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Old 07-02-2019, 10:01 PM
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Best location for CB antenna JK -- front or rear?

I see all the guys with their CB antennas mounted on the back of their JKs, but I have been told that it's actually better to mount the antenna on the driver's side front fender. Is the front fender a general Jeep/CB antenna thing, maybe an older Jeep/antenna thing, a JK/CB antenna thing...or not correct at all?

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Front is better for cb performance but rarely see a front mount antenna

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Excellent -- thanks! I bought a JK-specific front fender (to bolt) mount and have installed my antenna there but have had a lot of trouble ironing out SWR issues. I was wondering if maybe I needed to try and move my antenna. I'll keep working on it.
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Front is better for cb performance but rarely see a front mount antenna
Correct. CB antennas belong in the rear and HAM antennas in the front.
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Correct. CB antennas belong in the rear and HAM antennas in the front.
The other reason people put antennas on the rear is that it protects them from branches. In the PNW, that's a key issue. I run a rear CB antenna and a front driver's side dual-band NMO mount ham antenna, as well as a front passenger side stubby GMRS antenna. I have a Comet SSB-1 (https://www.amazon.com/Comet-SBB-1-Flexible-Mobile-Antenna/dp/B001CQQ0Y6) for trail use, since it's a large flexible rubber antenna that won't break off like my Comet 2X4SR (Dual-Band | Comet Antenna, 29" tall) that I run around town with.

You see Aussie's put them up front, in the middle, I think for the same reason...defensive placement against branches taking them out.
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I've got a 2' firestick on a front mount and it works fine all the time. Branches aren't much of a problem because if they are low enough to hurt the stick, they are also low enough to hurt the windshield, so I'm lifting them up & over anyway. You can see the blue stick in my garage pictures where sits on the passenger side mount and is the FM antenna. When I go out to wheel, I move it over to the drivers side where the CB mount is.

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