There are Antenna Analyzers (MFJ-459B) that are designed to tune the SWR of the antenna MUCH better than a standard SWR meter... The analyzer takes ALL the guess workout out of adjusting the SWR. You can center the tuning of the antenna where ever you want it....
IF you are using a CHEAP antenna.... then this is one of your problems... A quality antenna makes a cheap radio perform OK..., but.... a CHEAP antenna will make a quality radio sound like junk !!!
The antenna makes the system... not the reverse....
Make sure the antenna is grounded very well or you wont get the performance you are looking for !!!!!
Purchase a quality antenna such as a Wilson 1000 or a Wilson Silverload....
While radio operators may disagree on whether a fixed mount or magnet mount works better, they do agree that for the money... Wilson makes a QUALITY antenna.
2000 Ranger 4.0L 4dr 5 spd 4x4 w/ ORP
Modifications: 265/75R16 BFG AT KO, Detroit TruTrac l/s, K&N FIPK, 66mm BBK TB, Gibson 2.5" catback exhaust, BAMA SCT Tuner, Underdog Performance 25% underdrive pulley, James Duff Traction Bars, Taylor 8mm sparkplug wires
Future Mods: JBA Headers