The swr reading on the radio is maxed out. When I have the amp inline and a meter hooked up between the amp and antenna the swr read 3 1/2. But is still maxed out at the radiowhats your swr readings? i have a wilson 5000 had to cut about a 1/4" is all i was a little long.
Antennas also can act unfavorably if they aren't mounted optimally. For example, they don't often do well mounted on a trunk lid. Or if is mounted on the bumper. Or if the whip portion is near a piece of sheet metal. Sorta like mounting it on the bumper of a van - that would be an exaple of a poor mounting solution. Usually the flat center area of the roof works best 99% of the time . . .Just got a new magnet in the mail for my wilson 1000 antenna. Its a wilson 1000 magnet. Ive tried cutting off a inch on the antenna and it doesnt seem to come down. Should I keep cutting some off the antenna? Or is the wilson 1000 core bad?
While I'll agree that a solid mount is better, I would not agree that mag mounts are not reliable. Been using both a 10/11m antenna and a 2m/70cm ham antenna on my vehicle for many years - both with mag mounts - without a single problem.Mag mounts can be a real Sumbeach I never liked or had much luck with one. The main issues is getting it to see the vehicle to establish a proper counterpoise with out that you will never get the SWR's under control. Because you do not have a mechanical ground the magnet is being hampered by the paint compounded more & more by the manufactures use of composite body parts. The best thing is to drill mount holes to establish a good antenna ground to achieve a proper ground plane not for the faint of heat but guaranteed to work.
The swr reading on the radio is maxed out. When I have the amp inline and a meter hooked up between the amp and antenna the swr read 3 1/2. But is still maxed out at the radio