So I know next to nothing about CB's and I've got a brand new Uniden Pro 520xl sitting here for my TJ. I've read the firestik II is an awesome antenna and I can find them everywhere. I have a QRC rear tube bumper and I'd like to mount it there, that's about as far as my planning has gone.
So...what size antenna, what wire, and any ideas on mounting it to the 2" tube?
Wilson makes an adjustable antennae. I think mine is 5 1/2 feet. The adjustment is at the top under the cap. Also don't mount it to the bumper. Get it up high. Above the body of the Jeep. It will help with range and tuning the antennae to the radio.
CB antenna must be above the body of the vehicle. The way it works is it turns your whole Jeep into an antenna. Think of it like a satellite dish with your Jeep being the dish and the antenna in the top middle would be ideal.
As for antennas, Firestik would be my #2 choice, second to the far superior and better priced Wilson Silver Load line of antennas. I run an FGT 3 in the same place as factory radio antenna but opposite side. I use a Wilson Silver Load FGT 3' but a 3 or 4 footer with the tip at LEAST to the roof line or a few inches above the windshield frame. I use a through the body mount (looking for url now) and the Wilson antenna is 180* flexible and durable...
As for cable to hook it up there's two grades to consider, good and best. The PME-259, RG58 and RG59 are similar but the high performance option is RG8X coax.
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Firestick antennas aver very popular here, I have a 4 foot Everhart superflex I am very happy with. It was about 10-15 bucks. If doesn't have an adjustable tip for tuning, you will have to clip the wire to tune it. I have had antennas with the tunable tip before and had good luck with them but the tips always ended up taking a beating. The longer the antenna the easier to tune. The longer the antenna the easier it is to get damaged offroading. The more the antenna sticks above the jeep the better it will work. If you jeep has a soft top that isn't as much of an issue that a vehicle with a complete metal body.
I would recommend against mounting it to the bumper and only mount directly to the body, nothing that attaches to the body such as tire carrier, tailgate, hood fender etc. These areas may work fine but may not. Your antenna is only half of the actual antenna, the rest is whatever you mount it to. The body makes a better other half of the antenna the other places. However there are many that mount to places other than the body and have no issues.
My antenna is mounted just above the tail light on the driver side. Mine is 4 foot and sticks up a bit. It sends and receives very good being this high but it is vulnerable to trail damage garages or anything hanging low. I have beat up a few antennas in the past. I have had the Everhardt for over a year and it has taken a beating and shown no signs of wear.
I have found that Firestik II tunable antennas are easier to tune for a low SWR, and are more forgiving of less than ideal mounting locations, like the bumper. I have used Firestik tunable antennas on all my 4x4's for the last 15-20 years.
Check out www.FireStik.com. See the FAQ page and the Tech Help section for CB antenna selection, antenna mounting, and trouble shooting. The info applies to all CB antennas
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I have found that Firestik II tunable antennas are easier to tune for a low SWR, and are more forgiving of less than ideal mounting locations, like the bumper. I have used Firestik tunable antennas on all my 4x4's for the last 15-20 years. Check out www.FireStik.com. See the FAQ page and the Tech Help section for CB antenna selection, antenna mounting, and trouble shooting. The info applies to all CB antennas
I have a Teraflex mount that goes between the taillight and the body. THey make them for drivers or passenger side.
For years I had a 3 foot Wilson antenna that worked great. I never had any reception or transmission issues with it as I was never more than a mile or so from those I was talking with. I have a 4 foot Wilson now as the 3 foot one broke at the base as I forgot to take it off going through a car wash.
Running a Uniden 510 and an external speaker mounted on the roll bar behind my head.
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