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Got a new 2017 kenworth t680 dual whips on the plastic mirror (not west coast seems to be the new fad with trucks) installed my cobra 29 lx LCD and it kept giving me antenna warning so I changed out the fiberglass whips with Wilson 3000 antennas. Mind you I only have access to the built in swr meter at this point. What concerns me is the swrs are inconsistent( anywhere from practically nothing to 2.5-1). My omn meter is out of commission work the minute
 

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With the type of mirrors, it's likely that you'll need 1/2 wave antennas since they usually don't provide enough of a ground plane for the other types to work well.

As for the internal meter giving odd readings:
1. part of that is due to the wrong antennas.
2. those internal meters are notoriously inaccurate.
 

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do the plastic mirror mounts display a ground? I know the antenna , coax, is grounded through the antenna connection, though not the best ground.
 
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do the plastic mirror mounts display a ground? I know the antenna , coax, is grounded through the antenna connection, though not the best ground.
Sorry for the late response. I don't get much time for forums anymore. Put the omn meter to it to test it, seems I need to ground the mount. Also got an external swr meter (as the built in meter is not reliable) and tried it dry and in the rain. Swr's spike high in dry weather but nill to one when raining. Just a thought though I had the radio in a cascadia with the Wilson mirror mount, high end coax, k40 mount and antenna. Read the same as I currently am replaced the coax with the cheap coax from pilot never has a problem with swr's

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