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post #1 of 14 Old 12-31-2012, 03:33 PM Thread Starter
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difficult antenna location for CB - need help

Need some ideas for mounting an antenna or two for a CB and maybe my 2m mobile ham radio.

I have to drive under a crossbeam almost every day, and I only have about 4-5" of clearance. (yes, that's with a stock, unleveled 2wd ... there are quite a few scrapes already). Also, I've got a tonneau cover which I use most days of the week to keep stuff out of the rain/sun/etc.

So, I'm kinda short on ideas on where to put an antenna. Maybe put one on a spring and drive slowly so it doesn't hit the crossbeam? Mount it on the bumper?

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Can always mount them on your mirror(if you have tow mirrors) or they make hood mounts. Google cb antenna mounts.
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On the tow mirrors? Or maybe get one of those mounts that put it above the hood/fender

http://www.rightchannelradios.com/fo...ood-mount.html

I have a 2' Firestik on my toolbox and get decent reception.

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Zach, how much higher does the 2' firestik stickup above your cab?

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Ive mounted on the rear of my bedbox if you have one. Not much of a platform for sending a signal vs the roof on a magmount, but Im sure you know about that being a ham and all. I tend to stay away from the CB anymore since its nothing but a bunch of ghetto rants, beeps/blips and inaudible echo around here...


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Zach, how much higher does the 2' firestik stickup above your cab?
Maybe 2"? I can get a pic later.

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AgTires- I've got a tonneau, or I'd just sick it on a stake pocket or on the lip of my bed and call it good enough.

Thanks Zach, don't need a pic just curious how high it stuck up and if it would still clear my crossbeam.Sounds like it would.

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[QUOTE=8secondride;3432962]AgTires- I've got a tonneau, or I'd just sick it on a stake pocket or on the lip of my bed and call it good enough.

Yup definitely overlooked that part. Keep us posted on what you go with.


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Could copy me, just use a 2 footer instead of the 4 footers i have.

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Joel, did you just take out your radio antenna and install the CB antenna?

Funny you mention that, I just came across the "match-maker" from Firestik and I was wondering how difficult it would be to use a CB antenna in place of the am/fm antenna.

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