|Item Weight||1.2 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||40.2 x 5 x 3 inches|
|Item model number||RP-707|
|Manufacturer Part Number||RP707|
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RoadPro RP-707 36" Magnet Mount CB Antenna Kit
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Hit the road without missing a beat. This magnet mount CB antenna delivers improved performance, wherever your active lifestyle takes you. Attach the strong, sturdy magnetic base to your truck, SUV or RV and count on better communications - loud and clear. Another great innovation from RoadPro, your trusted travel companion, bringing the comforts of home to on-the-go living.
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The antenna has a nice strong magnetic base with a non-marring rubber cup at the bottom. The cable is already connected through the base to the antenna which is attached to a spring with a small screw at the side of the top of the spring.
Installation was simple as I just plopped it down in the center of the hood about 6" in front of the windshield wipers. I then ran the cable to the corner of the windshield on the drivers side, ziptied it to my existing Firestik Firering antenna cable, then ran it up along the drivers side of the window ziptieing again at the side of the wetbox and onto the roof rail before dropping it down into the open rear drivers side door. Since this is to be a temporary installation I just shut the door on the cable.
The 17ft cable was long enough to do the above described cable run, and then inside the vehicle to the CB located in the arm rest between the front seats, with an extra few feet of cable.
The antenna was shipped with an SWR of 1.2, which frankly I wasn't able to improve, but was plenty good for me. To adjust the tuning you simply loosen a set screw at the top of the spring and then pull the antenna in or out before tightening the set screw again. I found this method simple and have only once found the set screw loose again which was after using it for several weeks in a row. If that concerns you just put a dab of loctite on the setscrew and it should never move!
I also wanted to mention that the antenna is plenty strong for this purpose. Since this "temporary" antenna worked so well it will be what I use for the remainder of the wheeling season until I have time to install my new permanent antenna bracket. I have driven thousands of miles of interstate with it on the hood with no issues. Also with it located low and in the center of the hood I found that only very low/thick branches were able to knock it off the magnetic base (which simply tipped the whole thing over until you could get out and re-attach it). Light to medium branch hits don't phase this antenna one bit!
Overall I have been very satisfied with this antenna. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a temporary or rarely used antenna setup for offroad driving. It has surpassed my expectations in every way, and at this price really was a steal!
That said: this antenna has been pretty good, all things taken together. During my fishing adventure, while other people in the woods had to keep stopping and getting out to put their magnetic antennas back on after having them knocked off by a branch or something, mine never budged thanks to the spring. The magnet on it is pretty strong, too, which has held it fast. It comes with an impressive amount of cable, which I ran through the back hatch of my Jeep Cherokee all the way to the front where the CB was mounted.
During the trip home, my buddy and I were trying things out and figured we'd see what our range was. He was using a small emergency CB that we estimate has to be at least 35 years old and we managed to hear each other nearly four miles away. Official specs say that a CB's range is between two and five miles, so I think that's pretty impressive for a $20 antenna.
An important thing, that I had no idea about until I got this, is to TUNE THE ANTENNA. You can get an SWR meter, read up on it and do it yourself, or if you take it to someplace like Radio Shack they might do it for you. They say that the thing is "pre-tuned" from the factory, and it was pretty good when I tested it, but after adjustment it puts out signal better than most others I've seen.
They say that if you've got $100 to spend on a CB, use $20 of that on the radio itself and $80 on the antenna. Well, I can't say that I did that, but I can say that as far as performance and versatility, this little guy is worth far more than the $20 or so it's being sold for.