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Old 01-10-2013, 04:17 PM   #1
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CB radio bracket

I already posted pics of my antenna mount.






Here's the radio bracket, with LED "map lights"












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Old 01-10-2013, 04:24 PM   #2
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In some of those pics, you might be able to see my other hobby- collecting and restoring and/or customizing antique and/or vintage Coleman lanterns..

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Do you sell those mounts? Also, where at in NM are you? My dad lives in Taos.
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I am impressed with the brackets. VERY clean and very simple. Good work!
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Do you sell those mounts? Also, where at in NM are you? My dad lives in Taos.
No, since I only made one of each. I'm in Los Alamos, about 70 miles SW of Taos.
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Lol i was born in los alamos.
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Lol i was born in los alamos.
So was I, and my Dad. My Grandfather came up here during the War in the Army. Small world....
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So was I, and my Dad. My Grandfather came up here during the War in the Army. Small world....
Ya it is. I went to school in that crappy little town 20 or so minutes down the hill...my uncle works up there with PTLA.
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Ya it is. I went to school in that crappy little town 20 or so minutes down the hill...my uncle works up there with PTLA.
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Ya, that sh**hole. I lived there for most my life, avoided trouble then joined the army and never went back. My family still lives scattered around there but steers clear of the town for good reason!!
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Ya, that sh**hole. I lived there for most my life, avoided trouble then joined the army and never went back. My family still lives scattered around there but steers clear of the town for good reason!!
Yeah, sorry. How old are you? Do I know you?
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27. Dont know if you know me but my name is Jason Baker.
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27. Dont know if you know me but my name is Jason Baker.
Ah, a little (cough) younger than me.. Just curious.
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Lol, back to your thread, where did you get the aluminum and how do you work it? Do you have to weld it or something?
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Oh ya, dont know if you have heard about this trail or not but I used to hit it quite a bit and it was pretty extreme and fun. Its called Rio Del Oso. Heard of it?
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I've heard it; never been there.
As far as the brackets, they're just made from 1/4" thick 2" aluminum angle. The CB mount has a piece of 1/8" aluminum diamond plate bolted to the angle, bent to 25° to match the windshield angle, and the radio bracket is bolted to that. For the map lights, I made some wedges at the same 25° (I think that's what it was) out of a hunk of black nylon/ plastic I had laying around. Nothing fancy, but I am pleased with it..
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Looks great Patrick, nice work!
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Thanks Lynn!!
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My maplight is one of these clipped to the passenger sunvisor:




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Well, when I opened the door this morning, first time in the dark.....These LED's are too bright. They light up the Jeep nicely, but the glare is annoying. Not super fond of the blueish light, either. I'm going to see if I can come up with a smoke-colored lense of sorts.

Oh, FWIW, I'm using Firestik's 18' coax with fire ring. With this whole setup, I was able to get the SWR to about 1.8 on ch. 1 and ch. 40, and 1.4 on ch.20. Since we normally use a lower channel on the trail, I adjusted it so I'm at 2.0 on 40, and 1.6 on ch. 1, which leaves me at 1.2-1.3 on 20. If I add a 3" Firestik spring, it drops about .2 across the board, but I don't like running a spring. BTDT.
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awesome, you are my inspiration for that antenna mount...i made one for that area but incorporated into the taillight and it has not stood the test of time. Off to the garage I go!!

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