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Old 06-15-2008, 12:12 PM   #1
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Hi All,

On my 62 I have what appears to be a CB antenna base on the front curbside corner. Were CB radios included with Airstreams?

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Old 06-15-2008, 01:05 PM   #2
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... Were CB radios included with Airstreams?
My Overlander's previous owner, who was big into CB radio at the time, had the dealership install an antenna. He provided the radio

You can read about the antenna here.

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Old 06-15-2008, 01:18 PM   #3
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Thanks, that was interesting. My battery tester is in the same spot on the Flying Cloud, but I don't have the antenna connections there. Looks like a coax connector is on the back side of the antenna mount.
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Streamline and others offered the extra long whips for AM radio in the 1960's; an AM radio sorta can't have an antenna that's too long (unlike the 31" FM antenna). They were often mounted with the big potbelly spring, and, aft, a clip to hold the tip down. Remember that those were the days of clear channel night-time AM broadcasting where one could pick up a station from several hundred miles away (under good conditions).
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Rednax, that is what I thought it might be. I invision a whip bent over to the back and suggested restoring it to my wife. She gave me the usual skeptic look so I don't think it will be happening.
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Rednax, that is what I thought it might be. I invision a whip bent over to the back and suggested restoring it to my wife. She gave me the usual skeptic look so I don't think it will be happening.
Airstream called these whip antennas "police antennas" and installed them at the factory when they were specially ordered accessories on Standard and Land Yacht trim trailers. In many years during the ~1960s they were included as part of the International trim package. I think they look way cool and suggest high adventure in far off places. With the right radio, they also give you the possibility of communicating with Dan Matthews. 10-4.
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