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Old 01-29-2012, 10:08 PM
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I've got a Cobra LTD CB that I had set up in my Blazer... equipped with a lil Wil magnetic antenna. Range was awful.. seemed to only pick up others within a couple mile radius. I've seen a ram running around town with dual black whip antennas attached to his bed rails. They protrude about 3 foot above the cab.

Does anyone have any input or experience with antenna set ups? I've been told duals are not necessary. I'm wanting to get mine put in the truck... looking for input.
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I've got a Cobra LTD CB that I had set up in my Blazer... equipped with a lil Wil magnetic antenna. Range was awful.. seemed to only pick up others within a couple mile radius. I've seen a ram running around town with dual black whip antennas attached to his bed rails. They protrude about 3 foot above the cab.

Does anyone have any input or experience with antenna set ups? I've been told duals are not necessary. I'm wanting to get mine put in the truck... looking for input.
Duals are not recommended because they need to be about 8 ft apart (standing 1/4 wave) to work. The ground plane of the roof also limits performance with short antennas, thus the need for a 6 or 8 footers.
Best place on a truck is the roof, or back corner (inside or out) of the bed to get away from the roof....with an 8 foot whip.
If you need the dual look, hook up the CB on one side, run your AM/FM radio into the other, and fill your stock antenna hole.

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Duals are not recommended because they need to be about 8 ft apart (standing 1/4 wave) to work. The ground plane of the roof also limits performance with short antennas, thus the need for a 6 or 8 footers.
Best place on a truck is the roof, or back corner (inside or out) of the bed to get away from the roof....with an 8 foot whip.
If you need the dual look, hook up the CB on one side, run your AM/FM radio into the other, and fill your stock antenna hole.
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I have a about a 5' fire stick in the middle of my roof on my 1996 Ram, well grounded, and I made sure my out put was the max allowed by law, most come with a lower output, thus less distance. You can head the world, but only talk to people close to you. Most CB shops will take care of you, take care of your radio and tune your system. Duals on a pick up are all show.
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Thanks guys. My truck is not really the "country" type so i'm trying to avoid looking hillbilly. It'd look odd having a big ole antenna on it. I was thinking about fabbing up a mount and attaching it to the cargo hook near the front of the bed, by the cab. Then running a 5 or 6' or whip from there so it'd only protude a foot or so from the top of the cab. Thoughts?
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Thanks guys. My truck is not really the "country" type so i'm trying to avoid looking hillbilly. It'd look odd having a big ole antenna on it. I was thinking about fabbing up a mount and attaching it to the cargo hook near the front of the bed, by the cab. Then running a 5 or 6' or whip from there so it'd only protude a foot or so from the top of the cab. Thoughts?
Honestly, as you describe your antenna...no it won't work very well. Your roof will act as a ground plane and pretty much absorb the signals both coming and going. You'lll get the same performance you described from your Blazer in the first post.
There's nothing Hillbilly about an extended whip. It's basic radio engineering. The farther you want to broadcast or recieve, the taller your antenna must be.
I would suggest your short whip for your around town use and a much longer one for road trips, when and if you need it.
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