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Old 01-19-2018, 04:47 PM   #1
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Default Homemade Uniden CB antenna replacement

I have a Uniden handheld CB that's missing an antenna and battery pack. The battery pack is not too big a deal because it also has a standard coaxial power receptacle.

The antenna is annoying. While it also has an RCA phono jack, using it is unwieldy.

Now it does have a 5/16" (~8mm) NEF thread (32TPI or ~0.8mm thread pitch) screw mount for an attached antenna. Anyone have ideas of what I could snag that would mesh with this, so it wouldn't be necessary to rethread it?

(Hmm... I just thought of something, the standard Schrader valve could possibly be the right threadding... might have to look into finding a dead one and gutting that.)
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Old 01-19-2018, 05:58 PM   #2
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Default Re: Homemade Uniden CB antenna replacement

I might guesing what you mean. Could you post a picture of a socket? Mini-UHF might be close.
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Old 01-20-2018, 12:37 AM   #3
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cant you change it to sma or bnc?
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Old 01-20-2018, 08:51 PM   #4
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Default Re: Homemade Uniden CB antenna replacement

No, that would defeat the purpose, would like for it to be directly attached to the radio. I think I have a couple of those RCA phono plug to BNC adapters, but having an antenna sticking out the bottom isn't quite right.

Here's the threaded receiver. I suppose this is "HF" - shorter wavelength than shortwave but longer than VHF.
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Old 01-20-2018, 09:35 PM   #5
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Have you tried using the model number to look up a replacement antenna?
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Old 01-20-2018, 09:50 PM   #6
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And that would be homemade?
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No. sorry Thought if I saw an original antenna it might give an idea of what could be home made

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Old 01-20-2018, 11:42 PM   #8
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Default Re: Homemade Uniden CB antenna replacement

I wasn't able to find any detailed pictures of the original antenna - though I've seen some antennas that were meant for VHF frequencies that might screw into that mount.

I figure that I will have to have some sort of ballast in the antenna as well. Unfortunately no SWR meter to tweak it. I wonder if I can use an oscilloscope (I should!) in lieu of a SWR meter...
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The optimal antenna length (1/4 wavelength) for the cb frequencies is 108 inches, not very practical for a handheld, so it would need some sort of loading coil to have it shorter and still be efficient. I remember the RadioShack handhelds used a telescopic center load antenna. The did have a short rubber (about 10") antenna available, I think the whole length was a coil
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Old 01-21-2018, 12:14 PM   #10
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Default Re: Homemade Uniden CB antenna replacement

I was planning to wind 9 ft of kynar 30 gauge wire onto some form, but the main issue is finding something that screws into the base... then need to attach the form to the base.

Best idea I can think of now is an old Schrader valve, anyone can think of something else that can be screwed in; then I can glue a form to that, and wind the wire onto the form.
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Old 01-21-2018, 12:16 PM   #11
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big balun wip, what is your CB band? 27MHz???
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I have a Schrader valve and found a nut used to secure a control (pot) that threads on.
maybe the threaded section of a pot (brass) would work?
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Default Re: Homemade Uniden CB antenna replacement

Yes, CB is 27MHz (11m).

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I thought standard pots were 3/8"? I grabbed a nut off of one of them and tried to mesh it against one of my car's tires (which I believe is the correct 5/16" 32TPI) and alas it's too big. The hole is visibly bigger than the receptacle in the radio. Was there also a standard 5/16" pot? Might be a mini pot or something which I don't have any of as far as I know; I'd have to sacrifice it too...
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Old 01-21-2018, 01:47 PM   #14
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I'm not 100% sure if it is from a pot, switch or jack, I have a few in the shaft nut drawer
If a Schrader valve fits that might be the easiest, that seems to be a unique thread
That picture looks like it is a much coarser thread

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Old 01-21-2018, 03:26 PM   #15
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hold on, if it's japanese the thread will be metric.
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It quite possibly could be metric indeed. However it seems to mesh with 32tpi SAE thread feeler and both NF and NC (28 and 24 TPI respectively) do not mesh. A 6-32 screw meshes fine too, at least it looks like it holds flat against the wall as far as I can see.

I found that my air compressor screw-on blow gun nozzle tip will thread into this thing. And a Schrader valve cap will thread onto the blow gun nozzle!

I wonder if there are any other common things that will thread onto a Schrader valve cap?
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Old 01-21-2018, 05:11 PM   #17
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can you not find someone with a lathe to make a fitting for you ? or in true diy style make it yourself on said lathe ? . sorry but i suppose i am lucky with access to such tools. a die nut might even work here .
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Old 01-21-2018, 05:32 PM   #18
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Well, the other possibility is buying a die to thread out a piece of 5/16" rod, which probably is easier to access to than a fairly complicated lathe that can accurately cut out the threads (it would need to be electronically done, so this would be quite an expensive machine!)

I was hoping not to buy a die as this is a one-time deal, I doubt I'd need to cut another one I hope. The die probably would cost more than a Schrader valve

(also as an afterthought, a piece of steel rod is probably more resistive than a Schrader valve which are usually made of ... brass? Hmmm.)

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