Larson 2m/440 Window mount antenna HELP

Discussion in 'On the Road' started by K9QCA, May 3, 2018.

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  1. K9QCA

    K9QCA Ham Member QRZ Page

    So I just a new F150 with the aluminum body and I have my radios and hf installation complete. The only thing I need to do is mount a 2m antenna but I’m not drilling holes. I’m interested in the Larson window mount but this my question I have tinted factory back windows and will the window mount still perform like it should or will the tint cause issues

  2. K6CPO

    K6CPO Ham Member QRZ Page

    Most vehicle windows today, tinted or not, are made from "passivated" glass. This means they have microscopic metal imbedded in the glass. This cuts down on ultraviolet radiation reaching the inside of the vehicle, thus keeping it cooler. It also limits what you can do with a through-glass antenna. If you don't want to drill holes in the cab roof, then you might look into a hood mount and a 1/2 wave antenna.
  3. AC2KV

    AC2KV Ham Member QRZ Page

  4. W0FM

    W0FM XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Also a bit pricey are the factory "look alike" antennas from STICO.
    They have 2M and 70cm antennas that are combined with a replacement broadcast antenna and mount in the original fender hole.

    Terry, WØFM
  5. AI7PM

    AI7PM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Drill. In the end there will be a rubber plug up there that nobody will know or care about, and you'll have a no issues no compromise antenna.
  6. KD2GWD

    KD2GWD Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have a cab over truck camper so a roof top antenna didn't work for me. My compromise no drill NMO Larson 2M/440 works well on a driver's side inner fender mount.

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