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Author Topic: Ball and spring mount  (Read 3799 times)
WA9CFK
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« on: January 23, 2014, 01:53:41 PM »

Probably been asked before but I have the Hustler antenna systems but I cannot find the old fashions ball and spring bumper or body mounts.

Plenty of VHF/UHF and other mag mounts but I need the old fashioned ball and spring. Who sells these?
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W5ARP
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« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2014, 04:22:37 PM »

Do you mean these:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA00Y0GN3366&nm_mc=KNC-GoogleMKP&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleMKP-_-pla-_-Two-Way+Radios-_-9SIA00Y0GN3366&ef_id=UXWVagAAALJB6Sdi:20140124002147:s
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W4KVW
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« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2014, 10:59:51 PM »

https://breedlovemounts.com/ These mounts are built like none other.Built in AMERICA with QUALITY materials. {:>)

Clayton
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K1CJS
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« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2014, 09:05:18 AM »

Be sure that the mount you use has an internal flexible strap connecting the top and bottom of the mount together.  All too many cheaper mounts like this do not include that strap--and as a result play havoc with your antenna system when they gather corrosion from road salts and chemicals, and weathering.
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K3GM
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« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2014, 09:23:25 AM »

I have a Breedlove ball mount.  2nd to none and almost too pretty to put into service.
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KE4DRN
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« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2014, 07:28:46 PM »

Hi,

Yes, the Breedlove mounts are a work of art!

He makes them on a turret lathe in his shop.

73 james
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« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2014, 12:36:15 PM »

Let me tell you about that Hustler ballmount.

I really don't know who makes that mount, but about a dozen folks sell it as their own. The two halves of the ball are stamped out of sheet metal, and plated. They're supported by a split ferrule with an unwelded seam. If you tighten down the ball enough to hold much more than a small monoband antenna, the ferrule splits open, the ball rotates, and your antenna drags the ground.

One side of the ball is spot welded to a small cup washer with 6 teeth which are supposed to bite into the plastic insulator when you tighten down the center bolt. They do, but they have a tendency to bend over and go unnoticed rather than bite into the insulator. Eventually the antenna ends up dragging.

Stick with the Breedlove, and you'll never have either issue!
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K3GM
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« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2014, 07:31:35 PM »

There's another reason for using the Breedlove mount.  I punch and drill brand new vehicles to install permanent antennas on them.   If I drill into a quarter panel, I want to make sure the part will last.  The Breedlove mount will last the life of the velicle.
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W9GB
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« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2014, 04:44:33 AM »

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Probably been asked before but I have the Hustler antenna systems,
 but I cannot find the old fashions ball and spring bumper or body mounts.
Plenty of VHF/UHF and other mag mounts but I need the old fashioned ball and spring. Who sells these?
Clearly shown on Hustler / Newtronics Web Page, under Antenna Mounts  .... Mineral Springs, TX
http://www.new-tronics.com/main/html/mounts_1.html

Ball Mounts featured on K0BG mobile web page
http://www.k0bg.com/antmount.html#ball

Antenna Specialists (now part of PCTEL, Bloomingdale, IL) long-time manufacturer of Ball Soring antenna mounts.  ASC-3D or ASC-13D (circa 1990).
http://www.antenna.com/apg_products.cgi?id_num=10949
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PCTEL (Antenna Specialts)
Standard Replacement Swivel Base Model ASP-3 and a Stainless Steel ASPR-368.
The ASP-3 has a standard cast aluminum swivel base.
Both have a 3/8"-24 threaded hole for whip or spring.
The new models have a nice black Duracoat finish.

Maxrad (now also part of PCTEL) also made a Ball Spring mount for Low Band VHF (30-50 MHz).

Hustler (Newtronics) sells the SSM-1 and SSM-2 Professional Stainless Steel Ball Mounts
http://www.wiscointl.com/hustler/amateur/mobile/accessories.htm

http://www.cheapham.com/hustler-ssm-2-ball-mount/

Here is the "cutting template" for the Antenna Specialist Ball Spring mount.
http://www.worldradiolabs.com/download/ASC-3_ASC-13_Ball_Mount_Template.pdf

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Breedlove Mobile Antenna Mounts
https://breedlovemounts.com
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