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Author Topic: '03 Accord 2 Meter antenna location?  (Read 730 times)
KF4AIB
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« on: February 02, 2004, 02:34:34 PM »

I have a 2003 Honda Accord EX-L that needs a 2 Meter antenna location (hopefully NMO mount).

My first choice is to drill the roof for an NMO mount, but I have an electric sun-roof in the way. I could drill behind the sun-roof but the roof surface is near the rear window which is on a rear sloping angle (so my NMO antenna will angle towards the rear @ 20 degrees). Mounting in front of the sun-roof would have a front 20 degree slope (the car would look like a Unicorn).

Second choice, a rear "through the glass" mount is obstructed by the rear window defroster element.

Third choice (that's not what I want), a center trunk lid mount that would cause an antenna to hit the car roof when the trunk is opened (which is opened 4 times a day). I could mount on the side of the trunk opening to stay off the trunk lid but I really want an antenna that is above the car, not below the roof line.

Any ideas?
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N3ZKP
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« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2004, 05:17:29 PM »

The 'off vertical' configuration is no big deal. With the slope of the roof on my minivan, both my 2/440 and 6m antennas are canted outward from vertical. Looks a little funny, but works fine.

Lon
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« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2004, 08:37:42 PM »

I just put an antenna on my '04 Accord EX-L Navi.  I used a comet trunk lip mount on the side of the trunk.  It seems as though there's a space right there that was intended for an antenna's trunk lip mount, although I don't think that's actually what it is.
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K0BG
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« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2004, 10:34:37 AM »

I would think the trunk lid would be a better place to drill the hole and mount the antenna. That's where mine is.

Alan, KØBG
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K7IHC
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« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2004, 04:06:47 AM »

I've seen police vehicles with NMO mounted antennas on non-horizontal (= fender tops, rear of roof) surfaces.  The base coil is slightly tilted from vertical, and the whip is bent at the base to make it vertical.  I guess it works ok.  That would be easy to do with a 1/4 wave 146 MHz whip.
I have a '98 Accord, and have three NMO mounts on the trunk lid.  It's a very good place (second to rooftop mounting) for antennas.  When I first saw the *new* Accord, I wondered how an NMO mount/antenna would work on that short trunk lid.
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« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2004, 12:08:11 AM »

I had an identical problem with my '98 Neon.  The sunroof prevents mounting to the roof, a large stock ("surfboard") spoiler takes up all of the good real estate on the trunk.  (Everywhere else, the antenna nails the car before the trunk lid is open).

I tried trunk lip mount--it hit the car if mounted to the front edge, and the trunk surface is too curved to allow mounting to the side without it wobbling back and forth!

I ended up using an "L" bracket mount to put it at a decent location on the side of the trunk.  Its performance has been quite good, and I haven't *noticed* a lot of directionality.  I've hit a repeater (antenna at ~300 feet) clearly at 45 miles away on ~50 watts.

Not the absolute ideal solution--but it is one that does not prevent the sunroof from functioning and does not require me to substantially change the appearance of the car by removing the spoiler.

Jim
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