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Mobile 3-foot mobile antennas

Discussion in 'CB Antennas' started by DeedleD, Feb 16, 2019.

  1. 357magnum

    357magnum Sr. Member

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    Bobby , still makes me cringe when I think of you drilling that hole in that Brand new Lariat , ( but it did the job ) only because I know what it $ my wife has one $$$ .:D Myself I'd have the right mix of " Cocktails " in me being careful not to go over the edge & really screw it up !:whistle:;):D 73 & God Bless , Leo


     
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  2. Redbeard U812

    Redbeard U812 WDX-1030 / U812 South Texas

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    Either bit can be chucked into a 1/2" drive. I have used mag drill bits extensively in Petro-Chem construction, they have many name brands. Basically a hole saw for metal. The hole required does not justify using a mag drill bit. Just keep it simple stupid, use regular bits and step out a couple times. If worried about flaking the paint.....just use masking tape over the hole location prior to drilling. This also works for cutting lex/ poly glass. My gosh do we need to over complicate things and have a trove of specialized tools to do simple jobs. Got a friend who just has to cut full sheets of plywood on a table saw with no fence. For all the time in set up I have already ripped or cut it with circular saw. Done! Move on to next piece. "Not building a Rolex" as we say in the bidness.
     
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  3. 338_MtRushmore

    338_MtRushmore Sr. Member

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    I have never had success drilling large holes in sheet metal with twist bits, but I'm sure you could get a hole made.

    I have never seen a rotabroach with a 1/2" shank, or any other broach for that matter. Do you know of one? That would be a handy little mag drill.

    I prefer step drills for antenna mounts, but for bigger pucks a hole saw is pretty much mandatory.
     
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  4. Redbeard U812

    Redbeard U812 WDX-1030 / U812 South Texas

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    McMaster-Carr, Grainger, and Fastenal. Most industrial supply will have them. Use mine in chuck of drill awl the time. I agree about the step drills, used to use those working in auto body shops. Those are great, but just don't need one that bad. Using what you have available will get the job done.
     
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  5. Slowmover

    Slowmover Sr. Member

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    The older I get the more I appreciate that Job = Tool. That the tool pretty much IS the job.

    And what’s wrong with a specialized tool? (Nothing at all, thank you). I’ve pickup, aluminum trailer and sons vehicle yet to do. I ain’t ripping plywood or working on a salvage steel cabinet. If the tool makes it ANY easier at all, I’m for it. I’ve no problem with the hole, per se, but I would if I later found that a cleaner, less-deforming tool had been available.

    If in the next dozen years it gets used a half-dozen times, that’s fine.

    No, it’s not a Maserati. So what?

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  6. 357magnum

    357magnum Sr. Member

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    When I did mine many years ago , someone let me borrow a tool . I don't know what it's called , he was a sheet metal worker . It was basically a punch of sorts . 2 pc's you drilled a small pilot hole , slipped bolt through to connect both pc's , tighten top bolt & it made a perfect hole . Wish I knew what they called it & had one the right size in my tool collection .
     
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  7. Slowmover

    Slowmover Sr. Member

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    Yes. All sorts of stuff out there. Even with the Internet a search isn’t easy. And imagine an ingenious item invented decades ago and that disappeared with the death of that man.

    Just a little something he had in the toolbox. (My toolbox isn’t running out of room).
     
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  8. kopcicle

    kopcicle Sr. Member

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    Hydraulic Knockout Punch Driver Kit

     
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  9. 338_MtRushmore

    338_MtRushmore Sr. Member

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    The older I get the more I understand this mentality. I thought I was just getting lazy, but I'm still not sure. For now I still usually choose speed over ease, but I can see that changing in the future.
     
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  10. M0GVZ

    M0GVZ Sr. Member

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    No, it is QUADRUPLING the output. 3dB is doubling, 6dB is increasing fourfold, 9dB is an eightfold increase, 10dB is tenfold.
     
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  11. rabbiporkchop

    rabbiporkchop Sr. Member

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    This 18 inch antenna handles 5k. Maybe it would work for him.
    20190302_154940
     
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  12. S&W357

    S&W357 WDX-556 / 2NC357 Supporting Member

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    I could whip up some scrambled for an omelette in short order with that :)
     
  13. 357magnum

    357magnum Sr. Member

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    Ralph with the right amp you could cook that omelette too !
     
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  14. Tallman

    Tallman W9WDX Amateur Radio Member, KW4YJ EXTRA class

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    Professional results usually require professional tools. Not saying a craftsman can't do it as well, but the punch does such an easy job and quick.
    I have a complete set of "Green Lee" punches with the hydraulic rams.
     
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  15. 357magnum

    357magnum Sr. Member

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    Thanks Tall ! That's the name I was thinking of Green Lee ! They do & awesome job !
     

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