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Old 11-25-2005
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cb antenna

i had a cb in my old ranger that got busted up so know i wana put it into my new ranger, so i wanted to know how well do the window mount antennas do, i dont need increadibal distance but i wana keep the top of my truck clean, wana keep the clean look and my boss might be putting his system in my truck witch means something goes on top and i going to put a lo profile w/a stubby antenna black so i dont want 2 up there and its not an off-road vehicle,
so how ell will it work with factory tint on the back and the window mount is 50$.

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I was told that the ones that go on the glass aren't very strong, you're probably looking at a small range with that setup. Some antennas like Ranger1 has actually work well while inside the bed. All he does is magnetically attach the antenna to the front of his bed, and you can't see it with the tonno cover on. I say "some antennas" because I tried this with my antenna and it didn't work.
I fabbed up a mount inside the bed of the truck where the antenna just uses the tiedown points for the bed liner. I just unscrew the antenna when its not in use, gets good signal, and only takes a few seconds to install/remove. You might want to look into something like that.
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Glass mount antennas suck. The coupling through the glass doesn't work properly at 27Mhz like it does at 800+ for a cell phone. The antenna is huge and it will look really odd. It doesn't look anything a cell antenna. It will have no ground plane so it's performance will also suck. For very short range, it might be ok if you don't mind the looks.
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ya i have dual cb wips and id like to not drill threw my cab or anything and i do have a cover i dont wana go threw the cover and i dont want a roof mount because i getting a ham radio lader from my boss so i want something that will work, dosent have to be good but i was trying to get the dual to sit somehow without drilling, does anyone have any pics if them i stil wana make my truck look clean and and pics on where u mounted the cb inside?

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im kind of tired so I couldnt make very much out of your sentence structuring...

cbs tho...

get a 4foot magnetic antenna

put up when you want to use it

problem solved...

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Presently I am using a Wilson 5000 magnet mount which I upgraded with LMR 240 coax and replaced the whip with a SIRIO PL 4000 7/8 wave to use with a Cobra 148 GTL for 11 meters and a Hustler 5/8 wave magnet mount with a Yaesu FT 1500M to use on 2 meter. Both perform quite well !!!!!
The nice thing about magnet mount antennas with screw off antennas; is that they can be removed when you need to....

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well i wanted to have a less noticable one and i getting a roof mound ham radio so i dont wana croud the top of my truck, i still wanna keepa clean look, and i wal also wondering about the in the bed antenna that Winks whas talking about and how to do it
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i do have a roof magnet mount now, but it looks goofey and its to tall for me to like i would rather get a one of thoes small super black antennas that look cool my boss has them for his man radios about 300$ a piece
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Nick,

Like others have said.... glass mounted antennas perform poorly !!!!
While my 11 meter setup may look goofey as you say....; my old style Cobra 148 GTL will transmit about 25 miles on AM and I have talked to Ontario, Canada on SSB when conditions were good....
Remember.... a quality antenna will make cheap radio perform well, but a cheap antenna will make a quality radio perform poorly.....
Mounting a mobile antenna on the roof gives you the best location for RX/TX.
You need to decide whether looks or function are more important....

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ok but do they make black antennas and the lo profile mounts for them like the ham radios, like maby a black antennam but smaller than 4'?? id like some thing a little smaller do they make them?
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Wilson makes an antenna called the Little Wil.
Good performance in a little package.
Check this URL for info on the antenna.

http://www.wilsonantenna.com/lilwil.htm

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cool thanx ill go look now
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since we're on the subject, what would be a good antenna to get that i can mount in the stock antenna location? i dont use the radio in my 93 f150 (radio stations here suck) and i dont want my truck to cluttered with extra antenna...i thoight bout removing the radio antenna and wire and run the CB one through there...

good idea? or bad?
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you guys can check out my dual ant. if ya want at my homepage?
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OI,

Wilson makes fixed roof mounts that can be mounted in the factory antenna hole.

http://www.wilsonantenna.com/

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DONT GET A GLASS MT

thay are king gay..

go with a wilsn 1000 or k40 if you wanna talk. but you cannot beat a 102" steel whip. it looks gawky, but ANY radio will roast on a whip. Just depends on what yuo wanna do.

Glass Mt - Parking Lot
K30 or Lil Wil'- Around town
Wil 1000 or K40- Statewide and some state to state DX
102" Whip- " " but will handle any amount of power and you have no swr problems with a whip cause it has no loading coil
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