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rambobill

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Ok... im getting ready to install a roof mount wilson 1000 on a jeep grand cherokee.. i have a sun roof an thetes a electrical thing mounted in the cener under headliner. does the antenna have to be dead center on the roof for best ground plane? Or can it be back a few inches from the center? also i doubt ill use all the coax so should i run as much as i can between roof and headliner or string it along all over the vehicle (down pillars an under dash)
 

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I have that same antenna installed in a conversion van (did the installation myself). Center is ideal, but not required. The most important thing to keep in mind is counterpoise. Make sure the antenna is well grounded and that there is metal underneath it, which I assume will be the case with your particular installation. Also, I recommend getting an SWR meter to properly tune the antenna before you consider the installation "finished". I did all this and the SWR readings were near perfect. If you have any questions, feel free to ask me.
 

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As far as you not using all of the coax cable, I would recommend routing the cable to the the radio. Cut off any excess and solder a PL-259 connector onto the cable to hook to your radio. That will help keep your SWR's lower. It's not necessary to cut the cable and re-solder, but just a thought so you don't have all of the unused cable strung all over the place.
 

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As far as you not using all of the coax cable, I would recommend routing the cable to the the radio. Cut off any excess and solder a PL-259 connector onto the cable to hook to your radio. That will help keep your SWR's lower. It's not necessary to cut the cable and re-solder, but just a thought so you don't have all of the unused cable strung all over the place.

You can mount the antenna pretty much anywhere you wish. The Wilson 100 is "tunable" and the old saying of "ground plane" does not apply these days to tunable antennas. The ground plane thing went out the window when fiberglass and 102" whip antennas became a thing of the past.

As for the extra cable, do not cut it off, wrap it in a circular coil about 5-6" diameter and zip tie the coil together. This will create an RF Loop and helps to keep noise and SWR low. Make use of the additional cable, if you have it, make it benefit you.
 

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I have a Wilson 5000 mounted far rearward on a Subaru Outback wagon, and while not ideal (the SWR is higher than I like it at 1.4:1; it has worked flawlessly for over 5 years.

My main installation hindrance was the luggage rails they place directly on the roof (not the roof rack itself, but the anti scuff rails).
 

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"the old saying of "ground plane" does not apply these days"
Oh really? I think you might re-think that, or maybe re-state it. Otherwise, it is so wrong. :)
- 'Doc
 

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"Cut off any excess and solder a PL-259 connector onto the cable to hook to your radio. That will help keep your SWR's lower."

Then this:
"As for the extra cable, do not cut it off, wrap it in a circular coil about 5-6" diameter and zip tie the coil together. This will create an RF Loop and helps to keep noise and SWR low."

Both wrong, if you want low swors and a signal that travels at the speed of light this is what you need.
 
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