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Old 04-09-2010, 02:44 AM   #1
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Exclamation Installation Trouble - Firestik Antenna HELP!!!!

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.

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Old 04-09-2010, 08:34 AM   #2
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Firestik's use ring terminals to attach to the antenna stud...I'm not sure what a K4 stud connector, but if that's what goes on the antenna wire end and screws onto the antenna stud, that's your problem. I'm not sure how the ring terminals attach to the antenna wire (I buy my wire with the ring terminal attached already), but that's what needs to be done.

Okay...Googled the K4 stud...is the ring terminal attached to the antenna wire end? I wish I could help you on installation...but I can't. Try Googling it...also check the tech docs on their site, they're usually really good.

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You needed the K4A mount to use with the Pl259 connector.

If you want to use the ring connector just cut the connector off your coax and run the center wire to the ring terminal and run the braided shield to ground.

http://www.firestik.com/Instl-Art/te-k-4.gif

Otherwise any radio shop or truck stop will have the appropriate stud mount for your PL259.
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Thanks for the help. I guess I'll be getting a new stud mount.
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