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post #1 of 16 Old 08-18-2012, 10:31 AM Thread Starter
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CB Antenna meet Parking Garage

So I was making a quick entry to the parking garage at our local hospital, my mind was on something else and my foot was on the accelerator. So long story short I really blasted my 4 foot firestik off the garage steel beams. Lost the little plastic tip cover. Biggest concern at this point is did I do other damage to the tip and what is the best way to check it without incurring damage to my radio.

Anyone know where I can get a replacement antenna tip cover? I am in the northeast and we dont have truck stops around.

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You can also get an SWR meter there...might not be a bad idea to check the tuning after that...

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if youre radio has no SWR meter on it... the only real option would be to check it with a meter. i did the same thing to a fiberglass antenna made the same as most firestiks. mine worked fine without the rubbery cap on it and the top 2" of wire pulled off the top of the fiberglass stick. i left it alone and ran it that way for years.


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Thanks b1pig I have a SWR which I can check it with. When you run it without the cap dont the tree branches catch the adjustment screw and change it?

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the one i had didn't have an adjustment screw...

in that case...

what verftam said... or..

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-5-Black-Fi...#ht_2319wt_825


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I did the same thing awhile back, but mine broke at the other end where it screws into the base. I ended up buying one of the springs in the link below after getting a new Firestik II. I have since talked to several people who have done the same thing forgetting it was attached when driving into the garage.

http://www.firestik.com/Catalog/SS-3M.htm

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Quick release and a Firefly. The Firefly is more flexible and I only have the antenna on when I intend to use the CB. Otherwise it sits in the back of the Jeep.

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Also look at getting a spring mount if you don't already have one. There are numerous places online to order one. I have a Firestik SS-3H mount in addition to a quick release mount. I've been really happy with my setup. Not only does it protect your antenna against parking garages, it help minimize stress to your mount by trees/limbs/etc you encounter on the trail.

http://www.amazon.com/Firestik-SS-3H...b+radio+spring


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another option is to skip the spring mount and put a quick disconnect on it. The quick disco will allow you to keep that antenna inside the truck do so those parking garages or thieves don't get at it.

Firestick (K1A) works nicely. Than use a couple of velcro strap (or dog collars) to keep your antenna accross the rollbar inside your Jeep.

...at least that's what I do.

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I'm on my 5th or 6th antenna due to things like this. Now I just keep it off until I'm on the trails.

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I'm on my 5th or 6th antenna due to things like this. Now I just keep it off until I'm on the trails.
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Definitely look into the firefly if you don't want to have a quick disco. I've smacked this firefly on trees, garage doors, those parking garage height marking bars and no issue. I just look back and watch the thing swing back and forth. It's flexible enough to take a beating but strong enough to stand up straight while driving.

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Like I said I use the Firefly, but the Wilson Flex is a better (more flexible) antenna in my opinion. I just haven't been able to find a 3' one.

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Like I said I use the Firefly, but the Wilson Flex is a better (more flexible) antenna in my opinion. I just haven't been able to find a 3' one.
i just installed the wilson flex for a friend over the weekend .. he got some package deal from right channel radios..

but they have that antenna.. tuned up great and it is much more flexible than my firestik and spring..

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My antenna is behind my spare tire. Will a spring mount even do anything? Seems like the tire would prevent appropriate bending while striking those darn parking garages.

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