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Old 09-28-2018, 03:43 PM
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Anyone run with their CB antenna off most of the time?

I want to run with my CB antenna inside the cab connected to the sport bars with velcro straps and only screwed into the mount when I need it. My jeep is a daily driver and the antenna is too tall for my covered parking. I could get a stubby but I'd rather have the long antenna.

Anyone else keep their antenna off? If so do you use quick disconnects and if so how well do they work? Or do you have something to plug the hole where the antenna would screw in on the mount? Do I have to fill it with anything or is it probably fine to leave it exposed?

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I only run with my cb and antenna when I am going off road. It fits perfect on the roll bar.

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I got a magnet mount 4' whip at a great price ($0) so I bolted a piece of steel to the tire carrier, and I was good to go. Just like you, its my DD so i set it inside and under my rear cover and no one is the wiser.
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I have a 102 inch stainless steel whip that mounts on a bracket bolted to the spare tire carrier.

It doesn't fit in my garage, so I have to pull it off when I drive in. It gets to be a pain putting it on and removing it, so I only put it on if I plan to use it. (On the highway, going with with friends, going wheeling, etc).

I had a quick disconnect, but the connection seemed loose. It didn't clamp tight. There was a bit of play in the setup. Eventually I decided to just manually screw the base of antenna the way it should be mounted... directly to the 3/8 stud. I set it finger tight and don't wrench it down. This doesn't take much longer than using the quick disconnect and the antenna is held more securely.
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I have a 102 inch stainless steel whip that mounts on a bracket bolted to the spare tire carrier.

It doesn't fit in my garage, so I have to pull it off when I drive in. It gets to be a pain putting it on and removing it, so I only put it on if I plan to use it. (On the highway, going with with friends, going wheeling, etc).

I had a quick disconnect, but the connection seemed loose. It didn't clamp tight. There was a bit of play in the setup. Eventually I decided to just manually screw the base of antenna the way it should be mounted... directly to the 3/8 stud. I set it finger tight and don't wrench it down. This doesn't take much longer than using the quick disconnect and the antenna is held more securely.
When you take the antenna off do you plug or cap the stud with anything? It doesn't corrode or fill with debris in the mean time?
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I run a FireStick with their quick disconnect.
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I put a little rubber cap on that I found laying around.
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Anyone run with their CB antenna off most of the time?

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I put a little rubber cap on that I found laying around.


May I ask where you got your cb antenna mount? Thanks
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Rather than run without an antenna in town when I frequently need to get in and out of my garage, I use a Breedlove all brass quick disconnect and run a 2' Firestik II which does not extend above the jeep top. I switch to a 4' Firestik Firefly if I need more range.
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You don't want a stubby but a 2' is not a stubby and it works great when offroad. I went from a 4' to 3' and finally to a 2' maybe 15 years ago and I've never been tempted to go back to a taller antenna. I'm in the front of lots of Jeep groups, often well over 20 spread out over long distances and the 2' reaches everyone without problem. And you don't have to remove it to pull into your garage.

My American flag is attached to the top of my 2' antenna in the below photo which gets out perfectly well even in canyons like are in front of my TJ. Most of my TJ's time is deep within desert canyons like that one and the CB works great even in them.
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When you take the antenna off do you plug or cap the stud with anything? It doesn't corrode or fill with debris in the mean time?
I have been using this disconnect for almost two years with a 3' firestik. I do not cap or plug it. The stud has never corroded. This disconnect has never let me down.




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