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Unread 04-26-2014, 11:02 PM   #1
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Need help with attaching CB antenna (SO239 connector?)

So I'm getting the parts together to install a 102" whip antenna. It'll be attached to a Hustler SSM-1 ball mount. I bought an 18' RG-58A/U cable with two PL-259 connectors. The ball mount appears to have a lug for connecting to the coax. I've searched pretty extensively but maybe I'm using the wrong search terms. Is there an adapter that has I guess an SO-239 that goes to spade terminals? Or do I need to buy a different cable? Or is it as easy as chopping off a PL-239 connecter and soldering on some short wire and spade connectors myself?

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Unread 04-27-2014, 10:53 AM   #2
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It's that easy, cut off the PL-259, strip back the insulation, and put some crimp rings on the coax cable bare copper wires.

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Thanks, that's exactly what I needed to hear. I know just about absolutely nothing regarding CB's so I didn't want to fubar anything with it.
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Don't forget to check your SWR after you get everyting hooked up. My 102 stainless had a flat 1/1 but I'm thinking I got lucky.
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Quick follow up question: Is the braided outer shield wire grounded to the vehicle body or does there have to be some sort of isolation for it?
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The outer braided shield is grounded to the body through the antenna mount.
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No harm in protecting it with dielectric grease or encasing in heat shrink tubing though.
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102" is good for RF but bad for many trail rides. In fact, out here in the old west many formal 4x4 events specifically prohibit the long whips. Instead i use a 19 inch tall 2meter/440 uhf antenna for all my comm needs.

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Interesting....Why would they prohibit the best type of antenna?
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Reasons are not known. Likely a safety issue. See many rigs with the tip secured over in an arc. Be interesting to do an antenna performance analysis with up v. looped over. But the formal, larger events require a tech inspection to proceed and a 102 will get the no go. I can imagine a long tip swinging to and fro potentially injuring obstacle spectators, more so on a tight trail. But I don't make the rules.

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I can imagine a long tip swinging to and fro potentially injuring obstacle spectators, more so on a tight trail. But I don't make the rules.
Exactly.. I have had mine lay over and almost touch the car next to me in high winds, I can only imagine hitting a ledge, popping the front of the Jeep up on it, and my antenna whipping around. It has a long reach and would leave a mark.

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I can see maybe getting tapped with the antenna but I think that is the least of your worries when you are off roading, lol.
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Spectator safety is the reason 102" whips are not allowed.
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I can see maybe getting tapped with the antenna but I think that is the least of your worries when you are off roading, lol.
Not your safety... as Tim said the safety of those watching you.
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