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Hola Guys! (& gals!)
How long of a CB antenna to I need to get? I'm gonna mount it on the back of my truck bed. I was thinking of heading to a truck stop and getting a mount and an antenna. Any other suggestions?

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buy a wilson 1000 hard mount. mount it on your roof.


MollyMonster said:
Hola Guys! (& gals!)
How long of a CB antenna to I need to get? I'm gonna mount it on the back of my truck bed. I was thinking of heading to a truck stop and getting a mount and an antenna. Any other suggestions?

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If you're going to mount it towards the back of the bed (by the tailgate) the longer you get the better the reception and transmission range. The antenna needs a good ground plain to properly transmit and receive, best place is on your roof for that. Heatstroke has a 6' whip antenna mounted in the back of his truck by the tailgate and he can transmit and receive from pretty far, better than somebody with a 3' FireStick in the same place.
 

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It's commonly referred to as a 116" Hillbilly whip..........I run one on my truck also and transmit pretty far even with my little uniden 1510. You can find them at Radio Shack.........I think I paid about $18 for mine.
 

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It's commonly referred to as a 116" Hillbilly whip..........I run one on my truck also and transmit pretty far even with my little uniden 1510. You can find them at Radio Shack.........I think I paid about $18 for mine.
Hmmm....wonder if I could replace the whip on my Wilson 1000 with one of those?
 

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Hmmm....wonder if I could replace the whip on my Wilson 1000 with one of those?
I don't know, does it screw into the magnetic base?

..........I would worry about it falling off all the time with that much weight flailing around! :D
 

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I don't know, does it screw into the magnetic base?

..........I would worry about it falling off all the time with that much weight flailing around! :D
I don't have the magnet base....hard drilled into roof. But the whip is held into the base with I think 2 set screws....where the whip is held in place is how the SWR is set. It would prolly work if the whips are the same diameter, but like you said, might be a bit too much weight.

Actually, come to think of if, I don't think they are the same diameter so it wouldn't work.

Oh well, it was a quick thought....now onto the next idea! :D
 

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Sorry Guys... there is no way I'm gonna drill a hole in my roof. So I'll have to get an extra long one and put it back by my tail-gate.
I'll check out Radio Shack.... I just wanna be able to take it off when I'm driving around town.
 

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MollyMonster said:
Sorry Guys... there is no way I'm gonna drill a hole in my roof. So I'll have to get an extra long one and put it back by my tail-gate.
I'll check out Radio Shack.... I just wanna be able to take it off when I'm driving around town.
I completely understand! I was the same way when I got my truck and now I have a hole in my roof for me CB antenna! You'll come around! :D

BTW - You can use a magnet mount on the roof if that's better. Also, if drilled into the roof, you can still remove the antenna, it's the wire and a connection that is permanently mounted.

Let us know if you need/want some help.
 

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MollyMonster said:
Sorry Guys... there is no way I'm gonna drill a hole in my roof. So I'll have to get an extra long one and put it back by my tail-gate.
I'll check out Radio Shack.... I just wanna be able to take it off when I'm driving around town.

Molly,
Mine is in the rear drivers side corner of the bed. The corner walls are the strongest points of the bed (hence why Toyota put the anchor points there). I pulled the tail light, then from inside the bed drilled holes to mount the antenna bracket. You can decide where to run the cable from there. As for which antenna to use, I like my 102" steel whip but have also used a shorter fiberglass Firestick. They are easily unscrewed when you don't want to leave it on. I would highly recommend a heavy duty spring to reduce stress on the mounting bracket. If you are running a body lift, make sure to run a ground cable from the bed to the frame.

antenna:
http://www.radioshack.com/product/i...1&origkw=cb+whip&kw=cb+whip&parentPage=search

spring:
http://www.radioshack.com/product/i...1&origkw=cb+whip&kw=cb+whip&parentPage=search
 

