Originally Posted by FMD
I am mounting this on my backrack
Longer and higher is better, get a flexible s/s base loaded antenna like these:
This one is a Truck Lip Mount but can be used by making a mounting plate for the lip mount opening.
Also, a magnet mount is good too:
This has a 5 magnet to mount it and will handle 100 + mph winds.
Can easily be removed if needed, larger plate needed.
The Wilson 1000 will handle 3K watts, more than most of us are running; even my 200 watts will run through this without a problem.
If you need more antenna and may get out better because of the longer whip try out the Wilson 5000, 5K watts.
To build a mount for the magnet mount use a 3/16 plate bolted through the center of the Backrack (my BR has a relief for the third brake light), with an extra hole in the plate for a ground wire. Plate should be large enough to mount the type antenna mount you will be using. (3/16 for magnet mount and thinner for Truck Mount)
To be on the safe side, run a ⅜" or ½ braided strap from the flat plate to the frame getting to bare metal where the Lugs mount, A good ground is main concern when the antenna needs a ground plane and for a low SWR.
Always get the Antenna tuned to the vehicle and system setup.
Always run the power and the ground to the battery.
You can use either RG8X or RG8 for the power wire, center power, shield for ground.
Sorry got carried away, love this stuff.
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