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Old 03-11-2018, 02:39 PM
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Dual band antenna location?

I have a 2015 JKU. I am mounting a D710G at this time. I have purchased a Larson NMO 2/70B antenna, along with a Larson mount. I have about 20' of quality RG-8X I plan on using for the install.

My question is......Where do I install the antenna?

I am running an AEV tire carrier that has a mast I can mount it on. It has a good ground to the frame. This will place the entire antenna above the top of the tire. I am guessing it will require about 15' of coax.

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I can mount off the left front fender, near the cowl. This will require about 5' of coax, but will have the antenna much lower on the Jeep.

Personally, I would prefer the spare tire mount, but not if this location will heavily degrade performance.

Any insight/advise would be appreciated.

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I'd mount it on the rear via either your AEV carrier (if it does indeed have an adequate RF ground, or to a properly grounded tail light bracket. That way it's not constantly in your line of vision while driving which at least I wouldn't like.

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When first I got my JK home over a year ago, I screwed my Larsen 2/70 antenna onto an NMO magnetic mount and then I stuck it on the front cowl on the passenger side. This was supposed to be a temporary measure, but it has worked so well there that it's kind of become permanent.
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I have mine mounted on the drivers pillar. This works okay around town. You will get in some bads spots when receiving and transmitting and it depends on which way the jeep is facing. On the open road I use a magnetic base mount on my roof rack. I mounted a 3 ft sq thin gage plate to the roof rack. It is unbelievable how well it works. It will really reach out.

I would like to leave the magnetic on the roof all the time, but I'm lazy and don't like having to put it on or take it off when parking in my garage.





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Thanks to all for the help.
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Mounted on the left front fender. It is thin enough I really don't see it. Receptions seem pretty good to me and the grounding is a piece of cake. I used a mount that attaches to one of the bolts under the hood and then it brings the antenna mount out through the gap in the hood. I got the mount from CB World and modified it for a NMO mount.
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Would it be a terrible idea to mount an antenna on the lower outboard set of a pillar bolts (driver side)?


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One could use the windshield bolts to mount a bracket. Using the side bolts though, may interfere with the mirror. You would have to check that.

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