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I want to reiterate how important the radio ground is. People try to tune their radios without much success and eventually give up and accept the low quality of their expensive radios. If you think you have a good ground, go one step further. Don't think that putting the ground on a painted surface is enough, you gotta grind all the paint off the surface to mount the ground. I am sorry for ranting about this, but I went through several radios with below average performance and couldn't ever figure out why. Once I got a GOOD ground, everything changed. THis should be the most important part of your install, just my :2cents: . Good luck, and quite being a sissy and :saw: that hole in your roof :xrocker: :xrocker: :xrocker: Kidding of course Molly, I can't blame you for not wanting to butcher your rig.
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Why - with the wilson you can remove it just by unscrewing it and replace the antena and base with a small cap. All of it is water tight.

MollyMonster said:
Sorry Guys... there is no way I'm gonna drill a hole in my roof. So I'll have to get an extra long one and put it back by my tail-gate.
I'll check out Radio Shack.... I just wanna be able to take it off when I'm driving around town.
 

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u need to start drinking or somehting so u start making sense? your not wearing those funny underware are u?

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sorry, I actually had important stuff to do today :flipoff1: :flipoff1:
 

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A whip antenna should be secured at the tip to prevent injury to bystanders on trail runs. With a spring loaded base they tend to litterally whip violently especially if your going thru trees or brush. Even the heavy rocking experianced when crawlin' can get a whip going pretty good.

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Warning: Science content - a la the MythBusters's disclaimer...

A Chicken Band radio transmits in the 27 MHz band - IE the radio wave is 11 meters or 433" high. The plain old long whip like I use on the trail beater is 108" long or 1/4 wave length. With a proper ground plain, a 1/4 wave antenna works like a mirror to effectively radiate a 1/2 wave signal. Since CB's are limited to 4 Watts maximum transmitting power in the US, a CB doesn't have the best range - usually not more than 2 to 10 miles. Given an unobstructed line of site veiw, much longer comms are possible, and in certain conditions, the radio waves can skip off the ionosphere in the upper atmosphere and travel very long distances. If a CB is used with an illegal transmitter in the 100 watt range, world wide comms are possible if sunspot activity is high.

There are much better methods of communication available.

I made the upgrade to Amateur Radio last year. For a fee of $14.00 and a few weeks of study, I earned my Tech Licence, and the call sign KE7IXX is registered with the FCC. This allows me to use a specific range of frequencies - limited 10M, 6M, 2M, 1.25M, 70CM, 33CM, and 13CM.

I purchased a Yaesu FT-2800M 2M radio and 1/4 wave antenna for less than $180.00 bucks. A 1/4 wave 2M antenna is only 20" tall - that's very managable for trail use, and with a good ground plane I've had no problem with contacting other 2M users at ranges of over 50 miles. I had a chat from Mt. Union south of Prescott with a guy in Scottsdale last Friday via Simplex Radio. Simplex means no repeater was used.

Using a repeater opens up comms at very long range. I routinely use a repeater in Flagstaff that's linked to one on Mt. Ord north east of Scottsdale. That link lets me chat with people from Kayenta up on the Navajo Reservation, Wislow, Payson, Prescott, the Verde Valley, Phx, Mesa, Scottsdale and all way to Casa Grande.

The Internet Radio Linking Project opens up the entire world to 2M comms. I can use a repeater thats hooked into the internet to open other radio repeaters world wide. It's pretty cool to be able to make contacts like that.

Chris (BajaTaco) and Scott (Expedition's West) are enroute to Tuk, Northwest Territory, Canada., on the Artic Ocean via the ice roads. When they pass thru Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada., I'll be able to check on their status via IRLP node #1268. How cool is that!

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crawler#976 said:
A whip antenna should be secured at the tip to prevent injury to bystanders on trail runs. With a spring loaded base they tend to litterally whip violently especially if your going thru trees or brush. Even the heavy rocking experianced when crawlin' can get a whip going pretty good.

Kton almost decapitated at first AZrocks because of a secured whip. either way they are dangerous.
 
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