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Well ever since buying my XCT back in March of last year I was never happy with the perfomance of the factory cb antenna, so first I did this.

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and even tho this worked good but being I used a No Ground Plane antenna it was top heavy and would sway around and back and forth at highway speeds, and it did not affect the cb at all but just that I would see it all over the place in my mirros and it became a distraction. So after trying that 4 foot I went down to a 3 foot and then down to a 2 foot mounted almost back in it's original place . All of them worked well but the smallest only worked good to the rear of the bike and not so good to the bikes in front , about 2- 2 1/2 mile range to the rear and maybe about 1/2 - 3/4 mile to the front of the bike .

So being that I can leave stuff alone I decided to get a side mount from Firestick http://www.firestik.com/Catalog/NGP_M2.htm and started over again this morning. first thing I had to do was to make a wedge to go between the trunk and the antenna base, the trunk is curved to the back and to the bottom so the mount was crooked to say the least. I used a piece of black marine lumber from Bass pro shops and after sawing, grinding, sanding and several test fits I got it pretty close, on point with a hand held level as far as the antenna being straight up and vertical to the bike . I leaned it back a bit to match the lines of the black speaker cover.


Then I ran the cable up threw the bottom of the trunk and made all the contections, went out to a open area and hooked up a SWR meter and got it tuned to 1.4 , after that it was off to the interstate for a high speed run. All the way up to 92 mph and very little movement at all , even blowing by semi's. All in all I'm happy with the way it turned out, looks and perfomance.

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So there is is all done. BTY thats a 3 foot Firefly antenna
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Same headache using J&M antenna on my TC and very happy installing the firestick on the Vision. Will be replacing the TC sooner than later. Good write up and pics

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Looks good Dave.

Have you had an opportunity to test it? How's the range?

I've thought about a similar setup, but reluctant to drill holes in the side of the trunk.

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I will tomorrow on a ride to Victory of Miami with a friend for a demo day . I'll report back on the range .

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Looks good Dave.

Have you had an opportunity to test it? How's the range?

I've thought about a similar setup, but reluctant to drill holes in the side of the trunk.
I really did not have a chance to check the range of my new antenna today as traffic down the interstae was just to heavy, next weekend I'll be riding with our club and then I'll really find out. I'm the leader and this time of year we have a lot of snow birds down for the winter and as we travel to our lunch spot we tend to get pretty spread out down the road with up to 28 bikes.

So I'll report back again next week on the range , how ever I did notice it was much clearer between me and my friend today, but then again we where not that far apart.

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Happy to report that the range on my new antenna set up is great , went for a ride yesterday with a buddy and with him either in front of me or behind at atleast a mile or so I could still hear him and he could hear me. Put it this way I couldnt see him but I could hear him.

Today on a club ride , 4 groups with 4-6 riders per group riding one and two seconds apart and a 1/8 mile between the groups I could talk to the tail gunner of the last group, not sure on the exact distant but I'll just say it was far. For me this new antenna set up is a keeper , and after switching the cb on high power I could hear the last group as we got separated at red lights when I lost them with the cb on low power . After owning a Goldwing I'd have to say I now have a working cb as good as the Goldwing if not better.
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Happy to report that the range on my new antenna set up is great , went for a ride yesterday with a buddy and with him either in front of me or behind at atleast a mile or so I could still hear him and he could hear me. Put it this way I couldnt see him but I could hear him.

Today on a club ride , 4 groups with 4-6 riders per group riding one and two seconds apart and a 1/8 mile between the groups I could talk to the tail gunner of the last group, not sure on the exact distant but I'll just say it was far. For me this new antenna set up is a keeper , and after switching the cb on high power I could hear the last group as we got separated at red lights when I lost them with the cb on low power . After owning a Goldwing I'd have to say I now have a working cb as good as the Goldwing if not better.
Good report Dave, I havent been in the group yet. Only opchecked local but I heard WAY better and farther (interstate chat as I approached within a mile or so) so this is good to hear. Looks good on there too!!!

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Good job Dave. Well thought out, well executed and you placed it on the right side - smart. High fives.

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Same headache using J&M antenna on my TC and very happy installing the firestick on the Vision. Will be replacing the TC sooner than later. Good write up and pics
Tims,

Please tell me what problems you had with the J&M antenna, witch one and exactly what mount you were using.

I am thinking of using one of them on the luggage rack of my CR. I like that they are not so thick and clunky looking.

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