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Been wanting to ask for awhile now if anyone has ever mounted antenna on the mirrors on a F-350. Mine is a Lariat that has the power folding/extending mirrors. With the plastic, idk how it would hold up. Now I know the ground plane wouldn't be there, have been in CB's for 20+ yrs. and could ground the mount. I just didn't want the antenna's behind the cab (4 dr truck) and no toolboxes (sold them for tonneau cover), on a mount that goes under hood and drilling holes to mount in body/cab is out as I am not willing to drill holes in it. I have done that once back in the day on a S-10 I had to mount a 102" whip. Just looking for any recommendations from you all as was planning on going with a 885 Beartracker as I want the scanner feature as well and not run separate radios. Probably won't use the CB side much as I will the scanner. I just need to figure out if my 'trick' will work on the scanner side to be able to receive everything versus what they will allow out of "stock"
 

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and could ground the mount.
Grounding the mount isn't the same as providing a ground plane. While you'll never get a real ground plane for CB on any road legal vehicle, you'll do better with some metal under the antenna. That's why putting the antenna in the center of the roof is ideal.

You can get 'no ground plane' antennas for CB, but they can be a hassle and won't work as well.

I understand you don't want to drill any holes, but it really does make everything work much better.
I have a 2017 and 2018 F350, and not sure what the 2012 mirrors look like. Not sure how I'd attach antennas to mine. Both the work and personal trucks have antenna mounts on the roof.



As for the CB/Scanner combo, sounds like it's a bit of a dud since it doesn't allow programming or customization. From what I've read, a dedicated scanner is a much better option.
 

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I put a back rack on my 2011 F350 then mounted ham antenna on one post and scanner antenna on the other.

I would never put an antenna on the truck's mirror. To much force and the mirrors may fold in. All plastic, so no real strength. Mine is also a Lariat, so we probably have the same mirrors. If you can't put the antenna on top, one of the two back or front corners is next best.
 

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I put a back rack on my 2011 F350 then mounted ham antenna on one post and scanner antenna on the other.

I would never put an antenna on the truck's mirror. To much force and the mirrors may fold in. All plastic, so no real strength. Mine is also a Lariat, so we probably have the same mirrors. If you can't put the antenna on top, one of the two back or front corners is next best.
I was going to get one of the back racks but never did. More than likely they are as I don't think they changed much between those years. Will have to think on it some more as the CB part would probably not get used much and that radio kind of disguises the scanner part lol.

As for the CB/Scanner combo, sounds like it's a bit of a dud since it doesn't allow programming or customization. From what I've read, a dedicated scanner is a much better option.
Well as I have looked at the file structure and know what type of agencies it will receive, it is the same as my 536HP I have in the house, I had planned on trying to modify the database so it would get everything in my area. So say talkgroups that are Fire-Talk/Tac, I would change them to Fire Dispatch as the 885 only does dispatch. So in that aspect yes it is a dud as to what it would get but the file is easily modifiable via spreadsheet as I can read the database it has in it.

Not sure if it would work as I don't have one yet to try it out on and I don't know anyone in my area that has one to try it on. Was thinking of trying to get someone on here that would be willing to try it out and I would modify the files and send them to see how it worked out.
 

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I was going to get one of the back racks but never did.
So, only issue with that is they do not supply a very good ground plane.

I'm running a slightly customized version of one of these on my personal F-350. No antennas on it, but it's been a really nice rack. I had it built with expanded mesh instead of the cross bars. Keeps my sons UTV off the back window. Same profile as the cab, so low wind noise. Headache Racks, Truck Racks & Accessories - Magnum Truck Racks

Not sure if it would work as I don't have one yet to try it out on and I don't know anyone in my area that has one to try it on. Was thinking of trying to get someone on here that would be willing to try it out and I would modify the files and send them to see how it worked out.
Would be interesting to know if it works. I rarely use CB, in fact, haven't had one in my current truck, and don't plan to. Everything in my county is VHF, so my Motorola CDM works fine for what I need.
 

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Would be interesting to know if it works. I rarely use CB, in fact, haven't had one in my current truck, and don't plan to. Everything in my county is VHF, so my Motorola CDM works fine for what I need.
Yeah I know. I will probably mess around with my 536 here at home and see if it messes with the structure of the file any. I haven't been in CB since the early 2000's. Have a few base radios and a couple higher powered mobiles but haven't dug them out after buying the house. There isn't much room in the truck to install one let alone two radios, CB and scanner so a unit with both would work out best. Everything in my county is P25 so it is either use the web browser on my phone to connect to my home scanner then listen through the truck. Only drawback then is can only listen to that and nothing else. Once I mess around with the file, I will report back in case anyone would like to try it to see.
 

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The plastic that Ford uses for their side mirrors won't hold up to antenna mounting and if you have the power fold-in mirrors, the gears are plastic and the additional wind loading will wear the mechanism faster.

I bought one of these for a 2 meter antenna as soon as the VE offers local testing again:

 
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