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Old 09-20-2012, 02:06 PM   #1
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Need an Antenna

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I'm new to SoCal (Orange Co.) and I'm trying to find a cb antenna for my JK.
I need to grab one right away, so I dont' want to order off line.
Is there a good parts store near Dana Point? I've checked the usual auto parts places and they can't even recommend anywhere.

I googled Rebel Off Road, and they only have Firestik. I would like to get a Wilson Flex.

Any help would be appreciated
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Old 09-20-2012, 02:32 PM   #2
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I don't know your area, but try some of the ones on this list:

Orange County Cb Radio in Your Local Yellow Pages by Yellowbook

From that list, Radio Lab in Orange looks promising

The Solder Joint - Marine Boat Communications, CB Radios

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Old 09-20-2012, 03:30 PM   #3
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If you can find a truck stop fuel station, we're truck drivers rest and fuel up. They usually carry all sorts of cb's, antennas, wiring etc. usually cheaper then a catalog too.
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Old 09-20-2012, 03:39 PM   #4
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Wilson makes good antennas but they are awfully "whippy" on offroad trails. Firestick is actually a more commonly used and recommended antenna so far as I am concerned. If you got a Firestick with a tunable tip, their FS series in other words, it would work very well and not sway around as much like a Wilson will. Fry's is often a good source for antennas though I am not sure what brands you'll find there. Personally, I've been involved in 2-way radios for literally over 50 years and find the Firestick as good as any out there.

Model-wise, a 2' Firestick with the desireable tunable tip would be an FS-2, a 3' Firestick would be an FS-3 and so on.
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Old 09-20-2012, 04:12 PM   #5
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PCI Race Radios in Signal Hill (if you have the time to drive up there) is a great place to grab CB antennas/radios. They merged with a CB radio shop a little while ago and have some great service.

I started out with Wilson antennas on both of our Jeeps and within a year both stopped working (don't know why). I have Firestick antenna now and they work flawlessly. Also you can adjust the Firestick with your hand instead of an allen wrench.
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Old 09-20-2012, 07:29 PM   #6
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x3 for Firestick! I have the 3'
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Old 09-20-2012, 09:18 PM   #7
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I am mounting to the tire carrier and don't want to shatter a firestik if I pull into the garage. I figured a Wilson would be more forgiving
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[QUOTE="Fireslayer"]I am mounting to the tire carrier and don't want to shatter a firestik if I pull into the garage. I figured a Wilson would be more forgiving. Wouldnt the wilson be a better antenna for a bonehed? [QUOTE]
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Old 09-21-2012, 09:07 AM   #9
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Wilson makes good antennas but they are awfully "whippy" on offroad trails. Firestick is actually a more commonly used and recommended antenna so far as I am concerned. If you got a Firestick with a tunable tip, their FS series in other words, it would work very well and not sway around as much like a Wilson will. Fry's is often a good source for antennas though I am not sure what brands you'll find there. Personally, I've been involved in 2-way radios for literally over 50 years and find the Firestick as good as any out there.

Model-wise, a 2' Firestick with the desireable tunable tip would be an FS-2, a 3' Firestick would be an FS-3 and so on.


I measured from my mounting bracket, and with a 3 footer, I'll be a foot above the header on my garage door. If I come back from wheeling, and forget to disconnect my antenna, I'll crunch it for sure and be out an antenna.
If I get the wilson, I can make a mistake or two.

I had already given some thought to the whippy action of the wilson. If it starts banging my roof, I guess I"ll add a tennis ball.

I'm new to this, and don't really know what the best application is until I give it a try.

I've talked to a few guys already and they are happy with their wilson's. It seems that the Firestik is just as good.
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As my TJ got taller and my antenna mounting points raised, I went from a FS-4 to a FS-3 and have been with a FS-2 (2' height) for 8-10 years so I clear my garage door. As a radio (ham General class) enthusiast for many years, I honestly have not noticed any difference offroad how well my CB communicates with others even though I've been on a 2' for nearly ten years now.
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I measured from my mounting bracket, and with a 3 footer, I'll be a foot above the header on my garage door. If I come back from wheeling, and forget to disconnect my antenna, I'll crunch it for sure and be out an antenna.
If I get the wilson, I can make a mistake or two.

I had already given some thought to the whippy action of the wilson. If it starts banging my roof, I guess I"ll add a tennis ball.

I'm new to this, and don't really know what the best application is until I give it a try.

I've talked to a few guys already and they are happy with their wilson's. It seems that the Firestik is just as good.
I have my 3' FS mounted on a quick disconnect and a spring. I usually remove it when I'm done airing up after a run. I have forgotten before and pulled into the garage. I maybe have 2-3" clearance at most. This is where the spring comes in, it will bend back and you will hear it hit. Then pull out and disconnect. Mine sticks out about a foot above my roof because the bonehead that mounted it, put it on the highest point of my spare tire carrier....
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Old 09-22-2012, 10:53 AM   #12
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I googled FRYS and they have Vanco. It is $11 and change, which means I'll be staying away from that one. Just doesn't sound good.
No truck stops anywhere around Dana Point,,, I already thought of that.
I'll give Patronics in Irvine a shot today and see what they have. I can't find a Wilson, so I googled Rebel Offroad and they only have 4 foot Firestiks. Geez! I can't seem to find what I want. Yet.

Thanks for the ideas guys!
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:10 AM   #13
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there is a cb store in san bernardino on valley street off the 10 fwy. they have fire sticks and those wilson antennas and tuners and cable and just about anything else you could need for cb radios.

i believe this is the address

15252 Valley Boulevard, Fontana, CA

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