I recently completed a CB radio install in the Project Ford Ranger using a cheap Cobra radio and a Firestik co-ax/ Mount combo kit from Jet.com.
The total cost was 12 dollars for the radio, and about 30 for the 5ft Antenna and mounting gear. Overall, for where I mounted the radio and what I paid for it I am decently happy with it.
Personally, I would have much preferred to run a whip antenna; at 102 inches they are ungainly and there are many 4×4 clubs and off-road organizations that will not allow you to participate with one equipped.
Even more, I would have liked to skip AM band CB and go straight to Ham; there was no way I was gonna get Ham gear for that cheap and most clubs still use CB precisely because you do not need a license.
Economics and popularity. So this was the next best thing.
First off, the “Firering” Connector promised to be convenient. It was not.
The coax end for the radio had to be soldered on, and (if you do not pay attention to routing) the job may end up getting done twice…
Given the mounting bracket, I really just fail to see the benefit of the connector type versus the normal one.
Especially given my second complaint… the connector itself is a weak point. The coaxial cable “sliced” along the place the connector was crimped and I lost a solid ground connection.
The end result was I had to splice the wire into a terminal connection.
As to the mount itself. I found the platting on the connector rather flimsy. My box wrench did the damage shown before even really putting any power down to it.
It’s not all bad though. The stake-mount connector takes a really firm hold of things, and it seems the metal of the truck is the weak point of the install. Five years down the line this may cause some heart ache…
Still, it probably won’t be there in five years because I can really move things around. With just a screw driver the antenna easily relocates to accommodate changing cargo/ other needs.
It also looks pretty cool, and works much better than a bumper mount piece or a fender mounted antenna would.
Placing it near the cab I was losing AM radio because of the standing wave; moved to the rear I get decent reception and the AM keeps working.
The product delivered is a CB-radio antenna mount and is exactly that.
At that level I am very pleased. What I am a little more dubious about is the mount’s viability given the properties of my particular truck, the build quality isn’t spectacular, and I’m not sure it will work any better for anyone.
At five feet of fiberglass, I feel that the mount is at it’s limit and that I would actually only put a four foot antenna on if mine were to need replacement.
The problem is, that’s short of the 2/3rds of an antenna you want above the cab.
Fit and finish is the weak point; it did not stay looking pretty very long and the functionality was diminished by a coax failure that I noted only after soldering the entire thing and making it non-returnable.
As to general function in the hands of a DIY operator, it does what is asked of it and has survived a few rainstorms, plenty of hard wacks, and a flag on top.
So, I think the kit is a compromise, and as good of one as you are likely to get without pulling out the power drill or going all in for a whip.