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Author Topic: VHF/UHF antenna for 2000 Jeep Wrangler  (Read 1249 times)
N0VZ
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« on: October 06, 2002, 12:21:06 AM »

Anyone have a good idea for mounting a dual band antenna on a 2000 Jeep Wrangler?  Roof is out because it's fiberglass.  The 2000 Wrangler doesn't have the tail light brackets that worked well for antenna mounting on earlier models.  Anyone tried an NMO mount on the flat surface of the front fender?  Want to stay away from a bumper mount.  How about just forward of the windshield?  Any good suggestions appreciated.  Ken
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« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2002, 05:40:06 PM »

No problem. Larsen, and several other amateur antenna makers have models made especially for fiberglass mounting. They are typically 1/2 wave loaded units and have little more than unity gain when mounted to fiberglass, and maybe 3 db when mounted to metal.

If you want to save a buck or two buy a 12" to 15" square aluminum plate (12 or 14 gauge is OK) from Home Depot or Ace Hardware. Use doublesided sticky tape to adhere it to the inside of the roof. Mount a 1/4 wave antenna through it, and presto, you have a groundplane. Maybe not as good as metal, but close.

Alan, KØBG
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W5RB
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« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2002, 05:20:57 PM »

Firestick has a bracket for this exact application . It's for 3/8" x 24 stud mount , but could probably be cut out for NMO if you need to .The only holes you'll drill will be under the hood .Follow the link and scroll down to the Wrangler bracket , then click the picture for detailed installation pics .Not bad for 10 bucks , eh? http://www.alfenterprises.com/antenna_mounts.htm

Russ,W5RB
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W2QOB
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« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2002, 08:34:35 PM »

If for no other reason than aesthetics, mount it on the right rear quarter!  I have a Comet SBB-7 on my 95 Wrangler, mounted on the spare tire bumper.  Performance is great.
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« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2002, 03:26:38 PM »

1.  http://www.stu-offroad.com/tj-radio/TJ-Radio-1.htm

2.  http://www.qsl.net/n7qjp/Wrangler/Mobile7.htm

i'm still looking for a good spot, give me an email address and i'll send you a picture of my current proj.

tim

www.wooty.com
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K5DVW
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« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2002, 09:23:43 AM »

I use my spare tire bumper on my 91 Wrangler.
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KJ5WO
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« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2002, 02:25:50 PM »

I use a Steel Horse off road light mounting bracket from Rosser Jeep.  Bolts right over the windshield hindges and no holes!  Works great and you have one for both sides.
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KF4FRK
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« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2003, 08:13:42 PM »

http://www.4x4wire.com/tech/electrical/yaesu01/

Works great on my 01 Wrangler with a 50 watt dual-band yaesu.

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