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Antenna Set Up pics

Discussion in 'Ham Radio - CB - Trail Communications' started by jayhawk137, February 17, 2004.

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  1. jayhawk137

    jayhawk137 Active Member

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    Hey guys, ive done a search and i found alot of suggestions for where to put a antenna and stuff but im wondering if you guys haves some pics of them? i really dont know what would look best and even perform best. also, how did you run the wires? thanks
     
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  3. jimbo74

    jimbo74 Elite Exploder

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    i ran mine out the rear right door jamb.......

    off of the front roof rack crossbar, right in the middle.....
     
  4. jayhawk137

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    has anyone run theirs through the trunk or taillight?
     
  5. Ray Hutchinson

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    Running antenna "wires" - coax

    Jayhawk,

    While it is possible to run the wires through the tailight ( I assume you mean between the lens and the truck body) I don't reccommend it. Reason: care should be taken not to crush or crimp antenna coax, as the spacing between the shield and the center conductor of coaxial cable is critical. Putting pressure on the coax by tightening the tailight lens mounting screws and the tight bend you would likely make bringing the coax out through this area will cause increased SWR (Standing Wave Ratio) that "eats up" transmitted signal, degrading the performance and range of your radio. Few people realize how important a good antenna "system" is to your CB. The "system" includes the antenna, mount, coax, connectors, etc.

    The best performing antenna system, IMHO, is a roof mounted, permanent, not clamped or magnetic, base coil loaded antenna like a Wilson-1000, K-40, etc. Remove the dome light, drill the antenna mounting hole up through the roof, mount the antenna, run the coax under the headliner over to and down the A or B post, driver's side, to get away from the truck's computer that is located behind the left (passenger) side kick panel, then under the floor mat to the radio location. Avoid sharp turns, bends, or crushing.

    What? Worried what drilling an antenna mount hole in the roof will do to the value of your vehicle? Well, check out NADA,com or edmunds.com and you'll see that, just like my '93, your '92 isn't worth squat anymore for resale, and a little hole in the roof isn't going to be a deal breaker for the next buyer when you decide to sell it. I say go for the radio performance, and don't worry about the rest. My roof has 3 antenna mount holes drilled in it:D
     
  6. Limited Ex

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    The only drilling I did was in my bumper. I ran the cable down the paneling on the drivers side, into the jack compartment and had it come out from under the carpet. Then ran it outside the vehicle across the tailgate "door jam", up under the tail and down from underneath my bumper. So when I close the tailgate, the cable is pressed against the weather stripping and you cannot see any excess cable. This is the best pic I have, but I can get more if needed.
     

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    I know I am pulling this thread from the dead but do you get good reception from this point and what did you make that metal piece out of (the one that holds the antenna off the bumper)?
     
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    Man I forgot I had this thread!:D

    Yes, I get good reception and the bracket actually came with the antenna when I bought it. Though all it is is a flat piece of 1/4" aluminum, nothing Home Depot would not have.
     
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    thank you
     
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    Anyime!:thumbsup:
     
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    Home made mount, wires run through the firewall
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    I always wondered why big rigs had daul antennas and it looks like you do too. I think it looks cooler cus I'm all about symmetry. But does it give you added reception? Is that why you did it?
     
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    Mounty, I would be interested in seeing pics of your setup with the hatch open, got any? Curious what those brackets look like on the inside.
     
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    If some body was interested I for the right price would make some more.
    I have herd from somebody that if you have 2 anntenas you get better range the way you are going.
     
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    i did the same setup as Limited Ex but mine dint come with the bracket so i made mine out of a piece of wood and mounted the antenna to it i don't have it hooked up yet but i hope it works.
     
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    WOOD?:confused: :eek: :rolleyes:
     
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    Turdle Moderator Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    what was wood a bad idea? I dont know much about CB radios.
     
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    it being wood wouldnt harm nuthing right?
     

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