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Old 03-10-2008, 09:11 PM
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I have mounted mine to the top of the spare tire carrier so that it is 2/3 of its length above the truck. It is a diamond ( cant remember the model at the moment)I know everything you read says not to mount to the bumpers but there are ways to make it work. The bumper is bonded to the body and I am getting great results


PS the CB antenna is right next to it on the opposite side
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Old 03-10-2008, 09:41 PM
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Mine is a fold over. Comet, I think. I might as well have not gotten the fold over because I run with the antenna off most of the time and a cap on the NMO mount.
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Old 03-12-2008, 12:25 PM
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Thanks for everyone's help. I just ordered the same antenna set-up that Romer posted.
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Old 07-18-2008, 12:30 PM
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Can someone post up what additional hardware I need after buying one of the dual band Yaesu rigs, an external speaker, and an antenna?

I would like like to run the detachable faceplate above the windshield, the mic next to the console, the guts in back, a speaker in the stock dash location, and an antenna on the rear hatch. Without the equipment, I don't know what needs to be purchased and ran while the headliner and interior is out of the truck. I have already run ought gauge to the rear from the dual batteries to a distribution panel and ought gauge to chassis ground. I read Nathaniel's posts on ground straps to that will be added.

UB mentioned the radio is cat5e and the faceplate is either RJ48 or RJ11...
I assume the junk in back needs clean power and ground.
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Old 07-18-2008, 12:42 PM
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You can buy the extended wire for the faceplate from the guy on eBay -- it's in one of these threads. It comes with a wire to extend to your remote speaker.

You don't need a new speaker if you're going to use one of the speakers in the dash -- they put out plenty of volume. I used the one next to the glovebox.

You should take a look at what Convert used to mount his faceplate up high. It is really slick.
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Old 07-18-2008, 02:15 PM
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Mike let me know if you need any more mic clips.


and FWIW, I've become disappointed with where I mounted my antenna. I have the same Comet (S BB5?) dual bander that several of the other guys have, and the lip mount on the side of my hood, and I have experienced noticably worse performance than the guys running similar setups, but with the antennas on the rear hatch. While my setup is more than adequate for trails runs and hitting the local repeaters around town, it's not as good as it will be when I move the antenna from the side of the hood to the top of the rear hatch, as I've now proven with several examples some of which are:

Ex1: I couldn't hear Matt who was on the other side of Lake Tahoe, but Dave could, all due to his superiour ground plane.

Ex2: I couldn't hear Romer & Uncle Ben as well as they could hear me on I-80, when we were 30-40 miles apart.

Ex3: I couldn't hear Romer talk to Matt when he was up on I-80 near Reno and we were down closer to Hwy 50, closer to Carson City. I could hear Matt's side of the conversation, but not Ken's (but Matt was right in front of me).

so bottom line if you want better performance than CB you could probably stick the antenna anywhere, but based on my experience and what I've observed from others the "best" practical antenna location for an 80 is...,

#1 right in the center of your roof. Second best is on the top of the rear hatch, I'd rank side of the hood at 3rd, and on top of the front ARB bumper probably 4th. Back bumper is probably in contention for the 3rd or 4th slot, depending on how well grounded you are and how high it is. Rest of you 80 hammers agree/disagree?
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Old 07-18-2008, 02:58 PM
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Yep. I mounted mine pretty high up on the back hatch. Also, I run a dedicated 2-meter antenna, not a dual-band. It's a Diamond, IIRC. There are always compromises in a dual-band antenna, and a dedicated 2-meter seems to perform a bit better and is also cheaper.
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I agree with Tim. Mine are always mounted high (on my roofrack, which incidentally acts as an awesome groundplane) except for my HF antenna that I have to mount a littlelower (like on my swingout tire carrier) so I can keep the top of the whip under 13'6" (to avoid hitting overpasses).
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Old 07-21-2008, 06:11 PM
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60 more examples yesterday- I couldn't hear Terry nearly as well as others as he was driving away from us, even though I was closer. I couldn't hear Convert on the way home, even though Groucho could, etc. etc.

I'm also considering getting a 2m-only antenna, and dropping the dual bander for the truck. Or maybe keep it in the back somewhere for that blue moon where I need 70cm?
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I have mine on the bar out front. Seems to me I was getting good reception and transmissions from talking to bruce from the other side of handcock and over waunita. I did start out booming 50w the whole time but then found how to use the power button but I think i'll use that mostly and adopt bruces' saying "life if too short for qrp" unless I know i'm only in communication with the group and were all close. I use a straight 2m radio and 2m antenna.

When have you guys with 70 cm used it yet?
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