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cb antenna locations.......

where have you all mounted your cb antennas? I am going to put a cb in my truck for the Dunes trip, but I don't want an antenna shown.......is there any way of not having one visible, but still able to get out and recieve good?

Post up picture of your mount......if you have Alons mount, I know what it looks like so you don't have to worry about posting up them
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they do make a cheap glass mount antenna... not very good reception, but just for close by it might work good... check walmart or something
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I have one of Alons mounts. Get ya one of those hand held CB's with a built in antenna. I hear they do pretty good.
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see I don't want that either......

I was thinking about mounting it horizontal along the back of the toolbox between the cab and box, but I don't know what kind of reception it would get
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well if you going to just be using it for a trip i would make somthing or buy the antena mounts on boats where u can raise it up and back down if you need to but i dont kno if thats what your looking for

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I wouldn't think you'd get good reception that way.
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only way i know of to get good reception is to have an antenna properly mounted, I dont know of any CB radio that you can mount an antenna out of sight-rule of thumb at least 50% of an antenna has to be above the cab of the truck. Maybe get a roof mag mount antenna and then you can take it off when done. the little glass mount antennas are kinda hidden and dont look to bad but ive heard the reception is crap
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Ideal reception comes from an antenna that extends at least 8-9 inches above the top of the cab. Suck it up and let it show. It can be installed and still look clean. Put a quarter-turn disconnect on it so you can remove it for everyday use and to fit in a garage. It will be frustrating to have a radio that can't get any range because you wanted a hidden antenna. Only other option is to get a handheld and they suck pretty good as it is.

I don't know if you could even tune an antenna that is mounted horizontally.
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I use a magnetic stubby on the roof of my truck. they're hardly visable and work great.
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Ideal reception comes from an antenna that extends at least 8-9 inches above the top of the cab. Suck it up and let it show. It can be installed and still look clean. Put a quarter-turn disconnect on it so you can remove it for everyday use and to fit in a garage. It will be frustrating to have a radio that can't get any range because you wanted a hidden antenna. Only other option is to get a handheld and they suck pretty good as it is.

I don't know if you could even tune an antenna that is mounted horizontally.


Maurice i like ya a lot man but that is the stupidest thing i have ever heard... put the damn antenna on.. with the hills at the dunes you need a good antenna or you wont get crap for reception.. this isn't a flat freeway.. mount it on one of your stake holes or bed box or something nice 4' whip at least.. and put a disconnect on it for when you don't want it on.. for god sakes you are gonna have a huge *** pole off the front of your truck with an orange flag on it.. going to the dunes and "looking good" isn't in the same sentence...
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See in your case, i would get one of alons cb mounts right...mount it to your tool box somewhere, then, when your not using it, unscrew it, and if your out wheeling, pop the antenna out of your toolbox screw it onto the mount, and your golden
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There are several good options. You can go with an NMO (Motorola type) mount and remove your antenna when not in use and replace it with a neat little chrome "cover cap". A mag mount will not typically work quite as well at a hard mounted antenna of similar height, but in your case it may serve you well enough. It is a fact that the any antenna that is physically shorter than 1/4 wavelength at its intended operating frequency is a comprimise (as far as efficiency and performace is concerned)
If you need more than just 1/4 mile or so range, a hard mounted base loaded antenna placed in the middle of your roof will usually do the the best job.
A google search for Larsen Kulrod or MaxRad antennas (base loaded, NMO type mount)
should yield some good results.
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Maurice i like ya a lot man but that is the stupidest thing i have ever heard... put the damn antenna on.. with the hills at the dunes you need a good antenna or you wont get crap for reception.. this isn't a flat freeway.. mount it on one of your stake holes or bed box or something nice 4' whip at least.. and put a disconnect on it for when you don't want it on.. for god sakes you are gonna have a huge *** pole off the front of your truck with an orange flag on it.. going to the dunes and "looking good" isn't in the same sentence...
I don't really care what it looks like st the Dunes, I am going to mount the cb inside the center console perminately so I want it to look good for daily looks.....

I might get a stubby and mount it with a quick disconnect and let it stick up.....


Now I just gotta find a good/cheap/small cb........
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Now I just gotta find a good/cheap/small cb........


Go to wal-mart and get yourself one of the small Cobra 29's I believe they are. Only 35 bucks, very small and easy to mount.
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good and does the job not OMG amazing but ya
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I doubt you would achieve a decent SWR reading with it mounted horizontally inside the bed. Even if you could get it within acceptable limits the majority of any radiated energy would be somewhat directional straight up towards the sky. But the odd ground plane and reflected energy would more than likely make transmission and reception rather poor. Unless of course youíre trying to make contact with aliens.

You might look into some type of quick disconnect or a magnetic mount.
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Get ya one of Alon's brackets and put it on, and take the antenna off when not using it. the bracket doesn't stick out that much so it won't be that noticeable. Or ya could get a mirror mount and put it on the toolbox like I use to have.
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Heres mine






Mine little cobra with the 4ft whip picks up great.
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buddy of mine had a kit that he could wire his cb mount into his radio antenna (so he claimed, never actually seen him have it up and running, he was gonna put it on his Sunfire....) anyway that'd be inconspicuous (lol...sounded that one out...)
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I doubt you would achieve a decent SWR reading with it mounted horizontally inside the bed. Even if you could get it within acceptable limits the majority of any radiated energy would be somewhat directional straight up towards the sky. But the odd ground plane and reflected energy would more than likely make transmission and reception rather poor. Unless of course youíre trying to make contact with aliens.

You might look into some type of quick disconnect or a magnetic mount.
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Could always just lay his truck on its side to transmitt.
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Could always just lay his truck on its side to transmitt.
Best idea I've heard all night.
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Could always just lay his truck on its side to transmitt.
LOL...or put a hydraulic dump bed on and just raise it when you need to transmit.
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that could work all except for the fact that i have a manual transmission and the FX4 Level II shifter would hit it....

it is going to be mounted inside the center console, then when I want to use it, i open the lid and out comes the mic.....maybe mount an external speaker on the backside of the shifter console.....
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Zach and Grant have theirs mounted to the back of that style console... it works good
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i mounted mine in one of the holes in the bed. the hole on top of the bed you can put **** in. i drilled out a hole in the metal sleeve thing and mounted it in there. perfect spot for it.
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