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Author Topic: Trailer hitch mount  (Read 1282 times)
K2UBG
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« on: February 24, 2006, 03:53:05 PM »

Hi,

  I have seen a mount that inserts into a trailer hitch receiver and offsets out to the drivers side to support a screwdriver . Can anyone tell me where to find one?
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WB2WIK
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« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2006, 04:05:35 PM »

"Tenna Hitch" sold by HRO.  Used to be made by N5DC, "DC Sales" but maybe taken over since them.

I have one on my station wagon, it's been working faithfully for several years.

http://www.hamradio.com/cgi-bin/uncgi/ase?ITEM=HITCH&MAX=1000&OPT=on

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K0BG
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« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2006, 06:00:26 AM »

Efficiency wise, a trailer hitch is one of the poorer places to mount a mobile antenna, especially on a van or SUV. Where ever you mount it, keep the coil as far away from the body as possible. Mounting it atop a long post isn't an answer either. If you need some hints, visit my web site, and look under Installations. BTW, you can have a mount made cheaper than you can buy one. There are several in the aforementioned article.

Alan, KØBG
www.k0bg.com
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W3LK
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« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2006, 10:49:21 AM »

A better way to use the hitch platform is to weld a 2" square tube to the transverse portion of the platform with the end sticking out past the left side of the vehicle. A solid round bar of the proper size for your antenna's mount is then welded vertically to the square tube. In the case of the High Sierras, that a 1.25" bar.

The bottom of my HS is 5 inches from the fender and the coil is almost a foot away, because of the Windstar's body taper.

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Lon - W3LK
Baltimore, Maryland
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K4KWH
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« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2006, 05:48:21 PM »

You can also extend those backwards "L" or "F" mounts upwards to get the feedpoint 2-3 feet in the air. I have made some of them for myself and there is a fellow down in SC that makes them for around 30 bucks.
I *think* he is at davyjones@bellsouth.net. Good luck finding what you are looking for.

73

K4KWH
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