Cascadia Antenna Solutions

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

  1. rainmakerr

    rainmakerr Light Load Member

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    I took the factory mount apart on my freight shaker, then attached an L-shaped bracket to the flat metal plate that bolts to the side of the cab, run a 4ft Firestik II, got my swr's down to 1:2.
     
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  3. BUZZSAW

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    MIKE5511 ! I love those Skip Shooter antennas . They are NOW being made in IL and still look well built!!
     
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  4. stacks

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    that sounds impressive a 102 whip on a tractor unit are you driving an older model truck
     
  5. mike5511

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    I'll bet if you ran some good coax to it that it would help as well.
     
  6. BigJim63

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    No it is a 2011 Cascadia.
     
  7. country29

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    hey mike, yes the skipshooter antennas are being made in IL by Charles electronics, same company that makes maco antennas. I have 1 of the last skipshooters made in Southaven ms by terry, it is a 7 ft black antenna. I was planning on using it but probably wont. If you get this way and still want to try it, let me know. Ray now is getting in the new skipshooters and they look the same, haven't tried 1 yet but will be buying a skipshooter II for the roof of my pickup.
     
  8. mike5511

    mike5511 Road Train Member

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    I may be about to retire in which case I own't need a 7ft, but if I make one more trip that way I'm gonna buy one just to see how it works. I run 5ft now and all indications are a longer antenna would be even better!!
     
  9. mike5511

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    Well I was in W. Memphis Thursday and stopped in at Ray's CB Shop. I bought a 7ft SkipShooter ($35) and installed it on the mirror perch mount. The SWR was below 1.5:1 from 26.515 (40 channels below ch. 1) to 27.405 (ch.40). O.K. I'm happy with that! However, this antenna is too flimsy for it's length. It needs to be made stiffer. It flops around in the wind so much it won't last very long unless you support it somehow a few feet above the base. I will try to come up with something to do that and give it a try. Beware if you use automatic truck washers.......you will have to remove this antenna before running it thru the wash bay, or risk breaking it.

    I leaned it forward some so that at 65 MPH it was pretty much standing straight up. If I left it straight up, it would blow back past the mirror and seemed flop around even more. Incidentally, the mirror has no effect on the SWR when the antenna gets close to it (the mirror is mostly plastic); but if the antenna moves toward the body of the truck, the SWR goes up dramatically. So when using the perch mount, move the antenna as far away from the truck body as possible.
     
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  10. Mr. Mister

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    Speaking of piss poor design, there's also a noticeable lack of ashtrays in the newer FL trucks (at least, the ones I drove).

    Score one for Freightliner promoting littering.
     
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  11. volvo244t

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    There's a noticeable lack of ashtrays in *all* newer vehicles. Doesn't matter to me, I've never smoked anything in my life and I plan to keep it that way.
     
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