I have a Cobra 148F-gtl DX+ that I am
going to use as a base. It's in my truck now but I'm going to replace that mobile with a galaxy 979 in the spring, for something a little smaller but more importantly with more features that I want in a mobile.
I live in a ground floor apartment.
The top of the roof gutter is about 8 feet from the ground. I was thinking of getting a PAT12 since it's only 12 feet tall. Antron 99 or whatever they're calling them nowadays and especially the IMAX are way too tall, as this is going to be something I throw up at night, talk on for a while and take it down quick like when I'm done for the night, as I doubt the landloard or Manager would like seeing it up in the air. Only way I could use an Antron is if the base of the antenna and coax was just above the ground but the 5 foot tall fence would most likely hurt the signal.
With the PAT12 I want to make a mast that is about 9 feet long, so I would have about 12" of antenna/mast overlap to bolt the antenna to the mast and still have the base of the antenna clear the gutter height wise.
That would put the tip of the antenna about 6 feet or so above the highest part of the roof.
The idea is to have the antenna attached to the mast so I can take it apart, uncrew the coax in a minute or so and lay the mast and antenna in two seperate pieces in the backyard. The backyard is only 18 feet long, so it needs to come apart. I plan on just leaning the mast against the corner of the gutter as long as it's not windy.
I don't know a lot about base antennas, just mobiles but does the PAT 12 require a ground plane? I'm guessing it's like an Antron and does not need one? Is the only reason for grounding the antenna (not a groundplane but to the actual ground) is in case of lightning only? I won't use it in rain, so don't think I should have to worry about that?
If anybody has any other antenna options I would like to hear them. Just keep in mind I can not go any higher than what I mentioned and really I shouldn't even be going that high (20 feet total).
Read someplace where somebody said using things like a frying pan, cookie sheets etc and running a magmount. I hooked up a walkie talkie to my Wilson mag mount and and a cookie sheet LOL and it actually works, at least recieve was ok. Definatly not something I would want to hook my Cobra up to though, unless the SWR's were fair but I'd rather have something that gets out as well as just recieve.