what was used as 2m mobile antenna in the 60's and 70's?

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  1. K2LXD

    K2LXD Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have a classic car with fm 2 meter rig and was wondering what would be a period correct antenna. any help would be appreciated.
  2. KC7FIK

    KC7FIK Ham Member QRZ Page

    I would just use a simple base loaded whip with spring.
    Seen lots of them in the '50-60-70 year.
  3. WC5P

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    In the 60's, two meters was mostly on AM, which was generally horizontally polarized. Halo antennas were common for two meter mobile. Then around the late 60's, FM started to take hold. Where I lived at the time, the Hustler collinear was popular, mostly because there were only a few repeaters and sometimes they were a long way off. Of course, hams in the bigger cities used shorter antennas, like quarter waves.
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  4. KL7AJ

    KL7AJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    The Halo, of course.
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  5. KL7AJ

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  6. KC4YLV

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    I'd think that an old school Hustler whip would be the closest you could get to something new-manufactured that had the 'older' vibe. Their stuff always seemed delightfully 60s-ish to me.

    Tried to pull some 60s squad car pics but the only thing that sticks out are the big fender ball/spring mounts with the low band whips.
  7. WG8Z

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    Before 1968 "antenna specialist's eight ball mount" after '68 Moto NMO
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  8. WR2E

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    Early to mid-70's the big thing around here was the 'collinear' that I think Hygain manufactured. It really did seem to work well.
  9. N3AB

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    I believe you are talking about the ASP-201. 1/4 wave whip. I installed many of these on police cars, fire trucks, you name it back in the 70s.
  10. F5VHZ

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    There was a super vhf antenna made i believe by ASCOT, it had a conical spring at the base and presumably a coil inside the isolator making it a 5/8, it worked very well, and only required a 9mm hole in the bodywork !! Many uk stations used the vhf pmr base open coil antennas, both with fiberglass whip and the all steel one, (i have a load of them in my garage) mostly tuned to 156 mhz but could have a tip added to drop them back to 145..un cut ones start at 140 mhz.
    I also had a dual bander way back in the 90's that was a 1/4 wave on vhf, and 2x5/8 on uhf, as it was very small it passed un noticed, and i still carry it as a spare.. On trucks the 1/4 wave mounted above the windscreen where the radio antenna was situated, or a topkrise strapped to the mirror supports. this was outstandingly the best by far. I still have the first one i ever made, some 40 years ago..
    I also remember there was an electric CB antenna that looked like a standard car radio antenna that would retract into the wing of the car. they were loaded by a matcher box for 27 mhz and could be used for vhf with a bit if fettling. replacing the wing mounted antenna was not always easy as the angle of the bodywork meant that a wingnut support had to be used, to get the antenna vertical.. I overcame this with a adapter made from circuit board, that followed the wing contour and had a flat part at the top, like a cube cut at an angle, and a matching part inside the wing to hold the two together by a bolt hooked into the outer part. I still have that and if the description sounds weird then email me and i will send a photo of it.. Basically it followed the contour of the body and the pl259 base screwed into the top allowed me to fit any modern whip antenna, and no holes required..i replaced the original antenna when i sold the car !! It supported the biggest of dual banders and never moved or twisted...and as it was made from double sided board the joints were inside, and the copper outside made it look great, even when it was dirty and oxidised it still worked as the earth connection was inside the wing on a strut.
    Another antenna we never see now is the early 960mhz cell phone antennas, I have one that is about 70cm high, it is a colinear inside a black sleeve, all stainless steel welded dipole inside, a real work of art. It has a big black ring at the base so you can open the boot and throw it inside, so it had to be mounted on the boot lid..i used it for years with a scanner !!!

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