I don't fault TeraFlex on this at all. TeraFlex just sells a bracket, and depending on the antenna you choose you may or may not have to remove some of the powdercoat. . . . This really is the responsibility of your antenna and coax mounting company telling you that you need to ground something, which in all fairness FireStik did tell you to ground the mount to your coax cable. There are several ways I have seen this grounded other than just scraping powdercoat including running a braided strap to a ring terminal between the mount and the coax.
Couldn't agree more! TeraFlex sells a bracket; they're not in the business of electronics education.
on another note i dont think the tailgate is all that "clean" of a ground either.
X2. A perfect
ground from the antenna to the mount to the tailgate will be sporadic at best because of the variable contact in the hinge joint. Think of it just like grounding your trailer lights through the ball. Lots of folks do it, but lots of folks have flickering trailer lights too.
What level of detail/warning should manufacturers provide with products like this?
As above, I think the educational responsibility (if any -- more on that later) lies with the antenna manufacturer. It is their product which requires special attention to ensure that it functions correctly without damage to other components. And on that note, a shorted coax could do as much damage as high SWR from a bad/no antenna ground. The bracket manufacturer should be accountable for providing a product that securely attaches the antenna to the mounting surface. End of story.
. . . which led to a correspondence with a tech/employee of Firestik. He went into full on rant mode about how Teraflex has been warned about this design flaw numerous times over the years, by multiple antenna/CB companies, to no avail.
Somebody at FireStik was trying to cover his posterior anatomy.
This whole discussion has pretty much ignored the consumer's responsibility to educate himself on the product he is consuming. I realize that's a concept that has pretty much been abandoned in our society, but once a consumer buys a product it's not the manufacturer's responsibility (or fault) if he doesn't know how to use it, or uses it incorrectly.
Nobody in their right mind would expect an instruction manual with a set of piston rings. If you know what you're doing with piston rings, then you either already have the knowledge, or have the understanding that you need to consult a service manual for specs. But the last
thing that's going to happen is for a piston ring company to take responsibility because some shade-tree mechanic installed them incorrectly and blew his engine up.
If you don't know how to use it, educate yourself or don't buy it. As a service to the consumer, many companies provide some degree of education on how to use their products. This doesn't make it their responsibility
, nor the responsibility of other companies to do the same for theirs.
If you don't know how to install it, educate yourself or take it to someone who does. I doubt you'd do a knee replacement on yourself (but if you did, I'd pay to watch!), because that's not your field of expertise. (Maybe I misjudged, but you just don't seem like the scientific type.) Not everyone has the same skills or abilities, and most of us (to varying degrees) have a fair understanding of where our limitations lie. Not everything in life is "plug and play." The trouble starts when people assume that it is! Interestingly there is a direct correlation between the spelling of ass
ume, and what one often becomes when he does it.