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Talking UHF CB RADIO ISSUE - Where do I put the antenna?

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I wanted to mount an antenna on the front of the vehicle for my 07 commander but the bonnet seems too wide underneath for a normal bracket for my antenna? What have other users done about installing an antenna on the front of the vehicle? Please send some pictures and explanation of what you've used? Any links would be appreciated.
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Forgive me, but this is taking me way back. Most here in the US don't use CB anymore. Cell phones rule, however, I miss the old days chatting with fellow travelers on long trips. (Never see a cell # on the back of an RV)

Why not mount it on the roof? It'll be higher and take advantage of the ground plane. Even easier would be a magnet mount dead center on the roof with the coax clipped to the roof rack and then leading into the rear window or even closed in the door's top.

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I have mine mounted on a lip mount on the LH side of the hood (bonnet) near the windshield, almost directly across from the radio antenna. Its out of my line of sight so it definitely would be out of yours. Just a thought since ARB doesn't make a front bumoer with mounting tabs for the XK/XH yet.

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I have my CB on my TJ mounted in the front just as the above poster described. I use a Wilson 2 1/2' whip antennea. There is a place on line that sells everything you can imagin for CB's and attachments. Just forgot the name but if you go to GOOGLE and type in CB RADIO I am sure it will pop up. I presume you are aware that a CB radio must be TUNED to the antennea or you can burn out the radio. I suggest if you are not familiar with this stuff that you go to a good CB shop (anywhere they do them for TRUCKERS they are usually good as truckers are insistent on the best) and they will install and tune for you. I was a radio operator in the service and have the knowledge and the equipment to do this BUT while mine worked adequately, one day I went to Bells (such a shop in Fort Lauderdale) and they reworked my system and I ended up with INCREDIBLE reception and signal. thats the difference between someone who knows basically how to do it and someone who does it many times every day. Experience counts. I use my CB a lot on trips and in the Commander so far I am using a hand held unit that is adequate to talk to truckers to find out whats holding up traffic, smokie alert etc etc. john
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Red face hi john

John,

Are you able to post a few close up photo's of where you put it?? Don't get it? Thanks mate I would really appreciate it.
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I dont know how to post pics but go to http://www.walcottcb.com/index.php?cPath=284_288 and you will get the idea of what we are talking about. Its a mount that attaches UNDER the lip of the hood, preferably on the drivers side. I gave you the site for Wranglers but search around there, you will find many examples for all kinds of vehicles. john
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On my Cherokee I run a Firestik 3' Fiberglass no ground plane antenna. It is mounted with an L bracket to the area where the rear hatch opens. This keeps the mounting screws hidden and allows me to keep the antenna up higher. The bracket is one of the Firestik three way mounts.

Just thought I would bring that up to give you some more ideas.

As far as antennas I would only really look at Firestik and Wilson. The no ground plane antennas make tuning a lot easier and make it easier to reach a lower SWR.

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CB Antenna Downunda Is Actually UHF/GMRS In US

CB in Australia is UHF FM radio, and not the 27MHz AM stuff that we're all used to here in the USA (no fiberglass whips down there). Radiall-Larsen makes some nice L brackets that can be mounted to the edge of the fender (next to the hood seam) which permit mounting a NMO base for a 1/4 wave spike (about 6" long), and this is very low profile. Normally NMO mounts require a 3/4" dia. hole be cut into a nice flat surface on your vehicle (preferably on the roof). The L bracket has the 3/4" hole and allows installation of the base, to which the whip is attached. Both the L bracket and the antenna base and whips are available in chrome and black. Even "Richard" Smith (the board won't let me use the short form of the first name, so I guess no one can write about **** Cheney here, either) should sell stuff like this down there. You could also use the Antenna Specialists center load UHF mobile antenna with the spring base, but the L bracket will suffer from occasional flexing with the heavier load that the nearly 1 meter long center load antenna represents.

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CB antenna?

Anyone mounted a CB antenna on their Commander? Or any ideas how to? I think the roof would be too high, I barely clear the garage door as is.

(I tried searching the forum for "cb" and was given the error "too short search argument", searching for "antenna" didn't come up with anything.)

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This is the one I am planning on getting.

http://4xguard.com/Products/antenna.html

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