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shane1041
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Antenna Mount

Post by shane1041 » Mon May 15, 2006 12:47 am

Hey guys I have a 02 durango and I am looking at where to put the 1/4 vhf antenna ...is there a special hood mount made for it? Or should I just drill the hole?....thanks

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Post by rescue161 » Mon May 15, 2006 1:20 am

I'd just drill the hole, but that's me.
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Post by 1 ADAM 12 » Mon May 15, 2006 9:56 am

If you have enough confidence, then drill the hole... I'd look somewhere in the area behind your interior light. 2 reasons, that will get you close to your roofs center, ie best performance, and two, if you can get the light down or at least access.you can check how the underside of where you will drill looks like... so that you know you are not drilling into a cross brace, etc. etc. Or take it to a radio shop and let them do it.

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Drilling a hole is always preferable

Post by n9gik » Tue May 16, 2006 8:15 am

It's a better location and who in his right mind uses a 1/4 wave anyway? Get a real antenna.

OK, that didn't sound so nice. In the last 30+ years I've seen about every combination you can suggest. Without a doubt nothing beats a gain antenna in the middle of the roof. Everything else is a second choice...or worse.

Worst choice in my opinion is a glass mount VHF antenna. I hate 'em with a passion ... and installed one on dad's pickup and mom's Jeep.

My wife's car has a 5/8 on a trunk lip mount.

You do what the customer wants but sometimes have to tell him you don't recommend it.

If you want an antenna in the location you mentioned there is a way. You may have to fabricate it, but it can be done. But get something prettier than a 1/4 wave.
I don't know much about 2-way radios but I'm over 50 and can't remember not having one around. Everything from Buddy and Citi-fone to Icom and Kenwood.

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Re: Antenna Mount

Post by Carl_R » Fri Jun 16, 2006 12:58 am

I'd use something like a L Bracket on the hood or on the hatch. 3 holes drilled, out of sight and when it's removed, 3 small screw holes left..

shane1041 wrote:Hey guys I have a 02 durango and I am looking at where to put the 1/4 vhf antenna ...is there a special hood mount made for it? Or should I just drill the hole?....thanks

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