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Amateur (Ham) Radio BS and Callsign Thread!

Discussion in 'Sports, Hobbies & Interests' started by The Traveler, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. Jan 11, 2019 at 8:31 PM
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    Kheiron

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    Shit.... That sux. Have you considered a lip mount for your hood? That might make it look more like an OEM antenna? I wouldn't want to drill holes in my roof... I'm not that committed to anything in my life.
     
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  2. Jan 11, 2019 at 8:33 PM
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    The lip mounts that i have seen have no "stealth." i might have to get creative.
     
  3. Jan 11, 2019 at 11:00 PM
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  4. Jan 12, 2019 at 2:23 AM
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    That's kinda what I'm doing right now, except I pulled cable through the window. Just trying to avoid potential adverse reactions of a magnet on the roof, and pick more permanent mounting location
     
  5. Jan 12, 2019 at 3:22 AM
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    I still haven't done the math, but a legally powered CB antenna on a ditch light mount doesn't scare me at all. Unlike squirting 50w into a 2m gain antenna, which does scare me.

    That being said, a top loaded antenna is putting out more energy at the base then at the top. Assuming its designed to be a 1/4 wave. The high current / low voltage point is at the base. Which is where most of the power is leaving the antenna. With less power leaving the antenna as you approach the tip where you have low current and high voltage.
     
  6. Jan 12, 2019 at 3:29 AM
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    As others have pointed out, this seems like it would be annoying when trying to mount anything else to the bed rack. You certainly don't want to mount anything else conductive anywhere near the antenna.

    From an RF perspective, it should work fine for 2m / 70cm. Many people mount on those Back-Racks rear window guards. They work fine. As long as you have a good electrical connection from the coax shield to the rack, and the center conductor well insulated.

    Drill that hole in the roof! Lol. I understand that it's not for everyone. But when you're ready to drill, check out breedlove mounts. They're top notch.
     
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  7. Jan 12, 2019 at 3:46 AM
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    Someone in another thread proposed he was manufacturing an NMO mount tab, that screwed in behind the 3rd brake light. He dropped the ball on it. Someone else liked the idea, and fabricated one for himself.

    I think it's a great concept for those that want an NMO, and aren't willing to drill.

    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/3rd-brake-light-antenna-mount.530201/

    How do we get these in production?
     
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  8. Jan 12, 2019 at 4:00 AM
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  9. Jan 12, 2019 at 5:09 AM
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    Thanks for your input. I figured it would be a better idea to remove a mag mount from the roof, and since I'm still reluctant of drilling my roof *, this would be a next best thing. Since the rack is not really being used to carry big things on it, the antenna should be safe there. Rack sits a few inches below the roof line, so I'd bend a steel bracket to raise the antenna a bit (radiation). I was just trying to figure out how would that whole idea affect performance.



    @BenMara Thanks for info :thumbsup:

    Yeah, I think I'll pass... It will be way better cheaper to bend a steel bracket and slap it onto the rack.




    * also, if one would drill and install antenna on the roof, how bad of an idea would it be to put up a Prinsu style rack, and essentially surround bottom of antenna with aluminum cross sections?
     
  10. Jan 12, 2019 at 5:27 AM
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    I made my own. Sandwiches between the cab and the 3rd brake light. I still had to drill into the cab to better secure the bracket. My 1/4 wave has a spring and this mounting point allows me to pull into the garage. Yes, the antenna hits but it would tip over with the mag mount. Now it stays in place. The area of the cab is strong so I haven't flexed the cab enough to dent it from the forces of the antenna spring.
     
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  11. Jan 12, 2019 at 7:34 AM
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    When you do drill a hole, make sure you also use a large diameter fender washer on the inside or something that distributes the load of the antenna since our sheet metal is very thin. I have two antennas on my roof. I took out the headliner, tacked in some 2.5” washers. While I was there, I insulated some polystyrene.
     
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  14. Jan 12, 2019 at 1:29 PM
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    I have purchased a few NMO's from Breedlove. Serious hardware indeed. Quality stuff. I have the model #504 on my 2015 DCLB. I regularly run a 2m/70cm dual band, that fits under my garage door. But I also have a CR8900 for the occasional ventures onto 6m repeaters in the area. I've also installed a few Model #503's as well on other vehicles. I felt the sheet metal was too thin on the Taco to support the cr8900 on either a conventional NMO or the #503.
     
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  15. Jan 12, 2019 at 1:49 PM
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    Finally got my radio installed.

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  16. Jan 13, 2019 at 7:06 AM
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    Awesome CB setup, TRD leaf springs, matching camper shell...more to come some day.

    Agreed, when I did my NMO mount in the top of my cab, I used a 1/4inch × 4 inch diameter piece of mild steel as a "washer" underneath the metal of the cab. I used JB weld though. It has held up great! And I have dang near did DOT's job for them with my antenna on some streets in regards to branches.:D
     
  17. Jan 13, 2019 at 7:12 AM
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    Sweet. What radio / antenna did you go with?
     
  18. Jan 13, 2019 at 7:18 AM
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    What’s going on in here?

    I passed my Technician exam last Friday, now just waiting for the government to get back up and running so I can get my callsign.

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  19. Jan 13, 2019 at 7:30 AM
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    Too much handwringing over "grounding". A C-loaded antenna (i.e Diamong SG7900) doesn't need a groundplane/radials so it doesn't need to be grounded at the mounting location. I've mounted them on plastic motorcycle luggage before.

    I use a trunk lip bracket for my tacoma.

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  20. Jan 13, 2019 at 7:38 AM
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    Having used these for years in Baja, I recently picked one up (not this one) but other than having to program each channel by using a computer and cable, they are hard to beat for quality (Commercial Quality, 110 watts). I will be running my Yaesu 7900 (for trail running) and this for when I really need power - like when chasing Mexican races - and no that is not a racial slur. :)

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