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Old 08-09-2012, 03:48 PM   #1
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Firestick CB Antenna installation where?

I am replacing the original antenna with a side mounted firestick. When planning to install on drivers side ,after removing panel above, I found a steel plate, that stopped me from going further. I am hoping for some suggestions, on where and how some of you have installed a new antenna. The original top mount I found a loose connection, but it still doesn't work the way it should. I did meter with SWR, hoping the firestick will give me some distance.
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Old 08-09-2012, 04:01 PM   #2
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Your biggest problem is providing a good ground plane. Next problem is the length of the cable. Remember you will need to extend the antenna above the roof line. Be careful here as you can tear it off in heart beat if it is to high even with a spring loaded version and it will not work good if mounted to low.

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Old 08-09-2012, 05:00 PM   #3
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Thanks thats the exact antenna I bought! I had planned to install having aprox 2' above roof, there seems to be a steel frame that goes along the side. My plan was to run the wiring down the cowl by the windshield, using the old cable to fish it through. I can't see how to get around that steel plate with out drilling through it. Something I would like to avoid doing.( It looks like that's my only option?) I have the 06 Winnebago Adventurer.
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Old 08-09-2012, 06:08 PM   #4
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Through it, make the hole little bigger than the cable then put the end on on the outside seal the hole good
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Old 08-09-2012, 08:12 PM   #5
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fIRESTICK CB antenna installation where?

Stearn.....On my Journey I was able to mount the antenna mount without hitting the steel plate BUT once I installed it from the outside, I made up two wires with loop connections at both ends and attached one of the ends on each wire to the bolts (that came thru the fiberglass)that hold the antenna with a nut and star washer..Then I drilled a small hole in the steel plate from the inside and attached the other ends of the wires with self tapping screws into the plate thus producing a good ground plane..
Result was that I have a 1.1 SWR match...Another choice is a non ground plane antenna wire an attached antenna wire cut to length...I used that antenna on my Vectra with very good results.....good luck RKL
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Old 08-11-2012, 05:48 PM   #6
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Thanks for your help. I attemted to find a spot for my firestick, still baffled,and can not get around the steel plate. I did try removing the lining above the drivers chair, only to be stopped by the steel plate. I did get a better access to the original antenna, and found the ground wire to be very loose. I thought I had tightened once before when I accessed through the overhead cabinet( obvoulsy not).This time I am sure it is tight, and the SWR meter shows when transmitting a reading about 1.2. I am very leary of using this antenna after what I have read. Knowing the firestick is a much better antenna. I am heading out an a few weeks and will see! I normally can figure out a repair, or at least follow instructions, very frustrating!
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Old 08-11-2012, 06:43 PM   #7
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Now here is an antenna mounted and ready to communicate.

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Now here is an antenna mounted and ready to communicate.

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Yea, I know CB'S are getting obsolete, but it's still handy when traveling especially with friends.
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Old 08-11-2012, 07:55 PM   #9
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CB's are required if you go on a Winnebago Caravan. They use them in the morning to send out each group of four or five motor homes. And, then they pick you up before you arrive at the next destination so they know you have arrived and they can determine your parking spot.
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Old 08-11-2012, 07:58 PM   #10
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That is a Lil' Tarheel II high frequency screw driver antenna for 6m through 80m amateur radio.

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Old 08-11-2012, 08:05 PM   #11
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I would not say CB's are becomming obsolete though I will say I do a whole lot better with my ham gear and ham licenses are at an all time high just now.

Tha steel plate just takes a more powerful drill is all.
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Stearn.....good catch on the loose ground...Ihad to use a star washer to keep mine tight...A 1.2 match is pretty darn good...I am still using my factory antenna and with a Tight ground, I have no complaints....i also put a second ground wite on the ground stud and bolted the other end to a lower steel body piece.....If you decide to drill thru the plate a good heavy duty drill and sharp bit will do it will some oil and a lot of forward pressure...RKL
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Old 08-12-2012, 12:39 AM   #13
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I have a 2000 Adventurer and my ant. was no good also. I got a NGP Firestick (4 ft) from Amazon.com. The Ant. Co-Ax comes pre-cut to lenght. As for mounting, I drilled through from the inside out using the inside plate for a pattern. By drilling next to the seat belt cover, I was able to run the co-ax down to the floor, then under the drivers door splash cover and then up to the stearing column and to the CB unit.
As for SWR, mine is 1:1 right out of the box.
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Old 08-12-2012, 05:40 AM   #14
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My used MH came with a Cobra 75 WX ST CB and what appears to be a:

"Everhardt Super Tiger STT4 "Super Tiger" "1 Full Wave Length " Top Load Tunable Tip Power Rating 1500 Watts Includes the Weather Band 18 gauge solid wire Standard 3/8 ' Threaded Base",

but I'm not sure. It does appear to have a screwdriver adjustment on the tip of the antenna. I have two SWR meters. The Lafayette(RS) 99-2537 reads 1.1:1 and the Veritas V-754 reads 1.3:1. The hand held meters look almost identical.

I found the coax was doubled back on itself in a 1 foot long bunch. I cut the zip ties and spread it out, and it made no difference in the SWR.

A Google search says this a good antenna. Anybody have any experience with this antenna?
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