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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. cgriffin_5139

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    Mental you need to ground the antenna somehow and wood doesn’t have real good conductive properties.
     
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  3. mental_help

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    can i hook a ground wire up to it some how?
     
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    You screwed wood to your bumper?

    Yes it would hurt, well not hurt but definatly not help. it prevents the antenea from being grounded properly.
     
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    Mental, you know that Lowes sells stuff like drillbits, sheet metal, metal chanel, flat metal, nuts and bolts...right?
     
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    Hell walmart has that stuff to and theres a walmart in everytown just about.
     
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    Heck, I'll bet the gittin place has all that stuff--
     
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    Sometimes it hurts to be from the south. This is one of those occasions
     
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    i still have some steel from this old semi truck but the thing is i got the wood just perfect in there and it looks great so it there any possible way to just run a wire?
     
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    NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO! DO IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME! I'm tired of everyone half a#&in stuff. Its one thing to try to build cheap. I love doing that. Its another to make it look readneck, half a#$, back in the middle of freaking Munford AL. If you want it to look nice, sometimes you have to spend a little $ to make it work. This includes tools, research, and time. Take a little pride in what you do, and quit trying to cut corners.
     
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    yes what he said---^^^
     
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    However, all is not lost-
    since you know the wood block fits well, you can make a metal bracket sized from it. You can also use the wood block as a drilling guide-
     
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    Mounty09 (or anyone who knows) - are those two screws enough to be a ground? i have a 4 ft fiberglass antenna i need to mount somewhere and that spot looks good to me.
     
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    They should be a good ground point, not the idea place for an antenna though.. middle of the roof is the best. I've got a 4ft fiber on top of mine, I have a wire running from the mount (which mounts to my roof rack) into the cab and going to a screw for a ground.
     
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    Here are a few pics of my CB setup.
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    Here is my RK56 Road King mic hanging from the driver side visor by a Gear Keeper.
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    Here's the cheap "Diesel" brand air-cooled coil antenna.
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    Here's my Cobra 29LTDBC "Limited Edition Black Chrome".I haven't had it peaked and tuned yet.Waiting till I get a load to Georgia.My CB man is Brian on I-75 exit 320 in Georgia.
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    I used a 2 bolt mirror mount on the tow ring under the back bumper.Offers an excellent ground for the antenna bracket.
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    Here's the external speaker I mounted on the A-pilar.I can handle it being close as well as the mic hangin from the visor.That may drive some people nuts.
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    This setup works well for me.I'm sure I could run the coax thru the firewall and under the body or something but I just wanted to get it hooked up and running for the time being.I drive truck OTR and am lucky to be home on the weekend and I'm not feeling like lieing on cold wet Ohio dirt to run coax lol
    Oh and no I can't open the hatch but I can open the glass and I hardly ever get in the back so it's ok with me.
     
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    Where can i get the metal to mount my antenna like this?
     
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    Using two antennas in a co-phase setup such as this is actually yielding you less then desired performance. In order for this to be beneficial, you should have the antennas 9 feet apart. Just an FYI... ;)
     
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    so are the twin antennas on trucks useless? and what's co-phase? or opposed to co-phase?
     
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    Running a co-phase setup (trucker style dual whip setup) will hardly yield you any results as it takes having the antennas over 8 ft apart to obtain the desired radiation pattern (front to rear). Anything less and your pattern will be side to side, which is already small due to the ground plane that is present. Plus you could potentially introduce swr problems into your system having two antennas hooked up and not spaced properly. Unless you are using a "two-hot" system, but that's another story... ;)
     
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    that helps a lot thanks for the education! :D
     
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    i did mine on top

    i mounted mine up top
    all you need is the braket and longer bolts
     

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