Top loaded antennas for Cascadia

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  1. nredfor88

    nredfor88 Heavy Load Member

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    It’s time to get better CB clarity and range. Step one will be finding the best antennas for the job. My understanding is that top loaded work best on Cascadias. I’ll be running duals. The mega I work for will need to install them.

    I’m thinking 7ft. Firesticks. Are they commonly available anywhere at truck stops? Any similar alternatives that work as well that I should also look for?

    I’m thinking of buying two 18’ runs of Wilson cable, the stuff that is sold everywhere. That will be too long and need to be coiled. Is that okay?

    How about grounding. Is there anything that I should have the techs do or install?
     
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  3. Ridgeline

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    Don’t run duals, use the left antenna for the cb and right for the am/fm radio.
     
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    I don't think coiling extra coax is a good idea. I believe it's best to try and lay it out.
     
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    nredfor88 Heavy Load Member

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    My understanding is I’ll get better coverage with duals. I don’t listen to AM/FM radio also.
     
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    nredfor88 Heavy Load Member

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    Thanks. I’d prefer exact length but it looks like off the shelf is 18.
     
  7. Ridgeline

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    No.
     
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    nredfor88 Heavy Load Member

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    I picked up 2 - 4 foot Firestiks.

    Any opinions on cable? My choices appear to be either runs of 12 ft. Roadpro, or 18ft. Wilson. I’d prefer to go with Wilson, but I’m wondering if the shorter, but generic Chinese cables would be better due to overall length. Custom cables are not an option.
     
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    Naptown Muduck Light Load Member

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    I'd go with the better coax, if there is any difference between those 2.
     
  10. Ridgeline

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    I know you know this, so I will say it for others, you do know that you can’t just buy 50ohm coax and out a tee in line, you have to use 75ohm coax at the antennas and tee it with a short length of 50ohm coax.

    the length of 75ohm coax is determined by a formula, which you know what that is.
     
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  11. mike5511

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    Listen to what Ridgeline is telling you. There is a very long thread on here, which I started, about the Cascadia. The 7ft Skipshooter is what I finally determined worked the best. You can put another on the passenger side if you are after the balanced look, but I would only hook the left one to the CB.
     
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