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Author Topic: Screwdriver antenna for receiver hitch mount?  (Read 325 times)
KC8MWG
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« on: August 04, 2017, 06:46:26 AM »

I am considering getting a screwdriver antenna for mobile HF (preferably 75-10, but 40-10 is okay as well). I want to use it with a receiver hitch mount, since I would prefer to avoid drilling or punching holes in my vehicle (I don't plan to have the vehicle I am currently driving for more than a couple more years before I replace it). I have a homebrew receiver mount that I originally made to use with an Outbacker-type antenna. The Tarheel series antennas, according to their website, are not recommended for use with receiver mounts. Are there any screwdriver antennas that WILL work reasonably well with a mount of this type?
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« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2017, 07:16:44 AM »

I am considering getting a screwdriver antenna for mobile HF (preferably 75-10, but 40-10 is okay as well). I want to use it with a receiver hitch mount, since I would prefer to avoid drilling or punching holes in my vehicle (I don't plan to have the vehicle I am currently driving for more than a couple more years before I replace it). I have a homebrew receiver mount that I originally made to use with an Outbacker-type antenna. The Tarheel series antennas, according to their website, are not recommended for use with receiver mounts. Are there any screwdriver antennas that WILL work reasonably well with a mount of this type?
I have a Tarheel on the hitch of my Tahoe, works fine, as far as it goes.  It will never be an optimal installation, but I get into local nets, and can make a few QSOs.  When 20 and 15 were open a few years ago, I talked to China from a Nevada highway, but that is the band doing all the work for a poor antenna setup.  No mobile antenna is going to perform even one quarter as well as a 6BTV with a good radial field under it.
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« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2017, 08:16:20 AM »

If you haven't already, spend some time reading about mobile installations at Alan's website:  www.k0bg.com
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