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chris9
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Thu Oct 02, 2008 11:12 pm

I'm new to the forum, so hello all...
Anyway, I am a farmer with a couple of John Deeres 7810, 6930
Am currently using orbiters which are OK.
I think we all know that for distance CBing a tall top loaded antenna is always the best.
So I was wondering if people had any experience/views on whether the longest super flexi with a spring on the bottom might put up with farm abuse. (trees/driving under buildings etc)
I am quite tempted to try one.

The John Deere radio antennas are fiberglass with a spring on them (although shorter obviously) and they have never been broken... yet ...
Current orbitors are mounted on the mirror arms, because of plastic roofs of these modern tractors.

Thanks in advance.
Chris

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Fri Oct 03, 2008 8:24 am

farmers up here in the north use wilson 1000 mounted on the mirror arm for best performance and will take some hammer


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Sun Oct 05, 2008 3:57 pm

i'd give one a try,certianly cheaper than a wilson 1000
tractors seem to be made of more and more plastic these days so you can't just stick mag mount where you like anymore

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Sun Oct 05, 2008 4:59 pm

I might well do that... I have an old Case 5140 with a metal roof and a roof mounted wilson 1000 on it and it does work reasonably well, however I bet a sirio 4000 would out perform that because of the extra length, but I do worry about coming into contact with low electric cables and having some sort of explosion in the cab.. :shock:

Have to say that over the years I've realised that mag mounts are cr*p and only work for very local communications only.

Thanks for you input.
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Mon Oct 06, 2008 6:36 pm

just becarefull if you do try the sirio4000 ..but they do work well :)

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Sat Oct 18, 2008 8:18 pm

I would not recommend puting a Sirio HY-POWER 3000 or Sirio ML145 on the mirrors like I have done to my JD 6820(Sirio ML145) and JD 6920(Sirio HY-POWER 3000) as over the summer I have ribbed both mounts off due to low trees.

I find that both antennas dont give much way to trees but do when going into low sheds

I did not seem to get much of a range with them only about 2 miles :cry:

I'm going to put 2 5ft yellow springers on my JD 6820 as they seem to get on with trees a bit better :D

Hope this info helps and saves you some money!

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Mon Oct 20, 2008 7:53 am

tractor two narrow for twins they half to be over 1/2 wave apart better off with wilson 100 on mirror arm


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Mon Oct 20, 2008 8:17 am

I agree, twins never work on tractors (although some people like to think otherwise)

You could try the wilson as stampman says, but maybe with a spring in with it. I saw some pics on wilson's website where they put a spring at the bottom of the whip. Might just help with the trees.

have a look here: http://www.wilsonantenna.com/tsgeneral.htm

Although wilsons are a bit pricey.

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Fri Oct 24, 2008 9:01 pm

I have now got my 2 5ft yellow springers fitted and they work amazingly!!!!!!

I'm getting over 10 miles of a radius and I'm happy with that.....

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