interesting, i recently had to replace my antenna and got a new MS48, i couldn't get it to tune below SWR of 3... but the base on it was different than my old one, cheaper looking. so i ordered a different brand with the same picture as my old one and it also came with the newer style base and wouldn't tune for crap.
Sounds like you got it set-up nice now. Do you think it was the whip causing the issues or were you able to pinpoint the culprit? I know of others using 4' firesticks that have been able to get some pretty respectable numbers mounted in the same location/method so I'm hoping for the best.
It had to be the antenna. Whips aren't loaded in any way and thus resonate along their entire length. A top loaded design like the following poster recommends would likely be a better choice, but I didn't have one to try so I went to the roof where I knew I would get results.
Originally Posted by theksmith
i returned them both and got a completely different style and it worked out fine (swr of 1.something) also i think the firestik type ones also tune better when mounted on the corner because they are a top loaded design, i used to have a firefly and was able to get it below 1.
I had a productive weekend. I went through 4.5 cans of Krylon Fusion satin black on my WJ. The most time consuming thing was my roof rails. Anyway, I painted my roof rack, cowl, front wiper arms, rear bumper cover, door cladding, both side view mirrors, all five door handles, and the hatch bezel. All I have left to do is the front bumper cover, rear glass hinges, the rear wiper arm, and possibly the fuel door. I want to paint the front grill, can I use the Krylon Fusion on that or should I use plasti-dip? I think it looks a lot better, here's a quick before and after...
If it's the chrome grill, you're better off getting a painted one and swapping it out. Easier to do than doing the chrome one.
The beatings will continue until attitudes improve!