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Old 08-08-2007, 11:24 PM   #15
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Thanks to all for info. Fellow at local CB shop at home said a home base antenna is the way to go. That was $200 install. (DH wasn't convinced!)


We're in Forest City, IA., right now to get our list of 'fixit' items done on the new coach.

We're hooking up a Winnebago caravan in Moab, UT., this time next month. We just got the itinerary 2 days before we left, finding out we had to have a working CB and external antenna for communications. DH did search the 'net and found Firestik (14 NGP). No time for 'shopping/buying/shipping'. However, we did luck out and stopped at Walcott CB in Davenport, IA., on our way by and got their last one. Install guy was off on 'MY' install guy (DH) brought his tool shed to install later when we are parked for a few days.

We spent all our time last week/weekend getting ready for family reunion. Had 24 at our house Saturday...and 88 were at picnic at my cousin's on Sunday. Pack for a trip?! Shop for CB antenna?! Leave on trip?! Drive 400 miles in 97 degree heat where coach A/C can barely blow cool air?! Yup...somehow we did it without killing each other!! Now it's a cool 88 deg forecast! We can relax now...maybe.

We'll update when we get installed and working -- but it'll be a while!

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Old 08-11-2007, 03:24 AM   #16
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Well, the deed is done. Before he drilled any holes, he put the antenna on a small piece of wood, hooked everything up, and got antenna up on the roof (radio still in coach, of course) to test different areas for the best SWR reading.

He had read up on how to get into the ceiling. (Keep in mind, we just went from gasser to DP.) We have a (real) wood piece that goes across close to TV that has nubs every so often--where the nubs come out and expose screws. Take all that off (carefully!) and pull down on liner a bit and there it is: the upper 'guts' between ceiling and roof.

At the lower (right) back corner of the cabinet above the passenger seat, he drilled a small hole to feed coax up and across to the upper (left) back corner of the cabinet where he poked a hole with a phillips screwdriver to feed the coax up into the ceiling -- to connect to antenna. The coax comes down from the cabinet along the edge of the curtain (unseen) to where we'll hang the mike/radio. The coax in the cabinet is hidden by the books/cds etc.

When dish was in down position, we tested SWR. About 1.5 for channels 1 and looks like we're good to go. Guess I'll 'owe' him $200 for the install?!

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Old 08-11-2007, 05:34 AM   #17
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Ya did good. Sometimes it is better to buy your way out of a problem. It sounds like you chose a shop that knew what they were doing. Now you have something you can be proud of and don't have to worry about.
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It's like the old "out-side your car window mount" type antenna. Mine came on the MH when purchased but the reception was not the greatest. I went back to dealer and they installed the 30"+ "trucker type" antenna and much better on the side of the MH. I would not wait in line for this Firestix antenna....
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