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post #1 of 20 Old 05-21-2012, 04:41 PM Thread Starter
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Cb antenna

Does anybody have good knowledge about cb radios and antenna. I got a cobra 29 lx with a K-30 antenna but I need something better and would almost like to get mirror mount antenna but would like to see some feedback from people that have done this before. Any help would be great Thanks!
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Mirror mount antennas are pretty dated. I would highly recommend a Wilson 1000 magnet mount antenna, easily removable and amazing performance. Check out copper electronics.

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My cophased antenna mounts did great.



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Mirror mounting will not get you the best performance, when compared to a roof mounted magnet based antennae like the Wilson 1000 (base loaded). I have a Wilson 3000 (center loaded) mounted to the toolbox in the bed, which will relocate to the headache rack once installed.

Here's a thread with a lot of CB related information:
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Higher is usually better, yes. Just saying that with what I did, it worked perfectly fine.



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I have a Wilson 1000 magmount on my headache rack. Works awesome and is easily removed when enterring low overhead areas. If you use a roof mount be sure it's always got a good coat of wax and no dirt under it to prevent rust.


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9' whip

The CB was designed around the 9'S.S. whip, everything else is designed to cheat. With that said the Wilson line of antennas would be my go-to. I have a 9' on my 2003 F250 & Wilson 5000 on my 2004 F150
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The CB wasn't designed around an antenna, but just at a certain wavelength.

"The CB portion of the spectrum begins at 25.01 megahertz, so a full wavelength antenna would be a bit more than 39.34 feet long. That's obviously a little long to attach to your bumper, so people tend to use antennas that are a fraction of the wavelength: 1/2, 5/8, 1/4 and 1/8 are all common wavelengths for antennas. In the case of CB, the 1/4 antenna at just under 10 feet long is the common "whip" that you may see on cars and trucks."

So, technically, your "9' S.S. whip" is still cheating.



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Sorry, a 1/2 wave antenna for a mobile would be impractical. I was stretching it a little. My point is that anything other than a 9' whip (on a car or truck) IS designed to cheat, and can't handle the power the whip can. Thanx for the clearification though.

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The power? Unless you're going super amped with your radio, any antenna should do fine with the "legal" 4 watts of power.
A bottom load antenna is best.
Mid load's aren't as good, and top loads are best.
The antenna is shorter than a certain "best length" but if you look close, you will see all the coils that are would around the main shaft and that's where all your length has gone.



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