PulseLarsen NMO2/70SH

Discussion in 'On the Road' started by NG9F, Jan 20, 2021.

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  1. NG9F

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  2. KC0LDH

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    Not much to add. I suppose it depends on if it is a touch free car wash, and the clearances. I have a 2018 ram 2500, and even with the spring, it would be too tall, and the 7'0" carwash clearance is only about 3" above the roof.

    I will let you try that one first - Lemme know how it goes! :)
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  3. NG9F

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    Oh interesting!! My Ram 1500 is a 2018 Big Horn with 20" wheels. Maybe I will just have to unscrew the element and put a cap on the NMO mount for the car wash!! I can live with that though.
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2021
  4. AI7PM

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    Don't run any antenna through a car wash.
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  5. KC2LFV

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  6. K6EEN

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    Spring loading helps save the antenna when you accidentally whack a low tree branch or the fast food drive-thru overhang, but not an automated car wash. Just get a Larsen rain cap, Larsen SKU #NMOCAPB or Tram #1290, and unscrew the antenna when you go through the car wash and put the rain cap on there. Takes about a minute to change from antenna to rain cap. I do it by the "self vacuum" area of the car wash, or curbside before pulling into the line. Also use the cap when pulling into parking garages with low roof clearances.
  7. KL7KN

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    Well, no any antenna you wish to keep.

    Pull the element, cap the mount = safe bet.
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  8. KC2RGW

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    I like the 2/70 B with the open coil just because the plastic sleeved coils have broken on several other antennas after a tree branch strike.
  9. KS2G

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    THIS! ^^^
  10. N7WR

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    I have a Ford F 150 pickup and it gets hand washed. Not just because of antennas but other after market add ons that would not fare well in a car wash. Only takes a few minutes to hand wash it

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