Wow! I just finished reading all 21 pages of this thread...I know, I'm a glutton for punishment, LOL! One of my first posts here, so forgive me for the intro. I'm a 70 year old, 53-year Extra Class ham with about 51 or 52 years of CB under my belt as well..(I was KNH8207 back when we actually used our licensed callsign). I've been out of the CB game for years, but I'll get the that in a minute. I've got 2 Jeeps...my 2012 JK, and the XYL's (KE0GIC) 2015 Cherokee, with Alinco DR-638 Ham/PS radios installed in each, as well as an Icom 7100 in the Wrangler, with a Lil' Tarheel mounted on the tailgate. We just got home from Orange Beach AL, driving north through the ice storm in the Cherokee. Getting worried, I stopped at a Pilot truck stop and bought a new Uniden 880, a Wilson mag-mount antenna, and a cig-lighter power cord. Threw the radio on top of the dash, stuck the antenna on the roof, and headed out. The SWR, as indicated on the 880 was about 1.5:1, good enough not to worry about. Modern radios are SWR protected, and most of the talk about damaging the rig with high SWR is just old wive's tales. I defy anyone to show me the audible difference at 5 miles between 1:1 and 2:1. The radio worked great. Plenty of good info to be gained listening to Ch 19, and a couple of good chats with drivers coming north out of St. Louis.
Anyway...now I'm looking at mounting the 880 permanently in the Cherokee, and enjoying the discussion about antenna mounts. I may wind up leaving the Lil' Wilson up on the roof and running the cables back through the hatch, or I may add another K-400 front mount opposite the VHF/UHF ham antenna, and sticking a 3' Firestick on there. I discovered the hard way that the hood on the Cherokee isn't steel...lol! Rediscovering the usefulness of CB has been interesting. Since getting home, I've programmed a set of 40 CB memory channels for the IC-7100 and will be loading those into the Wrangler's rig too. Right now, I have 3 antennas on the JK. A Firestick on the license bracket mount, the Lil' Tarheel, mounted behind the spare, and a Diamond VHF/UHF on the cowl. Those my change as I figure out just what configuration I want. The only issue I've found is that the HF rig sometimes interferes with the vehicle computer and will throw trouble codes if I'm not careful.