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Old 01-11-2011, 01:30 PM
OscarMike OscarMike is offline
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Default Quick CB Antenna Question.

Simply put: I have dual whips on my pickup. They WERE 4ft antennas, but had to be cut down to 3ft due to garage clearance. These antennas are no hooked up, they are just there for looks. I want to put a 4ft stainless steel antenna in between the two. The two fiberglass whips are attached to the side of my toolbox. I want to put the stainless steel whip on the rear-middle of the toolbox. Will the two fiberglass antennas cause any interference (remember, they aren't hooked up) with the functioning stainless steel antenna?

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Old 01-11-2011, 01:56 PM
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Default Re: Quick CB Antenna Question.

At some level there will be interference -- yes. But the losses will relate to how well the "fake" duals would radiate at CB frequencies. Since you've cut em down & most fiberglass whips (less than 108" that is) are top-loaded, there's prolly not much to worry about.

If you're concerned, you could pull the remaining wire outta the "fake" whips and they'd be electrically inert ...
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Old 01-11-2011, 01:58 PM
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Default Re: Quick CB Antenna Question.

I dont believe so, if they arent hooked up there really just sticks of fiberglass. I mean to be sure you could do a test, have a friend around the block, talk to him, then take the other ones off and see if theres a difference
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Old 01-11-2011, 02:23 PM
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Default Re: Quick CB Antenna Question.

Thanks for the answers gentlemen, I didn't think there would be a great amount of interference... Yeah, on those two whips, the part that I cut had most of the wire in it.


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Old 01-11-2011, 06:46 PM
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Default Re: Quick CB Antenna Question.

i dont see how they would interfere with each other if they aren't hooked up. i would just get a swr meter and look at your readings
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Old 01-11-2011, 08:30 PM
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Default Re: Quick CB Antenna Question.

Why not use the duals for your CB man?
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Old 01-11-2011, 09:41 PM
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Why not use the duals for your CB man?
As I said in the first post, they're 4ft antennas cut down to 3ft antennas, so there is less copper wire in the antennas than there should be, so they won't transmit on the correct frequencies.

I should probably just get a regular 3ft with the correct wire in it for one side, but I think I'm going to do a hood mount again, but with the 4ft stainless whip. I'm concerned that 18ft of coax won't be enough to go from my toolbox, to the top of my cab by the rear-view mirror where my CB is mounted.
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Old 01-12-2011, 03:37 PM
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Default Re: Quick CB Antenna Question.

18ft should be plenty. i had a 102" whip mounted to the tool box of my old ex-cab yota and had the cb hooked to my glove box and 18ft of cable was more than enough
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Old 01-13-2011, 06:06 AM
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18ft should be plenty. i had a 102" whip mounted to the tool box of my old ex-cab yota and had the cb hooked to my glove box and 18ft of cable was more than enough
Where in the cab did you run the coax into the cab, was there a grommet in the floor like in rangers?
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Old 01-13-2011, 06:09 AM
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Default Re: Quick CB Antenna Question.

If you have the extended cab, there will be one directly under the pillar where the door latches, or at least on the non 4 door extended cabs that is. You'll have to fold down the jump seat and poke through the insulation before you can get the wire trough
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Old 01-13-2011, 07:08 AM
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Default Re: Quick CB Antenna Question.

Furthermore, dual antennas on a Ford Ranger is pointless and will likely reduce your transmitter performance. They're more functional for looks than anything else. As far as interfering, they will not.
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Old 01-13-2011, 09:08 AM
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Default Re: Quick CB Antenna Question.

i ran my coax from directly behind the cab to under my radio bezel and all i used was 9ft of coax.... if you cant do it with 18ft then your doing it wrong

BTW i have an ext cab
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Old 01-13-2011, 12:28 PM
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Default Re: Quick CB Antenna Question.

i ran mine through my back window in the toyota. when i run mine in my new ranger im going to come through a hole in the floor and then run it to my cb
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Old 01-13-2011, 08:33 PM
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Default Re: Quick CB Antenna Question.

Thanks folks, and yes, I know that duals are useless on a Ranger, however when I did have them at the standard height, only one was hooked up.

I have a 4dr. Supercab, not a two door.

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