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Old 09-10-2015, 12:53 PM   #1
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CB antenna for 2015 F 150

I went to my local CB shop today to find an antenna for my aluminum body F 150. He's been at the CB / ham radio thing for many years. But - he had nothing for this application!! What have others with 2015 F 150s done or used??

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Old 09-10-2015, 12:58 PM   #2
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Why is an aluminum body any different than any other, so far as a two way radio antenna is concerned ?


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Old 09-10-2015, 03:25 PM   #3
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The magnet mount I have won't work. A hood / fender mount is not available apparently.

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Old 09-10-2015, 03:37 PM   #4
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Maybe you can rig a CB antenna to a suction cub mount.

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Old 09-10-2015, 03:43 PM   #5
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Kelvin, that's a good idea. I asked my guru about adhering a small piece of thin steel to the roof for the mag mount to stick to. He said that interrupts the flow of electrons and won't work. I suspect a suction cup may be the same. But it's certainly a great question to ask him!! Thanks for the idea.

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Old 09-10-2015, 04:04 PM   #6
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I must disagree with the "flow of electrons" theory. Aluminum is a conductor, just like most metals.


An Airstream trailer is proof of that.


Magnetic antennas are a compromise to wanting an antenna but not wanting holes.


Look at a Larsen MNO27B with an standard NMO angle bracket.



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Old 09-10-2015, 10:03 PM   #7
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If you epoxy a steel plate under the roof, the magnet will stick.

I plan to permanently mount one when I am able to travel again..
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Old 09-11-2015, 01:21 PM   #8
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Flow

He is full of bull. If you are concerned the do a window mount on the back no electrons that would matter to a CB radio need to flow through your truck body.
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Simple solution. Suction cup base and center loaded active element 1/8 wave antenna. Place in center of roof. Take care to route the transmission cable to rear of roof to limit "slapping" when you are driving down the road and the wind is blowing. Be sure to use a Standing Wave Ratio meter to cut active element to proper SWR of less than 1:3 ratio and you are on the air!

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Do you have a cap over your bed? If it is fiberglass, install a marine CB antenna. They have a built in ground plane.
No cap? Install dual trucker antennas along the top of the bed behind the cab, one at each corner.
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Ridgewalker,
I will install an ARE fiberglass lid. I had not thought about a marine CB antenna. Thanks for that idea. Another idea is to install a steel plate on top of the lid using bolts through the lid. This would hold my mag mount antenna. Then run a ground wire inside the lid from the attaching bolts to the truck box, etc.

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Farmer Dan, sounds like a good solution.
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I should have mentioned that cwf, Channing, explained how to complete the install on the lid so that the CB would work. Thanks, cwf.

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Stake pocket mount from Breedlove Machine. A top load antenna like a 5' Wilson Silver Load or equivalent Everhardt.
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