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12-10-2014 03:58 PM
VSOmedic
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Originally Posted by akjayintx View Post
Hello all, newbie jeep owner and licensed technician class ham radio operator here. I have searched through several threads but have not found a good answer to this question.

I would like recommendations about running a mobile rig on a wrangler, given the unique challenges afforded by the wrangler's removable plastic roof. From what I gather, people generally recommend an antenna that does not need a ground plane. but what antenna mount and antennas do you recommend that will give me good transmission distances with minimal interference from the vehicle's electrical system? Preferably something that blends well with the vehicle? (I live in san antonio, and a blatantly obvious rig will probably result in a busted window and a stolen rig)

Thanks!
i assume you mean vhf vs hf….
i run a kenwood ™ v71a and a phantom antenna (2 inch puck) works well on the trails and still hits the repeaters ..
and the kenwood is dual band with scan and remote operational and best of all
has cross band repeat to use it as a repeater for any handhelds that need extra power…..
12-10-2014 03:52 PM
TJ_John The Instatrunk turns part of your back storage into a lockable storage area. Here's more info from Morris 4x4:

I'm using a TurboTuner 2 from TennaTronix for the IC-7000. It works really well and allows for one touch tuning from the mic or head control.

I didn't use the double sided tape because I thought it wouldn't hold up as well as screws would. Looking back, I probably should have gone to Lowes and gotten some heavy duty double sided tape and tried that first before screwing into the Daystar. Oh well.

Here's some pics of the radio mounted in the InstaTrunk, as well as the TarHeel mounted on the tire rack. You can see the bonding strap going from the swing arm to the bumper. I also bonded the frame to the body on both sides. I'll bond the front two sides, hood, and engine when I get more time.

Last time I was out I made contact with a guy in Colorado on 20 meters, and checked into a contest out of Tennessee. Both were made from a parking lot in suburbs.

Let me know if you have any questions.









12-08-2014 09:29 PM
GhostRiderGrey Thanks TJ_John for the video link and description of your setup. They were both very helpful.

So you screwed into the Daystar tray rather than using the double sided tape that AE5DW mentioned? And I'm afraid I don't know what an insta-trunk is, but assume its some sort of trunk set up for the rear of the Jeep?

Are you using an auto-tuner with your Tarheel, and if yes, what brand?
12-08-2014 02:54 PM
TJ_John
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Originally Posted by GhostRiderGrey View Post
TJ_John, is that the Daystar upper dash panel that you have the head to the IC-7000 mounted? This looks exactly like how I was thinking of mounting my IC-7000. Where did you mount the body of the radio, and do you have any close of pics of both the head mounting and the body mounting? How did you route the separation wire from the head to the body?

Thanks!
GhostRiderGrey K7ADW
Yes, I installed the Daystar tray and screwed the IC-7000 to it.

I'm not sure if you're planning on using it for extended periods, but my arm gets tired when I'm scanning through the frequencies. I might relocate it to the center console.

The base is on a mounting bracket that's screwed to the back wall of my insta-trunk. I routed the separation wire along the side of the interior, up behind the dashboard, and through the defrost vent cover. You'll have to order the longer separation cable (I think it was 16').

Forgot to add: I got the idea from AE5DW's YouTube video. He's done a really nice job setting up his Tarheel and 2m antennas on the side of the windows. Unfortunately Arizona Rock Road Antenna didn't respond to my email about these mounts, so I guess they don't make them any more.

I can snap more pics of the setup tonight, just let me know what you're needing close ups of.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khfey26QY-0
12-07-2014 01:47 PM
roger456
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Originally Posted by zfdxhzh View Post
DB, would it be possible to post a photo of your antenna and mount? I'm very interested in your setup...very intrigued by the thought of mounting the antenna INSIDE the jeep!
He did here: http://www.wranglerforum.com/f274/ha...ml#post2462635

And I did too here: http://www.wranglerforum.com/f274/ha...l#post11579010

Hope this helps! If you do it, post the pics, I'll be interested for sure!
12-07-2014 11:31 AM
GhostRiderGrey
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Originally Posted by TJ_John View Post
Some pictures of my IC-7000 and Tarheel in the TJ:





TJ_John, is that the Daystar upper dash panel that you have the head to the IC-7000 mounted? This looks exactly like how I was thinking of mounting my IC-7000. Where did you mount the body of the radio, and do you have any close of pics of both the head mounting and the body mounting? How did you route the separation wire from the head to the body?

