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Old 03-15-2020, 07:05 PM   #1
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No drill CB antenna mount on aluminum F150

I have an old CB that I finally fixed the power plug on. I have a magnetic mount antenna.
How did you mount your CB antenna?
I found an expensive steel bracket that mounts behind the high center brake light, bent steel plates that come up between the hood and fender, and bolted in the forward stake hole (which would require cutting up the bed lip cover AND my tonneau cover ;(
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Old 03-15-2020, 09:29 PM   #2
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Go with a hood mount. Work good and look great.

EDIT: linked to Super Duty products. Sorry. Same site has 2019 F-150 specific mounts, too.



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Old 03-20-2020, 08:31 PM   #3
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I use bed stake hole mounts on my 97 F150 and 14 Ram 1500 and a right channel radios hood mount on my 17 Ram 3500. All are good.
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Old 03-25-2020, 11:41 AM   #4
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I got the Firestik extended truck bed stake hole antenna mount. It will allow my tonneau cover to work as is. Will use with a 4' red (to match my truck Firestik antenna, spring and quick disconnect (for the car wash).
Will put it on the passenger side but have to decide on forward or rear stake hole. Too much time on our hands right now so plenty of consideration time
Forward: have to cut hole in plastic rail cover (Thanks, Ford), looks better IMO, possible cab transmission reflections.
Rear: existing hole cap, possibly in the way loading the bed, sticks up like a sore thumb, longer wire routing.
Any experiences using these antenna positions?
Awaiting SWR meter delivery for actual testing.
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Old 03-26-2020, 04:21 PM   #5
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Installed the antenna in the rear left stake hole. Had to run a ground wire for the antenna base. Testing with SWR shows a strong FWD signal but I can't get anything to show on REF ;( Ground continuity from cable barrel to power point ground in cab good.
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I'm a little late but, My stake hole mounts are both forward and driver's side with the exact antenna setup you mention. Very good reception and transmission. What I can say is the kits come with stainless fasteners. They all galled immediately during installation and I had to drill them out. Use lots of antisieze.

Second, on both my 97 and 14, the bed sides are sloped so much I had to install about a 1/4" shim on the outside to get the antenna close to vertical.
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I'm a little late but, My stake hole mounts are both forward and driver's side with the exact antenna setup you mention. Very good reception and transmission. What I can say is the kits come with stainless fasteners. They all galled immediately during installation and I had to drill them out. Use lots of antisieze.

Second, on both my 97 and 14, the bed sides are sloped so much I had to install about a 1/4" shim on the outside to get the antenna close to vertical.
Thanks for the info. Will loosen and antisieze the screws. The antenna seems pretty vertical to me on my 2019. I'd do the antisieze now but have to search for it the basement with about two inches of water standing on the low side after last nights storm ;( Portable sump pump running, need to install a permanent automatic one. Leakage wasn't a huge problem until PENNDOT widened the road and got rid of my basement drain line.
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Too late to edit.
Water in basement almost gone. Didn't want to forget, got the antiseize and cordless drill, removed and coated the screws. Had a prob on the last one ;(
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After adding on a spring and quick disconnect, the SWR meter shows normal readings. REF is 1.4 on channel 40 and 0.8 on channel 1. Yes, FWD and calibrated for each channel tested.
I'm asking everywhere but had no response. Is the preferred position for the quick disconnect above or below the spring on the antenna mount? Using that 4' Firestik. Mechanical considerations?
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My qd is mounted above the spring. No issues for probably 5 years now.
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