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Author Topic: Mobile HF solution for '06 Grand Marquis?  (Read 3650 times)
N8LTD
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« on: April 26, 2014, 08:30:42 PM »

I wanna go HF mobile. Thinking about Wolf River Mini Silver Bullet coil and steel whip for 10-40 meters. I don't have a truck, SUV, or car with metal bumper. First i was going to get a triple mag mount, but don't like the mag mount idea. I'd be willing to mount a rack to the trunk and antenna to the rack. But can't find a rack that fits on my car. Any suggestions?
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« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2014, 08:47:02 PM »

I`ve heard people have used a trailer hitch with an antenna mount on it. There was a company that made mounts that attached to the hitch. Another way would be to weld a square plate to the body then put the connecter/antenna on that. I suppose whichever gives you a better ground plane would be best. K0BG,Alan,might have some suggestions also.
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N8LTD
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« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2014, 10:24:59 PM »

I wonder about drilling a hole in the trunk lid and mounting this.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/CB-Ham-Radio-HD-Ball-Swivel-Antenna-Mount-Spring-102/120762528451?_trksid=p2047675.c100009.m1982&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D22466%26meid%3D6491824719880111284%26pid%3D100009%26prg%3D9735%26rk%3D7%26rkt%3D10%26sd%3D151006964930
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« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2014, 06:38:26 AM »

Obviously, the Wolf coil isn't the best, but nonetheless passible perhaps. The ballmount is okay for a small antenna, but I wouldn't mount it on the trunk lid. They're designed to mount on a vertical surface, so a better place would be the quarter panel. You might go to my web site, and look in the photo gallery for some ideas.
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« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2014, 07:04:06 AM »


Your car has a metal bumper, behind the plastic bumper cover.

I made a mount for my mini screwdriver antenna that attached to the metal structure behind the plastic and the antenna stuck out of a hole in the bumper just to the left of the license plate.  Worked a treat for 13 years or so until I traded in the car after the engine gave up.



This is a view of it from underneath the car.  Plumbing and hardware parts from Home Depot.

Mark K5LXP
Albuquerque, NM

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N8LTD
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« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2014, 06:04:54 PM »

Thanks guys. I really don't wanna mount to bumper-wanna put it where there's some metal underneath. I looked at Breedlove pedestal mounts. What about this puck mount on the trunk? https://breedlovemounts.com/puck_pedestal_mount.html  Looking at the photo below, there's not many options as to where to put it. Can't be in the center, but that's ok.




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« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2014, 10:22:04 PM »

hi, used to put antennas in the center of your crown vic, I mean Mercury trunk lid all the time. seem to recall that it was 12 inches from the rear window and centered side to side. put the button dead center in the trunk lid. (it's been a few years) but it was an nmo mount. we would fish the coax "up" to the trunk lock (where your taillight wires are) and them "down" towards the trunk hinge. (bottom right hand corner of photo) we covered the coax with wire loom and followed the curve of the hinge into the trunk area (radios mounted back there, control head in the front).

I've also seen the dreaded ball mount aft of the gas cap door, I've never installed one but seemed to be "the place" that the state police liked mounting theirs.

good luck, if you really want to "police up" your ride, I still have full schematics! good luck
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