While shopping for mobile radio antennas you will need to know more about them to ensure you buy the best antenna for your needs. You will want to make sure that you get the best antenna that is going to give you the sound, clarity, and the distance you are seeking in your radio antennas. With many products, the more money you spend, the better product you will get, but that is not always true when it comes to mobile radio antennas. There is not much to know about them, but still necessary to make the right decision.
Radio antennas can be purchased for $20.00 or $1200.00. This is why it is necessary to understand what you are buying, before you buy it. Some people that are handy will make their own antenna, but the manufactured antennas are just as easy to mount and maintain. If you do chose to make your own mobile radio antenna, make sure you test it with a SWR meter when you are done building it. It is essential to make sure you are getting what you think you are getting, and with a SWR meter you can be sure.
On all mobile radio antennas, the longer the cb whip is, the better the clarity and range of the antenna. Most people will pick the longest antenna possible, and mount it as high as possible. This will help to strengthen your range and clarity. After purchasing your antenna, you may want to try it in different positions before you mount it permanently.
Once you do purchase your antenna, where to mount it onto your car is important as well. If you are in the US and the driver's side of the car is on the left you will want to mount the radio antennas on the left. There is normally more clearance in the center of the street, even when going under bridges. You will want to make sure your radio antenna has enough clearance. Always mount your antenna on the driver's side of the car.
It is best to permanently install your radio antennas to the roof of your car. The roof will add additional height to your antenna, giving you even more range. This will maximize your performance, minimizing ground and shunt capacitance losses. If you do not permanently install your mobile antenna by drilling holes and mounting it to your car, the magnet ones will collect debris, as well as slide off or slide around scratching your car. A magnetic antenna can do a lot of damage to your car's paint. Holes drilled for a permanent mounted antenna can easily be plugged. Some insurance companies will cover your antenna if they are permanently mounted.
When purchasing mobile radio antennas always remember the longer the whip on the end of the antenna, the better your reception and the further away you will be able to hear and reach out to. Also remember to know how you will mount the antenna you purchase. Consider whether or not you will drill holes to mount your antenna or you will take the chance of destroying the pain on your car if it should slip off. These are all the different things you will want to take into consideration when you purchasing mobile radio antennas.