2M antenna idea for Aluminum body vehicle?

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  1. W6ZXY

    W6ZXY Ham Member QRZ Page

    I guess that in the back of my mind I kinda knew that the new 2019 Ford F-150 I bought last December had an aluminum body but I was still surprised and dismayed when my mag mount antenna didn't stick. I know...brain fart! So, I'm wondering what are my options? I'm kinda leaning toward one of those glass mount thingies...Mounted to the back glass, it would be an excellent solution. How well or poorly do they work ? Which one is good? Any other recommended solutions that do not require drilling/cutting holes in my brand new truck ?

    Oh, and other than the fact that the mag mount won't stick, will it work when stationary? (will have to try this)

    Thanks in Advance.
  2. KC0LDH

    KC0LDH Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    I am still a fan of standard nmo mounts, but understand the hesitation.

    3rd brake light mounts are looking popular.

    Topper? I put a hole in a cheap topper, and use 1/2 wave antennas.

    Stake pocket mount? Again, likely 1/2 wave, some trucks have good access thru the box, and a hole would go in a plastic knockout at the bottom of the cab for coax.
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  3. AC0GV

    AC0GV Ham Member QRZ Page

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  4. AC0GV

    AC0GV Ham Member QRZ Page

    On mine the whole roof was glass. That moves it to the stake pocket, the hood, or the brake light.
  5. KQ0J

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    I had a antenna mount that clamped on the drip rail on the edge of my truck roof. Was a Dodge - installed it above the rear door when the door was open
    5/8 wave with a fold down mount ( for garage entry ).
  6. AI7PM

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    Drill baby drill.

    Yes, the mag mount will work sitting still.
    Everyone I know that used the on glass antenna was disappointed .
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  7. W5GX

    W5GX Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have a 5/8 wave on the bed rail, behind the stake pocket.


    When I last put an antenna near the stake pocket, the cab did all kinds of wonky stuff to the antenna.
  8. KA0HCP

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    NMO mount. Take the plunge, you really have nothing to lose, and a lot of performance improvement to gain.
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  9. AC0GV

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  10. AC0GV

    AC0GV Ham Member QRZ Page

    NMO mounts can be put in MANY locations, if you are saying drill a hole in the roof, that could be a problem.
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