So...WTF? I bought a Uniden CB Radio, 4' Firestik Antenna, Driver Side Tail Light Mount, RG-58 Cable (PL259 Connectors), and K4 Stud Connector. So far...simple.
I installed the radio, the mount, ran the coax, installed the stud connector, and then...how in the hell do I connect the antenna to the cable? Most antennas just plug directly into the base of the antenna, and from there it's simply a mounting issue. But this Firestik POS comes with an "insulated ring terminal," which in my terms is the only freaking place to put a wire.
So, since I need an electical engineering degree to understand the diagram that came with the mount (with no directions, mind you), I'm turning to the forum. Do I need to cut my cable, splice it, and run part into the ring connector and use the other part for a ground? If that's what Firestik is inferring, it's pretty difficult to see why they're so popular. Why would I plug a spliced wire into an exposed terminal (exposed to the elements) as my antenna cable? Can I just get an adapter? I'm guessing the answer is to probably pay more money to Firestik and get the Fire Ring cable...crooks.
Any advice is appreciated.