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Problem with the 5 FOOT Wilson Silverload Antennas

Discussion in 'CB Antennas' started by Chainsawgang, Mar 8, 2012.

  1. Chainsawgang

    Chainsawgang Active Member

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    I don't know if anyone else has experienced this problem but, I have had two guys return with issues with the soldering on the bottom of these antennas. After seeing this twice , I decided to cut one open to see what the problem is. The quality control dept . is missing the fact that someone is not putting the silver coated wire into the hole on the base of the stud BEFORE soldering. They are just soldering the wire to the top of the stud ...very little contact and really sorry solder too. It will work fine until the antenna starts flexing then it breaks loose from the base stud. When you stop the vehicle the antenna stands up straight and the wire touches the stud making it very tough to find the problem. GOOD LUCK and keep 'em talking!


     
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  2. binrat

    binrat W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    The XYL uses 1 on her truck. She went thru 2 before I put a spring on the base.
     
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  3. Chainsawgang

    Chainsawgang Active Member

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    uh huh...Did she have a breakage problem with hers too , binrat?

    The Wilson Silverloads are one of the easiest antennas to install & tune that I have ever worked with .But, I doubt I will use one ; after one of these guys burned up his Stryker 490 with it!
     
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    hotrod Well-Known Member

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    the silverloads work great and tune great. ive never needed that wire ,which
    gives ya 2 optinions cit it or tie it off. what i did. my test showed the 5foot silverload
    worked as good as a a wilson 1000 mag mount.if your hitting dstuff with it ya may
    wanna try a wilson 200 trucker for a mirrior mount install. or a wilson 1000 mag mount
    these will handlw alot more power and can take a beating
     
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