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Which antenna do you prefer

Wilson 1000
173
20%
Wilson 5000
229
27%
102"
196
23%
MR. Coily
22
3%
Predator 10K
169
20%
monkey made
40
5%
stargun
5
1%
55 antennas
17
2%
bozo made
10
1%
 
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Re: Fav Antenna

Post by Double L » Sunday, 13 December 2009, 13:16 PM

I prefer a Wilson 2000 over anything!
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Post by Eagleman » Friday, 18 December 2009, 6:53 AM

Its according what your going to be using the antenna for too, skip, power, want better receive, need clearance, etc., my two favorites are the 102 stainless steel whip antennas if you have no height issues to deal with, but if thats a problem, then the next best antenna I like is the Wilson 5000... Just like cars, in reality, they all do the same thing, get you from A to B, its just how you want to get there that you'll half to decide..... Good luck on your choice! Dave :bigsmurf:

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Post by 985 » Sunday, 20 December 2009, 16:16 PM

I run a Predator 10K antenna on a mag mount. Receive is awesome and SWR really dials in! I run a Palomar 250HD at 180W PEP and I hit the locals hard over 20 miles away. Farthest groundwave contact so far is a station out in Jersey 60 miles away. I'll let you know what I do when I get the 1.21 Jigawatt flux capacitor in there! 985 Juggernaut just got down!
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Re: Fav Antenna

Post by Mike » Thursday, 24 December 2009, 14:23 PM

I have been going back and forth between two antennas, a Browning, and a Wilson 5000. Both seem to work very well. Neither seems to really outdo the other.

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Post by Capndave » Sunday, 03 January 2010, 11:05 AM

Ive been testing different antennas over the past months since my first post on this subject.Ive come to the conclusion that that no one antenna is better than the other, because they all work and do the same thing.I prefer the wilson product because one sat on the roof of my car for years through the harshest weather and it performed good.I borrowed a monkey made and a predator 10k and a wilson 5000 from different people I know and fired them up connected to Cobra 29 Black Chrome W/EKL RFX 75 finals and every one performed great.Im currently back to my second antenna a Viper 1 on a tram trimag mount,which also I get crystal clear audio.The only other good mention is that the Predator 10k, is very nice because it is easily disassemled to replace a broken or worn part.As you can see the polls have it, wilson is strongly prefered.ALL MUST BOW TO THE MIGHTY WILSON!! :pirat:


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Post by Fast4socal » Friday, 08 January 2010, 10:17 AM

haha 102 is in the lead! well lets see i have a few antennas 4' vanco adjustable antenna, 102 SS whip , 67" SS whip, Predator 10k, 100" fiberglass whip. so far my 67 whip and 102 work like a charm!
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Post by HorseFeather » Monday, 18 January 2010, 12:34 PM

Wilson 1000 for me. Never ran a 5K, but I've has 102's and K40's. I like to be able to remove my antenna when not in use, and the Wilson let's me do that. It blows my old K40 out of the water.
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Re: Fav Antenna

Post by JW7 » Tuesday, 23 March 2010, 13:26 PM

Hands down the punisher by coily for me at '4"11 tall on my truck.No clearance problems. 1.0 to 1.1 @ 50 across the band Image Love this thing
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Post by thumpe » Tuesday, 23 March 2010, 17:26 PM

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Re: Fav Antenna

Post by Big Chaze » Monday, 05 April 2010, 9:27 AM

I guess my police antenna with a short whip is the reason I get keyed over all the time... :x

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Re: Fav Antenna

Post by kc4eoe » Wednesday, 28 April 2010, 16:39 PM

I like to take into account the noise factor or which type of vehicle you are working with. Big rigs undoubtedly are finding the best thing is mount the antenna of choice on the far end of the drivers side mirror to capture as much signal front to back as possible or run dual co-phased arrays. Pickup trucks (like mine) or cars will most likely find the magnetic mount Wilson 1000 or 5000 mounted in the center of the roof to be most effective, especially if running higher wattage. I use the 5000 due to having larger coax plus it looks more impressive (hey, we gotta look purty too)! Mag mounts seem easier to adjust for SWR and claim to be more noise free. I agree that every mobile antenna made is a compromise over the industry standard 102" whip, but I have seen those rascals hitting power lines and that scares me silly. I also got tired of hearing them whack every tree branch hanging over the road on my drive thru town. My daughter has a Wilson Lil Wil mag mounted on her trunk and she talks across town easily with it. She wanted a CB, but nothing high profile (like her daddy uses :lol:. As a sometimes ham operator, I have tried quite a few antennas in my life, but have found that simple may be better than the latest monster antenna with triple coils and doo-dads. Did you hear a driver out there with a tall signal from way up the road only to find out he is running a simple Francis 4 foot whip? Makes you wonder, don't it?

