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Author Topic: Antenna mounts for trucks...??  (Read 957 times)
KE5BRE
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« on: February 16, 2007, 07:31:47 AM »

Hello Team:

Any mounts for pickup trucks...??

I want to mount a VHF/UHF antenna, but do not want to use magnetic or drill holes, want to use a NMO type mount.

I found the geotool mount but I think is expensive. ($65)

I remember that Universal Radio used to sell a mount for pickup trucks that was bolted inside the hood and the NMO hole was on the other side of the mount. Seems like that mount is not available anymore and I do not remember the name of the manufacturer.

Any advice/ideas will be really appreciated.

Thank you.
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K0BG
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« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2007, 09:06:36 AM »

The part number from Larsen for the angle bracket is TB34 and comes in chrome and black. AES and HRO both carry it.

On some trucks, the hood seam isn't wide enough to clear bracket, and on others a lip at the top of the seam won't allow it to be fastened correctly. In short, you need to make sure the bracket will work before you spend the $15.

Alan, KØBG
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N4CDB
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« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2007, 11:09:56 AM »

I used a Larsen NMO L-bracket and mounted it to the bed rail. I run the cable under the rail and into the cab through a grommet behind the rear seat. I mounted the L bracket to a short piece of flat aluminum stock. I have some pics at home I can post if you're interested.

Go here to see mfgr pics: http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/hamantm/larsenx.html

Bracket: TMB-34
Cable: PO-K

I use a Comet SBB-5 antenna and it works great. Probably not as optimal as having it roof mounted but that wasn't feasible since I'd be nailing the antenna in the parking garage a thousand times.
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AA4PB
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« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2007, 05:08:56 PM »

I know you said no holes, but a hole in the center of the roof will provide the best performance for a VHF/UHF antenna. Mounting it on the hood may be more convenient but you will pay a performance penalty.
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KE5BRE
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« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2007, 06:55:14 PM »

Alan: My truck ('06 Dodge RAM 2500) has the lip at the top of the seam and it will not work at that location.
by the way great site..!! I'm still reading trough all your material.

N4CDB: I'll appreciate the pictures, specially how the the L bracket is mounted to the short piece of flat aluminum stock in the bed rail.

I know that the roof location is the best but that's not an option because I park daily in a garage at my work place. I used to have a magnetic mount in the roof but got tired of removing it every time before entering the garage.

Thanks guys..!!
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KE5BRE
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« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2007, 08:24:43 PM »

OK...I think I found it...check this picture:

http://www.tessco.com/products/displayProductInfo.do?sku=411771&eventPage=1


Seems like the mount is made by a company called Pro.Fit Int.

http://www.pro-fit-intl.com/antenna.html
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KE5BRE
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« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2007, 08:53:05 PM »

Another link with specific info for mounting the antenna to the Dodge RAM truck plus how to run the coax. cable.

That's exactly waht I'm looking for...

http://dodgeram.org/ki4cy/ramradio/antenna.htm
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KE5BRE
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« Reply #7 on: February 16, 2007, 09:10:39 PM »

WOW...I just found what I was looking for...!!!

http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/hamantm/dgantmt.pdf


For some reason is not in the "Universal Radio" main index for antenna mounts..!!!

http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/hamantm/lcc.html

If you click "back", LCC is not listed..!!!

Google is your friend...!!!

 
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AA4PB
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« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2007, 03:03:24 PM »

I have a short (12-inch long) dual band antenna on the top of my PU and it gets into all the parking garages that I use.
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KE5BRE
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« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2007, 06:12:33 PM »

QUOTE: "I have a short (12-inch long) dual band antenna on the top of my PU and it gets into all the parking garages that I use."


Bob: Please, Can you elaborate a little more about that antenna...?? Brand/Model...Huh

Thanks.
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AA4PB
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« Reply #10 on: February 18, 2007, 11:02:32 AM »

I misspoke on the size a little, I just checked and it is 16-inches above the roof of the Mazda PU. Its a Comet SBB1. I've not had any problems with parking garages, but then my PU is rather small. The end of the antenna is flexible so it will give a little if you hit something as long as not too low.
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« Reply #11 on: February 19, 2007, 08:27:43 AM »

"I have a short (12-inch long) dual band antenna on the top of my PU and it gets into all the parking garages that I use. "


The parking garage at Bellevue Square in Bellevue, Washington has a height limit of 6 feet, 6 inches.  And, of course they have one of those little bars that cross the entry ramp at that height so you don't violate this restriction against concrete.

I drove up in my pickup and stopped under that bar to see the clearance that I had.  On the roof of my pickup truck I have a little 4 inch antenna for the cell phone that is part of the Onstar system.  This antenna clears the bar by about 1/2 inch!  I had better not get any bigger tires if I want to park here.

So, in my case, no antenna on the roof will work and if I have my antennas up, I take them down before entering the parking garage.  This is not a problem because I hardly ever enter that parking garage.  The truck, a 2004 Chevy Silverado HD2500 4WD, Crew Cab, Pickup.
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« Reply #12 on: February 19, 2007, 01:17:28 PM »

The parking garage at Bellevue Square in Bellevue, Washington has a height limit of 6 feet, 6 inches.
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The stock car radio antenna mounted on the fender of my truck wouldn't even go through that without hitting.
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N4CDB
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« Reply #13 on: February 22, 2007, 01:10:25 PM »

KE5BRE: Sorry, completely slipped my mind. I'll try to post pics tonight after our club meeting.
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N4CDB
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« Reply #14 on: February 24, 2007, 06:44:57 AM »

Not sure how to post pics here so I'll just post links to my antenna pics.

http://images.digiproimaging.com/_DSC0308.jpg
http://images.digiproimaging.com/_DSC0312.jpg
http://images.digiproimaging.com/_DSC0313.jpg
http://images.digiproimaging.com/_DSC0315.jpg
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