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

Discussion in 'On the Road' started by K2LXD, Oct 26, 2016.

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  1. KQ0J

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    I used a 5/8 wave vertical for FM, a lot of the guys that had repurposed Motorola gear used the commercial NMO mount 1/4 waves.

    Halos and Squalos were for the AM guys. It was funny to see / hear guys operating Clegg 22'ers and the like from a vehicle.
  2. WB6FQZ

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    In the 60s my dad, WA6BVV, ran a Gonset Gooney Bird" 2M AM rig into a J antenna made from a 102" CB whip and mounted on the rear bumper. Most everyone ran the J or 1/4 ~ whip. That Gonset rig, ( called a Communicator 2) was all tube of course and ran a 2E26 tube in the final for 8 to 10 watts out. It had a vibrator power supply so it was a good idea to have the engine running while transmitting! This was a very typical set up in the 60s in the Los Angeles area. They ran 145.350 Mc mostly plus the FIRST 2 meter repeater also AM on Mount Lee above the HOLLYWOOD sign.
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  3. K0UO

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    Quarter wave 18 to 19 inch piece of wire for 2 meters and also many 5/8 waves Base Loaded, Larson was a leading brand
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  4. WA8ZYT

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    Early 70's I had an Antenna Specialists 5/8 wave vertical on the back of my 1966 Chevy Malibu. Radio was a GE MTS Progress Line converted to 2 meters with an additional rx preamp.
  5. K7ZX

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    Back then the only 2 meter mobile FM antennas I remember were 1/4 wave verticals.
  6. N7WR

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    I agree. I was WA6CUP back in the late 50's and 60's I ran an Gonset Communicator with a J pole antenna (homebrew) as my 2 meter mobile. Stayed with that through college and after that transitioned to an ICOM diode programmable 2 meter FM rig. Once I switched to FM my antenna of choice has always been (still is) the LARSON NMO 150.

    My experience was also in Los Angeles as noted in the above post. The Mt Lee repeater and later one on Mt Wilson and ultimately one on Mt. Disappointment were the favorites.
  7. WA9ZZZ

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    Radios have changed a lot since the 60's and 70's. Antennas, not so much. I installed a Larsen LM mount with a 1/4 wave vertical antenna on my 1973 Dodge. You can buy the same mount and antenna today. I don't know exactly when the NMO mount first came out, but they were popular in that same era. For either the LM or the NMO mount, you have to punch a 3/4" hole in the car roof. If you need some gain, install a 5/8 wave antenna. Try the 1/4 wave first. It will likely be enough.

    Some posters have mentioned halo antennas. These were popular for AM operators but not FM.

    If you are being period correct, the choice of radio would be more significant. What do you have? These days it can be difficult to find radios that were used by hams in that period.
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  8. G3YRO

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    Over here, prior to the 70s, many people just used ordinary chrome telescopic car radio aerials, extended to 19 inches.

    Once FM became the main mobile mode in the 70s, everyone just used commercial antennas used by the Police, Taxis etc, as they had a band just above 2m (148 - 156 MHz)

    Because of the numbers produced, they were cheap, so it wasn't worth any Amateur companies producing any. Most people fitted 1/2 wave or 5/8 wave antennas, and Bantex was the most popular brand.

    This is a Bantex 5/8 on the rear wing of my car here:


    A simple solution (to keep it even more vintage-looking) would be to fit a 3/8" CB aerial base, and just a 19 inch stainless whip screwed into it (that is what I've just fitted on the roof of my other car, mainly to use HF antennas on it)

    Roger G3YRO
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2017
  9. K3XR

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    In the 60's ran a Poly Comm 2 on 2 meters with a 3 ring halo antenna I think made by the same company that made the 3 ring halo for 6 meters Hi Par up in Fitchburg, Ma outside of Boston. Used that set up in my new 1966 MGB.

    Other horizontal antennas I recall at the time were a one ring halo and the cloverleaf aka big wheel antenna which was rather large of course verticals as are used today for FM were also used.

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  10. N7YW

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    I used a Hustler collinear on a ball mount in the middle of the trunk lid on my '71 Dodge Demon when I first got started FM mobile. That unit stuck up a long ways and worked well!


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