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Antenna Questions

GrayJeep

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The firestik is setup to "look" (to the radio) like it's 102" long. It needs a ground plane of adequate size to work right.
 

K9DWB

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I had a 102" antenna mounted with a large coil spring mounted on the right rear of my car to run a CB. I'd bought all the parts at Radio Shack when they had the answers to our questions. It did quite well as a mobile setup. So yes, ground plane makes a big difference in making or breaking it.

PS my poor car looked like a Remote Control car refugee.
 
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