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Old 05-03-2011, 01:27 PM
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Old 05-03-2011, 10:16 PM
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I'm looking into getting a Ranger again and am thinking about getting a Wilson 1000 mag mount. Will this be a good antenna to use on a Ranger if I place it centered about 2/3 of the way back from the windshield?
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Old 05-03-2011, 10:23 PM
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For mounting use one of the Alon CB mounts. I love mine. For antenna the Firestik performs nice
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Old 05-04-2011, 01:22 AM
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Default Re: cb and antenna mounting.

I really don't know much about the technical side of things, but i run a Francis antenna. Pretuned from the factory for easy calibration and pretty durable aswell.
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Old 05-04-2011, 03:46 AM
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At the end of the day, do what makes you happy! You want to run duals, do it. You are the captain of your ship.
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Old 06-17-2011, 08:19 AM
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Default Re: cb and antenna mounting.

went with a mag mount single on thr roof
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Old 06-21-2011, 09:31 AM
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I like that setup ^^
I am aiming for buckets and console. I will keep this setup in mind.

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If you have a metal toolbox, you can go off of there. If not, grind a pit of paint off the inside wall of the bed, towards the top, small and inconspicous. drill a small hole for the coax to come through the back wall, I suggest a rubber grommet to keep the cable tight and chaff free, body grommets can be had cheaply at your local hardware store.
I suggest that you reconsider the co-phase cable setup.
Twin whips might look good, but optimal performance is easier to maintain with one antenna/one cable.
Firestix are good, but the best antenna I've ever used is the Francis.
No maintanence, high quality, not expensive.
If you really want the co-phase, I suggest a matcher included inline.
After, reading the previous posts, I go back to my original thought, of only one active whip, and I personally suggest the Francis 4 1/2 to 5 foot.

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Old 06-29-2011, 05:56 AM
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So what would be the proper cable length for an extended cab and cable type (RG-58?)? I'm thinking of using a 102" stainless whip mounted near the rear bumper since I plan on getting a cap for the bed.

I've been led to believe that the best placement for operation would be the passenger side to get the best send/receive performance with on comming traffic on the highway. Whether that is true or not, I can't say.

I'll need to get a radio too. I have a Uniden Pro-520XL in the CR-V and I'm thinking of getting another for the Ranger.

Also, I'm thinking of doing the same with the CR-V which is about the same length as a regular cab Ranger. I haven't gotten around to hooking up an antenna yet on it. I just haven gotten around to it. Would the recommendations be the same for it?
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Old 06-29-2011, 06:34 AM
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So what would be the proper cable length for an extended cab and cable type (RG-58?)? I'm thinking of using a 102" stainless whip mounted near the rear bumper since I plan on getting a cap for the bed.
The proper cable length is whatever you need to get there. You'll want enough to go from the radio to the antenna with about 2ft of slack under the carpet for future adjustments.

RG58, RG8, LMR400, or Belden 9913.
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Old 06-29-2011, 08:03 AM
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The proper cable length is whatever you need to get there. You'll want enough to go from the radio to the antenna with about 2ft of slack under the carpet for future adjustments.

RG58, RG8, LMR400, or Belden 9913.
Ok, thanks. Am I correct on the antenna placement as far as performance goes or would there be a better place? I know it was mentioned before about the top of the cab in the center but I think that would look just plain stupid.
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Old 06-29-2011, 08:08 AM
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Default Re: cb and antenna mounting.

For a 1/4 wave whip like that, either corner will work the same for your purposes. Obviously it is not practical to put an 8ft antenna on the roof so what you're doing is fine.
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Old 06-29-2011, 08:12 AM
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For a 1/4 wave whip like that, either corner will work the same for your purposes. Obviously it is not practical to put an 8ft antenna on the roof so what you're doing is fine.
Awesome. What about lashing it down during day to day use? Any idea how much, if any degradation there would be? It would be something like 550 cord just to keep it from whipping around and for clearance purposes like in a parking garage.
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Old 06-29-2011, 08:29 AM
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It will degrade it quite a bit but we're talking about CB radio here. So it will probably still be fine for talking to people within a few miles depending on terrain. The skip from Mexicans with 5,000 watt amplifiers caused more interference than bending the antenna over.
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Old 06-29-2011, 08:33 AM
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It will degrade it quite a bit but we're talking about CB radio here. So it will probably still be fine for talking to people within a few miles depending on terrain. The skip from Mexicans with 5,000 watt amplifiers caused more interference than bending the antenna over.
Ok, so I'll just let it swing free unless I have a clearance issue then. Thanks for the help!
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