eHam Forums => Mobile Ham => Topic started by: KE4STB on May 28, 2005, 07:46:39 PM

Title: Dual bander in a PT Cruiser
Post by: KE4STB on May 28, 2005, 07:46:39 PM
Has anyone installed a dual bander in a PT Cruiser?  I'm not sure of a "safe" location inside the car for the radio...  Not to mention the antenna location???


Don, ke4stb

Title: Dual bander in a PT Cruiser
Post by: K0BG on May 28, 2005, 08:32:52 PM
Literally hundreds of times on this forum, there has appeared where, how, and what kind of antenna to use as a first time installation. A simple search will reveal the answers. In short, drill a hole, install a good quality NMO mounted antenna (NKO2/70 Larsen as an example), and never look back. It matters little what vehicle, placement, or mode, it is still the best overall installation money can buy.

What ever you do, forget the "gain game" and rely on experience.

Alan, KØBG

Title: Dual bander in a PT Cruiser
Post by: KE4STB on May 28, 2005, 09:51:38 PM
I understand about drilling a hole, and the Larsen antenna...  That's what I was planning on doing.  And I have searched many forums, not just here on eham, before I posted.

My questions are (I guess I should have been clearer when I posted):
1. What areas inside the car should I avoid when mounting the rig?
2. Is it easier to run the coax through the front post, the center post, or down the rear of the car, then up to the dash area.


Don ke4stb

Title: Dual bander in a PT Cruiser
Post by: K0BG on May 29, 2005, 06:23:08 AM
Safety is the key word here, with convenience a close second. Just make sure the location doesn't interfere with the SRS, seat position, shifter, etc.

I think you'll find the A pillar the best location for the coax. The reason for this is simple, actually. The B pillar usually had seat belt attachments, and the C pillar is usually big and bulky. The trim over the A pillar will snap off easily, and if you're apprehensive about doing it, go to your dealer as ask them how to remove it. The hardest part is fishing the coax through the headliner.

As has been reported here, the safe route is to remove the dome light if there is one, so you can see where the roof reinforcements are. Obviously, you don't want to drill through one. If in doubt, you an always pay a two way shop to install it for you.

I am in the process of garnering photos of the installations of amateurs who have ask for my help after visiting my web site, or from my correspondence here on Once I get enough, I'm going to post them in an effort (perhaps vain) to show the possibilities of safe mounting. I'd like yours too.

Alan, KØBG