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Old March 24th, 2012, 12:19 AM
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I understand what you mean, if you have the cb power to push through that 102" whip (and the truck to make it not look like a radio tower) then by all means do it. In any case with any radio it will pick up really well, but without being peaked and tuned its no better than a 3 foot walmart antenner. SWR is key when reaching afar. That and linear amps and all that illegal jazz


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I wouldn't think you'd need more power to push through the 102". Those fiberglass jobs could have longer wires... thus would require more power, by your reasoning. Just saying. We know that the more efficient something is, the less power is required to achieve the same results as an inefficient something. I'm sticking with my 102". More effecient than a fiberglass doo-hickey. No, I don't have any backing to what I'm saying.

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Tehehe linears. I need to get new antennas.. and not firesticks, they always break for me.
I want a fender mount 4 or so foot whip with the black bulb deal in it that does something and I forget what it is. The base of my k30 had the same deal and some idiot.. me.. broke it.


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Sounds to me like you and fiberglass don't get along. Have you considered a steel whip? While you're at it, go dual steel whips....

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Fiberglass firesticks and I do not get along. I thought about trying the wilson ones that can flex the whole way around and not break.
I tried steel whips on firestick mounts, but I never perfected the mounting for it.


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Sounds to me like you and fiberglass don't get along. Have you considered a steel whip? While you're at it, go dual steel whips....
Those fiberglass ones are kinda hit and miss, sure they are cheap but you get what you pay for. Ive had three of them, my swift tractor had one when it was issued to me. Broke it off pulling into AK Steel in middletown ohio when i had to drive under a tree. Ive still got my last one and its on my frieghtliner classic but will swap it with my new k40 monday. Ive heard the antennaes with the external spiral on them are good but never had one so i dont know for sure. I like the long steel whips but its not feasible to mount one on the mirrors on a big rig, it bumped my 4 footer on a 13 foot bridge the other day.

Some of my coworkers have ridiculously powerful radios. The other day i drove a triaxle that is usually driven by another guy. His radio was so powerful everytime i keyed up the am/fm radio cut out. He has to be careful around our shop because when he keys up his conversation bleeds over into the phone lines. He once got into some trouble when the payroll lady heard him bragging about a bj over the phone, she happened to be talking to a customer at the time. His radio is a ranger i think, about a $600 radio.
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Them ten meter radios are really powerful. That's what my old galaxy is.
Any suggestions on a fender mount antenna?


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I have tried many different antenna's.My two favorites are my Monkey Made and the Wilson 2000 both are very efficient.I have two cb set ups. set up exactly the same one on big green and one on my work truck same cb same amps same inner upgrades.The monkey made costs about $125.00 the Wilson about $75.00

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Them ten meter radios are really powerful. That's what my old galaxy is.
Any suggestions on a fender mount antenna?
There is an L shaped bracket that you can get that mounts to the top edge of your fender. It comes up in the gap between the fender and the edge of the hood and is bent at a 90 degree angle away from the the hood. It has the threaded base attached to it like a big rig mirror mount. Im sure you can make one if youve got the tools. Of course if you have an old truck you can just drill into your fender and bolt the mirror mount steaight to the fender but i wouldnt want to do it with a newer truck.

I used to work for a stone quarry and some of our company pickup trucks had those fender brackets but im not sure what they are called.


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