Taking much inspiration from recent posts on the US Islands group.io reflector and his previous articles I’m endovoring to emulate John KL7JR’s efforts to use Wilson FTG-2 CB antenna tuned to useful ham band frequencies.
A quick ordering spree at Amazon and a dash to the local Ace Hardware got things going.
What I bought were:
- Wilson FGT-2 (305-480) Antenna. Black was the cheapest, so I bought a black one rather than the white or red versions. https://www.amazon.com/Wilson-305-480-Silver-Black-Fiberglass/dp/B003NTV8FQ $23.99 plus tax
- Vise-grip style mount, which to my surprise came with a 3/8 x 24 mount in a UHF connector version that I didn’t see in the picture or specifications at first. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B077XJY3GT $14.85 plus tax
- A 90-degree 3/8 x 24 to UHF-connector mount which I really didn’t need to buy. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00PR1AS4A $11.98 plus tax
- A pre-terminated with PL-259 RG-58 18 foot (5.5m) cable assembly https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001JT0CGI $11.33 plus tax
From the Hardware Store:
- A 10×32 knurled cap screw to replace the set screw in the FGT-2 antenna ($0.55 plus tax)
- Several lengths (nominal 72 inch long) 12-gauge “ceiling tile” wire, the galvanized wire used by suspended ceiling installers to hang ceiling grids ($0.99 each plus tax)
For testing I used my SARK-110 analyzer and I used a common fence-pliers to cut & form the wire.