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: Firestik or Wilson?


07_Rubi
09-11-2008, 03:07 PM
My Firestick antenna got stolen while my jeep was at the dealership. i was reasonable happy with the setup i had (cooltech UltraMount Kit) but the adjustable tip on the firestick didn't have a set screw. I believe the wilson antenna has one. So; should i get another firestick or a wilson?

Big A
09-11-2008, 03:16 PM
Can i throw another brand in there?

Francis 4ft (http://www.francisantennaonline.com/francis_antenna_4_foot_hot_rod_cb_antenna.html).

They are a great antenna... Just another to think about, If your set on a glass :)

Alec W
09-11-2008, 04:37 PM
I like my 3í Wilson. Decent receive/transmit when tuned properly and it doesnít stick up above the jeep far enough to get damaged (itís on the back bumper towards the middle).

ColinW
09-11-2008, 05:34 PM
Can i throw another brand in there?

Francis 4ft (http://www.francisantennaonline.com/francis_antenna_4_foot_hot_rod_cb_antenna.html).

They are a great antenna... Just another to think about, If your set on a glass :)

Not so sure about those...they say they're "pre-tuned" and "tuning...on the vehicle is usually not necessary." Anyone who has ever tuned a CB antenna on a vehicle knows that even the smallest change to the antenna or vehicle alters the SWR, and can do so on a large scale, so I don't know how that claim or antenna can be good for your radio, unless you like replacing it often, or you're just plain lucky.

07_Rubi
09-11-2008, 08:04 PM
any of the vendors sell wilson antennas? having a hard time finding one...

07_Rubi
09-11-2008, 08:05 PM
I like my 3í Wilson. Decent receive/transmit when tuned properly and it doesnít stick up above the jeep far enough to get damaged (itís on the back bumper towards the middle).
can you confirm that the wilson has a set screw on the tip?

Big A
09-11-2008, 08:39 PM
As long as you get the "Silver Load" Wilson, Your good with the set screw.

Wilson Silver Load (http://www.wilsonantenna.com/fg.htm)

Wilson might be lower quality these days, Since Barjan bought them a few years ago.

I am an old school CB'er, And Francis was KING of the fiberglass whip years ago. Maybe not the case anymore.

mcnaught6
09-11-2008, 08:58 PM
anyone know of a place where i can buy a small signal amplifier for the cb in my jeep? yeah, i know, they are illegal. but the question still stands.

Big A
09-11-2008, 10:08 PM
anyone know of a place where i can buy a small signal amplifier for the cb in my jeep? yeah, i know, they are illegal. but the question still stands.
Welcome the the Mecca of Linears! (http://electronics.shop.ebay.com/items/Radios-CB-Ham-Shortwave__W0QQ_nkwZlinearQQ_armrsZ1QQ_fromZQQ_mdo ZConsumerQ2dElectronicsQQ_pcatsZ293QQ_sacatZ1500) Just make sure you get a 10 meter mobile

John L
09-12-2008, 05:56 AM
My Firestick antenna got stolen while my jeep was at the dealership. i was reasonable happy with the setup i had (cooltech UltraMount Kit) but the adjustable tip on the firestick didn't have a set screw. I believe the wilson antenna has one. So; should i get another firestick or a wilson?

Bummer yours didn't have the locknut on it. I'm using a 3' firefly (lighter) and love it. I also alternate to a 108" SS whip.
There won't be a setscrew, but there should be a locknut on the adjuster.

Big A
09-12-2008, 07:09 AM
Wow... You put a 102" whip on there? :laughing:

I used those alot also... I am a believer in "you can't beat 8 feet" ;)

No set srew is correct! Because they are a full 1/4 wave antenna. 18 ft of coax and your good!

Dr.Dirty
09-12-2008, 07:34 AM
i love my fire stick but all i use it for is trails :)

John L
09-12-2008, 08:07 AM
Wow... You put a 102" whip on there? :laughing:

I used those alot also... I am a believer in "you can't beat 8 feet" ;)

No set srew is correct! Because they are a full 1/4 wave antenna. 18 ft of coax and your good!

Sorry, my bad, that's right about the length. After the 6" spring, total length is 108. Yeah, it looks bad a$$, like a big R/C Jeep. I get 2.0 across every channel.

The set screw comment was supposed to go with the fiberglass ant. part of the post. Firestik glass antennas don't have set screws, they have a lock nut to keep the adjuster in place. I don't know how the Wilson's are made.

scrogg
09-12-2008, 12:23 PM
My Firestick antenna got stolen while my jeep was at the dealership. i was reasonable happy with the setup i had (cooltech UltraMount Kit) but the adjustable tip on the firestick didn't have a set screw. I believe the wilson antenna has one. So; should i get another firestick or a wilson?

Hmmm... was a tunable tip firestik? I have a 4' firestick II with a tunable tip and it uses a jam nut setup. Was it just missing?

mcnaught6
09-12-2008, 12:31 PM
Welcome the the Mecca of Linears! (http://electronics.shop.ebay.com/items/Radios-CB-Ham-Shortwave__W0QQ_nkwZlinearQQ_armrsZ1QQ_fromZQQ_mdo ZConsumerQ2dElectronicsQQ_pcatsZ293QQ_sacatZ1500) Just make sure you get a 10 meter mobile

any recommendations from that page? how do i use it once i get one?

John L
09-12-2008, 01:12 PM
any recommendations from that page? how do i use it once i get one?

This info is for entertainment purposes only.

The linear goes between the radio and the antenna.
You usually have to have the radio's power cut back to about 2w dead key, with a mod swing of about 3-4 watts if I remember correctly. Linears aren't setup to handle the full power of the stock radio.

If you get a big one, keep a fan on it if you use it a bunch, they get really hot.

That's about all I know..

07_Rubi
09-12-2008, 01:32 PM
Hmmm... was a tunable tip firestik? I have a 4' firestick II with a tunable tip and it uses a jam nut setup. Was it just missing?
yea, it was a firestik 2...the jam nut you talk about wasn't on it.

07_Rubi
09-12-2008, 01:34 PM
I like my 3í Wilson. Decent receive/transmit when tuned properly and it doesnít stick up above the jeep far enough to get damaged (itís on the back bumper towards the middle).
does the wilson antenna have a wire coming out @ the bottom?

John L
09-12-2008, 03:26 PM
yea, it was a firestik 2...the jam nut you talk about wasn't on it.

FYI

You can buy a Firestik repair kit for the Firestik 2 for 1.95 at Walcott CB.
It comes with a 1/4"x20x1.25 brass tuning screw, brass jam nut, a rubber o ring and a red plastic tip.

SDMF
09-12-2008, 03:49 PM
FYI

You can buy a Firestik repair kit for the Firestik 2 for 1.95 at Walcott CB.
It comes with a 1/4"x20x1.25 brass tuning screw, brass jam nut, a rubber o ring and a red plastic tip.

That's great info John.