Originally Posted by skybolt58
But thats about all I found...
I was told it had to be grounded in 2 places that it says it in the manual, but hte person I was talking to said he had no way in scanning his manual. Mu problem is I have way too much ground static. this is just temp antenna untill I get the new spider for my Maco v58.
IMO Skybolt58, the A99 may not be the best antenna for one reason or another, but I really can't think of one good reason that is worth noting. The A99 is very likely in the world of CB
, the most widely and popular antenna in use. There are exceptions, but they work, they work very well, are easy to install just about anywhere, are pretty much trouble free with a little care, and they get a bad rap from most about stuff that is not true in my opinion. It is just like the BS you got about the A99 needing to be grounded in two spots.
Grounding the A99 is very good for safety concern, but there is absoutely nothing about it that requires it to be grounded. There are times when static noise is slight, bad, and very bad. Unless you can control Mother Nature, you just have to live with the noise we all experience from time to time.
I have also made the claim that the A99 and the Imax are a bit noiser than other antennas I worked, but that was when there was little or no noise that I sensed a difference. However, when conditions are noisy, then all the vertical antennas I have---seem to be just as noisy. You could see exceptions to this however. Antennas that are installed with loose or poor connections can respond in strange and troublesome ways.
I think the A99 is adaquately DC grounded in its matching device to do what it can about static noise, so we just have to live with noise sometimes. There are things like the transformers that your Electric Service Co. provide, sometimes above ground, that can cause excess noise. You could check that out if the noise does not go away. If you have a mobile, you could drive around and see how and where noise does seem to come and go in certain area, and your station could be in such an area.