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Author Topic: Dual Band 2m/440 for Trailer Mount  (Read 1615 times)
N7GCO
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« on: March 14, 2013, 11:29:17 PM »

Since my 5th wheel is mostly non metal, what is a good antenna to mount on a trailer? I will probably mount it on the ladder.
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N4CR
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« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2013, 12:06:49 AM »

Since my 5th wheel is mostly non metal, what is a good antenna to mount on a trailer? I will probably mount it on the ladder.

Operating stationary or mobile?
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73 de N4CR, Phil

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N7GCO
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« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2013, 09:55:20 PM »

Stationary. But I want something I can keep permanently mounted.
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N4CR
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« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2013, 04:22:30 AM »

If you can put up a short mast, you can mount a 1/4 wave ground plane. Easy to make.

Or, you could make a mount for a commercial antenna and put some radials under it to complete the antenna. It could be made quite strong to handle wind load, you'd just have to select the proper materials to manufacture it.

Most of the commercial dual band antennas assume you have a ground plane already, since you don't, you'll have to supply one.
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73 de N4CR, Phil

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« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2013, 06:31:48 AM »

I, myself, have a fifth wheel and work with the Arrow Antenna Open Stub J-Pole 146/440, but it is attach to a telescopic pole and portable tripod base that I set up when stationary. Sometimes I am backed up into the trees and sometimes I am not. The cost for the antenna is less than $50.00, add all other materials, less coax, the whole package would run you about $125.00. It works well for me.


Cliff Wickey, N6CTW
2003 33' Keystone Sprinter
2004 Chevy 2500 HD Duramax Diesel
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