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Whip CB antennas?

Are they any good? Might get ride of my duals and get a whip and mount it on my back bumper. Does it come in clear. Hows bout some info guys!? lemme know!
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I assume you're talking about the 8 foot 1/4 wave antenna? It will probably out-perform most cheezy antennas if it is installed properly. I'm also convincend, at least scientificly, that dual-antennas on a ranger is a bad idea anyway.

FYI- The vertical stick of any antenna is called a whip, not just that 8' antenna.

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i know i just did it for looks tho. didnt look too bad. Do they make shorter ones?
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8 feet is a 1/4 wave and perfect impedance match. The only way to make an antenna shorter and match is with coils like you see on other antennas. They start at around 5ft and get shorter from there. They aren't usually bumper mounts, they are mag or roof mounts or or something like you aleady have.
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so 8 footers are the one more than likely i can mount to the bumper?
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WHERES a god site for me too look at em?
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Theres a CB forums, kind of like RF....you can search around on there, they know thier stuff....Im getting rid of my cobra 300 watt and getting a wilson 1000 magnet mount whip....(i call anything that can bend a whip) but im also thinking about getting a mountable one but your suppose to have the tip as high in the air as possible, at least higher than the truck...And putting it on my back bumper with a tennis ball, i just dont want to end up taking it off some day and have the hole rust up....anyone know what to spray on the hole? or anything to keep it from rusting?
http://www.cbradiotalk.com/ It has a thing that pops up in the middle of the screen that says to make an account but it goes away after like 1 min....
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And your best bet of buying one is finding out where your local cb shops are, and going there, i didnt think columbus had many but to find out there are TONS around here.....So if you cant find any, next time your driving around get on the cb and ask them if they know where any are...normally on the weekends the shops get on and tell you where they are located.....and a cb shop will sell you an antenna and match the SWR to your CB

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Ever seen the old old state patrol cars that had the 102" whip on the back bumper or fender?

They used those for a reason. THEY WERE THE BEST.

102", as stated is 1/4 wave for 27 mhz. A full wave would be best, but a full wave is 36 ft. long!! A bit overkill, so 1/4 wave is more practical.

For best results, mount it on your bumper, or fender with a ball mount. I think MusicShack still has these... With 102", you will not have to worry about a high SWR. Most whips you can't tune, and DO NOT nip the small static ball off the top tip. This a very important part of the antenna. Also, find you a old tennis ball and slip down over the whip, so you wont be grounding out if/when it touches your truck. Plus it keeps your paint nice.

For the money (around $20?) you can't beat a whip. People thing they look dumb, but if you want to scream on the air, it's the only way to go.

BTW: Get rid of your co-phase set up. It will/is causing you nothing but trouble. Co-phase only works for truckers, where they can get thier antennas far enough apart so they dont affect each others SWR. Plus, in a cophase set up, you are HIGHLY directional. Usually towards the front, but I have seen some cases, where there was more field strength out the back. This was due to the truck bed creating a massive groundplane. But nevertheless, dump your co-phase set up, Grab a whip, and rest ssured you'll be pegging everyone's meters.
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http://www.walcottcb.com/index.php GREAT STORE ...get a predator antenna BEST OUT THERE
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they only have em up to 44"???????????????
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radioshack also sells antennas
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i had one on my truck mounted to the toolbox.. went through a bank lot and hit a low hanging pole, and it the whip snapped forward and cracked my windshield.

I dont have the whip on my truck anymore
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radioshack also sells antennas
yup yup.. got mine there for liek 15 bux.. then a spring is like 15 and the good mounting brackets are like 15
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so i gotta get and whip,spring,and mounting bracket fo the rear bumper?
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the steel one may not need the spring, it flexes on it's own pretty well. The fiberglass one will need the spring for sure.
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i have a thru the glass one from radioshack for about 30 and it works good but thats just me.

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so steel whip comming up. im trying to find a 8 footer. at the least 6'
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It needs to be 8' (102"). 6ft will not work and doesn't exist.
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