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Discussion in 'CB Antennas' started by TheRATT, Jun 2, 2019.

  1. TheRATT

    TheRATT KJ7GKX

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    So, I'm trying to plan a bit on a project.

    My questions are:

    1. When an antenna on a car uses the steel in it is it the body panels or the steel in the chassis or both?
    2. Does aluminum body panels work as well as steel?

    That will be good to start off with!

    Thanks,



    TheRATT
     
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  2. midnight special

    midnight special Well-Known Member

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    metal is metal,,, my 102 inch whip is mounted to a gull winged aluminum toolbox with a 3 inch riser and the box is bonded to the bed and the bed is bonded to the frame,,, it works for me,,,,
     
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  3. binrat

    binrat WDX Club Coordinator
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    I would like to add. Depending on assembly method, there maybe large amounts of bonding needed.
     
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  4. Captain Kilowatt

    Captain Kilowatt Professional Amateur
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    It is all the metal but basically the more surface area the more of an effect so therefore the body panels have much more effect than the frame or chassis however it all works together. Vehicles with fiberglass body panels can present a problem with tuning an antenna as well as have poor performance. As for the question about aluminum, it works just as well as sheet steel. It is a metal conductor and that is all that counts.
     
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  5. 357magnum

    357magnum Sr. Member

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    Like all above have said . But like I've learned from this forum , Bond , Bond & More Bonding ! Believe me it helps .;):)
     
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    w9cll W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    Have a good read here www.k0bg.com
     
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    Chris , Thanks to you I believe , My Go To Page !(y)
     
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  8. TheRATT

    TheRATT KJ7GKX

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    OK. Good stuff.

    I've given up pretty much on a Corvette (figures my two loves of the fiberglass wonder and radio since childhood are near mutually exclusive).

    I've posted about the Corvette specifically but wanted to ask without poisoning the well so to speak.

    So, now I'm obsessing on a late model Camaro and where to mount. I know the center of the roof is "the best" and I'm not obsessed much with looks or resale but I'll probably not mount it there.

    I'm pretty set on a Sirio as my current one has been really really good. (Sirio performer 5000) http://www.sirio.store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2_19&products_id=180

    I guess my last thought is, if you were building a "rat rod" .. basically a frame and and drivetrain with no body - would that end up being nearly as bad as a fiberglass body?

    Slow night here in Seattle.
     
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  9. Slowmover

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    Cover top of frame with aluminum sheet. Attach body as required. (No idea, really, couldn’t resist. Quiet in Hot Springs. Waiting for shop to open in morning, get the Pete thru early).
     
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  10. TheRATT

    TheRATT KJ7GKX

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    Yes, this idea has been floated and I'd be lying if I didn't spend a bit of time every week thinking of how to best lay out that sheeting under the hood, roof.

    Maybe the dream isn't dead. (n)
     
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    Shadetree Mechanic 808 On The North Side of Dover

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    Aluminum foil under the headliner?
     
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    Tallman W9WDX Amateur Radio Member, KW4YJ EXTRA class

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  13. Rwb

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    Marine antennas for fiberglass boats.
    Wait a vette is kinda like a fiberglass boat
    That dont float
    WOOHOO I MADE A LINE
    THAT HAS A RYHM
    dang 2 more
     
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    NightThumper Well-Known Member

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    Rwb...don’t quit your day job. However I’m dang proud of your Rhyme...ur day is off to a great start. Maybe you and LC could write a book of Rhyme’s. :LOL:
     
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    Tallman W9WDX Amateur Radio Member, KW4YJ EXTRA class

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