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Author Topic: Car Set-up  (Read 765 times)
KJ4OVL
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« on: March 15, 2013, 04:35:42 AM »

This is my first post,

Looking to set up my yaseu VX170  HT in my new model subaru. Looking for suggestions on mounting , antenae.

Please help any and all suggestions are appreciated.

Garry
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M6GOM
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« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2013, 04:53:16 AM »

Best method for mounting an antenna is via a hole drilled in the roof. I understand in the USA the Larsen 2/70 NMO mount is very popular.

Personally I'd pony up the money for a dual band mobile radio with a removable head unit. Far better than trying to do it with a HT. Have the head unit on the dash, the main body of the radio in the trunk and you're good to go.
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K7RBW
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« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2013, 06:43:08 AM »

Whatever you can do to get the antenna to the outside of the car, the better.

A permanent roof mount is the best solution in terms of durability and efficiency. The Larsen antenna mentioned in the previous post is a great model. For a roof mount, make sure it's flexible and has a spring so if you hit something like a low ceiling in a parking garage, it won't damage the roof. If you install one of these, it'll work well with your handheld now and with a mobile later.

If you're not ready to make the commitment and mount a permanent antenna, the next option would be a mag-mount, which is a compromise in efficiency for convenience (however, a mag mount on the roof for a while will still damage the surface of the paint).

Glass mount antennas are also an option, but they are about as efficient as a mag mount.

Finally, there are the window clips which mount your handheld antenna to a connector that fits on a door window. It's better than having the same antenna inside the car, but not by much.
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KE4DRN
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« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2013, 05:15:20 PM »

hi Garry,

take a look at http://www.k0bg.com/

lots of good info along with lots of photos.

73 james
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