as apposed to 102 inches of wire wrapped around a fiberglass rod. It will work bent over, but for max performance let it stand up straight.
     
  10. Jun 18, 2012 at 10:13 AM
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    If I was you I would get a flexible Wilson antenna or similar. A 102 inch whip is good but your always banging on stuff like drive throughs low trees etc. Look at this link the ones at the bottom of the page.
    http://www.wilsonantenna.com/fiberglass.php
     
  11. Jun 18, 2012 at 10:21 AM
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    Sorry to thread jack.

    I mounted mine here with a regular firestick due to my fiberglass cap. Am I in need of a NGP antenna. My swr is good, but I always get a lot of noise from other radios. I think my transmision is good (not really tested).


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  12. Jun 18, 2012 at 2:32 PM
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    ok i think ill try that. where i was going to mount the whip would be directly above the 3rd brake light, but would it hurt if i mounted it drivers side a couple inches off of the bed so i can clear almost anything with the whip bent?
     
  13. Jun 18, 2012 at 2:34 PM
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    no problem, awesome mount location, if i was gonna keep my shell i might have done something like that.
     
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    Where did you get the mounting bracket?
     
  15. Jun 18, 2012 at 2:38 PM
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    You're talking over 8 feet of antenna, so I don't know if I would mount it on the roof. Maybe off a bed rail or off the rear bumper so you can bend it down and hook it near the cab.
     
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    quid pro quo Clarice, quid pro quo...
     
  17. Jun 18, 2012 at 3:38 PM
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    oh yeah, didnt think about that, i know ive seen one one someones build thread,maybe saundermanns ? it was super clean looking.whats a good brand of coax? are there any tuneable whips?
     
  18. Jun 18, 2012 at 4:19 PM
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    Anything but mini 8 will be fine for coax. Whips are broadband and don't really need any tuning. I believe you need the 6 inch barrel spring to make it a true 1/4 wave though.
     
  19. Jun 18, 2012 at 5:56 PM
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    ok thanks i didnt know that. ill start making a list of what i need and hopefully have everything installed at the end of july
     

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