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trolloc 06-29-2008 09:06 PM

2m antenna
 
Ok, I need a good 2m antenna for my jeep. Been reading stuff all day and i can't figure out what to get.

I plan on using a mount for either behing the left, rear tailight....or a mount that will fasten to the spare tire carrier.

Anyway, I would like suggestions on what the best quality antenna I should get, the radio will be putting out 75w, and it would be a shame to waste it on an antenna that cant get it done. ;)

I thought i wanted a firestik, but after reading reviews on eham and some other sites, Im back to square 1. :confused:

Thanks in advance, :D

Trolloc
k6dsr

whiteyj 06-29-2008 09:16 PM

I found a mount on ebay from a guy in Arizona that mounts to the stock spare tire carrier bolt holes and raises the antenna mounting point above the spare. On top, I am running a Comet SBB-5 dual bander. This doesn't put it up too far that's it's a problem as the antenna is only 38".http://http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotor...mZ230265802405

trolloc 06-29-2008 09:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by whiteyj (Post 241942)
I found a mount on ebay from a guy in Arizona that mounts to the stock spare tire carrier bolt holes and raises the antenna mounting point above the spare. On top, I am running a Comet SBB-5 dual bander. This doesn't put it up too far that's it's a problem as the antenna is only 38".http://http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotor...mZ230265802405

Thanks for the quick reply! :)

I think I'm looking at the same mount on ebay, it fastens to the tire carrier and has a steel pipe on the right hand side that raises the antenna...it comes equipped with a connector as well.

I'll check out that antenna, even if it is a dual-bander it should still work fine for just 2m. I was thinking about getting a dual-band radio btw, but I have a dual HT and the activity around here on that band is limited.

Thanks for the suggestion,

Trolloc
k6dsr

trolloc 06-29-2008 09:30 PM

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/JEEP-...mZ230265802405
is this the one you have?

Trolloc
k6dsr

whiteyj 06-30-2008 10:07 AM

Yep, That's the one. It's actually a piece of square bar stock. It's stood up to two years of my use with no issues.

trolloc 06-30-2008 07:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by whiteyj (Post 242051)
Yep, That's the one. It's actually a piece of square bar stock. It's stood up to two years of my use with no issues.

Thanks Whiteyj,

I ordered that antenna after checking out its great reviews. I also ordered a Kenwood TM-271A. Looks like the radio and antenna will be has early as tomorrow, turns oiut there shipping from less than 100 miles away.

The mount could be a different story, but I got that too off ebay. So, I got my next project lined up.

While thinking about it, do you have any wiring, mounting or any other tips or tricks for me.....please let me know!! :punk:

Trolloc
k6dsr

whiteyj 06-30-2008 08:26 PM

Just make sure you run the Positive AND Negative feeds directly from the battery. Did you order any kind of mount with the antenna. You'll need something like the Comet 3D4M cable assembly to mount the antenna? If I remember correctly, you will have to hog out the mounting hole on the bracket to accept an SO-239 base.
enjoy.

trolloc 06-30-2008 08:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by whiteyj (Post 242225)
Just make sure you run the Positive AND Negative feeds directly from the battery. Did you order any kind of mount with the antenna. You'll need something like the Comet 3D4M cable assembly to mount the antenna? If I remember correctly, you will have to hog out the mounting hole on the bracket to accept an SO-239 base.
enjoy.

I did get that mounting bracket off ebay linked above. But you mean I need something else to mount the antenna to the bracket?

Trolloc
k6dsr

whiteyj 06-30-2008 08:40 PM

Yeah. The part I referenced is the coax and connector for the connection between the antennat/bracket and radio.

trolloc 06-30-2008 08:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by whiteyj (Post 242237)
Yeah. The part I referenced is the coax and connector for the connection between the antennat/bracket and radio.

Ok, I checked it on HRO. Looks like its 12 ft. long. I'm guessing that is long enough, or would suggest getting a longer one? :confused:

And it sounds like your saying I will need to hog out the hole of the bracket to accept the connection between the antenna and the connector?

Glad were discussing this now, cause its not to late to order one right away!


Thanks again, :)

Trolloc
k6dsr

whiteyj 07-01-2008 10:15 AM

The coax cable length really depends on where you're mounting the radio. I run from that raised mount down to the tailgate and then to the right fender well (under the carpet). From there it's up the roll bar (under the padding) out to my Tuffy overhead console. My dual bander sits in the lockable overhead console. Console runs between the windshield frame (attaches at the footman loop screws) to the roll bar cross bar.

The hole in the mount needed to be enlarged to accept the connector on the one end of the coax wherethe anntenna screws in (It will be obvious from the instruction sheets).

trolloc 07-03-2008 08:59 PM

I now have the antenna, the radio, and the mount. I ran the dc power cables thru the firewall, but now need to figure out where the radio is going to go.

As per our other thread, I'm debating getting that overhead security console. I also see what you mean about needing a connector for that mount. It came with a connector for a Firestik, but guess that wont help in this application.

If i get that Comet cable with the N-type of connector, is that all that i need to hook up the antenna to the radio? Or will I need some kind of barrel connector or something else?

(sorry if Im beating this antenna connection thing over the head, as I believe you probally already answered my question, but just making sure).

Thanks again, :D

Trolloc
k6dsr

whiteyj 07-03-2008 11:47 PM

That coax assembly has the antenna connector on one end and the SO-239 connector for the radio on the other. You should be good to go.


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