As other folks have mentioned the Laird CW27 seems to have been discontinued. There is a company called ALLICDATA out of Hong Kong that claims to have them in stock but I'm a bit skeptical of the legitimacy of this vendor:
I once had this antenna but for some reason sold it a few years ago. I'd like to retry it since it can apparently cover 10m (at least the sideband part) and CB. Anyone know of a different source that still sells the CW27?
For mobile installations, the 102" Steel Whip can't be beat since there's no lossy coils. Plus it's essentially a 1/4 wave base antenna you're running mobile.Seeing how popular my other thread was on CB Radios, I thought perhaps we might take a look at CB Radio Antennas for both the Base Station and the Mobile installations. My criteria for the antennas are:
I really appreciate everyone's input in my CB Radio thread. I am also in the market for a decent antenna that will withstand Maryland's environmental conditions when mounted outside and I really like those "install it right the first time and forget about it" antennas. One thing we want to watch for in this thread are "wild" claims by the manufacturers. For example:
- Cost is not a factor (within reason)
- Size is not a factor (within reason)
- Antenna gain is important for enhanced coverage
- Power handling need not be more than legal limits for AM/SSB operations (specify maximums though)
- Mounting criteria will be as required for a quality installation
- User comments about performance, durability, appearance, etc. very much appreciated
- Durability is very important (my Hustler CGT-144 ham antenna was on various cars for 25+ years)
The Wilson 1000 antenna with a 3,000 watt rating has always amused me. The Wilson 1000 comes with 17 feet of RG-8/X coax with a soldered PL-259 connector. What is amusing, while all of the materials seem to be of decent quality, the coax itself (manufacturer unknown to me) is rated somewhere around 700 watts maximum at 27 MHz using the Belden RG-8/X specification sheet found at:
https://static.dxengineering.com/pdf/Belden RG8X Date 9258.pdf
So if anybody tries to push a kilowatt or more down the pipe to the Wilson 1000 antenna that can supposedly handle 3 kilowatts, there will surely be a catastrophic failure somewhere in the setup.
So let's see what all we can learn from this thread and see what everyone thinks might be the "best" antennas out there. If you know of any "wild" claims, be sure to point them out too! I'm looking forward to lots of good inputs. Thanks in advance folks!
For mobile installations, the 102" Steel Whip can't be beat since there's no lossy coils. Plus it's essentially a 1/4 wave base antenna you're running mobile.
As for a base antenna, I'd say a quad antenna, due to gain factors. Or if you have a ton of acreage to spare, 4 rhombic antennas in the cardinal directions.
I agree back in the day I talked all over and some country Japan for one and others with the Antron 99 i have had two of these antennas and have never had any trouble .............I bought a new Little Wil antenna in 1996 and still use it occasionally. Always a good performer for me with my el cheapo Radio Shack rig that put out 12 watts right out of the box (no golden screwdriver required!). At my last house I had a Solarcon A-99 mounted at 30 feet that I talked all over the continent with on 75 watts. I'll probably get that back up in the air here at the new house this summer and get back to chatting, since it seems like the sun is starting to cooperate again...
The Hustler HQ-27 has been my favorite mobile antenna when I couldn't have a full size 1/4 wave.
The mention of Mavericks (& the Mercury version--the Comet) of that era certainly brings back memories! My dad had one of those cars--what I remember most are the big bumpers--big space between the bumpers & car body and a wide, strong lip around at least the top edge. The easiest and most solid place to mount antennas to (even though they were off-center and low--not the most ideal place for getting a signal out, but it made up for it in convenience & ease of installation.) I ended up with a 102" whip, which probably did the best range-wise and it took something like less than five minutes to install, if memory serves...Had one on a trunk-lip mount on a Maverick circa ‘75.