rattling fiberglass rod uhf antenna

Submitted: Saturday, Jul 24, 2004 at 14:40
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I just purchased a mobileone COL6MSK D-4098 fiberglass rod 6db uhf cb antenna from DickSmith in Adelaide. After unpacking it at home, I noticed that something within the fiberglass rod is rattling when shaking it gently. This is pretty much from the middle upwards. Is that normal? I just want to double check that this is the way it is supposed to be before I mount the thing onto my bull bar.

Thank you very much in advance for your help.
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Reply By: Lone Wolf - Saturday, Jul 24, 2004 at 15:58

Saturday, Jul 24, 2004 at 15:58
Surely not normal............

Go back and see if another one rattles.

Cheers

Wolfie
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Follow Up By: CruiserHead - Saturday, Jul 24, 2004 at 17:43

Saturday, Jul 24, 2004 at 17:43
yes, will do that. I've also send mobileone an email, i'll see what they say. but want to hear news here and not only hear it from the manufacturer.

cheers,
cruiserhead
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Saturday, Jul 24, 2004 at 16:50

Saturday, Jul 24, 2004 at 16:50
CH,
Lot of that type seem to rattle, but don't know if it does any harm. Probably a bit of wear in very corugated conditions. Have heard of blokes putting silastic inside, but then some another bloke said it might throw out the tuning???

Have bought some from Access Electronics in Rocky that are filled with some goo and don't rattle. And work well.

Mobile One gear should be good, they've been going forever. Make a top AM/FM radio aerial, better than any of those chrome things.

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Follow Up By: CruiserHead - Saturday, Jul 24, 2004 at 17:44

Saturday, Jul 24, 2004 at 17:44
Well, it is a brand new rod, so I don't expect it to rattle straight out of the box. Dick Smith did have another one, so I might go and talk to them about the problem.

thanks, cruiserhead.
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Reply By: locallaw - Saturday, Jul 24, 2004 at 18:05

Saturday, Jul 24, 2004 at 18:05
Gidday,This is quiet normal.The outside is only a cover for the radiating element which is connected at the top and is quiet loose.
Seeya Locallaw
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Follow Up By: CruiserHead - Saturday, Jul 24, 2004 at 20:44

Saturday, Jul 24, 2004 at 20:44
hi locallaw

thanks for the heads up. i'll see if mobile one replies to my question, and then will walk over to dick smith and check out the other one they have in store. hopefully you are right, and i can get right into it when i am back from this trip.

cheers,
cruiserhead
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Reply By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Monday, Jul 26, 2004 at 11:25

Monday, Jul 26, 2004 at 11:25
She be normal, it's got a dipole inside, I had a 4.5db Aliminium Mobile 1 Dipole that rattled from new had it mounted on the bullbar for years, it's now mounted 15m up in the air at work on a mast and still works fine.
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Reply By: CruiserHead - Tuesday, Aug 03, 2004 at 10:08

Tuesday, Aug 03, 2004 at 10:08
Here is the official reply from Mobile One. Good service, quick reply to my question. With 5 years warranty, I might just keep this one and see what happens over the next few years of usage... Thanks everyone for your replies. CruiserHead

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The D4098 is DC Grounded so it will read a dead short at the base also the antenna may rattle , this is not too common
but it is of no concern , if the Antenna rattles to the point that it annoys you we are happy to replace it

the antenna is very solid internally and will last for many years with the worst sort of rattle
we do everything we can to make the antennas so they dont rattle , i am sorry you have one that does

But I can assure you that it can rattle 10 times worst than it does and it will not affect the performance or the life of the antenna
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