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Oh man, not another antenna thread!

 

Buckle up...here we go.

 

 

After seeing the performance of the 1/4 wave generic antenna mounted to the top of my cage on the D1, I've come to be dissatisfied with the 5/8 wave tri-band Diamond on my LR3.

 

It's currently mounted at the base of the driver's A pillar and I believe it's time to go ahead and mount it to the roof.  Looking at my rack, I think I can weld in a piece of sheet and mount it front/center.

 

One problem - it needs to be a tri-band antenna, not just a little 1/4 wave 2m like the D1 has.  (Yasue FT8800)  That means it's going to stick WAAAY up there and I'll tear it off on the first low hanging branch.

 

Unless maybe I spring mount it... :)

 

Any recommendations for a good spring-mounted antenna?  Can I just add a spring to an existing NMO mounted antenna base?  Enquiring minds want to know...

 


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I don't have a good recommendation for a spring-mount antenna that will cover the three bands you mention (doesn't mean that it doesn't exist though...)

 

Now the other idea you have of a spring NMO adapter sounds like something I would totally like to have.  Yet I've never seen it... I have seen a UHF / SO-239 type (the ones used on FireStiks.)

 

The only thing I'd mention in doing something like a spring adapter -- you're likely changing the SWR profile of the antenna by physically lengthening it so you may need to retune the sections individually.  Of course you have a great antenna analyzer that can cover all manner of frequencies in your possession... so there's that...   :huh:  B) (see you [and the analyzer] at the MORG... I've got a return gift for you as well <cue mystery music>)...

 

Another less popular idea is the motor-mounts that have a switch in the truck to flip them up and down on command.  Great if you remember to flip it down before that branch is coming in quick... otherwise another expensive and possibly damaged toy.  I say toy because of the two I've seen taken apart, they contain plastic gears in a plastic housing.


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Of course you have a great antenna analyzer that can cover all manner of frequencies in your possession... so there's that... :huh: B) .




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Not a fan of the motorized mount.  More complicated, more expensive, another switch to install, and more likely I'll forget about it and break it anyway.

 

The truth is I only use 2m anyway.  I could just put a spring mount 2m on but that seems wrong.


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Not a fan of the motorized mount.  More complicated, more expensive, another switch to install, and more likely I'll forget about it and break it anyway.

 

The truth is I only use 2m anyway.  I could just put a spring mount 2m on but that seems wrong.

 

If you don't mind looking like a lunatic, you *COULD* install three separate monoband antennas, each tuned for the desired frequencies and feed them into a triplexer...

 

I don't recommend it.


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If you don't mind looking like a lunatic, you *COULD* install three separate monoband antennas, each tuned for the desired frequencies and feed them into a triplexer...

 

I don't recommend it.

Nah....that sounds like the sort of thing somebody who has their call sign for their licence plate would do.  I wouldn't want to be *that* guy.


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Nah....that sounds like the sort of thing somebody who has their call sign for their licence plate would do.  I wouldn't want to be *that* guy.


I hear ya... can't stand THOSE guys...

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What is the third band? You could go with a shorty two-band for 2m/70cm if you don't need the third. My Comet is a short rubber-flexy-majigger, and it was one of several short flexy options that covered 2m and 70cm.


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What is the third band? You could go with a shorty two-band for 2m/70cm if you don't need the third. My Comet is a short rubber-flexy-majigger, and it was one of several short flexy options that covered 2m and 70cm.

 

Usually they throw in 6 meter as a third band, but I'm not certain on the FT-8800.

 

I'm sure Don is just sitting there, every night at the campsite, hoping to contact someone on the FM-modulated "Magic Band".... *cough*


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I'm sure Don is just sitting there, every night at the campsite, hoping to contact someone on the FM-modulated "Magic Band".... *cough*

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Yeah...I have one radio that has all the bells and whistles and I never use them, then on the next I went totally the opposite and got 0 bells and whistles.

 

I guess by the time I buy a 3rd radio I'll hit the Goldilocks sweet-spot.


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