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    Default 102" whip spring or no spring

    after averaging a new 5ft fire stick II every two years I have decided to go 102" whip I am wondering should I get a spring or not? I know they flex really well but It may spend a lot of time tied down. thoughts?

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    Default Re: 102" whip spring or no spring

    I am certainly no expert on this part of the forum, in fact when on these threads I am considering taking up Greek. However as far as the antenna is concerned, by all means put it on a spring. You never know when that low hanging tree limb will descend to grab it or that ceiling in the parking garage. Besides, a really fun thing to do is put a light on the top of it and take it wheeling at night. Looks really crazy
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    Default Re: 102" whip spring or no spring

    I'd probably second a spring on this. Even though it's long and flexible, if you have luck like mine you'll probably catch it on something and mess it up. Spend the few bucks on the spring and have the piece of mind.

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    Default Re: 102" whip spring or no spring

    Thanks for the input, do either of you two run a stainless steel whip? I was kinda wanting first hand information. I have a stainless still whip on my 2 meter radio (which is far shorter than a 102" whip) and it has no spring and does just fine.

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    Default Re: 102" whip spring or no spring

    The antenna itself has enough flex to it that the spring itself probably isn't necessary, however the antenna is 102" where a 1/4 wavelength on 11 meters is 108" so the spring actually makes up the rest of the 1/4 wave. If you can get just the antenna to tune up right then I think you would be fine.
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    Default Re: 102" whip spring or no spring

    Somewhere Tony (Mudderoy) has a picture someone took of his Jeep going down the highway with his 102" stainless steel whip laid all the way back looking more like an NVIS antenna than a vertical.
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    Default Re: 102" whip spring or no spring

    Found it. Ok, maybe not alll the way back but much faster and it probably would have been.
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    Default Re: 102" whip spring or no spring

    that is what I was thinking as well that is probably what I will do.

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    Default Re: 102" whip spring or no spring

    I just pulled the trigger on a MFJ-1966 which is an 108" stainless steel whip. I was concerned the 102" might be to short to get it to tune properly. I will post up my results once it comes in and I get it on the antenna analyzer. I am also pondering a new radio.

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    Default Re: 102" whip spring or no spring

    Not a bad price either. Let me know how it works out, I may go this route.
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    Default Re: 102" whip spring or no spring

    Quote Originally Posted by Rlpetty43 View Post
    I was concerned the 102" might be to short to get it to tune properly.
    For the record a 102" whip with no spring tunes right around 29.7Mhz.
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    Default Re: 102" whip spring or no spring

    Quote Originally Posted by prerunner1982 View Post
    Found it. Ok, maybe not alll the way back but much faster and it probably would have been.
    That was about 80, so it was within 10 of top speed.

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    Default Re: 102" whip spring or no spring

    Quote Originally Posted by Mudderoy View Post
    That was about 80, so it was within 10 of top speed.
    Reasons why I just run a fender mount Larsen for CB…I can get up to 100 with mine no problem.

    ETA: Not that I'd do it…it begins to become a case of herding between ditches at 90.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xjzaped View Post
    Reasons why I just run a fender mount Larsen for CBI can get up to 100 with mine no problem.

    ETA: Not that I'd do itit begins to become a case of herding between ditches at 90.
    This "CB" antenna is connected to an automatic antenna tuner. I can tune the 102" whip from 40 meters to 6 meters. Using a loaded antenna would move me more into the dummy load category at 20 meters and 40 meters.

    It doesn't work great on 75 meters but it will load and I can make contacts.

    I have an extension I can put on the base to increase the antenna length to over 12 feet. So it's long for a reason.

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    Default Re: 102" whip spring or no spring

    Personally I'll use a screwdriver before a tuner but that's just me. I refuse to run HF mobile.


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