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Old 10-22-2009, 10:47 PM   #1
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CB Radio with Tied Down Antenna

I saw a pic of a jk with a cb radio antenna that seems to be tied down with paracord. If I find it again I'll post a link to it. Can anyone recommend this setup? I know it's more for storage but I like the look like a military hummer.

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Old 10-22-2009, 10:52 PM   #2
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You mean kinda like this?


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Old 10-23-2009, 01:48 AM   #3
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It's for clearance issues and doing it will redirect your signal up and down rather than to the sides. In other words, you'll lose range.
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Old 10-23-2009, 04:17 AM   #4
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This is a 102 inch wip.. Be sure you have a sturdy spring loaded mount.
This set up is only for transport mode. Don't transmit, it will NOT radiate that well..
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Old 10-23-2009, 06:10 AM   #5
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I agree. Check my thread out about installing my antenna, that is the type of antenna shown on the jeep above. I use a nylon string to hold it down like the one above when going into the city. The parking garages are mostly low ceilings. Tying it down means making a lot less noise while in the garage and possibly protecting the light fixtures and low hanging signs of the garage. There is no need to tie it down on the trail. The spring has to be on this type of antenna to allow for the flex when the antenna contacts low flying branches and such.
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Transmitting in close proximity to others will not suffer whilst it is tied down. It will not degrade communications. It is when you get out 1/2 mile or greater (approximately) that the degradation in signal will begin to be noticed. So if you are on a 4 wheeling run and everybody is close, it will work fine.
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Beside.....it looks cool that way doesn't it!
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I've seen little "S" shaped spring clips that are used to hold the antenna in that kind of set up. Tie a line to the jeep and tie the other end to the clip. The antenna snaps into the clip.... and will snap out and swing free should the tip of the antenna get snagged up on a branch or something... otherwise, something breaks.
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Here's a pic:



The plastic ball goes on the tip of the antenna.
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I think I want one of those. Does the antenna hook under (the opening near the rope tie) or fit into that clip (opening opposite the rope tie). It would appear to more easily pull out if snagged from the clip at the top than from the hook at the bottom.
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Does the antenna hook under (the opening near the rope tie) or fit into that clip (opening opposite the rope tie). It would appear to more easily pull out if snagged from the clip at the top than from the hook at the bottom.
It pops into the clip from the top so that it can easily pop out through the opening at the top if snagged. You can squeeze the clip down or open it up to match the antenna. At one time these gadgets were pretty common on military vehicles. You might try places that deal in military surplus or perhaps fabricate your own.

The plastic tip or something else to mark the end of the antenna helps avoid the dreaded eye injury.
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I think I'll stop at the army/navy surplus shop on the way home. Might be worth the trip. I like the idea of the plastic tip since I cringe about my whip end which is unprotected. I saw a state police car this morning with the same mount as mine for his low band vhf radio. Slightly shorter antenna (45MHz vs 27MHz). Actually slightly more than half the length of mine based on the two frequencies.
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It sounds crazy but I was just sitting here thinking that a wooden spring-type clothes pin could get you to the same place, as long as the spring is strong enough to hold the antenna against the tension of the bend in the antenna.
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Army/navy didn't have them. I have a plastic clothes pin spring type I'm going to try. Thanks for the tip.
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It's something and looks pretty good. imo

I McGyvered a setup out of Half knotted shoelace, a non load bearing carribeaner, and a hanger from a picture frame hanger assortment. I squeezed the one end of the picture hanger onto the antenna, tightly, and then kept the other end open, and it was just big enough to fit the carribeaner into. Which is also clipped to the knotted lace. The knotted lace comes to a loop at the end and is held by a small welded tab. More pics if interested?
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Old 04-12-2013, 09:06 PM   #16
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How about a close-up nerdy?

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