Thanks!
GhostRiderGrey K7ADW
11-29-2014 05:34 PM
chrlswltrs Here is what I found that I think should solve my problem: http://www.ebay.com/itm/120732154187
11-29-2014 05:17 PM
Zed
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Originally Posted by chrlswltrs View Post
I have a problem. My antenna needs to screw on to a coax mount. I can't find a mounting stud anywhere that has a coax on the top and bottom of the mount. I'm really frustrated right now because I was hoping to get this antenna set up this weekend dde21dde21 Can anyone please help?
not sure what you mean. Is it an NMO antenna? If so you do need a special mount it screws into. http://www.amazon.com/BROWNING-BR316..._bxgy_e_text_y
11-28-2014 09:11 PM
chrlswltrs I have a problem. My antenna needs to screw on to a coax mount. I can't find a mounting stud anywhere that has a coax on the top and bottom of the mount. I'm really frustrated right now because I was hoping to get this antenna set up this weekend 😡😡

Can anyone please help?
11-19-2014 07:07 PM
chrlswltrs
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Originally Posted by k2epm View Post
I'm missing something.....you didn't show any coax and it doesn't look like that antenna will mount in to a 3/8 stud screw base. Did you leave out part of the plan? Search my name on the forum and you will find links to my set up.
I thought that stud would work with that antenna, it won't? I believe I will have make the hole larger in the mount for the stud to fit. I have a lot of coax and pl-259 connectors left from when I put my j-pole antenna on my house.
11-19-2014 06:29 PM
k2epm
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Originally Posted by chrlswltrs View Post
I ordered my antenna and mount equipment today. I went with the rugged ridge rear tire mount, the 40" UHF/VHF jetstream antenna, and firestick antenna stud.

JETSTREAM JTM3B 145/445 MHZ DUAL BAND MOBILE ANTENNA https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MPXT5RE..._2UoBub0163SWS

Rugged Ridge 11503.89 CB Antenna Mount https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00603DSGO..._PVoBub1KN45ST

Firestik K-4A Stud with Screw-On Coaxial Termination for Antenna Mirror Mounts https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002HRBSU..._9VoBub1JVRM52


For now I'll be connecting it to my handheld Baofeng UV-5RE until I eventually purchase a radio to mount in my Jeep

I'm missing something.....you didn't show any coax and it doesn't look like that antenna will mount in to a 3/8 stud screw base. Did you leave out part of the plan?

Search my name on the forum and you will find links to my set up.
11-19-2014 02:30 PM
TJ_John Some pictures of my IC-7000 and Tarheel in the TJ:





11-19-2014 02:16 PM
chrlswltrs I ordered my antenna and mount equipment today. I went with the rugged ridge rear tire mount, the 40" UHF/VHF jetstream antenna, and firestick antenna stud.

JETSTREAM JTM3B 145/445 MHZ DUAL BAND MOBILE ANTENNA https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MPXT5RE..._2UoBub0163SWS

Rugged Ridge 11503.89 CB Antenna Mount https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00603DSGO..._PVoBub1KN45ST

Firestik K-4A Stud with Screw-On Coaxial Termination for Antenna Mirror Mounts https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002HRBSU..._9VoBub1JVRM52


For now I'll be connecting it to my handheld Baofeng UV-5RE until I eventually purchase a radio to mount in my Jeep
11-19-2014 02:07 PM
TJ_John I've mounted my Little Tarheel II on the tailgate of my TJ using a Diamond K400. I didn't get very good performance mainly due to not bonding the body and frame well. I've since moved it to my LOD Signature tire carrier, but haven't bonded it or hooked it up due to time constraints.

