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post #1 of 15 Old 05-22-2017, 05:41 AM Thread Starter
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Ball Mount for CB Antenna?

I've scanned a bunch of posts here and am not finding much on people using Ball Mounts for their CB antennas. Anyone use one with a 102" whip? Any tips for grounding the mount/antenna? How did you route your cable?

I'm planning on mounting it on the right side in the same general area as the gas cap on the opposite side. I'm not part of any off road club, and I don't think any of the off road areas near me have any restrictions for the whip antenna. I have a smaller Wilson antenna I can use if I ever go anywhere where the big whip isn't allowed.


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post #2 of 15 Old 05-22-2017, 12:18 PM
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Ball mounts work fine if that's what you want. I ran one on other vehicles for years. You certainly will get a good mechanical ground from one if installed correctly.

A lot on here don't use them or at least not with a 102" whip due to the reasons you indicated. Our club doesn't allow antennas larger than 48" on the trails.

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I've scanned a bunch of posts here and am not finding much on people using Ball Mounts for their CB antennas. Anyone use one with a 102" whip? Any tips for grounding the mount/antenna? How did you route your cable?

I'm planning on mounting it on the right side in the same general area as the gas cap on the opposite side. I'm not part of any off road club, and I don't think any of the off road areas near me have any restrictions for the whip antenna. I have a smaller Wilson antenna I can use if I ever go anywhere where the big whip isn't allowed.
Even with you not wheeling in groups that have banned 102" whips (for good reason), I'd rethink that length. Shorter antennas work extremely well when properly installed and tuned, you wouldn't see a significant improvement with it over a properly tuned/installed shorter CB antenna.

I don't typically go for DX (distance) on my CB like I would on my HF ham radio but even on my 2' Firestik antenna I talked to someone in Georgia from the desert in California one night.

Having used/installed 102" whips many years ago, I consider them to be more of a PITA than they are worth.

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Honestly, one of the reasons I wanted to go with the ball mount and whip is because I already have them and wouldn't need to buy anything. I was looking at the Jeep last night and decided not to drill the holes in the Jeep (and pull the fender liner, etc) and ordered a terraflex mount and firestik... I'm getting lazy in my old age.
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Honestly, one of the reasons I wanted to go with the ball mount and whip is because I already have them and wouldn't need to buy anything. I was looking at the Jeep last night and decided not to drill the holes in the Jeep (and pull the fender liner, etc) and ordered a terraflex mount and firestik... I'm getting lazy in my old age.
Hey! I have a ball mount already installed but no antenna. Do you want to sell that whip?
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Ok, so does anybody know where to buy around a 100" whip antenna for the ball mount? I have looked online but can't locate any
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Ok, so does anybody know where to buy around a 100" whip antenna for the ball mount? I have looked online but can't locate any
It's unlikely you'll find a 102" whip online due to the problems of shipping it.

102" whips aren't commonly used any more, you'd likely have to look in larger truck stops. It's possible a local CB shop or ham store might have them in stock, just call around.

Personally, I would not run a 102" whip. They're more trouble than they're worth.

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102" whip: https://www.dxengineering.com/parts/dxe-wp-102

Or if you want to not run a spring you can get a 108" whip.
https://www.dxengineering.com/parts/mfj-1966

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Thanks, our CJ isnt for wheelin, just beach cruzin and it is the look I am after. It already has the ball mounted on the rear quarter and I want it to bow up and forward clipped to the top of the windshield.
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102" whip: https://www.dxengineering.com/parts/dxe-wp-102

Or if you want to not run a spring you can get a 108" whip.
https://www.dxengineering.com/parts/mfj-1966
Thanks for the links, but I think I am looking for a fiberglass type
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I want it to bow up and forward clipped to the top of the windshield.
Make sure you buy a good solid clip and install it securely. 102" whips held down like that are under a lot of tension and they occasionally break free. If anyone is standing behind it when it whips back, they're in for it.

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Thanks for the links, but I think I am looking for a fiberglass type
So do you want a whip antenna, or a fiberglass antenna?

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So do you want a whip antenna, or a fiberglass antenna?
appears he wants a fiberglass 102" whip, which I haven't seen for sale in years. I got one for $0.01 many many years ago from Radio Shack when they were liquidating their inventory... ran it for a long time and it took a beating but a stainless steel whip would work better being tied down as it bends much easier.

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I thought they were one in the same. So a whip antenna is metal?
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I thought they were one in the same. So a whip antenna is metal?
Typically 102" whip antennas are stainless steel. But not all whip antennas are, my 2', 3', and 4' whip CB antennas are fiberglass. My approx. 3' 2m ham whip antenna is stainless steel.

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