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I'm looking for a CB shop in NNJ that can help me with an installation.

I've tried 2 and 3 foot Firestiks on a Teraflex mount, with and without a spring, and no matter what I do, I can't get the SWR below 3.

I've messed with it so much I'd just as soon have someone take a look at it.

I'm in Union County.
 

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this shop is in Lodi right down the street from Hackensack Hospital. maybe call them and ask if they could help. only cb shop I know of.

NJ Amateur Radio, Scanner Radios & CB Dealer - Advanced Specialties, Lodi NJ - Yaesu.
I've been there once or twice. Bought a few things. They seem knowledgeable. But regarding your problem, make sure your antenna mount is installed tight to the vehicle (body or bumper). Check you are not missing any of the hardware that tightens the antenna. You may want to go to your local Radio Shack and get a new antenna cable, any length will do, for testing purposes.
 

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Thanks for the suggestions. I wound up speaking with Firestik and they gave me some suggestions as well. Gonna try those and see what happens!
 

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What were the suggestions and can you tell me what worked? Just installed the exact same carrier/mount/antenna/coax but had not gotten to the cb itself yet. Curious to see what fixes yours.
 

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What were the suggestions and can you tell me what worked? Just installed the exact same carrier/mount/antenna/coax but had not gotten to the cb itself yet. Curious to see what fixes yours.
I got it down to a bit above 2.0 using a 3 ft antenna. It's not great, but at least it is out of the red.

Here is what I did:

1 - Grind around the BOTTOM of antenna mounting hole to remove the powder coat and expose bare metal. I also added a washer at the bottom to improve contact between the connector and the mount.

2 - Grind around the top Teraflex mounting hole to remove the powder coat and expose the bare metal. I added a washer here for more contact.

3 - Grind around the top mounting hole inside the tub to expose bare metal. I added a washer here for more contact.

4 - I don't remember what coax brand I had used, but I replaced it with a Firestik branded coax.

5 - Once you have connected the coax at the antenna and run it up front, use a continuity tester with a resistance readout and check the continuity between the coax's outer connecter and vehicle ground. You should have continuity. My resistance was less than 1 ohm.

6 - Even with this setup I still had problems with the 2 foot Firestick. I got the results above with the 3 foot antenna. I'm tempted to try a 4 foot one to see if I can get it lower, but the current results are acceptable for fairly short range communication.

BTW, when you tune the Firestik, put the cap back on each time. The cap, even though it is plastic, changes the effective length of the antenna.

When I spoke with Firestik, they basically told me to do everything you can to insure a good ground between the antenna connector on the antenna side, the mount and the vehicle body.
 

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I got it down to a bit above 2.0 using a 3 ft antenna. It's not great, but at least it is out of the red.

Here is what I did:

1 - Grind around the BOTTOM of antenna mounting hole to remove the powder coat and expose bare metal. I also added a washer at the bottom to improve contact between the connector and the mount.

2 - Grind around the top Teraflex mounting hole to remove the powder coat and expose the bare metal. I added a washer here for more contact.

3 - Grind around the top mounting hole inside the tub to expose bare metal. I added a washer here for more contact.

4 - I don't remember what coax brand I had used, but I replaced it with a Firestik branded coax.

5 - Once you have connected the coax at the antenna and run it up front, use a continuity tester with a resistance readout and check the continuity between the coax's outer connecter and vehicle ground. You should have continuity. My resistance was less than 1 ohm.

6 - Even with this setup I still had problems with the 2 foot Firestick. I got the results above with the 3 foot antenna. I'm tempted to try a 4 foot one to see if I can get it lower, but the current results are acceptable for fairly short range communication.

BTW, when you tune the Firestik, put the cap back on each time. The cap, even though it is plastic, changes the effective length of the antenna.

When I spoke with Firestik, they basically told me to do everything you can to insure a good ground between the antenna connector on the antenna side, the mount and the vehicle body.
Thanks very much for all of that. I had done most of that anyway when doing the mount since I've done this a few times. Did not add any extra washers just took my time with coarse sandpaper. Just got done tuning and am at about 1.5 on 1 and 1.7 on 40. Channel 19 reads less than 1. I think I can call that done! It's a 3 foot firestik firefly on a spring and I had to lengthen it about 1/2".
 

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Thanks very much for all of that. I had done most of that anyway when doing the mount since I've done this a few times. Did not add any extra washers just took my time with coarse sandpaper. Just got done tuning and am at about 1.5 on 1 and 1.7 on 40. Channel 19 reads less than 1. I think I can call that done! It's a 3 foot firestik firefly on a spring and I had to lengthen it about 1/2".
You got it lower than I did. Nice!
 
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