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2 meter radio antenna

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by uno676, Jun 20, 2012.

  1. Jun 20, 2012 at 8:00 PM
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    uno676

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    What type of 2 meter antenna do you use on your 2nd gen Taco?
     
  2. Jun 20, 2012 at 8:05 PM
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    Which is your flavor? To drill into the sheet metal to install roof mount NMO style antenna which will give the best all around performance. or do you prefer a mag mount. I chose the NMO style for best performance and drilled into the roof, running a yaesu 2800m.
     
  3. Jun 20, 2012 at 8:10 PM
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  4. Jun 20, 2012 at 8:35 PM
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    Thanks for the link :) I don't want to drill holes I know that it's better but not that committed yet. I was thinking maybe like a bracket mount or mag mount. I just bought a used 2m radio and I'm going to test for my tech license. I use to have one but let it expire years ago.
     
  5. Jun 21, 2012 at 9:40 AM
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    HI I HAVE A YAESU 7800 DUAL BAND I USE A LARSEN THRU THE WINDOW ANTENNA IT MOUNTS ON SIDE OF THE GLASS AND THE SENSOR MOUNTS ON THE OTHER YOU DONT NEED ANY HOLES TO DRILL AND IT WORKS GREAT.........TRY HAM RADIO OUTLET..........
     
  6. Jun 21, 2012 at 1:38 PM
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    I wasn't sure if the through the glass antennas worked very good. I know years ago they weren't so great. But I will check into it.
    Thanks
     
  7. Jun 21, 2012 at 1:40 PM
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    Larsen 2/70 NMO
     
  8. Jun 23, 2012 at 8:01 PM
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    How are tram antennas? The local shop has them. I thought about using a mount on the box rail with a nmo ant
     
  9. Jun 28, 2012 at 10:33 PM
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    Ill have two grab a few pictures but put a two meter up in the bed. I went with a self grounded antenna so that i could just put it the bed attached two thebed rails and whala.
     
  10. Jun 29, 2012 at 12:26 PM
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    So it gets a good ground there on the rail
     
  11. Jun 29, 2012 at 1:04 PM
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    no ground on the rail at all. I went with an antenna that did not require grounding to the car.

    http://www.diamondantenna.net/Product_Catalog/mobile.html

    There are two you can do that dont require ground plane.
    SG7500NMO
    NR770HA

    They come in black too. I found someone on this forum who helped me find some metal tabs that fit into the ridges behind the bed rail. These plates have a bolt hole. I then used a diamond RV mount, angeled at 90 degrees to thread the bolts thought. It left a large hole so I used an NMO male end, seperated it and used the washer to tighten down on the CB style hole. This is the mount for the antennal.

    Actually I just looked at it and realized I went with commet antenna
    http://www.cometantenna.com/products.php?CatID=1&famID=4&childID=4

    SBB5. I liked the style more and did not have the center ballan or coil pack in the middle of antenna. It looked more cell like. ill upload a few pics.
     
  12. Jun 29, 2012 at 1:10 PM
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    Here are some pics with cell phone camera...

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    enjoy
     
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    I have a diamond that i mounted to the bedrail. I used a tie down bracket that i bought off a guy on here and drilled it out just a lil to make it fit.. ran the connector under the cab and under my rear seat. Plugs into my Yaesu FT 8900 mounted under my drivers seat. Works great.
     
  14. Jun 29, 2012 at 1:32 PM
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    I also have the 2/70

    I mounted mine to the Thule rack though.
     
  15. Jul 3, 2012 at 12:00 PM
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    I think I'm going to mount it like you have. But I have one question I noticed your mount is away from the cab do you get to much reflection up by the cab? I was thinking of putting mine on the front of the box.
     
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    Larsen 2/70 NMO were the factory sat antenna used to be
     
  17. Sep 30, 2012 at 8:14 PM
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    Benmara, throw some pics up very interested to see the install!
     
  18. Oct 4, 2012 at 7:55 PM
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    I just put in two NMO mounts on the roof. Did a quick SWR check and it was looking real nice. less than 1.4 to 1.

    [​IMG]
     
  20. Feb 19, 2014 at 1:04 PM
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    ended up replacing the stock sat antenna, so drilled roof for a breedlove NMO mount
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