Antenna Storage Tube

4X4 ICON 2000 - 2008 The DVD! - Click here for details!

4X4 ICON 2000 - 2008 The DVD!

 

I am happy to have a "real" CB installed and like the greatly improved performance that a 4-foot antenna provides.   But I'm finding reasons why the antenna won't spend every minute on top of the Jeep... 
  • parking garage (clearance 6 feet 3 inches);
  • drive-through window (clearance 8 feet 8 inches);
  • drive-up teller (9 feet 9 inches),

and so on.  With the 4-foot antenna, the Jeep brushes ten feet...  I will have to leave the 4-foot antenna stashed somewhere except for when I am on the open road or on the trail.  At first I thought I would just lash it to the Sport Bar but then I got to thinking....

Antenna Storage Tube - View from above, front
Antenna Storage Tube I can't remember where I saw this - it is not an original idea, as best I can recall.  I do see electricians and other construction tradesmen with PVC tubes on overhead racks all the time.  So I decided that this would be a good place to store a CB antenna.
I went to the home store and located some black PVC tubing.  I got one 5-foot long, 1-inch diameter tube, a couple fittings to close one end permanently and to make the other end so that it could be opened and closed on demand. Antenna Storage Tube - View from above, front
Antenna Storage Tube - Showing front cap and U-Bolt mount - Click to Zoom inAntenna Storage Tube I picked up some more stainless-steel U-Bolts for mounting the finished storage container to the rack.
I chose the 1-inch size since I am planning on getting another antenna, probably 2-feet long, that I can use "around town".  I chose the 5-foot tube because it is long enough to hold the 4-foot antenna with room to spare for the spring or perhaps other things.  I padded the closed end with some foam so that the antenna does not go too far in, and so it won't rattle around Antenna Storage Tube - Click to Zoom InAntenna Storage Tube - Click to Zoom In
Antenna Storage Tube - Click to Zoom In I found a brass fitting at home that fits the antenna threads perfectly, so I glued it to the cover of the storage tube so that I can thread the antenna onto it, trapping the lock-washer that I use, and thereby securing it to the storage case.  This makes it easy to pull out when it's time to install it, and gives me a place to keep the lock washer.

4X4 ICON 2000 - 2008 The DVD! - Click here for details!

4X4 ICON 2000 - 2008 The DVD!

 

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