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Unread 09-10-2005, 08:44 PM   #1
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102 Whip Antennas?

Who here has a 102 Whip antenna?

And next question: Up, or tied down?

I have one, and recently put it up just for fun.

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Unread 09-10-2005, 10:10 PM   #2
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I keep mine up. It works great on the highway. My SWR is down to 1.2 with the whip. It does get a little annoying when I drop my boys off at school. It scrapes the overhang and everybody looks at me funny. I also feel like I'm in a bumper car at the bank with my antenna scraping the drive thru ceiling. I have to remove it when I go into parking garages. I have it mounted on my spare tire carrier, but I'm thinking about moving it to my bumper so I can tie it down easier.
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Unread 09-10-2005, 10:44 PM   #3
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I used to run one but it just catches everything so I swapped to a 5' firestick mounted on the rear bumper.
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Unread 09-11-2005, 09:33 AM   #4
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I used to run one but it just catches everything so I swapped to a 5' firestick mounted on the rear bumper.
Why didn't you just tie it down?
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Unread 09-11-2005, 09:38 AM   #5
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I have a 102" whip on my truck. And I keep it up allmost all the time, only time I tie it down is when it gets put on a lift or im driveing under really low trees. I love my whip and I will never run anything but one, although im looking at getting a car and its goina be hard figureing out how to mount it on a car.
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Unread 09-11-2005, 04:49 PM   #6
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I ran a whip on my truck for years, they are great, but off road they beat up the trees to much, be kind, tread lightly, get a firestick
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Unread 09-11-2005, 05:53 PM   #7
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I ran a whip on my truck for years, they are great, but off road they beat up the trees to much, be kind, tread lightly, get a firestick
And AGAIN, why not just tie it down if that is the case? Or do they come unhooked easy?
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Unread 09-11-2005, 10:48 PM   #8
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I had one once - tied it down to go under a gas station canopy. When I stopped, it came loose, slapped back and forth over three flourescent light fixtures a couple of times then they all broke and my truck was covered with glass and white powder.

FWIW, some four wheel drive clubs ban them on the trail in club outings.
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Unread 09-12-2005, 01:03 AM   #9
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And AGAIN, why not just tie it down if that is the case? Or do they come unhooked easy?
They get snagged and pull free, or the mount or tie-down breaks. Enough people have been injured by 102" whip antennas whipping around on the trail that most 4x4 events and clubs have banned any antenna longer than around 48" to 52". My Jeep is tall enough that I have to run a 2' antenna to get into the garage. It works so well on the trail that I can't see the need for a 102" whip on the trail.
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Unread 09-12-2005, 05:47 AM   #10
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Yes, I see what you mean.

Oh...why was this topic moved to here!? This was meant as a general census thing...
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