In the interest of keeping the Tarheel safe, I bought a fold over mount from Breedlove Mounts. If I take off the whip and fold down the mast, the whole antenna is safe from branches, etc.
11-15-2014 09:14 PM
ukfan1976 Nice to see Hams on this forum! I've been licensed since 1995 and recently picked up my General back in the spring. I've noticed most of this string has suggestions mainly for VHF/UHF, but have any of you successfully (and tastefully) mounted an HF mobile antenna? I mainly dabble in the 20m-40m bands and know there are mobile mounts out there, but obviously getting adequate groundplane would be essential. I have a mobile VHF/UHF/HF rig (Yaesu FT-857D) and honestly have no idea how to go about getting a good looking install for the head unit in my brand new 2015 JKU Sport without messing up the dash. Defintely have got some good ideas tho Any HF'ers out there??

73,
Jeremy
KF4CHW
11-09-2014 12:19 AM
chrlswltrs
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Originally Posted by PhotoWrangler View Post
I went with the Diamond K400S and a Jetstream dual band 40". Took it to Dallas last weekend and hit a repeater 59 miles away using a 5w Baofeng HT. Just hooked up an FT2800M today.




Thanks for this post! I just ordered my brake light antenna mount and was trying to choose an antenna, glad I found this thread! I'm going to order that antenna and use my Baofeng UV5RE for now until I can buy a new more permanent vehicle mounted radio.

-KG7IFL
08-10-2014 01:23 PM
roger456
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Originally Posted by db1yg View Post
I took a little different approach with my ham rig.

I mounted a Comet SBB2 dual band antenna on the INSIDE of our 2012 Wrangler Sport where it can not be seen nor knocked off by tree limbs. It is mounted using the right rear allen attach bolt for the hard top. I made a small mild steel flat "tab" for the mounting surface which is held in place by the hard top bolt. It extends inboard about 2 inches and the antenna is mounted to it. Ground is good (I scratched the paint off the under side of the tub rail) and swr/power output is very good (1.1-1). The radio signal does not see the fiberglass hard top so it thinks it is out in the open with the exception of the right rear roll bar down tube. Put a small piece of foam on the tip of the antenna to buffer it from the inside of the top on rough roads.

I use this set up with a Yaesu VX 8GR handheld at around 4 watts and it works very well. Yesterday I was talking through a repeater at 35 miles with a reported 90% full quieting.

Hope this helps,

Cheers,

db

ps. Spent many years in SAT--pretty place--just a little hot and humid for us in the summer.
Thanks a lot for the idea, got a SBB2 too and attached it with a mild steel bracked home made style too.

Reception/transmission is good, nobody can see it from the outside and/or break it, and it's protected from the elements (salt in winter here in Canada).

Thanks!
07-13-2014 08:15 PM
PhotoWrangler I went with the Diamond K400S and a Jetstream dual band 40". Took it to Dallas last weekend and hit a repeater 59 miles away using a 5w Baofeng HT. Just hooked up an FT2800M today.




06-20-2014 12:55 PM
jkalemis Howdy,

Can you post a photo of your setup? Really interested!


Quote:
Originally Posted by JeepWranglerConvert View Post
KC3AUV,

No one makes that type of mount for the JK.

There is another solution on Ebay which uses the 3rd brake light. Good if you are using an NMO type base mount and antenna is shorter not hitting branches. It isn't a solution for me, so I am still working on other solutions. PM me if you want the link for this item.

For now, I settled on a Comet RS-720 NMO adjustable lip mount. I mounted it on the left side of the back door as high as possible, scraping the paint off the surface where the 4 hex screws make contact to the metal. The ground doesn't need bonding and the SWR is almost flat using a Larsen 2/70 NMO. A great antenna as it is collinear on 440 and acts as a 1/2 wave on 2 meters if there is no or a weak is ground present. Using 5/8 or 6/8 or strange other wave gain type of antennas will prove to be tricky or just not work at all.

73

N9SSU
06-19-2014 03:24 AM
JeepWranglerConvert
Quote:
Originally Posted by Flint Eastwood View Post
Has anyone tried a glass mount antenna such as the multiband Larsen KG2/70CXPL ??
73
KK7J
Terrible receive and usually high SWR due to no ground plane at all.

Read up a few posts of mine using a Larsen NMO mount and a trunk lip on the back gate.

