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    1984 M923 "Maj. Zippidy" who now is equipped like a M925A1
    1991 M998 HMMWV

    1990 Kasel M101A2
    1968 Case Master M101A1 with fuel tank and gen set up
    1991 Eastern Technologies M105A2
    60's ? m116a1? radar trailer flatbed
    xm1073 flat bed 7 1/2 ton


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    The only time antenna impedance / frequency is important is when transmitting because a bad impedance match will cause power to be reflected back to the transmitter and that can damage the output stage. A receiving antenna gathers RF energy and feeds it to the receiver so in general the longer the antenna is the better it works because it gathers more RF energy out of the air. On a vehicle you have length restrictions but almost anything will work. The VSQ antennas were designed to work on the 420-450 Mhz region but will work fine as a receiving antenna. That's why the "All American" coat hanger is so popular!
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    Thank you good to know. So can use any base. Now just need to find 2 for a good price


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    Quote Originally Posted by juanprado View Post
    Sorry to be a year late to the party Did you use the base AND antenna shown at link or just the base and different antenna? I'd appreciate part#s, description/brand and where you bought base, antenna (if not the military antenna), and antenna wire/connections/information from radio. I'm radio/electronics stupid and there are no brick & mortar radio shacks anymore. Thanks.

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    I only have the set up as a static display on my 5 ton not hooked up or functional so I am afraid I can not help.....

    I bought on ebay from an electronics liquidator several years ago that were in installations kits with wiring & radio mounts. I flipped some but no longer have any extra.
    1984 M923 "Maj. Zippidy" who now is equipped like a M925A1
    1991 M998 HMMWV

    1990 Kasel M101A2
    1968 Case Master M101A1 with fuel tank and gen set up
    1991 Eastern Technologies M105A2
    60's ? m116a1? radar trailer flatbed
    xm1073 flat bed 7 1/2 ton


    "Success demands a high level of logistical and organizational competence."
    - General George S. Patton, Jr

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    Thanks for the reply. I'll keep my eyes and ears open. I think it would bee cool to have those mount/antenna connected to am/fm

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    Here is a web-based idea...
    Perhaps you could try the avionics shop at a local general aviation airport? They should know about antennas...at least more than the kid at a car audio shop.

    Also, don't some CB radios use long, thick antennas that look like military units? I think I have seen some in 18-wheelers.
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