A few questions I have which have arisen from a recent thread and my recent CB install/experiences.
I have a 2008 Nissan Altima in which I installed a Uniden 510XL (stock) and ran the coax from a Wilson 1000 to the trunk and use the Wilson 1000 mag mount on the trunk. From this setup I can get approx 1 mile transmit and receive based on recent testing communicating with truckers on interstates. I can get base station receive much longer than that but only 0.75-1 mile communication with truckers. My SWR is around 2 (haven't truly tried to get better yet with trimming). I don't have any vehicle noise b/c there is no whine and no bars lit up when out in country (in city 1-2 bars are up). I get significant static unless squelch turned relatively high. I turn squelch up until static transmissions are gone and the ones that get through are comprehendable.
My questions are:
1) If the antenna coax was damaged during installation would I still be able to get that transmission distance? In other words, can I assume that my antenna is functional based on that data (ability to transmit/receive over 1 mile), and that this is the best reception I can get with that mounting position/antenna.
2) Would mounting the antenna on the roof make a significant difference (i.e. bump from 1 mile to three) or more likely one mile to 1.3 or so?
3) I though that the black sticky thing on the bottom of the antenna was possibly messing up reception so I ripped it off and I don't think it's made a difference either way (no better no worse). I think it's supposed to be there though having now removed it. Thoughts?
4) Can a CB with no antenna (i.e. if my antenna was transected/damaged during install and I don't know it) get reception and transmit successfully? For that matter, could I get an SWR as good as 2 (I know 2's not great but..) with a faulty antenna.
5) I have a jumper coax from radio to Wilson coax (jumper cable 3'). Would that significantly negatively affect reception?
I'm basically trying to decide if this is as good as it's going to get or if I should buy another antenna, attach it to the radio and slap a mag mount on the roof to see if it's better. I can't use the current Wilson 1000 because it was professionally installed and coax is hidden with no slack to get from trunk to roof. So it's buy a new one and try something different or live with current setup as near optimal. I just have a hard time believing that the Wilson 1000 can't reach more than 1 mile of reception in flat Florida terrain.