I've moved my mobile station to my new mobile ham shack. A Ford Crown Vic Police Interceptor has a lot more room for this stuff than a Miata.
For the moment I'm still using my magmount antennas from the Miata, but that will change. There's an NMO mount through the trunk lid, though for some insane reason somebody cut the coax off.
I've got a new NMO mount on the way to replace the "disabled" one, and will move my 144/220 MHz antenna there to eliminate one magmount.
I'm wondering about my 10 meter antenna. Right now I'm using a Radio Shack HTX-10 and a trimmed down CB magmount. 10m is opening up but I haven't managed to make a single contact lately, so I'm thinking about improving my HF antenna setup. The Shark FM mini
looks appealing - a good compromise of size, performance, and price for my situation. I'll start with just one for 10m, but in the future I plan to buy a more capable HF radio with more bands, and can add more antennas at that time.
I don't mind drilling holes in this car (which should make K0BG happy
) - after all, I've already got one hole for the NMO mount. In fact, I've been reading Alan's web site extensively for inspiration. It seems my best options are either a ball mount on the side of the car, or a mount through a hole in the trunk itself. The trunk mount actually appeals to me more, but I haven't seen much in the way of 3/8 x 24 mounts that just go through a hole in the metal. I'm also concerned about damaging the trunk lid itself with the force of the wind on even the Shark FM going down the highway for extended periods of time. I know there are some trunk lip mounts available as well, but I don't mind putting another hole in the car for my HF antenna.
Any suggestions and/or parts sources?