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Author Topic: 2 meter/440 Antenna placement on 2014 Camry Hybrid  (Read 2039 times)
N7GCO
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« on: April 16, 2014, 01:37:47 PM »

Just purchased a new 2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid. I have always put my 2 meter/440 antennas on the roof. But with all the airbag it looks like it would be very delicate to put the antenna on the roof. I have considered the trunk, but there is a brace ri00ght in the middle and the way the trunk opens it would have to be near the car rear end to keep from mashing into the back window.

Anybody have one of these that has figured out where to put the antenna?
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« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2014, 07:49:33 AM »

I've seen a few trunk lids on cars that open greater than 90 degrees making a lid mounted whip a challenge.  My new-to-me car is like this but fortunately the lid is both deep enough and the back window sloped enough I was able to install a short dualband whip there and the ball of the antenna barely kisses the glass when the lid is opened.  I coated the ball with RTV to minimize the possibility of scratching.

Mine too has a shallow center rib but that was dealt with by drilling all the way through it.  Yes, one could say the structural integrity was compromised but it's not like I sit on my trunk lid.  To mount the antenna on the thin metal anywhere away from a rib would flex a lot.  No issues so far.


Mark K5LXP
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N6AJR
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« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2014, 10:41:30 AM »

buy an extra trunk lid from the junk yards and drill a hole in that and mount all the antennas you want, then you can drill as many antenna holes as you w ant, and change trunk lids when you are ready to sell the car.

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KQ6Q
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« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2014, 04:47:52 PM »

consider a hood/fender lip mount. You can probably use an existing empty hole to mount the bracket, run the coax in the driver's door opening. Use a short-ish antenna - at highway speeds a one 3' or longer will whip around the the turbulence and be distracting.
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