Mobile Antenna Mounting - Superduty truck

Discussion in 'On the Road' started by KC8BWS, Jan 1, 2015.

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  1. KC8BWS

    KC8BWS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hi, I'm looking for antenna mounting advice for my truck.

    I really don't think I want to put a big magmount on the roof, my Yaesu 8900R's antenna (the 4 band one that's like 40" tall) would give my truck a total height of around 13' over all. I was thinking of bolting a couple right angle pieces of steel to my steel front bumper and then running the coax through the engine bay.

    On my F150 I used to use one of those "post" mounts, but I wasn't really impressed with the quality of the mount, and I don't know if it would interfere with my tonneau cover.

    If anyone has some good ideas, I'd be really appreciative.

    I plan on running the quad band antenna, and then adding a 108" whip for HF.

    Thanks mates
     
  2. N0EF

    N0EF Ham Member QRZ Page

    Go to www.qrz.com/n0ef and check out my fold-down mount in the cargo bay of my Tundra. Works great!

    John N0EF
     
  3. W5TTW

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    I love mine from Breedlove Mounts. Rock sold and it installs in minutes.
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  4. KC8BWS

    KC8BWS Ham Member QRZ Page

    The problem with either of those is I can't use my tonneau cover :(
     
  5. KB8YVC

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  6. KC8BWS

    KC8BWS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thank you, I've never heard of Breedlove until now. :)
     
  7. KC8BWS

    KC8BWS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Well, after considering my options, I guess there is really one way to go, and that's the dump the soft tonneau cover and get a used toolbox, then I can mount antennas on that. The bumper solution, while good in theory would have the vehicle act as a giant reflector, so that would be unadvisable for some communications.
     
  8. NQ0S

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    I have used a standard lip-mount on the hood by the driver for years. Placed carefully, it looks like a mirror of the regular radio antenna on the passenger side. While this probably is the perfect location from a performance standpoint, it doesn't cause any issues with hauling, covers, etc in the back and I can hit all the repeaters I normally need. Also makes the install take less than an hour to work through the firewall to the back of the radio.
     
  9. N5LCL

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    I have my HF antenna mounted on the tailgate of my F150 with a Diamond 400 mount. I also have two of the 400's mounted on the extended cab doors. One for my 2mtr/440 and the other for my APRS. With it mounted on the tailgate I can still have the Tonneau cover. Did the same for a friend on his F250 with a camper shell. Works very well.
     
  10. AI7PM

    AI7PM Ham Member QRZ Page

    The good old ball and spring mount is hard to beat for HF. Yeah,...I drill.
     

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