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rover67
06-11-2009, 08:16 PM
What are you running? Did it come with a section of skinny cable to sneak through the gap between the trunk and the body?

HRO had a diamond mount that came with a cable but it was $75.. I was wondering if there was a more cost effective option..

I searched a bit in the forum bu only foun PN's for what Root was running and it dosen't look like What i need.

Hulk, which mount do you have?

Mendocino
06-11-2009, 08:47 PM
What are you running? Did it come with a section of skinny cable to sneak through the gap between the trunk and the body?

HRO had a diamond mount that came with a cable but it was $75.. I was wondering if there was a more cost effective option..

I searched a bit in the forum bu only foun PN's for what Root was running and it dosen't look like What i need.

Hulk, which mount do you have?

Marco,

I can help you terminate any cable you have. Adding connectors just adds loss (resistance). What cable do you have and what connector do you need on the end?

--Jeff

corsair23
06-11-2009, 10:22 PM
Marco,

I think Matt, Romer, and myself are all running the same/similar mounts...There is probably a thread in this section with pics but for ideas check:

NMO Mounts (https://www.hamcity.com/store/pc/viewCategories.asp?idCategory=563)

I have the K400CNMO (https://www.hamcity.com/store/pc/viewPrd.asp?idcategory=563&idproduct=728) mount and it has the thin RG316 coax (6.5') that runs inside. You can get mounts with longer coax leads and different connectors to suit your needs. I went with this mount and then an extension of the RG316 coax to the front to connect up to my HT. It works well but of course range is limited due to the 5W max output of my HT. But, I can also use the mount with a real mobile rig when the time comes and hopefully I won't get too much loss with the connector change.

rover67
06-12-2009, 08:45 AM
well, so right now I have the Antenna building party antenna mounted on the front fender.

The cable coming from it is one of the fatter ones and it has to squeeze a bit to get through the hood/fender gap.

So... I wanted to do two things. I want to move the antenna to the right rear trunk lid to try and get it up a little higher, and go to an NMO mounting style so I can swap between what Matt has and a smaller one. I don't like staring at it right in front of me and it gets bent up on the trail.

I figure I can let somebody else have that one and get the really flexy whip Matt got and not fret if it bends or breaks... maybe even run a shorter one in tighter spots.

also, having the splitter for the CB and FM/AM radio isn't working so well, so I think I want to go back to a dedicated CB antenna and put it where my HAM antenna is now on the front left fender with another NMO mount so I can leave it off most of the time.

So.... I was looking for a rear trunk mount that had that skinny cable so I could not have the thick cable squishing problem in the rear. But th eskinny cable that they come with is only 6'. The K400CNMO mounti that Jeff posted is the one I was looking at at HRO, and it seems like the best option. I may just run down there today and get it.

Can a longer section of skinny cable be wired directly to it to avoid the connection from the 6' to a longer cable half way? I guess I can cover that with the HRO dudes.

I was just amking sure that mount was the best option for the $$ before I went and got it and it sounds like it may be.

nakman
06-12-2009, 09:14 AM
Marco the lip mounts are going to be independent of the cable connector in most cases. My rear hatch mount is the Comet RS-730, and I think several guys here have the same one.

But my antenna connection is not NMO, it's the smaller one (SO-239) that fits all the Comet antennas.. it is super long at 16' 6", and the last 18" of it is the mini RG-188A/U type coax. Part number CK-3M5 (yes I have a AES catalog in front of me)

I would think they'd have the same cable but with NMO on the end, however when I was down at HRO a few weeks ago they didn't and that's why I ended up with NMO and the exact same big cable poking through the hood situation. I'll be making a similar move in the near future..

corsair23
06-12-2009, 12:20 PM
Looks like the CP-5NMO (https://www.hamcity.com/store/pc/viewPrd.asp?idcategory=563&idproduct=727) is similar to what Nakman has but is a NMO mount.

Here is the description:

COMET Heavy-Duty Lip Mount (RS-730) w/ 16'9" of Cable Includes 18" of Mini RG-188 Teflon Coax Easy Entry to Mount, 3 Adjustments, Supports 70" Antennas. NMO / PL-259


That seems to fit what you are looking for if the 16'9" of total cable length is enough to reach where your rig is mounted...

rover67
06-17-2009, 09:44 PM
OK, so I ended up getting the K400CNMO mount and a larsen 5/8 wave whip and sticking it on the back left corner of the tail gate.... I really like the way it all fit on the truck. The HRO stuff is MUCH nicer than the radio shack stuff i had it all together with before. connectors are nicer, cables are nicer.. mounts are nicer. It just looks like a professional setup now.

I have noticed an improvement in receive quality already while listening. Seems to be much clearer with the truck running, before I was getting interfearance.

I basically did just what you have Jeff.

Thanks for all the input!!

corsair23
06-18-2009, 12:09 AM
:thumb: - looks very nice

Is that antenna "tuneable"?

rover67
06-18-2009, 08:20 AM
Thanks! Pretty simple now that I look back..

yes, it's that Larsen 5/8 wave 2 meter one that Matt bought. I just took some dikes and cut it to legnth for 146..

Hulk
06-18-2009, 04:51 PM
Hulk, which mount do you have?

I think mine is the $64.95 Diamond mount (https://www.hamcity.com/store/pc/viewPrd.asp?idcategory=563&idproduct=728) at HamCity. I'll have to look, but I think that is the one. I did buy it at HRO (which is where I have purchased almost all my stuff -- gotta support our local retailer). They said the wider heavy-duty mount was a better option than the narrower base medium duty version

Hulk
06-18-2009, 04:53 PM
Should have read the whole thread -- that looks good, Marco!