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Author Topic: where can I mount my antenna  (Read 394 times)
N5RMQ
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« on: July 11, 2004, 07:09:21 AM »

I just got a 2004 Jeep Wrangler with a soft top. Where the heck am I going to mount my 2m antenna. Any suggestions, where did you, mount yours?

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« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2004, 09:40:28 AM »

There are several options. If you purchase a loaded 1/2 wave which doesn't require a groundplane, a bracket off the tire carrier works okay. And you can use the cowl although it is difficult to rout the coax.

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WB2WIK
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« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2004, 12:43:26 PM »

Antenna Specialists used to (maybe still does) make a 1/2-wave coaxial vertical mobile antenna that works incredibly well and requires no sheet metal for mounting.

Shakespeare and others make a lot of VHF "marine" antennas specifically suited for mounting on fibreglas or other non-conductive materials, and those work well, too.

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« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2004, 01:32:09 PM »

One thing to look for:  under the hind end of the vehicle you'll most likely find a pair of steel tie-down loops, used to chain the vehicle to the trilevel when it's shipped by rail.  I took some metal barstock (aluminum, 1/4" thick, but steel'd be more rigid) and bent it to fit up behind the tiedown loop and stick out the back a few inches.  My HF bugcatcher's mounted there, but a collinear or a J-pole (in cpvc pipe or shrikwrapped to a fibreglas pole) would do well on such a mount.
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KD5ZZU
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« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2004, 11:08:10 PM »

I've got a '98 Wrangler, soft top, and had the same problem.  I also had a problem in that I did not want to drill any holes in the car or bumper.  I made a dual band j-pole antenna out of tv twin lead (there are many websites about how to make this antenna).  I housed it with 3/4" PVC pipe, the whole length of the tv twin lead (about 5 feet or more).  I hung the antenna by drilling two small holes into a PVC cap, then hung the antenna with some string through those holes, and put the cap on the top of the PVC tube.  At the bottom of the pole, I drilled a hole in the side where the antenna ended and coax began, and fed the coax out of the PVC housing tube.  I found a flag holder, for a flag that might hang on a pole on the side of a house.  The angle of the holder could be changed, and I made it point straight up.  I secured the pole holder onto my back bumper with the help of two bungee cords wrapped around it--no drilling holes.  I just put the PVC tube in the flagpole holder, and fed the coax into the car above the upper right corner of the trunk, though a nook in the canvas top--there is no stress or pinching of the coax.  It's a great antenna, and it works very well.

These instructions are not incredibly clear, but if you are interested, email me at KD5ZZU@yahoo.com and I will be glad to give more detailed info and some pictures of my car.
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