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JohnnyFlake
12-20-2012, 08:46 PM
For those of you who may be using a coil antenna now or have in the past. From your experiences, which are the best ones? If you were going to use one, which would you buy?

CBRN38
12-20-2012, 09:02 PM
hands down 55 r4

Beavis
12-20-2012, 09:05 PM
I have nothing but good things to say about my Monkey Made antenna. Awesome tx & rx and swr are down to 1.1

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BOOTY MONSTER
12-20-2012, 09:41 PM
i'm a fan of the predator 10k antennas , love mine .

if your gonna use it for your base antenna idea loose the coil and go with a 108 inch whip ..... with the ground plane added and a coax choke .

http://www.mfjenterprises.com/Product.php?productid=MFJ-1966

JohnnyFlake
12-20-2012, 10:00 PM
Is there are ground plane kit for that antenna? I was not able to find it on the site.

Also, I do not know what a coax choke is.



i'm a fan of the predator 10k antennas , love mine .

if your gonna use it for your base antenna idea loose the coil and go with a 108 inch whip ..... with the ground plane added and a coax choke .

http://www.mfjenterprises.com/Product.php?productid=MFJ-1966

BOOTY MONSTER
12-20-2012, 11:10 PM
here's a link to explain coax chokes

http://www.deepsouthradios.com/forum/showthread.php?414-coax-choke-info

they help prevent common mode currents from coming down the coax . CMC's can cause bleeding into nearby electronics (tv , computer . etc. )

there is no GP kit there for it . you can make one out of speaker wire and PVC pipe from lowes/homedepot etc. .

http://i867.photobucket.com/albums/ab234/BOOTY-MONSTER/antenna1.gif

here's one i made , used speaker wire for the vertical ... just taped it to the side of a piece of pvc sticking up above the GP .

http://i867.photobucket.com/albums/ab234/BOOTY-MONSTER/WHOLEANTENNA-1.jpg

MadMax
12-21-2012, 12:18 PM
Get a Antron 99 ...just a straight up piece of fiberglass and you don,t need to have radials..
and will work way better than trying to use a mobile antenna..
Can buy them almost every were..

JohnnyFlake
12-21-2012, 01:05 PM
An A99 will exceed my height limit. I have a max of 10' and truly, less - 8' or 9', would be much better.

JohnnyFlake
12-21-2012, 01:17 PM
Booty Monster

With respect to ground plane, after speaking with an old friend who is back in Illinois, I get the impression that I could mount my choice of mobile antenna on a large flat piece of sheet metal with a medium size tripod mount. In doing so, the sheet metal would become the ground plane.

I was planning on mounting the antenna on the roof/top of my aluminum patio cover. I could easily lay a large 3' X 6' or maybe 4' X4' piece of sheet metal on he roof with the antenna mounted to it. Based on your knowledge, would that work?

BOOTY MONSTER
12-21-2012, 01:30 PM
you can certainly try that , but it's gonna be a very very small ground plane for a quarter wave . they typically work better with 3 or 4 full 1/4 wavelength (9 ft on the CB band) ground elements . since your patio cover is aluminum id mount the vertical in the middle and use the aluminum cover as a ground element since it's (i'm assuming) much much larger than a 3x6 or 4x4 sheet of sheet metal . be sure to let us know your results with the tripod and sheet metal .

CBRN38
12-23-2012, 08:59 PM
short base antenna that performs... the merlin

BOOTY MONSTER
12-23-2012, 11:12 PM
short base antenna that performs... the merlin

http://www.chargercharger.com/Merlin-Antenna.html

http://www.worldwidedx.com/cb-antennas/147976-homebrew-merlin-experiment.html

JesseJamesDallas
12-24-2012, 05:03 PM
Is there are ground plane kit for that antenna? I was not able to find it on the site.

Also, I do not know what a coax choke is.
"Why would you want a ground plane kit for a mobile antenna in the first place?"... or are you looking for a base antenna?

JohnnyFlake
12-24-2012, 05:50 PM
"Why would you want a ground plane kit for a mobile antenna in the first place?"... or are you looking for a base antenna?

As I mention in my original post, I have a height restriction. Therefore, I am trying to set up a quality mobile antenna as a base antenna. It's not as easy as one might think. You need some thing to take the place of the vehicle, which acts as a ground plane for the mobile antenna.

Beercanman
12-24-2012, 06:50 PM
Why don't you try a dipole? They're easy to make and easy to hide, and will work better than any mobile antenna.

Sent from your mom's mobile phone.

CBRN38
12-24-2012, 08:21 PM
very good sugestion

JesseJamesDallas
12-24-2012, 09:17 PM
Have to agree with Beercanman...If Hieght restrictions is a issue, then I would go with a dipole antenna...You can string one of those up inside your attic...Or across the top of the roof and no one would ever know!

JohnnyFlake
12-24-2012, 09:55 PM
Why don't you try a dipole? They're easy to make and easy to hide, and will work better than any mobile antenna.

Sent from your mom's mobile phone.

Yes, that does make sense. I have been checking into them over the last day or so.

Beercanman
12-24-2012, 09:57 PM
I run a homemade dipole at my home with great results both local and dx.

Sent from your mom's mobile phone.

JohnnyFlake
12-24-2012, 10:27 PM
I run a homemade dipole at my home with great results both local and dx.

Sent from your mom's mobile phone.

Can you explain how you have it mounted and in what configuration?

Thanks

JesseJamesDallas
12-25-2012, 08:44 AM
As I mention in my original post, I have a height restriction. Therefore, I am trying to set up a quality mobile antenna as a base antenna. It's not as easy as one might think. You need some thing to take the place of the vehicle, which acts as a ground plane for the mobile antenna.
no you didn't...maybe you thought you did.....

??? Which is Considered to be the Best Coil Antenna Out There:


For those of you who may be using a coil antenna now or have in the past. From your experiences, which are the best ones? If you were going to use one, which would you buy?

Beercanman
12-25-2012, 08:48 AM
I have it stretched out horizontally in my attic, hanging about 3' below the center point of the roof.

Sent from your mom's mobile phone.

JohnnyFlake
12-25-2012, 12:02 PM
no you didn't...maybe you thought you did.....

Sorry! My Bad!!!

D-MAX 2112
12-30-2012, 02:50 PM
Dipole would be your best bet.. to answer your? on best coil antenna..55 R4..IMO..