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Re: Fav Antenna

Post by drdx » Wednesday, 28 April 2010, 17:18 PM

Wow, this thread has been going now for 5 years. I'm sure I'm in the pile back there somewhere, but still running a hole in the roof, puck mount, with either a 10k or whip/tube depending on the need.

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Post by Slim Pickins » Friday, 07 May 2010, 18:50 PM

Loving my new 10K with 22" shaft. This thing has great ears.

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Post by Bad Clams » Thursday, 27 May 2010, 20:44 PM

So for a magnet mount a Wilson 1k or the K40 ? is it possible to mag mount a coil ?
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Post by Capndave » Friday, 28 May 2010, 7:45 AM

Yes,you can get a tri mag mount,and put on a coil that way.I have one and it works well.

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Post by 420Snowman » Monday, 21 June 2010, 11:57 AM

Any Wilson for the mobile is the way to go I think, I have a Lil Wil on my 2 seater and with a Cobra Handheld with a little 30 watt push I am talking skip quite often!! Love the Wilsons!!!

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Post by Taco Paco » Friday, 25 June 2010, 8:07 AM

I still dig the old school 102" antenna. Add the spring and you're ready to go.

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Re: Fav Antenna

Post by MysteryMan » Monday, 28 June 2010, 21:17 PM

I propose an update to this poll or a continuation with the top 4 with others added.

Current top 4: Wilson 1000, Wilson 5000, 102 inch Stainless Steel & Predator 10K.

My suggestions to add: The 8' Francis Amazer

Any other antenna suggestions?
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Post by 12 gage » Thursday, 05 August 2010, 10:22 AM

jessejamesdallas wrote:
231 wrote:How did I miss this poll? :-x

Well, "Other" isn't listed...so I didn't vote. Everyone talks highly of the 10k, but I've yet to see anyone compare it (even unscientifically) to the 102" whip...which I know for a fact the Everhardt Tiger SOTT-5' will out perform. I've run numberous tests over the years using the 102" as the base antenna to beat.

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I have tested the 10K against the 102" whip. Was posted on another site...

I also did the test useing the Wilson 5000, the Mr.Coily Dual Coil 22" shaft antenna, the Monkey Made, the Megatron, (which is a Monkey Made Clone) And a Radio Shack antenna...

In every case...The Predator 10K always was the most broad banded antenna, and tuned the lowest, and easiest...All test were done using a Dosy Meter, and a radio shack meter, a field strength meter, and a mfj 259b antenna analyzer...

All antennas were similar in size's, number of coils, and shaft lengths. (except for the 102" whip, Predator doesn't make anything close to 102" tall)

Over all best preforming antenna was the Predator 10K, 27" shaft Dual Coil antenna. Tuned flat across all 40 channels, on mfj. 100% Match efficiency, X=0 on all 40 channels...

Also tested were the other Predator 10K configurations, like the Single Coil, the 22", 17", 12", and 9" shaft's...All did well, but the 27" tuned the best.

As for the antenna which came in a close second, other than Predator. Was the Mr.Coily.

Best I could get the 102" whip to tune, was around 1.2 swr. Which from what I've seen, most cant get a 102" to tune lower than 1.3...

102" whips are just fine if your sitting still. But run down the highway @ 60 MPH, and watch that **Censored** bend-over backwards! Along with the swr!

The Heavy **Censored** maxims Monkey Made's wont bend at all, not even @ 150 MPH down the freeway...But they also wont talk as good either.

But, you don't have to take my word for it...talk to anyone who use to run whips, but finally decided to switch to the 10K! :wink:

By the way...I do alot of the testing of the Predators, before they ever go to market...The antennas which are for sale right now, are some of the best antennas available. Currently, I have a couple of different Predator's I'm testing, and different size diameter's of shafts...And still playing around with a "Top-Hat" or Ground Plane kit, made by Predator, for Predator 10K's...

Only way to find out if the Predator 10K is for you...is to give one a try!

I use to run a 102" whip on a 82 Buick Century with a bumper mount and got flat SWR with a cobra 148 A guy I use to run with ran duel 102"whips on a ford ranger pickup mounted on each end of the back bumper with flat SWR as well. I do not how it compares to any of the other mentioned options but it worked good for me.

