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Old 02-27-2008, 06:34 PM
Tramontana Tramontana is offline
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Default Ground plane, 1/2 dipole antenna idea...

...so I think it was Dave that gave me the idea after class, but I've got an idea for increasing antenna performance on my extra cab Tacoma.

Since I have a Can-bak topper, would adding a layer of copper mesh to the underside of the fabric be a significant improvement to the "mirror" surface, then just the roof of the cab?

I found a couple sources of mesh wire online, and would need to select the ideal mesh size/wire size combination.

This is what I'm considering;

http://www.twpinc.com/twpinc/control...B811FA624.jvm1

It is advertised as RF shielding, so I expect it would act like the needed reflector surface? 72" wide fabric would work, then I'll figure out how best to bond it to the underside of the Sunbrella fabric.

Any thoughts?
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