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Author Topic: 10M antenna location  (Read 2730 times)
W7TRD
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« on: December 03, 2011, 08:39:31 PM »

I'm converting (re-tuning) my 11M antenna(s) into 10M antennas for my 04' Tacoma pick-up..  Currently, I'm running a Wilson 5000 roof mount, but thinking about installing the Predator 10K back on the middle tab of the jack/light bracket on my bed, behind the cab, and re-installing the Larsen NMO back on the roof.  Future plans are to purchase and install a "screwdriver" on the middle tab of bracket.  But that could be a year down the road.  I guess my question is; would the Predator 10K perform better than the Wilson in it's present position?
  Thank you for your input!!


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KI4SDY
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« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2011, 12:57:06 AM »

You would be better off installing a simple 102" whip and saving a lot of money to boot! In that case, just don't install a spring for 10 meters. No trimming necessary. I get an SWR of 1.2/1 for 10 and 11 meters without the spring. If you want to use the antenna for 10, 11 and 12 meters, install a good stainless steel spring to add 6" of length. Tuning is not critical for HF frequencies, so you will most likely enjoy 1.3/1 or lower SWR on all of the bands mentioned.  Wink

Your Wilson 5000 may work just fine on 10 meters and can still be used on 11 meters without any tuning. You can tune it between 10 and 11 meters for best average SWR, if you want. For 10 meters only, start by pushing the radiator all the way in and check the SWR as you pull it out in increments. Trimming the radiator should not be necessary. I would go ahead and try that antenna first, since you already have it. Read the review on eHam.net!  Grin

Another inexpensive option, if you want a shorter antenna, would be to get one of the 36" tall MFJ hamsticks for $19.95. The reports are that it performs as well as the 48" model. It can be used on 10 and 11 meters as well! Smiley

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KI4AGD
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« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2011, 06:46:57 PM »

i use a Wilson 2000 on my big rig and i can tune from 20m to 10m with no problem.i have a older icom 706 with a it-100 tuner.but in my pick up truck i use a 102 wipe with the LDG pro200 tuner and i can tune 20m thur 6m.i do have a spring an ball mount and all that works very well on my GMC 2500.
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KD4LLA
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« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2011, 10:41:25 PM »

I used a 10m hamstick and a R/S HTX-100 for years...  When ten is open, 5 watts will get you anywhere!
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KF9ZA
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« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2011, 08:43:14 AM »

Try a MFJ 10m Hamtenna.  It's only $14.95 +shipping.  I have it mounted on the roof of my SUV and it works great.

http://www.mfjenterprises.com/Product.php?productid=MFJ-1610T
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