It's not the antenna itself causing this SWR problem.
I have been thinking this way myself but have run into dead end after dead end. In the past testing the continuity of the cable, mounts or connections have usually exposed the issue but not this time... the meter tells me things are fine.
Unscrew the antenna cable connector from the cb. Using an ohm meter with the scale set to Rx1, take a measurement between a good solid ground and where the antenna is screwed into the mount. How many ohms does it measure?
This is the multi-meter that I use, what setting would you want me to use? (2000K, 200K, 20K, 2000 or 200)
*EDIT: Used the 200 setting, I am not familiar with the settings on an analog meter.
I checked for readings (continuity) from the antenna stud to the mount, frame, engine block and the firewall and get no measurement (1-) of continuity anywhere. When I check from the mount to ground (same locations) I get the same reading at all points, 0.00.
Re-Tested: No connection what so ever. The meter seems to like all of the connections.
I'm going to try driving over to the park and checking there. I'm curious to see if I get away from the houses and wifi if it would have any effect.
EDIT: Tested again in a wide open space using the 3' FireStik II since it has given the best readings. This is what I ended up with.
Best on CH.20: 2.3 with tip out 50% (CH.1 was 3.2 and CH.40 was 3.2)
Best on CH.01: 2.3 with tip out 75% (CH.20 was 3.1 and CH.40 was 4+)
Best on CH.40: 2.3 with tip out 30% (CH.1 was 3.9 and CH.20 was 2.8)
Did you grind the paint away where the bracket is bolted to the tub? Unless you did, I doubt the bolts are giving you an adequate RF ground which an antenna needs to get a low SWR. Note that an RF ground is way more demanding than a simple DC ground that would show up as a good connection using an ohmmeter. You can have a good DC ground with good continuity to ground but not be an adequate RF ground for the antenna.
Half of the antenna is the Jeep itself so if the mounting bracket isn't connected to a good RF ground, the antenna will not work optimally and a high SWR may be the result.
The paint was removed from under the bracket and on the inside of the fender as well and a ground strap was ran.
Thanks for all of the help guys I really appreciate it. After all of the input I realized this was not just me doing something incorrect as far as the install was concerned so I headed out to the CB Shop. Our local CB guru Chuck gave the install the once over, asked a few questions, then stated "it's your meter".
I thought you had a magnet mount antenna that was getting good readings with the meter you had?
Exactly, then I hooked it up again and started getting weird readings with it too, I thought it was the radio though and not the meter.
Originally Posted by JPNinPA
Was the meter with the issue the one in the radio or an external one?
It was an external, an old Radio Shack meter.
This thread should help others with similar issues in the future, seems like SWR issues are a common occurrence with Jeeps. You guys pretty much covered every possible problem that could have been causing the issue.