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Author Topic: Best antenna for jeep wrangler?  (Read 4490 times)
KE5MJS
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« on: March 28, 2013, 11:42:35 AM »

Which would give better performance when mounted near the spare tire, a 5/8 or 1/2 wave? I have both but don't have a tuner. Any comments opinions are welcome. For what it's worth. I live in Deep South Texas where it's relatively flat with not many hills. I think the highest repeater down here is at about 400 ft.

Thanks!

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W8JX
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« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2013, 02:00:35 PM »

How about a 5/8 over 1/4 wave collinear if you do not park in a garage. I used on on a bumper mount on a Suburban for many years when traveling. It worked well.  
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« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2013, 02:12:07 PM »

No garage so the sky is the limit haha

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« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2013, 05:04:34 PM »

I used a Hustler brand CG-144 antenna. It is 7 foot tall and very sturdy. I got excellent coverage with it traveling. The bottom 1/4 wave is a rigid SS rod and top 5/8 is a flexible SS whip.
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« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2013, 12:24:05 PM »

>>>  I think the highest repeater down here is at about 400 ft. <<<

You didn't specify HF or VHF/UHF

Should we assumed VHF/UHF?  then I would go with the 5/8


(((73))) Milverton.
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« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2013, 12:31:04 PM »

>>>  I think the highest repeater down here is at about 400 ft. <<<

You didn't specify HF or VHF/UHF

Should we assumed VHF/UHF?  then I would go with the 5/8


(((73))) Milverton.


In wide spaces of Texas I would bank on 2 meters not 440.
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« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2013, 09:25:37 PM »

Yes, 2m. Sorry!
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« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2013, 08:06:37 AM »

I have had three wranglers. You should make a mount that gets the antenna outside the tire,steel belts in tire, and use any half wave antenna you like mine is 40 inches high just below the canvas top have no problems hitting any repeater in 25 miles.
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« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2013, 06:03:15 PM »

These guys make some very good antenna mounts for Jeeps.  I'm using the windshield mount on my 2000 TJ for both the dual band and the Little Tarheel II.  Both antennas are solid as a rock.

http://www.arizonarockyroad.com/

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https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=4159254226363&l=4299291013907576101
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« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2013, 10:02:44 AM »

I think you will probably see better results if you can put it on the cowl. If you search around jeep forums, you can find some pictures of antenna mounts in that area, or just under the hood. I do have an ARR mount, with a 5/8 dual band, I don't remember which antenna I actually ended up buying. I get much better results on 440 than I do on 2m. The antenna it self is 19" which takes it up right to the top of my soft top.
I am planning on getting a cowl mount, and moving it to that location, and saving the ARR for a possible 10/6M antenna. I havent decided yet. My ARR is drilled for NMO.

But yeah. The jeep is nice to run wiring in, one of the best I've done, just not when it comes to antenna or radio mounting locations.
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