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Old 09-17-2012, 08:54 AM
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CB Antenna Suggestions

Well, I'm getting there!

I moved the CB from my motor home to the jeep, and I picked up a mounting bracket for my spare tire, with the intention of putting a 3' Firestik there. (I would rather have a 4 footer but my garage door is too low.)

I will use this more on the road than off, and there are some comments that make me question my decision.
I am reading that the firestik is a good antenna when off road because it gets out OK, but not as well as a Wilson. Wilson may be a better bet for distance.

OK,,, Which Wilson are they talking about? I have been online and the main antenna that I'm seeing has a 'load' in the center of the antenna. A "Truckers" antenna. If I were to put that on my jeep, it would beat the snot out of my roof. Is there a better wilson for this application?

Or for that matter, is there a better antenna for good distance than the firestik? I'd like to be able to get more than 2-3 miles.

Thanks for any comments
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:23 AM   #2
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I can't speak of its distance, but I like my Wilson Flex 3' antenna. It can bend nearly 90 degrees while still being rigid and not flopping around. I've seen two firestiks break now due to low hanging tree limbs, despite the spring mount they were on.

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If you are going to use it more for on-road, then off-road, then you would probably be better off mounting the antenna on the engine cowl, that way the antenna is not being blocked by the spare and the roof. Here is a pretty good write-up on antenna placement from another forum: Here is where you should mount your CB and HAM antennas on your Jeep.

As far as the antenna itself goes, that, from I've had been able to find out, is going to depend on your preference. Most what an antenna does is going to depend on being properly mounted, grounded, and tuned.
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I have many Wilson antennas in my garage. 6, 5, 4, and 3' Wilson FGT's, 1000 and 5000 trunk lip and a Trucker 2000 (tried on my TJ). I have recently switched to the Wilson 4' flex. It is a nice antenna. The distance difference isn't that much. I get at least 4 miles. I recommend the Wilson Flex for your mount. The 3' will never be as good regardless of brand. Just remember shorter is always a compromise because those with garages don't work well with 102" whip and spring.
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I have many Wilson antennas in my garage. 6, 5, 4, and 3' Wilson FGT's, 1000 and 5000 trunk lip and a Trucker 2000 (tried on my TJ). I have recently switched to the Wilson 4' flex. It is a nice antenna. The distance difference isn't that much. I get at least 4 miles. I recommend the Wilson Flex for your mount. The 3' will never be as good regardless of brand. Just remember shorter is always a compromise because those with garages don't work well with 102" whip and spring.
Hello, Smitty. You helped me pick the Midland portable CB and Wilson magnetic antenna to use on hood. All for quick disconnect purposes. All are great products, but I have decided on a permanent antenna using the Wilson flexi. I just don't like the idea of the magnet being swept off or across the hood by branches. Anyway, this thread is helping me decide how to rig things. I'm sticking with the Midland CB with 12v and external antenna connect.
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Old 09-19-2012, 09:27 AM
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Thanks for the comments.

I am now pretty certain that I will get the Wilson Flex. I don't like the idea of a spring since it could screw up the SWR.
I need to back my jeep up to the lowest point of the garage door and measure the distance. If a 3 footer won't fit, then it is a moot point. I'll just go with the 4 footer and try and remember to remove it before driving in the garage.
I think that with the flex, it will give me some wiggle room when I hit something solid.

I have become educated to the point where my head is spinning. I purchased a spare tire bracket, and now I'm finding that it is possibly the worst place for an antenna for reception. Still, I prefer that spot so I will just deal with it and hope for the best.
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I have a Wilson 4' antenna and it's works like a charm.

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