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Question on grounding my CB antenna with bed rail mount

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by jake slatnick, Apr 30, 2017.

  1. May 1, 2017 at 6:13 PM
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    Thank you for the info. So the purpose of tuning is to get as close to 1 as possible?
     
  3. May 1, 2017 at 10:03 PM
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    Yup. I have a Astatic PDC1 meter and it's easy to measure.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00H...tatic+pdc1&dpPl=1&dpID=41TQhTJVW8L&ref=plSrch

    Wothout 3' cable which you may need if you don't have one already:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B004...tatic+pdc1&dpPl=1&dpID=41p9PCAVIpL&ref=plSrch
     
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    Thank you!

    Do you think grounding to the body under the plastic real would be as effective as grounding the the frame?

    Upside of going to the body is it'll only be a few inches Vs Going to the frame at like 2 ft.
     
  7. May 2, 2017 at 7:42 AM
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    I don't think going to the frame will matter much. Keep it short.

    What's funny is I had a guy show me his antenna hookup years ago. He just laid it in the bed of the truck. Said he didn't want any standing waves on the line. Honest.
    (SWR means standing wave ratio)
     
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    Is it possible to have a good ground, if I use my bed rack?
     
  10. May 13, 2017 at 12:46 PM
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    No problem brotha
     
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    Would be interesting to see what kind of radiation patter you got.
    Car is a lot easier to place antenna for radiation pattern in a certain direction. On a truck frame who knows.
    Did you ever measure the pattern ?

    http://www.rfcafe.com/references/po...acement-popular-electronics-november-1966.htm

    Check out picture on bottom right showing antenna location on hood vs pattern.
    Just grounding it doesn't do much.
     

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