Cascadia question, which mount?

Discussion in 'CB Radio Forum' started by Voltrucker, Mar 18, 2014.

  1. Voltrucker

    Voltrucker Medium Load Member

    467
    133
    Sep 24, 2012
    West TN
    0
    I'm getting a new Cascadia next week, I've been looking around at the cb antenna mounts. Which one is better as far as performance goes? The bird perch for the mirror or the spot mirror bird perch? How much are they in a Pilot or Loves?
     
  2. Truckers Report Jobs

    Trucking Jobs in 30 seconds

    Every month 400 people find a job with the help of TruckersReport.

  3. scorpion_king

    scorpion_king Bobtail Member

    47
    27
    Jan 4, 2013
    Vilonia, AR
    0
    get the mount thats attached to a different truck
     
    mike5511 Thanks this.
  4. mike5511

    mike5511 Road Train Member

    3,005
    1,354
    May 15, 2011
    NW Arkansas
    0
    I use this one most of the time. I get the best SWR using a 5ft Skip Shooter antenna, I believe a 6ft one would be even better but I haven't tried one yet. I have tried the following antennas: Francis, 4.5 and 5.5ft; Wilson 2000; Monkey Made.

    If I drove the same truck all the time, I would run new coax to the factory mount on the side of the sleeper and by-pass the factory junk, and probably use a Francis or Skip Shooter antenna. Someone else did that on here with good results. You can also put an antenna on the back of the sleeper and get a good SWR, but your antenna will be blocked most of the time and you won't get out very far.
     

    Attached Files:

  5. rainmakerr

    rainmakerr Light Load Member

    100
    24
    Mar 15, 2012
    Centreville, AL
    0
    I drive a 2012 Cascadia, I ran my own coax to the factory mount and doctored the mount since the factory stuff is the real small stuff. I run a FirestikII and my SWR is 1:3.
     
    mike5511 Thanks this.
  6. Voltrucker

    Voltrucker Medium Load Member

    467
    133
    Sep 24, 2012
    West TN
    0
    How do I get to the factory antenna to hook up the new coax?
     
  7. BigBearNY

    BigBearNY Light Load Member

    160
    37
    Mar 14, 2014
    0
    Just to add my 2 cents here. The bird perch is not a great setup for performance, neither is any mirror mount. I have seen MANY references here about grounding etc. You need to remember the antenna does not work off the ground, it requires a ground plane. This is a large take advantage of flat metal surface. yes by extending your ground you can advantage of as ground plane that the antenna is not directly mounted to. However best performance will be had when you can have antenna mounted right to a large ground plane.

    Every see those crazy skipshooters and contesters? It's no co-incidence so many run big antennas on Suburbans or similar SUVs. Big ### ground plane radiates better.

    Point is mirror mounts and perches are compromises at best. Of course if it ain't your rig or you don't want to cut it up, it is a way to go.
     
  • Truckers Report Jobs

    Trucking Jobs in 30 seconds

    Every month 400 people find a job with the help of TruckersReport.

  • Draft saved Draft deleted