Disguised VHF/UHF antennas

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  1. AA4HA

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    You could also make a 144/440 dipole that you can tape inside of one of the rear side windows. It could be made from really thin wire like 22 gauge and held in place with clear tape. Nobody would even see it unless they were really looking for it. Just adjust the angles of the VHF dipole elements to get them as horizontal as possible but still a few inches away from the steel sides of the vehicle.

    If you wanted to be really clever you could put one in each back window (right and left side) and run coax to a Wilkinson divider at the center console to combine the antennas, then a short piece of coax to the radio.

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  2. KF5FEI

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    Plan B is to get your wife licensed. They really don't mind all the antennas, then.
  3. KB3ZYN

    KB3ZYN Ham Member QRZ Page

    If it has a "normal" vertical whip AM/FM antenna, and not one of those weird "windshield frame" retractable's or a roof-mounted loaded whip, I would find a way to put a 5/8 wave 144/440 vertical in the hole. Remove/drill out the old fitting and put in a SO-239 bulkhead, or whatever through-hole mount you would desire. Maybe have an antenna switch somewhere backwards, acting as a rig switch so you can choose between the AM/FM and the transceiver. I saw the 239 to Motorola(or whatever car radio antenna plugs are) at Radio Shack the other day for like $6.
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  4. KD5TXX

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    My wife feels the same way about antennas. And I listen to her complain. However if my HF antenna isn't on the vehicle and I only have the 1/4 wave she doesn't care. It is black and you have to be close and looking to notice it.
  5. KJ6UFY

    KJ6UFY Ham Member QRZ Page

    "Woman! Silence! Eggs over easy NOW!
  6. KD4MOJ

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    What's the difference between those two models?

  7. W1OD

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    Just saw your post. I use a Comet NMO mobile antenna lip-mount affixed to the upper left lip of the hatch of my Subaru Outback, with a Diamond NR-72B-NMO antenna, a cellular look-alike dual-band low profile antenna. The antenna mount comes with low loss- mini coax which I was able to hide in the recesses of the trim. I bought the larger version of this antenna but it always hits the garage door, where this one is nice and clean. The only additional thing I did was run a piece of coaxial braid from the bottom of the lip mount to a chassis screw for a better ground. I've had this setup now for over a year and absolutely no complaints. Check it out and good luck!
    73, Steve, w1od
  8. K7BPA

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  9. AG6JU

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    because, the clearance limit, I don't think you can install antenna on the roof. but, I know person who installed antenna like this http://www.tessco.com/products/displayProductInfo.do?sku=87558&eventPage=1 , he drilled hole in roof, remove roof liner to instal cable. but, this type of antenna is not noticeable and it bend easily to go under garage or low ceiling parking structures. several other option below





    first install, just mount, let her get used to it, and then, install small antenna, then move on to larger antenna. I found out, best way to add anything to newly arrived car, is to install all of the radio before she even see it, if she saw all of the antenna and radio in the car when she see the car first time, she think that how the car come with, but adding anything later after she know how car exactly looks like are more difficult.

    there are company who makes windows mounted antenna , but it pick up lot of noise, does not work as well, here is some more disguised antenna there is several pages, so look through them all, these antenna are for people, who don't want people to even see the car have antenna, https://www.tessco.com/products/displayProducts.do?groupId=90365&subgroupId=90719&page=1
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