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cncdude

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Posted: 02/17/12 05:16pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Here's how I ended up mounting my antena.I made an allum bracket to get it away from the cab.



I ran the wire inside the mirror arm. the wire then runs into the engine bay and into the cab.



Thanks for posting up ideas.

* This post was edited 02/17/12 05:26pm by cncdude *


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Posted: 02/18/12 09:20am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

cncdude wrote:

I thought about mounting it there but I was afraid it would keep hitting the side of the rig. Any problems with that?


Back in the day..... We used a tennis ball with holes punched through it on the mast of 'whips' 9'ers, to keep them off the paint. They of course were springloaded, stainless steel. So they made lots of noise and chewed the paint if you didn't pay attention.

Side note; They also withstood the higher wattage better, at that time.


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I was thinking of adding one as well and thought about that same mounting lo action on the left side of the overhead wall. Having a cb many years ago I know its best to have in the middle of the roof but thats obviously an issue for us. I recall that truckers use to use dual antennas to get better range. I wonder if it would be beneficial to put twins on the wall instead.

Thanks for posting the pic Ron. You also have a ham antenna on there?


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No suitable metal base to mount an antenna on Seneca, so I bought a non ground plane antenna same as ronfisherman. They will mount on glass, plastic, fiberglass, etc. I mounted mine on the plastic cowl ahead of the windshield on the drivers side. Works well. I set the swr by moving the mast up or down. Fine tuning the swr gives the best range, but you can get by with out getting an swr meter. Sometimes it requires shorting or lengthening the mast (adding a piece of wire to the top) to get the best swr. Good Luck.

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Cncdude, I thought about mounting it to the mirror also. I even took the drivers mirror apart to figure it out. Being a full-timer and without the work shop, I wimped out for simple. I can safely say that your setup will out perform mine and looks great too. Good job and thanks for the pictures.

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