Two meter mobile antennas for what it is worth

Discussion in 'Mobile Radio Systems' started by N7WR, Jul 26, 2020.

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  1. N7WR

    N7WR Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Over the years I have accumulated a LOT of vhf mobile type antennas all with NMO mounts. 1/2 wave. 1/4 wave, 5/8 wave---just a bunch of them.

    I recently decided to use an L shaped mount in the seam between the hood and fender on the driver's side. Anything on top of my pickup truck would have to be removed to get it into the low ceiling carport. So using the L bracket with NMO mount means that there is literally no ground plane directly beneath the antenna.

    For local repeaters all of my antennas worked "OK" but checking the SWR they were not particularly good. None of the antennas with 65 watts from my 2 meter radio would access distant repeaters even though I was parked at 4100 ft AGL with no obstructions.

    So I pulled out my old (at least 20 years) Larson 2/70 and tried it. That antenna has been beat to heck in the woods banging into tree branches but has never failed. Lo and behold I can now access repeaters 75 miles away and the SWR is 1:1 across most of the 2 meter band. I have recommended this antenna in the past and have even more reason to recommend it now
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  2. AI7PM

    AI7PM Ham Member QRZ Page

    The 2/70 is half wave on VHF, so the plane is not as important. Best of the dual band antennas out there.
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  3. M0GVZ

    M0GVZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    It is if you understand rudimentary physics. All end fed antennas require a RF ground, Kirchoffs Law is the applicable physics here.
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  4. N0TZU

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    Yes, but for the end fed half wave antenna the counterpoise current is very low compared to a quarter wave and it doesn't need the large "plane" to efficiently launch a wave.
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  5. AI7PM

    AI7PM Ham Member QRZ Page

    ..."plane is not as important" vs not needed would be two different phrases. I did not state an RF ground was not necessary, but that a ground plane (meaning 19 inches plus in all directions) was not as important. Yeah, common mode and a radiating shield would result. A half wave mobile antenna mounted on to a metal surface would, in fact, have the RF ground you address, but not necessarily ideal "ground plane".
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