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CB Mobile Antenna Choice Help

Discussion in 'CB Antennas' started by 530, Mar 28, 2019.

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Antenna Choice below 5ft 4inch in total length after tune.

  1. 5Ft Skipshooter

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  2. Tram SP-63

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  1. 530

    530 Active Member

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    My Antenna only can be no longer than 5ft 4inches for total tuned height. I am using a Puck Mount on the roof of a 2010 Jeep Liberty Renegade. I have a 5ft Skipshooter and a Tram SP-63 Open Coil.
    If you had a choice technically, which would you choose of the two to get out and receive the best?
    Thank you.


     
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  2. Redbeard U812

    Redbeard U812 Sr. Member

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    102" SS whip w/ HD Hustler Spring. Skipshooters are good, but don't compare to a 102". Could mount ball mount on side of Jeep. I was considering dual skips for my Dodge 3500, but I just can't get the performance like my 102. Maybe more forward and rear gain but that's all.
     
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  3. The DB

    The DB Sr. Member

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    No argument, a 102" whip mounted in the same location will easily outperform any 5 foot antenna... However not everyone can use an antenna that long, and the reasons vary, so when someone posts something like...

    Even though the 102" whip will outperform whatever he gets, recommending one really doesn't help him much as for whatever reason he cannot use said antenna.

    530, if you take all the 5 foot antennas on the market, essentially all of them will perform about the same, and the ones that don't will perform worse. I know people love their brands, but in reality the brand really doesn't matter much when it comes to performance. For mobile antennas, length and where said antenna is mounted on the vehicle are what tells the tale.

    That isn't to say that some brands do or don't have better quality than others, that was strictly a statement about antenna performance.


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  4. Redbeard U812

    Redbeard U812 Sr. Member

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    DB,

    Only suggesting an option. But thank you for that argumentative response. Point well taken, and had noted his description. Regardless of height requirements that roof mount will probably taller than a total length of 108" mounted on a ball, side of vehicle. I won't even bother with quotes.
     
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  5. 530

    530 Active Member

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    Thanks I have a 102 and a 108 inch and use a 12 inch adjuster/riser, and I hate springs. I do use one of the two on the roof when not moving and shooting skip. As per the post I have a height restriction and at this time have those two I am asking opinions about.
     
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    Redbeard U812 Sr. Member

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    Skipshooter. I like the build.
     
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    RT431 In the swamp

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    I too would have e suggested the 102" SS whip, but since height no is an issue, then I would opt for the SkipShooter. Durable, work well and have a good reputation. I've never had the opportunity to try one but it gets good revues..

    My nickels worth.....
     
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    Yes I chose the Skipshooter as an option because of the size of the winding wire at that length, so far is the thickest than the others.
     
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    The build quality on Skipshooter is apparent. It’s a convenient baseline for any start on a mobile install.
     
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