I have a coil :http://www.godshand.com/ebay_stuff.htm
I am going to put a 102" whip on it,with a big spring.
Question is this.
The BEST place (ground plane wise) for the antenna is over the roof of my Dodge Durango.I have thought of making a mount to go on the roof rack and guy it as well.
As there is always a trade off, the problem here is that baby will be really up there and could wack things.
Second choice is making a mount to my rear hitch and having it (mast) come up enough so the whip portion would be at about roof line therefore having a lower height (better than one foot) to the deal.
The second choice would also give me a stronger mounting system overall too, and protect the coil.
As the second choice would make my radiation pattern SOMEWHAT directional, as the ground plane is all on one side basically of the antenna's "view", is it THAT big a performance loss ??