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Cb radio antenna: where should I mount?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by rberumen2, Oct 29, 2011.

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Where should I mount antenna?

Poll closed Nov 28, 2011.
  1. Behind cab

    43 vote(s)
    86.0%
  2. By tailgate

    7 vote(s)
    14.0%
  1. Oct 29, 2011 at 1:01 PM
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    rberumen2

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    Where should I mount my cb radio antenna. Behind driver cab or on drivers side by the tailgate?
     
  2. Oct 29, 2011 at 1:49 PM
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    You ideally want to get the antenna as close to the center of the truck. That way you will get the best reception. If you PM Fire931, he has antenna mounts that slide into your factory bed rail for like 20 bucks.
     
  3. Oct 29, 2011 at 3:05 PM
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    roof mount for best tuning,reception and transmissions
     
  4. Oct 29, 2011 at 3:24 PM
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    2 feet above the cab is most efficient... i think that's the rule of thumb right?


    [​IMG]
     
  5. Oct 29, 2011 at 4:05 PM
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    I have the Wilson 1000 roof mount. Wonderful piece of equipment.
     
  6. Oct 29, 2011 at 8:04 PM
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  7. Oct 29, 2011 at 8:13 PM
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    The higher the better. Put it on the roof.
     
  8. Oct 29, 2011 at 9:45 PM
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    The roof isn't real sturdy - the sheet metal's pretty thin there. I've got my 2m 1/4 wave mounted there.

    If you do a roof mount make sure you mount a light flexible wire whip, not one of those stiff heavy fiberglass antennas.
     
  9. Oct 30, 2011 at 3:48 PM
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    I had a 3' firestick on the 4" magnetic base, It was always falling over just from wind resistance on the freeway. I ended up getting a "lil' will" and it does much better! Only when I'm not paying attention to height clearance and hit something does it fall off/knock over.
     
  10. Oct 30, 2011 at 3:50 PM
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    I have a 60" whip mounted to my roof. Zero issues.
     
  11. Oct 30, 2011 at 3:51 PM
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  12. Oct 30, 2011 at 3:54 PM
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    Stand by.
     
  13. Oct 30, 2011 at 4:26 PM
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    [​IMG]
    the best pic i could find so far...hard to see
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    this is what you are looking at.
     
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    ^^^ What he said... Also you want it as high as you can get it. What will happen when you mount it on the back of your truck you will get better TX/RX wherever your truck is pointing and poorer TX/RX behind your truck. By mounting it in the middle of your truck you now have an Omni directional pattern so your signal is more like a circle... Now with that said I have a 2m fire stick mounted on my brush guard, a 2m/440 on my hood by the driver side door and a 9' whip off my passenger side rear bumper.

    Edit: Also our beds are plastic so you NEED to run a ground wire from the antenna to the frame IF you do not use an antenna that has an isolated ground plane built into like the Firesticks..
     
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