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Post by MDYoungblood » Saturday, 07 August 2010, 17:52 PM

I have always liked a 102" whip on the back left corner of my pickup. I had to make a bracket to mount the ball on my 04 Dodge Ram so as not to drill a hole in the fender. That location keeps the coax as far away from the noise source as possible. The height to the tip is 13' 9 1/2"s exactly. I never hit any power lines but have taken down some fluorescent light covers and bulbs at a local gas station. The locals call my truck "Tree Trimmer". The swr's, I got it at 1.1 to 1 on ch 19 sitting still and do go up slightly at 80 mph, 1.6 to 1, (checked this using another person) but not enough to damage a radio. I am looking for a mount that fits inside the stake hole made by (don't think I can say) but the website states they are no longer making them do to prolong illness. This mount makes a cleaner looking installation.
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Re: Fav Antenna

Post by Irish » Friday, 13 August 2010, 8:03 AM

for me its the antron 99 base antenna best thing i ever used i have been all over the world with this thing
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Post by Sporty Mike » Friday, 13 August 2010, 10:48 AM

Mobile Antenna??? Gotta go with Wilson 1000 or 5000, and the tried and true 102.


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Post by 12 gage » Monday, 16 August 2010, 6:11 AM

MDYoungblood wrote:I have always liked a 102" whip on the back left corner of my pickup. I had to make a bracket to mount the ball on my 04 Dodge Ram so as not to drill a hole in the fender. That location keeps the coax as far away from the noise source as possible. The height to the tip is 13' 9 1/2"s exactly. I never hit any power lines but have taken down some fluorescent light covers and bulbs at a local gas station. The locals call my truck "Tree Trimmer". The swr's, I got it at 1.1 to 1 on ch 19 sitting still and do go up slightly at 80 mph, 1.6 to 1, (checked this using another person) but not enough to damage a radio. I am looking for a mount that fits inside the stake hole made by (don't think I can say) but the website states they are no longer making them do to prolong illness. This mount makes a cleaner looking installation.
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Post by MDYoungblood » Monday, 06 September 2010, 6:45 AM

Hi 12 gage,
The mounts at CB World are the Firestik brand and will only handle a 4 ft antenna maybe a light weight 5 footer. the mount I want fits into the stake hole and bolts down to the hole in the bottom of the pocket. They are pretty tough,saw it advertised in a Ham magazine got one for my 94 pickup, but it didn't fit my new truck. I have the dimensions and when I get to Atlanta, I have a friend with a machine shop, we are going to make one.
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Post by Pirate » Tuesday, 28 September 2010, 23:55 PM

So far my favorite antenna is a browmimg. by far the best antenna for me altho i havent tried a preditor yet but planning to in the neat future. just my 2 cents woth

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Post by Fast4socal » Friday, 29 October 2010, 8:36 AM

the Mr'Coily and 55 have low ratings i figured it was high since how everyone all over the net has swore up and down on them ugly antennas.....?
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Post by Capndave » Saturday, 13 November 2010, 7:28 AM

Well,I just pulled the trigger on a predator 10K 17" shaft.Ive been trying half a dozen different antennas and came to the conclusion that they all do the job,However, I did like the manner in which the predator is constructed(very nice).I have been a big fan of wilsons over the past years but these antennas are really nice. :icon_e_wink:

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Post by Chester » Wednesday, 01 December 2010, 22:21 PM

I've always liked and used the Wilson antennas, but recently went back to the old school 102 inch whip, can't beat the SWR's and the performance. I have used the whip on an off for the past 25 years or so and always have a couple in the shop, my son got one and I'm presently running the second. I do want a 10K though !!!
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Post by Bigmic919 » Friday, 18 February 2011, 6:13 AM

I love my 102 but I always wanted to try a predator. Maybe when I get some more cash flow I will get one and try it out.

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Post by Sambo747 » Monday, 28 March 2011, 18:55 PM

well I have two favorites. My first one is the wilson 5000 and my second is the 102inch whip. Performance of both of them is amazing. :r&r:

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Post by Windwalker 1 » Friday, 01 April 2011, 19:13 PM

Was a 102 whip on the list
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Re: Fav Antenna

Post by Rooster173 » Monday, 04 April 2011, 13:18 PM

Mobile antenna gotta go with the monkey made mounted in the back left corner of my truck bed. For the house though I love my jogunn five plus five star. Might be upgrading to a killer8 soon though

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Post by Puffnstuff12 » Tuesday, 05 April 2011, 10:36 AM

I'm liking my mm7 mounted to the center of my tool box.

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Post by 76Q » Sunday, 17 April 2011, 20:10 PM

Don't want to give the game away, let's just say I have a balanced all around performance "Monkey Mobile" here.

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Post by Rockin Ray » Sunday, 08 May 2011, 11:20 AM

Pro-Tech wrote:Has any one been to this place in Illinois? If so are the Wilson brand just assembled there or if you actually took the tour would you see boxes from china were the whips and shafts are made? Do they actually have a machine that winds thier famous copper coils? Or do they come pre made from China ready to assemble? The next time I go and visit our dealers in the mid west I am going to stop by and take the tour and check out the dumpters for the packaging thier raw materials come in.

