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Author Topic: Truck Bed Rail or Receiver Mount ???  (Read 2018 times)
N4MU
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« on: September 12, 2016, 10:39:05 AM »

I have been using a Tarheel 100 with a Breedlove Bed Rail mount behind the cab left side. It has worked GREAT! I am considering changing to a receiver type mount so I can more quickly remove the antenna from the vehicle, ideally without having to disconnect anything. How do receiver mounts fair? I'm a bit worried due to the fact that all the steel is now in front of the antenna rather than "around" it. I would also use an elevated receiver mount that would put the base of the Tarheel at about the top edge of the tailgate. Should I take the plunge or not. Objective is for quick/easy removal. Oh, and consider the use is stationary; never mobile. Thanks! Huh
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KK4YDR
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« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2016, 11:37:33 AM »

I don't recommend moving to hitch mount. Your antenna ground plane is dependent on the metal underneath it not around it. Plus if you take a collision on the rear end your antenna is toast and insurance won't cover the antenna.




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N4MU
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« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2016, 05:21:28 AM »

My thoughts also..re the ground plane anyway. If I took a hit in the rear it would be because someone drove through my lot though...LOL (truck/antenna is stationary). Thanks for insights.
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AA4PB
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« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2016, 05:55:26 AM »

The higher you can mount the antenna on the truck, the better it will perform. I agree with max metal under the antenna, not beside it.
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Bob  AA4PB
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