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grim jeeper wrote:This is a good wright up I found...I have tried both single and dual antennas on the trucks I have had both pickups and rigs. And find duals work good on rigs and singles work best on pickups.
but I do like the look of duals so I put on duals on but only hook up the driver’s side antenna.(pictures of mine at the end...To the OP is cutting out the part of the bedliner covering the stakeholes and using the stakehole mounts an option for you...FYI the stakehole mounts ground using the bottom part of the mount so mounting it on top of the plastic bedliner is not a problem...Hope this helps.
CB Antennas for Pickup Trucks
Pickup trucks are one of the most common vehicles that utilize CB radios and cause the majority of mounting questions. There are a number of things to understand and consider when mounting a CB antenna for your truck:
Like most vehicles, the best place to mount the antenna is on the top of the truck’s roof. This minimizes interference from the vehicle’s chassis and allows the antenna to be a high as possible for peak performance. If the roof isn’t a viable option, the second best place is, surprisingly, the driver’s side rear stakehole. This allows for the second best obstruction-free mounting location. A number of mounts and kits make this an easy and hole-free location to mount an antenna.
The worst possible places to mount the antenna are in the bed of the truck and directly behind the cab. Both these locations cause significant signal interference and will result in an antenna that is extremely difficult to tune (i.e. achieve acceptable SWR levels).
While many people love the look of dual antennas, they aren’t very effective when used on the narrow bodies of most standard pickup trucks. To be effective in increasing performance, dual antennas need to be spaced at least 8-9 feet apart from each other. If the antennas are within 4-5 feet, they can actually work against each other and decrease system performance. While dual antennas may look great, you’ll need to have them far enough apart to make any noticeable difference.
If you mount your antenna along the back half of the truck, make sure that the bed portion is well grounded. A continuous ground to the battery can be interrupted by rubber washers or other non-conducting materials that are used to connect bed to the cab. If you don’t have a good ground, make sure to run a few ground straps from the bed to the cab in order to achieve a solid ground and a well performing antenna.
Type of Antennas
Base loaded and top loaded antennas are the most common types of antennas used with pickup trucks. Top loaded fiberglass antennas are relatively inexpensive, versatile and perform well with pickup trucks. Base loaded antennas are relatively simple to install on pickup trucks, but are primarily limited to the roof due to their coil location. There are a number of available Firestik CB antennas and Wilson CB antennas that are well suited for pickup trucks.
I take it those are your antennas. If so how did you mount the flags on there? I like the look of the flags. I want to put an American flag on mine but couldn't figure anything out other than just taping the wooden stick to the antenna with some electrical tape that matches my white antenna