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Author Topic: HF antenna for 97 Civic  (Read 423 times)
WB5DX
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« on: January 22, 2004, 09:45:33 PM »

I just got a new FT857 and could use some suggestions for an inexpensive (temporary) HF antenna to be installed on the rear of a 97 Civic.  I plan to have an ATAS (or something similar) in the near future. However, I want to mount something like a Hustler or Hamstick for the time being...but where/how?  Real Estate on the back of this car is really limited.  What have you done?  Has anyone utilized the license plate mount (Lakeview's)or made one?  I plan on selling the car in the near future, so holes are not an option.  Thanks and 73, BIll  WB5DX
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K0BG
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« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2004, 11:14:45 AM »

Well, it is a 97, so why don't you just drill the necessary holes to mount it correctly? You'll be glad you did.

Alan, KØBG
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N3ZKP
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« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2004, 01:48:22 PM »

<<  I plan on selling the car in the near future, so holes are not an option. >>

Holes for antennas have no effect on resale value to a dealer - Especially on a vehicle that is almost 7 years old! Smiley

Drill the holes necessary for a decent antenna installation then put rubber plugs from Antenna Specialists or Motorola when you remove the antenna.

Lon

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WB5DX
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« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2004, 04:38:48 PM »

Thanks for the responses so far.  However, I am looking for info on the mounts, as in attaching to the chassis, trunk lips, license plate mounts, etc.  I am not going to sell the car to a dealer as they will only offer wholesale.  I have always beat their price by 20% and the overall appearance does matter when selling yourself.  But, either way I am not going to put hole in the car since I will only have it for another year.  So...what has someone done with a temporary mount?

Thanks again and 73,

Bill
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K7VO
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« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2004, 02:34:34 PM »

Hi, Bill,

Take a good look at the Diamond K-400-3/8.  This is an excellent trunk/hatchback lip mount designed for use with the 3/8 threaded base on a Hamstick.  Oh, and go with the Hamstick rather than the Hustler.  I've tried both and I've gotten much better results with the Hamstick.  They're a lot cheaper too.

Oh, and yeah, I won't drill holes in my car either.

73,
Caity
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