Cascadia Antenna Solutions

Discussion in 'CB Radio Forum' started by mike5511, Apr 30, 2014.

  1. mike5511

    mike5511 Road Train Member

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    There is no perfect solution for the Cascadia. What I have found, and my conclusions are by no means exhaustive, is if you use the mirror mount; use the longest top loaded antenna you can find. I have a 5ft Skip Shooter (looks like it has a nail in the end of it, because it does!) made in Southhaven, MS ( i.e. South Memphis and found at Ray's Electronics across from the McDonald's in the "zoo" at West Memphis). It works well on either the mirror mount, or behind the cab. It seems to reach out further on the mirror mount. I don't have to lean it forward on the mirror mount more than 22 degrees (if I remember right, more than this and your signal starts to deteriorate...even if the bull haulers tell you different) to get a good SWR reading....on both regular 19 and the "low side", 26.735. I intend to see if they can make me one (Skip Shooter) at 7 or 8 feet. Mounted on the mirror mount, it won't be too high and should perform a whole lot better. If I can obtain one, I will report my results.
     
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  3. volvo244t

    volvo244t Road Train Member

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    I saw a Cascadia with a mirror bracket that had a shaft which raised the antenna mount point up about a foot and a half from the mirror bracket itself. He was pulling out as I was pulling in, and didn't respond when I called him on the radio. (Don't understand these people who spend $300+ on radio equipment just to leave it off all the time) so I have no clue where he got it, but it seems like that would work better than most.

    My Monkey-Made MM-9 long works good enough. SWR ~1.3 across all 40, as measured by my Radio Shack SWR meter. Needle barely moves between 1 and 40 and doesn't really move between 1 and 20.
     
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  4. poppapump1332

    poppapump1332 Road Train Member

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    Probably couldnt hear ya one feightliner to another better off rolling down window and yelling
     
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  5. BigJim63

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    I am using a 102 inch whip on the door/mirror bolt mount. Had a little trouble with high swr until I put a 3ft piece of rubber hose on the antenna and raised it up with the Wilson 5 in shaft. It isn't too tall and I have had good reports on how my setup sounds. I also have a tarp strap with one hook removed and slid the open end down on the whip and the hook end hooked to the roof air dam bracket. (daycab) I also have a length of heavy string attached to the fender mirror support and the whip to keep it from banging into the air dam and it is fairly straight up at 65 mph. It is probably a bit directional but it works.
     
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  6. mike5511

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    I thought about a 102" whip and have seen a few out there. I think the fiberglass whip would be better because it won't blow around as much as a steel whip. I checked with Ray's CB Shop in W. Memphis Friday about the SkipShooter. SkipShooter has been sold to a company in Illinois. They are still American made. They do make a 7ft antenna. Ray said they are supposed to have some next month. I know I got great results with my 5ft SkipShooter on the mirror mount. My theory is a longer one will give me lower SWR as well as better all around performance. At 7ft it will still be shorter than 13'6". (I am contemplating completely retiring from truck driving and I may never get a chance to test my theory on the "beloved Cascadia.")
     
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    Wish somebody would try this 7 footer and give us a report. I'm only running part time (slip seating) and will probably retire completely soon, but I would love to hear how a 7 footer would perform. I think it would campare to the 9ft Monkee Made mentioned above.
     
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    That is true and is caused by all the loss between the antenna and the radio. The coax goes thru several junctions and loses signal at each one. Piss poor design, but Freightliner don't care......and neither does most of the new truck drivers.
     
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    I use a 7 root Firestick. Gets out good enough. Skipshooter looks more rigid, there is another 7 footer called the Nightsitck, if I read the reviews right.

    They are all top loaded.
     
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  10. mike5511

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    Good to know. Is it mounted on one of the mirror perch brackets? I think the SkipShooter may be the best fiberglass antenna out there....easier to adjust the SWRz than the rest at least.
     
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  11. volvo244t

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    Yep. I can't stand my generation.
     
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