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Calling radio geeks
Dear Lazyweb,

I've got the itch to put my Cobra CB radio into the Expedition, but I'm missing an antenna. Things have probably changed in the last ten years, though I expect certain things haven't changed at all (physics of RF don't generally change much in my experience).

I'd prefer to stay away from magnetic mounts, but I do have some clearance problems to address (parking garages are a common foe here) so something that's semi-permanent would be preferred.

So, to all my friends in the ham and CB fields, recommend me some antenna makes and models. Recommendations on where to mount on an Expedition body, if anybody has them, would also be welcome.

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vorrant From: vorrant Date: June 2nd, 2009 02:12 am (UTC) (Link)
feren From: feren Date: June 2nd, 2009 02:46 am (UTC) (Link)
I had really crappy luck with my last glass-mount pass-thru. Poor range on receive, probably just as poor on transmit. Admittedly, it wasn't a $73 antenna either; it was something I got at a considerably lower price from a truck stop.

I appreciate the link, I'm going to add it to my short list and see what other folks have to say about it!

Edited at 2009-06-02 02:51 am (UTC)
tugrik From: tugrik Date: June 2nd, 2009 03:09 am (UTC) (Link)
I say go van-style. Thru-body ball mount, half-wave long whip with gutter-rail clip for going under parking garages. Oh, and a tennis ball. Those /rule/.
warphammer From: warphammer Date: June 2nd, 2009 03:32 am (UTC) (Link)
I agree with this 'ceros.
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panzier From: panzier Date: June 2nd, 2009 01:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well Diamond makes a slick antenna mount that's a trunk lip style clamp on, it comes with a rubber pad and a stainless paint protector to keep it from mauling your paint, this could clip onto the top or trailing edge of a door and swivel in the right direction, comes with a mini coax jumper so you don't get leaks.

Another option is a carefully formed bracket that attaches to a fender mounting bolt, comes up the gap between fender and hood to mount there, usually stainless or powder coated stainless for toughness. If the antenna can be mounted similar to the FM radio antenna but on the opposite side with a like kind of mast they look pretty slick.
tarinfirepelt From: tarinfirepelt Date: June 4th, 2009 04:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have heard its a lot more comfortable to mount in the back seat than it is on the body of the car.
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