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Re: Dual Pane Sunroof - Magnetic CB Antenna Mount?

Theres a write up here somewhere i will try and find it otherwise send me a pm with email i can send info and pics

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Re: Dual Pane Sunroof - Magnetic CB Antenna Mount?

Thanks to nicjak for sending details on his install. In the meantime, here's the follow-up on my magnetic antenna install:

Got the K40 and its Magnamount. Simple to put together.

Put it on the roof, next to and just to rear of, sharkfin built-in antenna. There is not enough room between the sharkfin and the liftgate spoiler to put it directly behind the sharkfin. It's at about the 5 o'clock position relative to the sharfin, viewed birds eye.

To my very pleasant surprise, the coax cable fits in between the liftgate and the body without being pinched at all! By putting it at the upper corner it does not get contacted at all by the gate open, closed or opening or closing. It's easy to keep a finger on the cable when open/close to make sure it stays in the corner.

I routed the cable under the rod that connects the gate piston, and then down, between the rear tail light plastic and the cargo area lip.

I then routed it down and horizontal along the bumper "deck". A few inches toward center from the corner, the rubber liftgate gasket gets softer and the coax fits with minimal impingement.

Inside the cabin, I ran it between the rear seats, pushing it down into the space between the 60/40 seats, under the rear floor mat, and along the hump. It comes up just past the front passenger seat belt receptacle.

Was able to tune the K40 easily, getting all channels to about 1.7 SWR, give or take. I could get lower SWR on some channels, but then the SWR's would go above 2 on other channels. So, I left it where they were all under 2 across the board. I was able to get decent radio checks with truckers a few miles away. I was picking up transmissions from over 10 miles away, but they couldn't hear me (or ignored me).
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Old 01-23-2015, 03:59 PM
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Re: Dual Pane Sunroof - Magnetic CB Antenna Mount?

Cant believe even your truckers still use am cb. Here in aust they are dinosaurs lol
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Old 01-23-2015, 06:22 PM
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Re: Dual Pane Sunroof - Magnetic CB Antenna Mount?

CB radios are still very useful, especially on the interstates.

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Cant believe even your truckers still use am cb. Here in aust they are dinosaurs lol
I drove a dump truck for a few years.Having a CB was the only way to tell the loader how much you needed since your not allowed out of your truck in the quarry. (ins.) or your good at signing!
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Re: Dual Pane Sunroof - Magnetic CB Antenna Mount?

I think he means CB as distinguished from UHF. UHF use has supplanted CB use in Australia. I don't believe UHF is available in a CB-type format in US (and I don't know what the advantages are).

When I was looking for an all-in-the-mike CB, I came across a nice Uniden model. But I found it is only UHF and Uniden does not make CB equivalent. All the reviews I found for it were .au websites. The main 2 choices for all-in-the-mike CB in US are Cobra 75 and Midland 75-822. However, the Cobra isn't really all-in-the-mike. It has a separate "head" unit between the mike and the antenna. The Midland is truly all-in-the-mike.
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Old 01-24-2015, 05:14 AM
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Re: Dual Pane Sunroof - Magnetic CB Antenna Mount?

Correct mate the advantages are no hissing or interference longer distance clear voice, and ipto 80 channels with some being private
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Re: Dual Pane Sunroof - Magnetic CB Antenna Mount?

I also researched installing CB antenna for a while for my GC but ended up getting an amateur radio license instead since the local club I joined were also ham radio operators. I installed a diamond mount and a cheapie antenna from Amazon. I was using a baofeng handheld connected to the antenna for a while but now I'm going to install a dedicated mobile yaesu radio for better range. The 5 watts on the handheld is not cutting it when there are about 20 vehicles in the group.
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Re: Dual Pane Sunroof - Magnetic CB Antenna Mount?

I did an interstate road trip and the setup worked well. One note: plugging the CB into the power outlet under the nav screen caused a lot of engine buzz directly related to RPMs. Plugging it into the power outlet under the armrest had no buzz. I suspect this is because the armrest outlet is marked battery, while the under-screen outlet is marked key [ignition].
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I did an interstate road trip and the setup worked well. One note: plugging the CB into the power outlet under the nav screen caused a lot of engine buzz directly related to RPMs. Plugging it into the power outlet under the armrest had no buzz. I suspect this is because the armrest outlet is marked battery, while the under-screen outlet is marked key [ignition].
Another note: I used a double-plug connector and had both the CB and Garmin NUVI plugged into the armrest "battery" power outlet. It didn't dawn on me that the GPS would stay on until unplugged from the outlet, until I saw it still on hours after I had parked the car. Beware battery drain if using the "battery" power outlets!
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