What kind of car do you drive? If it's a sedan, you can always get a trunk lip mount. You then feed the coax through the back seat and can sneak it under carpeting to get up front. I had that for a while on one of my leased cars.
Of course another option is to drill. Some of my cars came pre-drilled already when I used to drive old police cars. Our van which we own I drilled.
A long time ago when I used to run mag mounts the problem I ran into was when in the door jam, it would get crushed and let to problems. Some cars have tighter clearance than others.
Most ant makers have a fold-over , like a hinge at the bottom, that you can unlock and fold down the taller antennas to enter a garge !
Originally Posted by K8ERV
For the mag mount;
I would see if there is a rubber "boot" available, that covers the magnet to prevent paint damage. Maxrad makes them and I have used this with no problems.
My antennas go from car to car often.
Last edited by K8JD; 08-24-2009 at 08:44 PM.
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Thanks for all the thoughts. I'm not terribly worried about paint damage. My last car had desert pinstriping (scratches from off-roading through the desert) before my first oil change. I guess getting out and folding down an antenna is not that big of a hassle, but maybe when I get one big enough to need that, I'll let my XYL park her car in the garage.
My car does not have real tight door jams and it does not seem to be a problem for the mag antenna for now anyway. Got it running through the back door, behind the drivers seat. That door only get's used a few times a week.
Thanks again for the thoughts and comments.
Stephen KF7EIF Arizona
Depends on the neighborhood.
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If mag mount antennas didn't work reasonably well and were not so darn convenient, there would not be a bizillion of them sold and in use.
You should be fine with your mag mount antenna. About the only limitation you will have is the power level of the VX radio. A 50 watt mobile unit will bring the best out of you mag mount antenna.
I had one on the trunk lid of a four door, full size sedan for a few years. I only took it off once in awhile so that I could give the area under the mount a good cleaning and waxing. It worked very good. It was a dual bander, 1/2 wave on 2 meters and ??? on 70 cm. Had no trouble getting in/out of the garage -- plenty of clearance being mounted on the trunk lid.
Last edited by K0CMH; 08-27-2009 at 12:41 PM.
It seems to be meeting my needs. I can hit a couple repeaters that are up to 100 miles away with great signal. I have a hatchback/mini SUV, so not trunk option, but it barely taps the garage door, so I am not to worried about it. If I still had my Durango, I would have a bigger problem and would probably be parking in the driveway (XYL would be happy to get her car in the garage, LOL). But I did enough off-roading with the Durango, if I still had that, I would probably have a mobile unit and a BIG antenna mounted. Maybe someday I will get to do that.
Thanks again to everyone here and on the air that has been very welcoming as I get used to this new world.
Originally Posted by K0CMH
Arizona "But it's a dry heat"
Fine business. Glad to see another Ham who has equipment working and that they like.