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Polarity help please..

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I am about to go nuts with this CB stuff. I have another thread here about the antenna wiring on my setup. I'm trying to understand what conductor goes to signal and what conductor goes to ground. I know the shielding part of the coax is ground and the center conductor is the signal..

I just bought a new Wilson fiberglass whip with the adjustable tip. I get it home and I'm looking at it..at the base, there is a wire that comes out from under the plastic coating with an eyelet. What is this?

I was under the impression that the base was what made contact with the center conductor (through a pl-259 of course)...and this was the reason the base must be isolated from the mount - otherwise it would ground out..

The question I have is this..what is the wire that wraps the antenna shaft in a helical pattern??? Is this the ground? Is there some other conductor that is inside the mast itself that is connected to the base??
 
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the wire would go to ground if you cannot get the swr down to a reasonable level.
if your swr is good, just tape it out of the way.
 
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Hello JSM: Can't really say about the wire, but it can only be installed over the 3/8 inch threads for the antenna mount. I looked at the Wilson web site, no help there. The guys who sold you the antenna or Wilson should know.

Let us know what you find out.

Jay in the Mojave
 
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