How to Build a Mobile CB Antenna Like a Skipshooter or Firestik

Updated April 17, 2017

Skip Shooter and Firestik antennas are shaped like poles and are designed for CB radios. The design allows them to broadcast stronger signals. It's possible for you to make your own CB antenna at home that is similar in size and shape to these items.

Use your wire cutters to strip one end off a length of 50-ohm coaxial cable. The cable only needs to be as long as the distance between where you intend to place your antenna and the CB receiver.

Tape a 4- to 5-foot length of antenna wire to the clipped end of your coaxial cable.

Run the antenna wire through a length of PVC pipe that is the same length as the wire.

Tape the end of the wire to the top of the PVC pipe.

Run the remaining end of the coaxial cable to the input port on the front of your CB receiver.

Tie a length of string to the end of the PVC pipe and hang the new antenna up in the air so that it doesn't touch the ground. This can be done by hanging the antenna from a tree branch.

Things You'll Need

  • Wire cutters
  • Antenna wire
  • PVC pipe
  • Electrical tape
  • 50-ohm coaxial cable
  • Length of string
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Michael Wallace has been a freelance copywriter and journalist since 2003. He served in the U.S. Navy and attended the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Specializing in writing technical articles, Wallace has contributed to city publications such as "San Diego City Beat."