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Author Topic: Mounting a Webster Bandspanner to 89 Tracker  (Read 1678 times)
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« on: October 03, 2012, 02:02:00 PM »

I want to mount a Webster Bandspanner to my 89 Geo tracker that has  a canvas top  and need advice.

I don't plan to transmit while driving so I could have a fold over mount or mount it to the side of the Tracker. I have been searching K0BG's site and it has raised some questions for me.

I had planned to mount the antenna to a roof rack and fold it over while traveling but after reading about the problems created by long mounting poles I am thinking that may be a bad idea. The articles mention that the best way to use the vehicle's mass as a ground plane is to center of roof mount but there is no good way to do that as that will interfere with folding back the roof.

The bumpers are plastic.

I don't mind drilling a few holes in the side of the Tracker but is the side mount my best option?

I would really like to hear others thoughts on this.

I will be feeding the antenna with a Ten-Tec Scout.
Don
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« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2012, 06:38:03 AM »

Probably. Every installation is a compromise, no matter how good the install. The Bandspanner isn't all that heavy, and the Breedlove ballmount should hold it okay.

The issue with the roof rack is ground loss which is usually the largest loss factor. Minimizing it therefore important.
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