View Full Version : Antenna recommendations for a 40?

07-06-2013, 11:36 PM
I am looking to add a HAM 2m antenna onto the 40 to compliment my new Yaesu 2800m radio. I would like to add it to my tire carrier, or to the front bumper, or to the side of the hood.

Suggestions? I don't want to mount it in a way that limits the benefits of the HAM reception but the order above is my preference. If it is on the tire carrier, then I have a couple of feet to work with before I drag it into my garage sill.

If I put in on the front bumper then I have about 4' of space, if I mount it onto the hood then I have about 2.5' of clearance.

I am trying to get up and running for less than $200, I dropped $100 on the radio. So I have about a $100 for the antenna, cable and fittings. Thanks!

While I am asking noob questions, can a guy run CB, Radio, and HAM all through the same miraculous antenna... if so, I do want!

07-07-2013, 07:08 AM
I have been running the home brew on my 40. It is about as cheap as you can go. I did have an issue with the quality of my soldering but a little re-work in that area and it has been fine. This link (http://risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/showthread.php?t=6710&highlight=antenna+building) is the build thread. I have min mounted to the front bumper.

07-07-2013, 09:33 AM
I mounted a 1/4 wave antenna to my tire carrier. It's about 19" long, and sticks up a bit above the tire. Mount, antenna and cable ran about $50 at HRO. The antenna can be easily removed if you feel a 5/8 wave antenna would be better, and can easily be stored in the tub.

07-08-2013, 11:35 PM
While I am asking noob questions, can a guy run CB, Radio, and HAM all through the same miraculous antenna... if so, I do want!

Does this exist?:thumb:

07-09-2013, 12:41 AM
Does this exist?:thumb:

You can find some parts online to make this work, but you may not get all three in one antenna. Check out the AR-1A (http://www.firestik.com/Catalog/AR-1A.htm) for a method to combine AM/FM with CB.

If you really want to go this route, here are some links:
Wagongear antenna mount (http://forum.ih8mud.com/60-series-wagons/292268-wagongears-newest-product-firestick-antenna-mount.html) <-- kind of funny looking to see a long CB antenna in a place where normally an FM radio antenna goes.

If you like this, you can purchase here (http://wagongear.com/shop/antenna-mount/). Instructions can be found here (http://wagongear.com/project/antenna-mount-info/).

One thing to consider is that virtually any combo is going to have some performance loss compared to dedicated antennas. I have the Yaesu 7800, and my initial antenna purchase was a fancy dual band antenna. I eventually returned it for a simple, inexpensive Larsen 5/8 wave whip for the 2 meter band only. The performance is absolutely stellar, and I would recommend it highly. Replacing the whip is super cheap, too. Read more on my ancient thread about antennas. (http://risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/showthread.php?t=3584)

I have a 2800 that I use as a base station at home. It's a great radio. The only reason that I would buy the 7800 (now 7900) again is for the remote front panel, which makes mounting in an 80 much nicer.

07-09-2013, 08:12 AM
Drew, I'm running an FT2900 in my 40 and I opted for a Comet SBB25. It's a great 2M antenna and only $50. About 4' high. I have it mounted on the flat top surface of my PS front fender. This antenna can fold over, so no issues getting it into the garage. I went ahead and just drilled though my fender for the mount. Super sturdy and low profile. I can really get out with the 75 watts of the 2900 and this antenna combo.

07-09-2013, 11:38 AM
I ran the AR-1A thing for a while and used a larsen NMO mount CB antenna for both CB and AM/FM. If you listen to AM/FM at all don't do it. reception SUCKS. Maybe it is the way I had it setup... I did it by the book though.

I run that same Larsen 5/8 wave antenna that Hulk is referencing and like it a lot. It seems very branch resistant and was cheap. Also seems to work well.

07-10-2013, 10:17 PM
Thanks guys I have been studying over at QRZ and I am consistently hitting 85% now, so I am going to study a bit more then go for the test, then I will get serious about mounting the HAM... into the cage I have been wanting to build... for the resto I have been wanting to do... oh no!