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Re: Fav Antenna

Post by 76Q » Wednesday, 25 May 2011, 17:32 PM

Depends on the application, no doubt. Custom modified Monkey Made 5 wrap (only 43.5" tall) for my truck and a Wilson 5000 mag for the econobox. You have to optimize your antenna based on the ground plane that you have to work with and the desired propagation pattern you need to get to where you want to go.

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Post by ae193 » Thursday, 07 July 2011, 13:05 PM

still swear by my 20 yr old 102'' whip though i do like the wilsons too but rt now my 102 is bolted to my home by the edge of the roof and still shoot skip with the best of them

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Post by 2J-FJ » Tuesday, 09 August 2011, 21:17 PM

ae193 wrote:still swear by my 20 yr old 102'' whip though i do like the wilsons too but rt now my 102 is bolted to my home by the edge of the roof and still shoot skip with the best of them
Yeah, I love the 102's. Nothing beats it for mobile and they do work pretty well for a base in some situations.
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Post by Crisco » Thursday, 18 August 2011, 7:03 AM

i like my skipshooter for everyday use but i break out the fat boy for racing.

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Post by Mayo » Friday, 02 November 2012, 18:50 PM

It would be my browning br-51.. Best antenna I've ever had.. I've wacked it many of times.. And still keeps a flat SWR...

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Post by MDYoungblood » Friday, 02 November 2012, 19:49 PM

MDYoungblood wrote:I have always liked a 102" whip on the back left corner of my pickup. I had to make a bracket to mount the ball on my 04 Dodge Ram so as not to drill a hole in the fender. That location keeps the coax as far away from the noise source as possible. The height to the tip is 13' 9 1/2"s exactly. I never hit any power lines but have taken down some fluorescent light covers and bulbs at a local gas station. The locals call my truck "Tree Trimmer". The swr's, I got it at 1.1 to 1 on ch 19 sitting still and do go up slightly at 80 mph, 1.6 to 1, (checked this using another person) but not enough to damage a radio. I am looking for a mount that fits inside the stake hole made by (don't think I can say) but the website states they are no longer making them do to prolong illness. This mount makes a cleaner looking installation.
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Post by 385MINIGRASS » Wednesday, 28 November 2012, 17:14 PM

the one that Tunes the best on my vehicle which is my FBr4

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Post by dougw181 » Saturday, 01 December 2012, 1:25 AM

Anybody ever here of a Triple X Moonwalker, it was a 30" to 36" antennae that could handle 1000 watts. My parents had one of these back in the 70's and it was great. We shot skip with thing all over the country. I think it could be a registered weapon since it was about 3/4" thick and could be used as a club. It was not pretty but it worked really well. Any one know it they are still being made? I am just getting back in to this hobby and trying to find out what is the best set up. I have a 2001 Expedition and want to install a President Grant with a Kicker and and an antennae that I can clear a drive through with. Please let give me your thoughts. Thank You! Doug :bounce:

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Post by The DB » Saturday, 01 December 2012, 15:15 PM

You can choose the 102" or you can settle for a compromise. Your choice.


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Post by FarmeroBrown » Thursday, 03 January 2013, 17:21 PM

The 3' Wilson Silver Load

In the 70's my Dad ran a 102" whip off of the back bumper and talked everywhere with a Sharp 23 Ch. I have run several 3' Wilson Silver Load antena's on Diesel Car's and they sure do get out when you run a ground from the mirror down to the frame!!! It likes up to around 400 watts---the longer ones handle more watts. I have run them on pick ups too, just have to work with them to get the SWR's right.
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Post by p38 » Tuesday, 05 March 2013, 19:14 PM

102'' whip is the way too go for most its all the application ive bent mine in a u and it performs flawlessly and consistently 1.0 swr from 1 to 40 yes it does jump a tad bit when swaying but not as much as you would expect the meter never goes over 1.2/1.3. I must say though I have had a good time with monkey a made antenna in my bosses 379 Pete definitely needs to be some numbers crunching done to find the best... ive heard very good things from those 10k's but also alto of bad but that goes with the territory .
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Post by Savoirfaire » Tuesday, 05 March 2013, 19:44 PM

I remember when I was younger I thought I was something with a Mobile Moonraker.

Well the Mobile Moonraker was an ok antenna because I got dusted by a 102" stainless steel whip.

Learned my lesson that day and for 12 to 10 meters that is what I use except with a variation that I like.

More round (fatter) antenna elements get better bandwidth. There you have it.

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Post by Gmangkz » Saturday, 16 March 2013, 8:20 AM

I have a Sirio PERFORMER-5000. It will handle 2000 watts. This is a mobile antenna good for 11 and 100 meter operation.

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Post by Rabbit Ears » Tuesday, 03 September 2013, 7:31 AM

SIRIO puts out boucoup good stuff!!

My wife and I run a SIRIO Tornado 27 on our base. Damn low SWRs!!! (got FL last night at 1917 *good propagation!*)

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