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Old 07-18-2015, 10:58 PM
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I'm heading down to HRO on Monday to pick up what's still needed to install my new to me Kenwood TM G707 Brian sold me... Thanks again Seldomseen!

I think I have landed on everything but my first antenna:
  • Diamond K-400 NMO hatch mount
  • The kit comes with 10' Teflon coax
  • Weather NMO cap for when I take the antenna off.
  • An external speaker, any recommendations? Can I run the speaker jack into my iPod input on my fancy pants headunit and get sound through all my speakers?

I'm debating between buying the Comet SBB-1 or the SBB-5 that folds over for my first antenna. The 100 doesn't park in the garage, and I rarely use parking garages, so I am thinking the SBB-5 for the range advantage. I'm just not too sure if I'll be smacking it on every branch in America. However, between Colorado and Utah there aren't a LOT of over grown trails I have run. I'm not drilling a hole for an antenna anytime soon and I like that the Comets have the GP built in if I'm understanding correctly.

What say you guys? Anything else I should pick up while I'm at HRO?

Thanks, I'm trying to be able to at least listen on 2m for the ghost town run next weekend.
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Old 07-19-2015, 07:45 AM
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I had the Comet SBB-5 on my old FJ40, mounted to the front fender. Easy to drop it to get in and out of the garage and it had Awesome range! Especially with my 75W Yeasu 2900. I smacked it on plenty of branches too and never broke it.
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Old 07-19-2015, 03:38 PM
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http://www.amazon.com/Comet-SS-680SB...tenna+ss-680sb

Went with this spring loaded comet antenna. Really like that it lays over if you hit something. I got the NMO version and mounted it with the Gamiviti fender mount. Good so far.

EDIT: found it cheaper online at a ham site, but can't seem to find my purchase info.
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I had the SBB-5 on a hatch mount and broke it on a tree, in Moab. Broke 2 antennas back there, it's not the best place to mount. I am a much bigger fan of the front fender mount, with a CK-3M antenna

http://www.hamradio.com/detail.cfm?pid=H0-001464

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I had the SBB-5 on a hatch mount and broke it on a tree, in Moab. Broke 2 antennas back there, it's not the best place to mount. I am a much bigger fan of the front fender mount, with a CK-3M antenna

http://www.hamradio.com/detail.cfm?pid=H0-001464

I should have also given Tim credit for steering me in the direction I end up going! Thanks again Tim!
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http://www.gamiviti.com/html/product...nnamounts.html
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Another shout out for Tim's fender mount. I have one on my FJ60 which does a great job supporting my 4' CB antenna.
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Old 07-20-2015, 09:54 AM
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Am I right that the comet antennas have a "built in" ground plane? I'm considering these since ill likely toss the antenna on the 40's tire carrier as well.
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rezarf: I have broken one commet sbb-5. It was corner mounted. I have since made it a point to put antennas close to the center-line of the rig. The tree branches are usually much higher down the middle of the trail. Haven't broken one since. The fold away is somewhat handy, but still hard to remember as you pull into the garage.

The sbb-5 is a 1/2 wave on 2 meters. I have found that with a compromised antenna mount like on my swing-away tire carrier, 1/2 wave antennas are much easier to get a usable SWR with.
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Old 07-20-2015, 02:35 PM
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Thanks everyone. I went with the SBB-5 NMO (they were out of the SBB-1 NMO mount), Diamond k400sNMO mount, 13' micro Teflon coax, a weather cap, mic hook, and speaker. Heading out to install it now.

FWIW, I was really impressed with HRO's staff, they were really helpful, knowledgable, well stocked, and not pushy or biased... They were able to articulate pros and cons of each decision I was making. They even talked me out of the $40 Kenwood speaker in favor of a $13 model they said performs just as well in a much smaller package.

I'll add a SBB-1 soon and run that one on trails, the reviews for the SBB-5 were overwhelmingly great, and the fold over feature should help when needed.

THANKS EVERYONE, now I just gotta get my ticket.
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