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anyone running a 102"+ whip for their cb? im thinking about getting one then bending it over the jeep.

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FWIW if you like old school style, thats cool and more power to ya. I used to run a whip on my CJ7 back in the day (15 years ago or so) and attached the to to the light bar. Kinda miss the ol tennis ball rattling against the top. Newer antennas are actually the same length wire, just wrapped around a piece of fiberglass. The wire length is 102" (1/4 wavelength) because it matches the 1/4 wavelength of the cb frequency (or closely as far as different channels go) So, even if you use a 36" firestick, or a 102"whip, they are the same size essentialy. The difference in the wrapped antenna are if it is "top loaded" or not, wich means the coils are wrapped closer together toward the top of the antenna, supposed to give a better range by getting the bulk of the antenna higher up in the air. Sooo, the only reason to have a whip, is pretty much if you like the way it looks. Hope this info is helpful!

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I have one on mine. Haven't had any issues with running it. Not much stuff to hit here besides parking garages or drive throughs.

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After breaking many fiberglass antennas, even the "unbreakable" ones, I went to a metal whip that is 42" and has a coil in the bottom so it works like a 102", and has a dial you turn to tune for setting the SWR. My local CB Hobby shop turned me on to it. It's by far the best I've ever owned. My SWR is perfect.

I have mine mounted on a tailgate mount that has it really high, up even with the top of my 40" spare tire. Whack it on anything and it just bounces back.

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i really like the old school look. and think it will look good bent over the top of the jeep from the back bumper.

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i really like the old school look. and think it will look good bent over the top of the jeep from the back bumper.

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As long as you don't need to use it. Bending it over kills the range and SWR.


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i would have it bent down while in town or on the trail. on the highway i would un strap it

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i would have it bent down while in town or on the trail. on the highway i would un strap it
Wouldn't matter, if its a stainless whip...you're not going to hurt it!

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Maybe it's me, but you would likely use your CB more on the trail than anywhere else. If you have it folded over you wouldn't have good range at all.

I have a Wilson Flex mounted in one of the holes for my tire carrier on my tailgate and a Diamond on the other side for my HAM. They both only stick above the roofline about 10 inches and they are mounted towards the center of the vehicle so they don't catch many stray branches and such. If they do, they are both very flexible so I've never had a problem with breaking one. You can also mount a spring if needed, but with a Wilson Flex you don't need one. You can bend the antenna around to make a circle and it doesn't hurt it.

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i was just thinking i wouldnt need the range as much on the trail as i would on the highway.

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i was just thinking i wouldnt need the range as much on the trail as i would on the highway.
It all depends on how big of a group you are with and what sort of terrain you are in.

With a group of 10 rigs, you could easily be spread out over a half mile distance and in heavily wooded and / or hilly terrain even a good working rig can sometimes have trouble reaching front to back, and we all know most peoples CBs aren't tuned and work like crap so the best thing is to make sure YOUR rig works as best as possible.

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It all depends on how big of a group you are with and what sort of terrain you are in.

With a group of 10 rigs, you could easily be spread out over a half mile distance and in heavily wooded and / or hilly terrain even a good working rig can sometimes have trouble reaching front to back, and we all know most peoples CBs aren't tuned and work like crap so the best thing is to make sure YOUR rig works as best as possible.
Thats what I've found out. I had a "basic" cb setup, but it did suck. Stepped up to a tweaked Cobra 29 and a 102" stainless, it gets out and just sounds much better.

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Yeah, the "tweaked" units put out a bunch more power and give better results. However, a tuned standard CB can still work very well. The key is tuning it and having a decent antenna.

I have a Cobra 75 so you can "tweak" it but I transmit and recieve pretty good. It's my experiance the problem is generally on the other end with mine, or it's just out of range.

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