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Old 08-16-2017, 6:12 PM
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You've not been using the right spring then. Not all springs are designed to handle a 102" whip--you need a beefy one designed specifically for the purpose, not one designed for a Firestik less than half the length.

If you hit something with the tip of the whip, yes it will flex. But if you hit something within a foot or two of the base of the antenna, that's another story. Something is going to get bent permanently, or break.

And I didn't say SWR was off...
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First used the 102" whip back in the mid to late '60s WITH a spring and never had the whip "...only thing a spring does is allow the antenna to sail around, beat everything around within five feet of it,.." doing that.
I've used the spring for all the 102" whips.
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as opposed to what someone posted, the 102 whip IS used with a 6" spring to bring it to 108".
that is the quarter wave for CB. yes it helps with being hit with something.
only very short antennas don't bend but also don't perform well.
ok 1/4 wave is calculated to be 103.282, so a little bending is ok.

i used to work in suffern new york and had two cars parked next to me, both had a k40 antenna.
both their radio's were silent and mine had a trucker asking for upper or lower level on the george washington bridge. over 20 miles away and daytime. they both agreed, my antenna was the way to go.
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as opposed to what someone posted, the 102 whip IS used with a 6" spring to bring it to 108".
Making the antenna slightly longer than the calculated 1/4-wavelength is standard because the ground plane on a typical vehicle is not ideal. You'd need a clear section of roof >18 feet in diameter to be ideal, which is obviously impossible with any standard vehicle. The extra length changes the antenna impedance, which partially compensates for the imperfect ground plane, and usually results in lowest SWR.
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as opposed to what someone posted, the 102 whip IS used with a 6" spring to bring it to 108".
that is the quarter wave for CB. yes it helps with being hit with something.
only very short antennas don't bend but also don't perform well.
ok 1/4 wave is calculated to be 103.282, so a little bending is ok.

i used to work in suffern new york and had two cars parked next to me, both had a k40 antenna.
both their radio's were silent and mine had a trucker asking for upper or lower level on the george washington bridge. over 20 miles away and daytime. they both agreed, my antenna was the way to go.
Just for my edification, How long have you been involved in the CB Hobby?
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from about 1980.
i did like station wagons .
so i had a great ground plane.
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from about 1980.
i did like station wagons .
so i had a great ground plane.
What is the significance of the number 2808?

Ball mount dead center roof of a 78 Suburban with a 96" whip and 6" spring. Pain in the posterior at the bank drive through or gas stations. Can't tell you how many florescent light bulbs it claimed.

SWR is not the be all, tell all. The above setup was patterned and tuned with a field strength meter. Pattern was strongest off the nose and tail. It would talk ground wave from Lawton to Oklahoma City with a box stock
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The second best set up I had was a 1972 Vega Hatchback with co-phased Hustler center loaded antennas 2/3 way up the hatch. Pattern was strongest straight off the nose.


Ahhh, the good ole days.
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I'll bet that 96" whip was fiberglass. Antennas will be a bit shorter when covered with insulation or fiberglass, so an equivalent 102" whip using a copper wire embedded in fiberglass is usually 96". Add a 6" spring and your resonant on 27MHz in most cases.
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What is the significance of the number 2808?

Ball mount dead center roof of a 78 Suburban with a 96" whip and 6" spring. Pain in the posterior at the bank drive through or gas stations. Can't tell you how many florescent light bulbs it claimed.

SWR is not the be all, tell all. The above setup was patterned and tuned with a field strength meter. Pattern was strongest off the nose and tail. It would talk ground wave from Lawton to Oklahoma City with a box stock
Royce 1-639.

The second best set up I had was a 1972 Vega Hatchback with co-phased Hustler center loaded antennas 2/3 way up the hatch. Pattern was strongest straight off the nose.


Ahhh, the good ole days.
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I'll bet that 96" whip was fiberglass. Antennas will be a bit shorter when covered with insulation or fiberglass, so an equivalent 102" whip using a copper wire embedded in fiberglass is usually 96". Add a 6" spring and your resonant on 27MHz in most cases.
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Nope, the places I go a fiberglass whip has a life span measured in seconds. It is bad enough that a SS whip ends up looking like a pretzel after banging it into tree branches.

The 102" either whip or 96" whip plus 6" spring puts the frequency to high and above channel 40. But (there is always a but)(and this is the part that everyone always forgets) the ball becomes part of the radiating element and adds length to it. So depending on the particular ball mount you use between 1 and 2 inches are added to the length of the antenna putting it at a total of between 103 and 104 inches or right where the formula says it should be for channel 19, the exact middle of the band, 2808/27.185=103.292".
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