73

N9SSU
06-18-2014 05:56 PM
Flint Eastwood Has anyone tried a glass mount antenna such as the multiband Larsen KG2/70CXPL ??
73
KK7J
04-22-2014 08:10 PM
Zed
Quote:
Originally Posted by JeepWranglerConvert View Post
KC3AUV, No one makes that type of mount for the JK. There is another solution on Ebay which uses the 3rd brake light. Good if you are using an NMO type base mount and antenna is shorter not hitting branches. It isn't a solution for me, so I am still working on other solutions. PM me if you want the link for this item. For now, I settled on a Comet RS-720 NMO adjustable lip mount. I mounted it on the left side of the back door as high as possible, scraping the paint off the surface where the 4 hex screws make contact to the metal. The ground doesn't need bonding and the SWR is almost flat using a Larsen 2/70 NMO. A great antenna as it is collinear on 440 and acts as a 1/2 wave on 2 meters if there is no or a weak is ground present. Using 5/8 or 6/8 or strange other wave gain type of antennas will prove to be tricky or just not work at all. 73 N9SSU
Interesting. Do you have any pics of how you're mounted? Can you still use the door?
04-22-2014 11:26 AM
JeepWranglerConvert KC3AUV,

No one makes that type of mount for the JK.

There is another solution on Ebay which uses the 3rd brake light. Good if you are using an NMO type base mount and antenna is shorter not hitting branches. It isn't a solution for me, so I am still working on other solutions. PM me if you want the link for this item.

For now, I settled on a Comet RS-720 NMO adjustable lip mount. I mounted it on the left side of the back door as high as possible, scraping the paint off the surface where the 4 hex screws make contact to the metal. The ground doesn't need bonding and the SWR is almost flat using a Larsen 2/70 NMO. A great antenna as it is collinear on 440 and acts as a 1/2 wave on 2 meters if there is no or a weak is ground present. Using 5/8 or 6/8 or strange other wave gain type of antennas will prove to be tricky or just not work at all.

73

N9SSU
04-21-2014 05:21 PM
Zed Bump... I'm looking into the same thing.

Thanks,
KC3AUV
10-03-2013 01:49 PM
JeepWranglerConvert
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Originally Posted by JeepWranglerConvert View Post
Hi!

Has anyone here run across individuals or a company making/fabricating these from scratch and selling them to the willing? Anyone have experience or luck with the TeraFlex 1912001 & 1912002 being modified to fit, if possible?
Wow, 4 days have passed and no replies. I guess chances are slim for a solution to the rear taillight mounting on the JK model Wrangler, that earlier Wranglers enjoyed using the TeraFlex brackets.

09-30-2013 09:09 AM
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09-29-2013 10:09 PM
JeepWranglerConvert Hi!

Just got my first Jeep Wrangler. 2013 Freedom Edition. Love it!

Great thread too, thank you to everyone that has contributed.

My issue and question is, I was hoping to place 2 NMO mount antennas, 1 on each of the Tail Lights. Problem is, I see no one is making anything like the TeraFlex solution for the JK models.

I have the stock cages around my real tail lights, from the Jeep factory.

Has anyone here run across individuals or a company making/fabricating these from scratch and selling them to the willing? Anyone have experience or luck with the TeraFlex 1912001 & 1912002 being modified to fit, if possible?

I'm not keen on the hood or cowl mount and keying up 50 watts of RF on VHF or UHF into me or my passenger. The spare tire mount isn't a great location for an NMO antenna. The Cooltech Ultramount license plate solution, for that price and I am not even sure if it is modifiable for NMO (I researched, but didn't stumble on it), is an option but one of the last ones.

Thanks!

73s
N9SSU
06-27-2013 06:19 PM
PhotoWrangler
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Originally Posted by Mike_4462 View Post
Thanks. The antenna mount is a Diamond K400SNMO and the antenna is a Larson NMO-2/70B. I have been very pleased with the results.

I'm buying a used K400S for $50.

Are the differences in the S and SNMO just the connectors?
06-23-2013 10:34 PM
PhotoWrangler
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Originally Posted by silver rubi View Post
I'm sure it's already been asked but do any of yall have a link for the practice exams?
Hopefully I'll be taking the test soon

This is what I used: AA9PW FCC Exam Practice » Amateur Radio Exam Practice



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06-23-2013 11:46 AM
Zed I used eham.net A LOT studying for mine. Go to the right column and click on "new to ham radio" then on the next page scroll down a bit and select practice test. Then select Technician. Good luck!
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